Bioenergy is energy produced from renewable, biological sources such as biomass. Biomass is plant material that can be turned into fuel (also known as biofuel when it is made from biological material) to supply heat and electricity.
Bioenergy can be obtained from many forms of biofuels. These include liquid biofuels used to run motor vehicles, and forest wood residue used to run pulp mill and other industrial operations.
Forest biomass used to produce bioenergy comes from many sources:
- trees that are of harvestable age but are not suitable for lumber
- material from stand thinning
- harvest residues
- trees killed by disturbances such as fire, diseases or insects
- trees from plantations grown specifically to provide biomass for conversion to bioenergy
To learn more about Biomass click here: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/industry/bioproducts/13323