Bioenergy has many forms, including
- biomass, which can include forest biomass, wood processing wastes, agricultural wastes, and energy crops for example
- biogas, which is largely methane can be used in engine generator sets to produce electricity and heat from the digestion of wet organic waste materials.
- biofuels, which are renewable fuels that can replace gasoline, diesel, or home heating fuels.
The Province is currently assessing bioenergy opportunities to ensure any potential sources can be produced sustainably and complement—but do not compete with—existing industries such as forest products and food crops.
We are also assessing opportunities to allow demonstration of pre-commercial processes that a future bio-refinery industry may hold for Nova Scotia.