Feature / 1 Oct 2018
Bioenergy: A solution to three problems?
Scientists take a comprehensive look into the potential of bioenergy crops, from seeds to sales
Indonesia’s riddle of how to balance environmental responsibility with its rapid development – and the energy and manpower needed to keep up the pace – only seems to raise more conundrums therein.
This ‘food-energy-environment trilemma,’ as Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Senior Scientist Himlal Baral describes it, is the focus of a research project he’s leading that launched in 2015. The answer is a puzzle of components, but the piece he and his team are examining is bionenergy: energy derived from living organisms, such as trees and herbaceous plants.