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New platform aims to promote the use of non-conventional renewable energy

19 November, 2013

The Ministry of Energy together with the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) and the Southern University unveiled the innovative online platform for native forest biomass.

The First Forest Bioenergy Explorer was launched at the Universidad Austral de Chile. With the assistance of the Governor of the Region of Los Rios, Henry Azurmendi, along with authorities, professionals, undergraduate and graduate students. The project “Biomass Market Assessment and Potential”, commissioned by the Ministry of Energy to the Universidad Austral de Chile also had the collaboration of the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF).

Forest Bioenergy Explorer is designed to help strengthen the Non-Conventional Renewable Energy (NCRE ), as a way to diversify the country’s energy matrix and as a result, reduce the use of fossil fuels and mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) that are causing climate change phenomenon.

Bovernor Azurmendi said that “with this kind of initiatives it demonstrates the need for the country of foresters. As Regional Government, we are doing everything necessary to promote projects leading to contribute to the development of renewable energy. ”

Along with the mayor, Carlos Barria, Head of Renewable Energy Division of the Ministry of Energy, gave a presentation highlighting that “today we are at a turning point in the field of non-conventional renewable energies. On Tuesday, October 22, is issued the new law 20.698 that extend the renewable energy mix unconventional setting 20% by 2025 and creating a unique mechanism of tenders to help fulfil this ambitious goal.”

Eduardo Vial, the Executive Director of the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), explained that this work “addresses one of the institutional guidelines that are related to climate change. In this sense, forests can contribute enough to the power generation through biomass produced to reduce greenhouse gases. CONAF has designed a National Strategy for Forests and Climate Change, which is inserted together with actions such as this Forest Bioenergy Explorer”.

The Project Director and Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Natural Resources UACh Dr. Victor Sandoval, said the aim of the study is to “encourage the use of forest biomass as a renewable energy source for implementing a platform for Chile forest resource dynamic information energy purposes, which in turn, translates into a tool to support the management and government decision support and development of energy projects.”

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