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Advances in Bioenergy by Xumeng Ge, Yebo Li

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Preface

The global industrial development in the past century relied heavily on fossil fuels, which not only caused concerns on depletion of this nonrenewable energy source but also contributed to the global warming issues due to greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. According to recent studies, the demand for energy will nearly double globally by 2050, while a large portion of current fossil fuel reserves (1/3 of oil, 1/2 of natural gas and more than 4/5 of coal) should remain unused from 2010 to 2050 to meet the target for GHG control, i.e., keeping warming below 2°C throughout the 21st century. As a result, development of renewable energy, such as bioenergy from biomass, is urgently needed to meet the increasing demand for energy, while reducing ...

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