Sara Ben Amer: Selected technical and socio–economic impacts of solid biomass utilisation in Polish power system in 2020, Master's Thesis, Aalborg University, Denmark, 2011.


Polish energy sector, heavily dependent on hard coal and lignite, struggles to comply with the obligation to reach 15% of the country’s final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Among the sources with the highest potential is solid biomass, but the issue of its utilisation in Poland is controversial and linked to many stakeholder interests. This thesis investigates the use of available solid biomass resources for electricity generation in Poland, whilst analysing the technical, political and institutional conditions for transition. A review of potentials, electricity costs calculations and Balmorel modelling tool are used to design and present a 2020 power system scenario and its possible alternatives.

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