BECCS in South Korea - Analyzing the negative emissions potential of bioenergy as a mitigation tool

Kraxner, F., Aoki, K., Leduc, S., Kindermann, G. ORCID:, Fuss, S., Yang, J., Yamagata, Y., Tak, K., et al. (2014). BECCS in South Korea - Analyzing the negative emissions potential of bioenergy as a mitigation tool. Renewable Energy 61 102-108. 10.1016/j.renene.2012.09.064.

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Project: Climate Change - Terrestrial Adaption and Mitigation in Europe (CCTAME, FP7 212535)


The objective of this study is to analyze the in situ BECCS capacity for green-field bioenergy plants in South Korea. The technical assessment is used to support a policy discussion on the suitability of BECCS as a mitigation tool. We examined the technical potential of bioenergy production from domestic forest biomass. In a first step, the biophysical global forestry model (G4M) was applied to estimate biomass availability. In a second step, the results from G4M were used as input data to the engineering model BeWhere, which optimizes scaling and location of combined heat and power plants (CHP). The geographically explicit locations and capacities obtained for forest-based bioenergy plants were then overlaid with a geological suitability map for carbon storage. From this, a theoretical potential for in situ BECCS was derived. Results indicate that, given the abundant forest cover in South Korea, there is substantial potential for bioenergy production, which could contribute not only to substituting emissions from fossil fuels but also to meeting the targets of the country's commitments under any climate change mitigation agreement. However, there seems to be only limited potential for direct in situ carbon storage in South Korea.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BECCS; Carbon capture and storage; Biomass modeling; Energy policy
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: Renewable Energy; 61:102-108 (January 2014) (Published online 25 December 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:51
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:24

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