Wood Energy – Renewable, profitable and modern
For millennia, wood served as the sole source of energy for humankind. During the course of industrialisation, wood energy was supplemented by fossil fuels and, in the recent past, nuclear power on a grand scale. However, wood still remains the principal fuel in developing countries – owing to the mounting scarcity of fossil fuels coupled with growing concerns about climate change – and it has regained a great degree of significance in many developed countries. In Europe, for example, the demand for wood energy is set to more than double by 2020. Demand is expected to overtake potential supply sometime between 2015 and 2020, likely requiring imports from other regions of the world.