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Water-Energy Nexus // Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships

By IEA Bioenergy and Global Bioenergy Partnership. The 20 examples presented in this publication illustrate an encouraging variety both in terms of bioenergy systems and geographical distribution, and they all show how solutions can be found that produce bioenergy while contributing positively to the state of water. These experiences are also meant to serve as sources of inspiration that other bioenergy producers can use to enhance the sustainability of their own activities.

Cover bioenergy water examples


  • 1. Integrated Planning, Best Management Practices, Bioremediation and Control of Invasive Species
    • 1.1 A model for bioenergy and water nexus in Egypt
      Ahmed Abdelati & Abdelmenem Hegazi
    • 1.2 Producing electricity from biomass from terrestrial invasive alien plants in South Africa
      Helen Watson
    • 1.3 AquaMak: Economic and ecological perspectives on using aquatic macrophytes for energy production in Germany
      Andreas Zehnsdorf, Carsten Herbes, Walter Stinner, Markus Röhl, Lucie Moeller, Vasco Brummer, Harald Wedwitschka & Sandra Roth
    • 1.4 Zonification for yield gap analysis and efficient use of water resources in sugarcane areas in Oaxaca, Mexico
      Alma Delia Baez-Gonzalez & Ernesto Bravo-Mosqueda
    • 1.5 Best Management Practices for maintaining water quality in riparian zones in water supply catchments during tree harvesting in Burnie, Australia
      Daniel Neary & Philip Smethurs
  • 2. ‘Waste’ to Energy and Water-Smart Processes
    • 2.1 Livestock waste to biogas: the Italian BiogasDoneRight® model
      Guido Bezzi & Carlo Pieroni
    • 2.2 Biogas from livestock waste to reduce pollution in Lake Tai, China
      Takahashi Hayashi & Daisuke Kunii
    • 2.3 Reducing GHG emissions from the energy sector through the utilization of organic waste for energy generation in agriculture, forestry and agro- industries in Argentina
      Miguel Almada & Maria R. Murmis
    • 2.4 Management of water resources in the sugar-cane agro-industry in Brazil
      André Elia Neto
    • 2.5 Sustainability in movement: Water energy nexus in southern Brazil
      Rafael González & Marcelo Alves de Souza
    • 2.6 Vinasse concentration for water use reduction in Piribebuy, Paraguay
      Guillermo Parra Romero
    • 2.7 Use of vinasse in biogas production through anaerobic digestion in the Brazilian sugar-cane industry
      André Felipe de Melo Sales Santos, Julia Torreão Pecly & Márcia M. G. Alcoforado de Moraes
    • 2.8 Development of a scalable algae cultivation system that enhances water sustainability in algal biofuel production in the United States
      George Philippidis
  • 3. Agroforestry, Intercropping and Rotational Cropping
    • 3.1 Impacts of switchgrass intercropping in traditional pine forests on hydrology and water quality in the southeastern United States Devendra Amatya, George M. Chescheir & Jami Nettles
    • 3.2 Alley cropping systems with fast growing trees in Germany
      Manuela Bärwolff
    • 3.3 Integrated tree crop systems in south-western Western Australia
      John McGrath & John Bartle
    • 3.4 Integrating perennial bioenergy crops to enhance agricultural water quality in the north central and northeastern United States
      Kenneth J. Moore, Tom L. Richard & William Goldner
    • 3.5 Introduction of switchgrass in agriculture landscapes to reduce stream nutrient and sediment concentrations in the southeastern United States Esther S. Parish & Virginia H. Dale
    • 3.6 Extensive bioenergy cropping systems as a means of water body protection and biotope network protection in Germany
      Jörg Böhmer, Ulrike Kirschnick, Frank Wagener & Peter Heck
    • 3.7 Lignocellulosic plants as buffer zones in the Indian Creek watershed of the United States
      M. Cristina Negri, Herbert Ssegane, Patty Campbell & Colleen Zumpf


WorldWaterWeek website


February 2016


  • IEA Bioenergy
  • Global Bioenergy Partnership

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