In India, government incentives have brought forth over 800 megawatts of installed biomass power generation capacity operated by dozens of viable local green energy companies. With the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy estimating a national capaicty for the generation of 16,000 megawatts of electricity from agricultural residues, most companies have remained predominantly focused on the domestic market. Except one: Abellon CleanEnergy.

Nature has presaged Zambia’s utilization of biomass energy. Agriculturally the country is well suited for biomass fuel crops. Although less than 20 percent of its arable land is cultivated Zambian farmland nonetheless produces a surplus for export, lessening the food-fuel tradeoff that often exists with biomass. Furthermore, the nation’s relative dearth of domestic oil and natural gas resources (oil was not discovered in the country until 2006) and landlocked isolation from the seaborne oil trade give added impetus for the development of renewable energy in Zambia.

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN 21) recently released its Global Status Report for 2011. It shows a growing developing world presence in renewable power generation, particularly biomass. Although developing countries account for only 30 percent of the world’s renewable energy capacity, they are responsible for around 44 percent of the power generated through biomass fuel sources.

Good news for the prospect of increased renewable energy development in Indonesia. In mid July the nation’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources announced its desire for IDR 134.6 trillion (USD 15.7 billion) to fund renewable energy projects through 2025. Most, 64 percent, will go to the heavily populated region of Java. Specifically, its distribution will be IDR 25.06 trillion to Sumatra, IDR 86.3 trillion to Java, IDR 15.77 trillion to Sulawesi, IDR 2.64 trillion to Bali-Nusa Tenggara and IDR 4.83 trillion to Papua-Maluku (see map). Indonesia plans on raising the proportion of its energy generated through renewable sources from its current level of 5 percent to 17 percent—up from the previously set 15 percent—over the next 15 years.

Africa is the world’s economic frontier, as years of internal conflict have impeded the development of its vast natural and human resources. Only recently has this potential begun to materialize with biomass fuel emerging as one of Africa’s key industries.

Nearly one third of world’s energy is produced for industrial purposes, an increasing share of which is occurring in the developing world. This raised industrial output, however, has come at the cost of more pollution. Less stringent environmental standards are one factor for the developing world’s attractiveness for such highly carbon-emitting industries as cement, chemicals, and pulp and paper. Yet outside of the developed world, some multinational companies are taking steps to curb the environmental impact of their businesses, and are often able to cut costs, by utilizing biomass energy.

China is, or will soon become, the world’s largest consumer of energy. As the nation’s living standards rise with its expanding economy, China’s energy consumption will continue to multiply. Although this energy is overwhelmingly produced with coal, the Chinese government has taken aggressive actions to diversify its power supply using nuclear, hydro, wind, solar means and other clear energy, such as wood pellets production. For more information of wood pellet and pellet production, you can read this pdf guide. Alongside these alternative energy sources, biomass fuel too looks as if it will play a significant role in China’s future energy supply.