bioenergy

noun bio·en·er·gy \ ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˈe-nər-jē \
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of bioenergy

: energy for industrial or commercial use that is derived from biological sources (such as plant matter or animal waste)
  • We also are pursuing many energy supply technologies with comparatively low or zero CO2 emissions profiles, such as solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy, and combined heat and power.
  • —Spencer Abraham

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1978

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