bio·​en·​er·​gy ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˈe-nər-jē How to pronounce bioenergy (audio)
: 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

Examples of bioenergy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a growing body of research suggests the math doesn’t quite add up for bioenergy with carbon capture (BECCS). Justine Calma, The Verge, 6 May 2024 There's growing interest in using different bioenergy crops like switchgrass, Lark said, a perennial grass that could store more carbon in its roots while also being harvested for energy. Madeline Heim, Journal Sentinel, 21 June 2024 And back in 2018, nearly 800 scientists signed a letter to the European Parliament asking it to stop supporting the use of wood for bioenergy. Justine Calma, The Verge, 6 May 2024 Aside from its direct benefits, bioenergy offers opportunities for improved waste management and supply security. Wood MacKenzie, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bioenergy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bioenergy was in 1978

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“Bioenergy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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