Potential types

The potential levels can be translated into different potential types, which can be used to make a statement about the relevance of biomass. The following terms have been established in literature and research (Kaltschmitt et al. 2016; Thrän and Pfeiffer 2013). However, this nomenclature is not obligatory; therefore, these terms must be defined and further concretized within the framework of a project in order to enable the comparison of results.

  • Theoretical potential
  • Technical potential
  • Economic potential
  • Sustainable potential
  • Exploitable potential

Schematic illustraion of potential types. Adapted from: Thrän and Pfeiffer 2013