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What are the advantages of Dendro thermal power plants?

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According to E.Y.K. Lokupitiya and B.M.S. Batagoda in an article from the International Forestry and Environment Symposium, dendrothermal power is considered carbon neutral, is relatively cheap and provides suitable energy options in remote areas where access to a national grid is not easy. In addition, energy plantations improve the quality and nutrient cycling within an ecosystem.

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According to the study from the International Forestry and Environment Symposium, dendrothermal power generation is carbon neutral because the carbon emitted during the power generation is absorbed by the energy plantations through photosynthesis. In addition, for a country like Sri Lanka that is considering using dendrothermal power generation, a switch to this kind of power generation could be profitable. Although the cost of dendrothermal power is slightly higher than that of coal, a profit could still be made if the avoided carbon is sold at a reasonable price. In addition, the energy plantations required for dendrothermal power generation can be successfully grown and maintained in rural communities in Sri Lanka, and have a great potential to affect change in regards to poverty and employment in those areas. According to the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka, dendro power is the most cost-effective energy source available in Sri Lanka, where hydropower is not available.

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