What is Biomass?
Biomass is a fuel which is developed from organic materials, these materials include:
- Scrap lumber
- Forest debris
- Certain crops
- Wood waste
It is a renewable and sustainable source of energy that creates electricity, alongside other forms of power. From the constant supply of organic waste materials, green energy production can continue indefinitely.
What is Biomass Power?
It is a carbon neutral electricity which is generated from organic wastes. Meaning that carbon dioxide is produced when using biomass as a fuel, but it only adds the same that it takes away from the air when it was produced. When burned, the energy from the fuel is released as heat.
Wood waste is burned to produce a steam that runs a turbine to produce electricity, or provides heat to industries and homes.
Using Biomass as Fuel – The Advantages
It can be used as a source of renewable energy, and can reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, at the same time as reducing air pollution.
By burning the organic materials, it takes them away from landfill. Around 6 million tonnes of wood is sent to landfill each year in the UK, a material which can be better used to heat homes.
If trees are replaced, biomass can be a long term, sustainable energy source that is cheap and readily available.
Costly implications, the initial cost of a biomass-boiler is higher than a regular gas or oil boiler. They also tend to be larger than gas or oil boilers, and require a separate storage area for fuel, therefore taking up a lot of space.
If you want more information on what happens to your wood waste, please contact us, we will be more than happy to advise.