Top 4 Benefits of Biomass Energy

March 27, 2019

Biomass ‘now provides 11% of the UK’s electricity’ that’s according to The Renewable Energy Association who say this is the equivalent to four Sizewell B Nuclear power stations.

The trade body suggests that the burning of wood, crops and food waste generates emissions savings equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road every year!

Biomass is a source of renewable energy and is derived from burning animal and plant waste. Almost all industries including agriculture, hotels, resorts, public sector buildings, hospitals, sports venues and manufacturers produce waste that can be converted to heat and electricity – so it is an incredibly versatile source of renewable energy.

While there are a couple of disadvantages to biomass, the main being the initial investment of the biomass boiler there are a host of benefits that far outweigh the costs.

1. Biomass is a source of renewable energy and reduced our overreliance on inefficient fossil fuels

Biomass is a renewable source of energy derived from burning animal and plant waste and unlike fossil fuels, cannot be depleted as the organic materials including wood, manure, sewage sludge and crop waste are continually produced by society.

Biomass is also carbon neutral and produces a fraction of the Carbon emissions of fossil fuels as the same amount of carbon dioxide that is released by the burning process is later re-absorbed by growing plants.

Fossil fuels on the other hand come with a limited supply. This limited supply also comes with environmental baggage as they release a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, playing a significant role in climate change.

2. Biomass boilers offer fantastic efficiency

Modern biomass boilers are highly sophisticated and can offer combustion efficiency and emission levels on par with some of the best fossil fuel boilers on the market. The main advantage of choosing a Biomass boiler over a traditional boiler is that they can operate at 90% efficiency and replacing a coal or electric heating system with a biomass boiler can help your business reduce your carbon dioxide output by up to 9.5 tons annually.

3. Biomass is incredibly versatile

Biomass energy is not affected by changes in weather or environmental conditions and can produce a steady and dependable flow of energy. It can also be used for a range of different purposes including heat production, fuel for cars, power and biomaterials as well as making a significant contribution to climate change mitigation.

4. There are financial incentives for businesses considering generating biomass

The Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides financial assistance to generators of renewable heat, and producers of renewable bio-gas and biomethane.

The RHI is a government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat by businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations.

Eligible installations receive quarterly payments over 20 years based on the amount of heat generated. The scheme covers England, Scotland, and Wales.

Click here for more information about the RHI scheme.

Leading by example – how Denmark have reinvented their energy mix

Bio-energy is a cornerstone in the Danish renewable energy mix. Today, approximately 70% of renewable energy consumption in Denmark is bio-energy-based, mostly in the form of straw, wood and renewable wastes.

In 1976, more than 90% of the Danish energy demand came from oil, in a bid to ensure security of supply, Denmark introduced The Biomass Agreement from 1993. A vital element of the agreement stipulated that the centralized electrical power plants were obliged to purchase 1.4 million tonnes of biomass per year, including at least 1 million tonnes of straw. The agreement resulted in a significant shift towards substituting coal-based CHP plants with biomass-based CHP plants.

The consumption of biomass for energy production in Denmark more than quadrupled between 1980 and 2009, and towards 2020, bio-energy will continue to make up the majority of total renewable energy consumption in Denmark.

For more information click here.

For more information, or to see how Love Energy Solutions can help your business implement biomass into your energy mix, give a member of our renewables team a call on 0800 975 5380 or email [email protected]

 

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