Looking to lower the cost of your heating and keep it green? Biomass Energy is a viable option.
Put simply, biomass is any type of organic matter. This matter can be utilised as an energy source and is a greener alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Biomass energy works a lot like fossil fuels, it requires the fuel to be burned or digested. When managed in a sustainable and efficient manner, the greenhouse gases savings are optimised. Typical biomass fuels are wood pellets, but there are other options including food waste, agriculture residues and by-products.
In terms of output or “what does it give me?”, there are two possibilities with biomass:
Through direct combustion i.e. burning, biomass energy produces electricity and heating. A ‘multitasker’ can produce both, this is called a Combined Heat and Power Plant
Through different conversion processes, biomass energy can also be used in the production of biofuel or biogas. These have the potential to replace conventional fossil fuels and help reduce waste as part of the circular economy.
Biomass is a versatile energy source with many potential applications to suit different needs and requirements. The advantages of biomass are:
- It is a low cost solution
- You can utilise waste products
- Suitable from small (households) to large (offices) allowing you to scale a solution to suit
- Flexible i.e. not weather dependent