Understanding Biomass Fuel and the Benefits it Can Offer
The need for alternative energy is evident and those looking for replacements to fossil fuels are edging towards greener alternatives.
Biomass energy is generated from organic material, and the UK has the potential to generate 44% of its energy using this method, although the general of energy is done in a sustainable way.
For example, there can be times when materials are burned as fuel but end up doing more damage to the environment because of the emissions.
The chemical energy stored in biomass can be converted to fuel in both a liquid and gaseous fuel and can even be used to generate electricity in the same way coal does.
Despite the use of biomass fuel being under-utilised, it can offer an abundance of different benefits.
The Benefits of Sustainable Biomass Fuel
Biomass fuel is something that will always be readily available.
This means that fossil fuels would be relied on less, which means the consumption of biomass fuel will also be cheaper.
The adoption of biomass fuel also ensures that some manufactures can create an additional funnel of income, as well as ensuring that less garbage makes its way to the landfill.
A further benefit of biomass fuel is that it can be used with equipment that is also used with fossil fuels, meaning that often, the transition to biomass fuel is much easier than many assume.
The Conversion of Biomass Fuel
Biomass can come in many in different forms, as can the fuel being created. Solid biomass such as wood can be burned to create heat, whereas others may be converted into a gas There are even instances when biomass can be converted into liquid biofuels.
Although there are still power stations that use coal, there are newer power stations with a heavy focus on biomass fuel. This means that 11% of the United Kingdom’s electricity is generated by biomass.
To ensure that biomass fuel is created and used in the right way, a set of regulations have been set out by the European Commission in the form of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED.)
Sustainability Reporting Requirements
Although there are benefits to biomass fuel, it’s important to ensure that it’s sustainable. This is done using the following methods:
Land and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Criteria: Any bioliquids and stations ≥1MW using biomass fuel must show that both the land and GHG are met for it to be eligible for support.
Annual Sustainability Audit Report: The Annual Sustainability Audit Report is a report that’s created by stations that use bio liquid fuels and stations ≥1MW using biomass fuel and is carried out to verify the information relating to sustainability that’s been submitted beforehand.
Annual Profile Data: The Annual Profile Data is submitted by the operator that highlights the sustainability of biomass fuel. The information gathered includes the type of biomass, form of biomass and country of origin.
Biomass fuel is still to make the impact making a hoping for, but the steps being taken currently show that biomass furls is being recognised and slowly rolled out.
Our services are designed to accept wood chip and timber for purposes of recycling into wood pellets for log burning stoves, or as fuel for biomass boilers.