| What is Biomass?
Biomass is produced from organic materials, either directly from plants or indirectly from agricultural products. It is also known as bio energy or bio fuels.
A wood burning central heating system can utilize a sustainable source of energy, namely timber grown in our local forests, and therefore becomes a link in the carbon neutral cycle. When the wood burns it produces carbon dioxide and water vapour this along with the sunshine is essential in the growth of new trees. Where as when the use of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas are burnt, the carbon in these organic compounds, which nature has stored underground, is released into the atmosphere, disturbing the natural balance and resulting in global warming and the changes in the climate.
Why use Biomass?
Today rising energy prices are having a significant impact on all sectors of society. Householders are seeing continual increases in their electricity, gas and oil bills, businesses and industries margins are being eroded by increasing fuel costs and fuel used for power generation is also increasing in cost. When this is combined with decline in the UKs indigenous gas reserves resulting in an increasing level of reliance on energy imported from less stable parts of the world such as Russia and the Middle East the importance of increasing heat and electricity generation from renewable local sources is heightened.
Renewable sources of energy have the additional benefit of contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
One of the most versatile forms of renewable energy is biomass. Unlike most other forms of renewable energy it can be stored for use when required. Wind, wave, tidal and solar energy is dependant on weather conditions and therefore provides an intermittent source of energy.
Wood being the most common forms of biomass fuel can take a number of forms such as logs, wood chip, brash and sawdust. Its suitability to be used as a fuel can be increased by processing this basic form to produce higher value biomass such as briquettes and pellets.
In most cases the biomass is produced in the same locality of the consumer aiding the local economy while providing a market for locally grown timber and small diameter thinning material from virgin forests. This enhances the attractiveness of the forest habitat, benefiting nature, forest growth and our future generations.
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