Biomass Opportunities Arise Locally

There has never been a better time to invest in Biomass!

It’s the unsung hero of all the renewable energies and one that could very well earn you some money in the long run.

Biomass is the name give to any fuel that is derived from living, or recently deceased, organisms – as opposed to fossil fuels.

These come in a huge range of forms but can be divided into four general subsets:

Wood

The most traditional of all the Biofuels.

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To most, the burning of wood would seem antecedent to the idea of conserving the environment, however, as long as the wood fuel is sourced from sustainably grown trees, and processed in a fashion that is in line with the guidelines set forth by the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, the burning of wood pellets can be an environmentally friendly way of heating your home.

Although installing a wood burning system in your home might cost a fair sum initially, you can reap dividends in the long run as the government will repay you for every Kw of energy you use. You can further save on carbon emissions by buying your wood pellets locally from Volcano Wood Fuels.

Biogas

This is an option for those living in more rural or farming communities.

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Requiring access to large amounts of agricultural waste, manure or food waste – the process of anaerobic digestion is used to beak down the organic elements in the materials, producing a blend of methane and carbon dioxide as a by-product which can then be used as fuel to heat homes or even cook with. More applicable to those looking to generate energy on a larger scale – the production of Biogas has long been touted as a proven method that can significantly help reduce emissions and generate electricity for an entire community.

Installation costs are high, however, for farmers or large-scale food manufacturers, the benefits that can be seen from producing energy from waste are huge.

Landfill

Many see the siphoning of landfill gas as a rather defeatist attempt of combating our society’s rather wasteful habits; making use of gases produced by the slow decomposition of household waste can, for the time being, make the most of a bad situation.

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Although this isn’t a realistic option for homeowners, as far as producing energy on a useful scale goes, they can still use the principles of the concept in their back gardens. Creating your own compost heaps is a quick and easy method of reducing the amount of waste that is thrown into landfills and can provide budding gardeners with nutrient rich compost which can bolster the growth of plants.

In the early 2000s, nearly a third of all renewable energies were produced by landfill gas – although this hopefully won’t be the case for the foreseeable future!

Fermentation

The process of fermentation in order to produce renewable energy is very similar to that of brewing alcohol.

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Using carbohydrates produced from sugars and starch crops; biologically engineered ethanol is produced to blend with conventional fuels. This form of biomass is not suitable for home use but, if the trend is embraced in the UK (as much as it has been in the States) then there’s a good chance that it could be used more prolifically. Currently, American cars are capable of running on a blend of conventional gasoline and up to 15% ethanol.

Whilst it may seem like a big investment in the short term, switching to a renewable source of energy could save you hundreds of pounds, in the not so distant future.