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Biomass Key to Industrial Energy
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Based on a report by IRENA ( International Renewable Energy Agency) biomass is the most important technology to increase industrial renewable energy use.  That’s because biomass energy is part of the emerging market of CHP or Combined Heat and Power.  

CHP is already being used by many industries all over the world for power in manufacturing plants, however it does not receive a lot of press here in the US.  But things are changing and the drive to develop new and innovative ways of producing and using CHP are in the works.

Also known as cogeneration, CHP, has the potential to save US businesses billions of dollars by using waste products and waste heat to produce power to be used in the manufacturing process. In the Midwest alone the industry has announced plans to build over 30 CHP projects between 2014 and 2016.

A growing source for CHP is biomass.  This could take the form of wood chips, agriculture waste or other waste products. Designs already exist for automatic feeding of waste products into high temperature furnaces used for the burning of waste to generate steam for use in factories and plants.  Steam is a common form of energy used in many plants, particularly in chemical, petrochemical, food processing and textile industries.

CHP has the potential to use our waste to create power and at the same time protect the environment by keeping millions of tons of CO2 and other pollutants from entering our air, land and streams.