Biomass fuel, besides using in solid form, can be converted into gaseous form through gasification route. Its relevance in the coming years is even clearer as an option to reduce GHG emissions since biomass can be CO 2 neutral in terms of emission.
Wood remains an important renewable energy source for Alaskan's, with over 100,000 cords per year used for residential space heating statewide. Closure of the major pulp mills in Sitka and Ketch in the 1990s brought an end to large-scale wood-fired power generation in Alaska; however, recent increases in oil prices have raised interest in using sawdust and wood wastes as fuel for lumber drying, space heating, and small-scale power production. Alaska has also seen renewed interest in converting low-value wood and wood wastes to liquid fuels such as ethanol.
Biomass power plants across the country burn wood and agricultural waste to generate electricity for industries and residents, and more than 100 plants in 31 states burn methane gas collected from landfill's. Together these facilities contribute 7,000 megawatt's to the national power grid. In the Southeast and Pacific Northwest, the lumber, pulp and paper industries generate 60 percent of the energy they need to run their factories by burning wood residues. Sick of still paying so much for energy? Cut your electricity costs by 80% today!! Click Here: