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Biomass Combustion

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Biomass combustion simply means burning organic material. For millennia, humans have used this basic technology to create heat and, later, to generate power through steam. While wood is the most commonly used feedstock, a wide range of materials can be burned effectively.

These include residuals and byproducts such as straw, bark residuals, sawdust and shavings from sawmills, as well as so-called “energy crops” such as switch grass, poplar and willow that are grown specifically to create feedstock. Pelletized agricultural and wood residues are also an increasingly popular option because they are very easy to handle.

One recent technology advance is the introduction of pellet stoves, which use an electrically driven auger to deliver a steady supply of compressed pellets of wood or other biomass into the fire.

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