Category: Heating

Biogas-fired combined heat and power plant

Distributed combined heat and power has been recognized as a cost effective way to produce energy required in every-day life, allowing to minimize transmission losses and waste heat resulting from the otherwise separate production of heat and electricity in central power stations and heating units. Hybrid power plants, resulting from the combination of a micro…

IEA Bioenergy replies to Chatham House report “Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate”

A recent report by UK think-tank ‘Chatham House’ on the impact of bioenergy on global climate adds to the increasing number of misleading statements in the context of EU discussions about its energy future. On Monday 13th of March, the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) attracted more than 125 academic signatories from both…

Low-emission biomass heating with electrostatic precipitators

Wood combustion in small scale boilers is widely used for domestic heating. The combination of different parameters such as fuel quality, combustion conditions and boiler capacity can have a strong impact on the quality of exhaust gases, for example on the level of particle emissions (PM). Thanks to the progress achieved in combustion technologies, small…

Bioliquids and syngas from solid biomass for combined heat and power

Biomass residues and such as agro-industrial waste or sewage sludge are a viable resource to produce energy, fuels and chemicals. They are abundant and generally low-cost, but converting these feedstocks into marketable products can be a challenging task due to their heterogeneous nature. A promising technology to do this, is the TCR® system (Thermo-Catalytic Reforming) developed…

Biomass heating resources from Bioenergy4Business

The international project Bioenergy4Business (B4B), funded by  the Horizon  2020 Framework Programme of the European Union,  supports  and promotes the partial substitution of fossil fuels used for heating with available bioenergy sources, such as  by  products of  the wood-based industry, forest biomass, pellets,  straw and other  agricultural biomass products. This ambitious  European project is currently targeting 10 EU countries and Ukraine. Presently, European businesses are dependent on…

Biogas heats construction site in Finland

At SRV’s REDI complex, Finland’s largest urban construction project under way at Kalasatama, Helsinki, the worksite is being heated using clean, renewable Finnish biogas. The use of biogas in site heating is new in Finland, because the REDI site is the only one in Finland to use the biofuel. Biogas began to be used on…

Modern wood stoves for high efficiency and reduced emissions

Wood stoves are commonly used for space heating in many countries, particularly those with relatively abundant resources for the production of firewood. However these stoves are often blamed for their modest combustion efficiency, their high emissions of particulate (PM) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This behaviour can contribute sensibly to increasing local air pollution, a serious…

Biogas from grass cuts for heating and cooking

The demand for electric power has been on the rise ever since industrialization. Decentralization of power generation is one of the approaches to solve this issue. The usage of biomass in smaller local facilities with low power generation ranges can offer clean (CO2-neutral) and environmental friendly production of heat and electricity. In the developing countries,…