Biomass Engineering - Harnessing the Benefits
- Author Pierce David
- Published May 5, 2012
- Word count 499
The benefits of biomass energy have been proven time and time again. "Biomass" refers to the carbohydrates in organic plant matter that are produced as part of the photosynthesis process. This biomass, which is found in organic waste products from lumber yards, construction debris, paper mills, municipal solid wastes, and a whole variety of other sources, can be used to create fuel, energy and electricity.
Biomass energy makes use of renewable resources instead of expensive foreign oil and fuels that are in limited supply. Biomass is also a reliable source of alternative energy and this cost-effective choice is one that you can make with confidence that you will have a system that works well.
However, whether your system actually works well or not will depend upon the quality of your biomass engineering. Biomass engineering involves finding solutions to incorporate biomass into your business and to harness the power of that biomass to work for your needs.
What is Involved in Biomass Engineering?
Biomass engineering involves developing a plan to implement a biomass system that works for you. This process must begin with a determination of a reliable source for your biomass fuels.
Some companies and manufacturing plants produce enough biomass through their normal operations that they can take care of all of their energy needs. A lumber or paper mill, for example, likely produces sufficient organic waste material to fuel a fully functioning biomass system. Other companies will need to create a plan to purchase biomass from another source. In this case, biomass engineering would include a feasibility study.
The feasibility study should help you to determine where your raw materials are coming from, how much of the organic waste is available to you, and at what cost. By nailing down these details, you can decide if co-firing biomass along with coal or other fuels is right for you or if you want to depend upon biomass energy or fuel alone. You can also make a more informed cost/benefit analysis.
Once you have determined that biomass is a cost-effective solution and that you have sufficient raw materials available, biomass engineering then involves actually implementing the biomass system. This process includes site development and obtaining permits and government approval. There are many tax incentives and tax credits in place for making green choices, and you may get not only government approval but also government assistance in the cost of a biomass system.
The electrical and control systems of the biomass system must then be designed, and the whole entire system built. This means you will need a contractor who understands biomass, and you will need on-site support of that contractor to help put together the biomass system and to make sure that the work is done right.
When installed properly, a biomass system works wonders for your bottom line and helps you make the green choice. Just take your time with the biomass engineering to make sure you get the right system, and the most effective system, for you.
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