Report Highlights Biomass Growth for Heat and Power Supplies

Report Highlights Biomass Growth for Heat and Power Supplies

As a sign of its far-reaching utility, biomass continues growth in providing a variety of sustainable benefits, including generating electricity and other value-added products.

In order to meet the demand for the world’s increasing energy needs, biomass processing continues to show its importance. From production of electricity and thermal energy; compost and fertilizer; to bioethanol, jet fuel, and more—the availability and cultivation of biomass feedstock has many implications for local and global economies. If applied and used effectively, biomass resources can make communities significantly more independent and sustainable in terms of energy supply.

The latest REN21 Global Status Report sheds light on biomass’ impact within the industry:

According to the report, bioenergy contributes more to primary global energy supply than any other renewable energy source. Total energy demand supplied from biomass last year was approximately 60 exajoules (EJ). The report also notes that the use of biomass for energy has been growing at approximately 2 percent per year since 2010, but that the bioenergy share in total global primary energy consumption was remained relatively steady since 2010, at approximately 10 percent.

The use of biomass for power also increased last year. According to the report, biopower capacity increased 5 percent in 2015, reaching 106.4 GW. Generation also increased by 8 percent, reaching 646 TWh. The U.S. generated 69 TWh from biomass last year, followed by Germany at 50 TWh, China at 48 TWh, Brazil at 40 TWh and Japan at 36 TWh.

Team Gemini treats biomass as a combined effort between waste processing and resource generation. Many technologies ultimately contribute to this goal, including protecting and treating valuable water resources, implementing sustainable agriculture, and maintaining proper methods of waste management.

With team members providing innovative Bio-Ethanol plants, Anaerobic Digesters, CHP units, and Wastewater Treatment plants, Team Gemini offers a complete solution set for a variety of commodity-intensive industries. Design and development are integral in establishing economic viability, as various cost factors, technology configurations and applications, and other details vary from project to project. Team Gemini is part of this process, and making sure that all requirements are met and implemented for clients to most effectively apply sustainability measures in their operations.

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