Biomass for power generation is taking a strong hold on the global market, according to the July 2014 analysis of the Waste Business Finder database, published in Waste Industry Sales Monitor.
“Large scale waste-to-energy plants are a practical solution for urban areas where feedstock such as [municipal solid waste] is in plentiful and regular supply,” said Eric Wigart, chairman of AcuComm, in a statement to media. “But there is a significant need for specialist biomass plants to cater for the many specific feedstocks that are currently being incinerated or sent to landfill. Biomass offers the opportunity to effectively establish a network of generating capacity, close to source, which can meet local needs and feed the wider grid.”
The July 2014 analysis recognized 43 emerging biogas projects, with an identifiable value of about $1.3 billion.
The popularity of biomass is being driven by the array of biomass types - from animal/agricultural waste, through domestic food waste to forestry residues - allowing countries to specialise in the types most available to them. In this way, developing countries such as Burma, Honduras or Nigeria, which all reported developments in the month, can more easily meet their growing electricity generation needs.
But biomass is also being adopted in established markets where technical advances in biogas, anaerobic digestion and gasification are seeing biomass play a more important role in the waste management mix.
Biomass offers efficient, environmentally-positive generation and helps secure provision in a world where traditional fuels are subject to price fluctuation and adverse geopolitical influences.