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Do you think burning "biomass" to produce electricity

Started by: gvmhb
On: 12/01/2019 | 19:50
Replies: 13

by: jeremylalou
on: 13/01/2019 | 14:35

@gvmhb wrote:

The basic principle is the same @isabel1066

Our government is heavily subsidising biomass too, and a lot of it is imported, causing co2 emissions in the transport. 

Coal is imported too. From Colombia, South Africa, Australia...

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by: dartgirl
on: 13/01/2019 | 17:41

Wood won't last for ever. 

Get a free giffgaff Sim
Message 12 of 14
by: slarti
on: 13/01/2019 | 18:11

@gvmhb wrote:

Is greener than coal?

Well it does depend on which method you are using.


There are a number of biomass powerstations that use organic waste which they bake to release gas. The gas is burned to generate electricity while after baking the organic material is sold as fertiliser. The best stations of this type are quite small, taking organic waste from the loclity and so reducing transport costs.


The biggest, most obvious, ones of these that I am aware of is just to the southwest of the M25/M4 junction.


But the burning wood pellets from the USA is, ecologically, very unsound. There was a documentary about it on the Beeb about 6 months ago.

Message 13 of 14
by: orlf
on: 16/01/2019 | 02:25

Whatever you burn will create emissions and gases of some description. Coal, biomass, household waste, natural gas...


The way electricity is currently generated needs a radical shakeup and rethink to become more sustainable.

I'm Orlf. It's a Norwegian name.
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