Easy guide 698: Biomass for renewable energy

This paper is summarised from a Farming Futures Fact sheet ‘Focus on: biomass for renewable energy’.

Year of Publication2008

Under-utilised resources like manure and straw, tree thinnings, prunings and other wood residues and purpose grown energy crops can produce energy and income, reduce waste disposal costs and have positive environmental impacts. The cost of boilers is high though grants are available, production costs can vary with individual circumstances and the value of the finished product may fluctuate. The cost and complexity of getting a grid connection can be a barrier for local electricity production. There is also a fair amount of bureaucracy to be handled.

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