Biomass for energy generation is on the increase worldwide, according to AcuComm Waste Futures

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Whether it’s established markets concerned about securing long-term energy supply or emerging nations seeking to efficiently improve their generating capacity, biomass for power generation is taking a strong hold on the global market.

Biomass helps secure power supply in a world where traditional fuels are subject to price fluctuation and adverse geopolitical influences.

Biomass is an increasingly popular option as a feedstock for power generation. According to the July analysis of the Waste Business Finder database, published in Waste Industry Sales Monitor (, there were 43 such projects, with an identifiable value of US$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.

Eric Wigart, Chairman of AcuComm, commented: “Large scale waste-to-energy plants are a practical solution for urban areas where feedstock such as MSW is in plentiful and regular supply. 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. It is likely that the number of reported projects this month will continue into the future as the benefits of biomass technology are more widely realised.”

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