Utility-Scale and Distributed Biomass Energy Generation
Biomass resources can be applied at varying scales, including utility-scale electricity generation, fuel production, and distributed generation.
What Is Utility-Scale Biomass Energy Generation?
Utility-scale biomass power facilities generate a large amount of electricity that is transmitted from one location to many users through a transmission system similar to that of any other commercial power plant. Direct combustion power plants burn the biomass fuel directly in boilers that supply steam for the same kind of steam-electric generators used to burn fossil fuels. The biomass fuel can also be added to pulverized coal for combustion.
What Is Utility-Scale Fuel Production?
Biofuels facilities are biorefineries that produce large quantities of ethanol or biodiesel for use as transportation fuel. The resultant fuel is then delivered to the user via rail, truck, or pipeline.
What Is Distributed Generation?
Distributed generation is the generation of small-scale biomass energy that is distributed and used over a local area. For example, individual homes, farms, or businesses may have their own biomass source and generate their own heat or fuels for personal or business use.