The energy frontier is a one that is rapidly changing. The world is on the lookout for reliable, inexpensive and renewable forms of energy. Biomass CHP, or Biomass Combined heat and power is the generation of heat and power from organic materials that were recently living. These can range from plant materials, wood or the fat of animals.
This form of energy generation is entirely renewable as the sources are constantly available. There will always be scrap wood, plant parts and animal fat to create both power and heat. Unlike solar and wind energy it is not reliant upon the weather in order to maintain it usability. Man has used biomass as an energy form since the inception of wood burning for heat. In fact, present methods of creating and using biomass energy are somewhat reminiscent of methods of long ago.
In wood burning the steam that is generated is harnessed. This steam is then funneled through a design that will enable it to move a turbine. The end result is the successful generation of energy.
One of the main considerations of biomass as a fuel source is that it can be used to assist energy needs in regions that are frequently subject to power outages due to a shortage of fuel sources. Some countries simply cannot afford to import the amount of fossil fuel that is needed to sufficiently fill its energy needs. Because Biomass CHP is reliant on common and available sources it can be cheaply produced. Additionally because it is not subject to the conditions of weather or water, as with dams that generate power, it can suffice for everyday use and help power both residences and businesses.
There is less byproducts when creating biomass energy. With fossil fuel there are numerous carcinogens that are produced during creation and released during use. There are also additional waste issues that arise from the use of fossil fuel. With biomass energy you are guaranteed to use more of the available product and waste less during use than as with fossil fuel.
The market potential of biomass CHP is unlimited. What appears to hamper its further implementation in certain western regions is the long term reliance upon fossil fuels and a reticence to do away with this method. It is evident that the benefits of this form of energy generation far exceed those when fossil fuel is the primary fuel source. There is less wasting, more use of renewable resources and less byproducts produced.
Worldwide however there is an increasing interest in this form of energy supply. The uncertain economic climate makes it necessary for both individuals and corporations to make good use of innovative methods of energy provision that save costs and have less of a damaging effect on the environment. The global trend towards ecological awareness makes this a likely path for more and more nations with the passage of time.
One of the major issues in implementing this as a regular source of energy supplementation or full provision is making it usable on a smaller scale. Typically biomass has been efficient in supplying the energy needs of industrial areas rather than small locations that have far less of a heat load. As the need for better energy use and management continues to grow, more research will be required to determine how to utilize this highly efficient process in more areas of need.