Biomass - fueling the plant
Biomass is renewable because it is sourced from plants and trees. Biomass naturally absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while it is growing and emits it when it decays or when burned. Biomass fuel comprises recycled wood, forestry and agricultural residues and energy crops such as coppiced willow and miscanthus.
Even if biomass is not consumed as fuel, the release of carbon dioxide happens naturally as the biomass material eventually dies and decays – converting biomass to energy accelerates this natural process and makes good use of a renewable resource.
The Barton Renewable Energy Plant will be able to consume differing types of biomass that includes:
- Recycled wood that is sourced primarily from building construction and demolition sites as well as civic municipal amenities
- Virgin timber from forestry residues and timber processing
- Energy crops such as coppiced willow and miscanthus
- Agricultural residues from harvesting or processing such as straw and husks.