John Robb brings news about the GEK gasifier, an exciting open source project where you create electricity for your house using wood and other biomass waste. I’m planning to talk with the people behind All Power Labs this Wednesday on the Resilient Strategies Roundtable. They’ve done some excellent open source work on wood gasification for […]
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The behemoth Drax Power Station in the UK is switching from using coal as fuel to wood and crop residue biomass. The station outputs 4 GW which makes it one of the biggest power plants anywhere. The owners say it is “the largest, cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power station in the country” and appears […]
What a great idea. Use existing coal plants to burn biomass as fuel instead. Ontario will have one plant completely converted by 2012, with more coming. The biomass comes from leftovers from foresting and agriculture, with switchgrass a possibility as a crop too.
Truck unloading wood chips that will fuel the Tracy Biomass Plant, Tracy, California. That’s the hope. Use forest waste, agricultural leftovers, and non-food crops to power what used to be a coal plant with biomass only. The logistics though, are daunting, getting all that stuff to the plant, and doing it in a way that […]
Such a switch would not be easy, but Canada is considering doing it. Figuring out how to burn biomass such as wood or switchgrass pellets could solve many problems at once. The government could make good on its commitment to phase out coal. It could keep a sizeable amount of electricity generation in the area […]