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The project considered the technology, application and viability of biomass gasification based power and cogeneration systems in the range 1-6 MW(e). The primary objectives of the project were to develop technical/system and economic/financial computer based models of gasifier/engine power generation units, to compare biomass fuelled gasifier/engine units with boiler/turbine sets across a range of applications and to make a preliminary examination of the viability of gasification based power generation in Ireland, Greece and Southern Italy. Secondary objectives were to consider which aspects of the technology require further development and to review the environmental impact of these plants. Power generation in Europe using biomass as a fuel is clearly not economically viable at present delivered costs. Cogeneration of heat and power however could be viable in some locations now, but the limited heat to power ratios of gasifier/engine units means that boiler/turbine sets will often be preferred, in spite of their lower overall efficiencies. The best prospects are in the southern regions of the Community and in Eire, where industrial power costs are much higher on average than the EEC norm and the necessary biomass fuel and expertise can be made available.

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Authors: HEATON J, Energy Options Ltd., Dudley, West Midlands (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11994 EN (1990) 109 pp., MF, ECU 8
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Record Number: 199010272 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en