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Expanding the market potential of biomass

An overview of current and new technologies that are appropriate for use with specific types of biomass has been conducted. The purpose extends beyond discovering the most efficient and appropriate technologies for heat and electric energy transformation to that of managing biomass in the market.
Expanding the market potential of biomass
The evaluation was both quantitative and qualitative in nature and set out to ascertain the economic value of the destinations where the materials are currently being sent. It also was designed to determine occurrences of inefficiency not only for the purpose of energy utilisation but also for the overall advancement of biomass management.

For the investigation of wooden biomass production in particular, three main steps were involved. The first involved distinguishing the necessary components. Following this was the analysis of how much waste was produced yearly. Finally the current market of biomass classes was analysed to determine availability of the produced material. The goal was to better the overall process of materials management and to make the process more uniform.

Much of the wooden biomass that passes into the market comes from industries and urban wastes and is in turn re-used to make particleboard. Taking this into account, there is also an enormous amount available for use in district heating, an environmentally efficient means of converting energy and good news for the market as well.
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