Wood-Pellet Fired Biomass Boiler
Preliminary Technology Assessment
What is This Technology?
Biomass boilers use agricultural, forest, urban, and industrial residues and waste to generate heat. Advances in biomass boilers have delivered efficiencies of 90% or better, comparable to state-of-the art gas-fired condensing boilers. This form of heating also has a limited long term effect on the environment because the carbon in biomass is part of the natural carbon cycle, while the carbon in fossil fuels is not.
Why is GSA Interested?
For facilities in remote locations, biomass boilers have the potential to provide mission assurance, because significant quantities of fuel can be stored/produced on site. Additionally, recent advances in biomass boiler operation and efficiency, coupled with reduced fuel cost resulting from state incentives for companies using beetle-killed trees for biofuel applications,have made this technology potentially cost-effective, while contributing to federal goals of energy security and carbon reduction, and supporting state policy objectives.
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