Biomass fuelled combined heat and power: situation in the UK and the Netherlands

Alejandro Alcalá, Anthony Bridgwater, John Vos

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Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the simultaneous generation of usable heat and power in a single process. Despite its obvious advantages in terms of increased efficiency when compared to a single heat or power generation unit, there are a number of technical and economic reasons that have limited their selection. Biomass resources can be, and actually are used as fuel in CHP installations; however several hurdles have to be sorted beforehand, among the most important is the fact that biomass energy sources are not as energy intense as conventional CHP fuels. The ultimate outcome is a limited number of CHP units making use of biomass as fuel. Even fewer CHP units use bioliquids (e.g.: fast pyrolysis biomass liquids, biodiesel and vegetable oil). The Bioliquid-CHP project is carried out by a consortium of seven European and Russian complementary partners, funded by the EU and by the Federal Agency for Science and Innovation of the Russian Federation. The project aim is to develop microturbine and internal combustion engine adaptations in order to adjust these prime movers to bioliquids for CHP applications. This paper will show a summary of the current biomass CHP installations in the UK and the Netherlands, making reference to number of units, capacity, fuel used, the conversion technology involved and the preferred prime movers. The information will give an insight of the current market, with probable future trends and areas where growth could be expected. A similar paper describing the biomass CHP situation in Italy and Russia will be prepared in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the bioten conference on biomass, bioenergy and biofuels 2010
EditorsA. V. Bridgwater
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCPL press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-872691-54-1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventBioten Conference: Biomass-Bioenergy-Biofuels-Biorefinery - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Sept 201023 Sept 2010


ConferenceBioten Conference: Biomass-Bioenergy-Biofuels-Biorefinery
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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