General information about biomass

TergoPower projects are designed to be 100% straw-fired, with a possibility of adding up to 40% wood chips as a backup fuel in case of temporary unavailability of straw.

Biomass is a wider term and can be used to describe all plant and animal matter on the Earth’s surface. Biomass is anything that is alive. It is also anything that was alive a short time ago. In the context of biomass for energy this is often used to mean plant based material, but biomass can equally apply to both animal and vegetable derived material.

If it is managed on a sustainable basis, biomass is harvested as part of a constantly replenished crop. This is either during farming, woodland arboricultural management or coppicing or as part of a continuous programme of replanting with the new growth taking up CO2 from the atmosphere at the same time as it is released by combustion of the previous harvest.