In focus…Biogas and biomass


In days gone by, tales abounded of families huddling by their fireplace, their homes warmed by the crackling embers of wood. Little did they know, those trees, felled for building materials, carried within them the seeds of renewable energy – a vivid example of the power of biomass fuel, or biofuel.

Biofuel, derived from organic matter, is inherently carbon neutral, capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) during the organism’s lifetime and releasing none during combustion. Biomass and biogas champion carbon neutrality, utilising diverse resources like agricultural crops, wood and industrial by-products. 

Harvested branches and overlooked materials find purpose in biomass power plants, while dedicated cultivation of crops like rapeseed fuels a green revolution for sustainable energy.

When it comes to low-carbon energies, wind, solar, hydrogen, and batteries often grab headlines, but biomass constitutes the majority (50-60%) of the EU’s renewable energy consumption. Primarily employed in the heating sector, biomass usage accounts for approximately 75% of total energy usage in this sector.

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