Our Bioenergy division was established in 2014 with the acquisition of Imperative Energy, a leading provider of bioenergy solution to customers in the UK and Ireland.
Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy around the world and its continued development and use is vital to the attainment of national and EU renewable energy targets for heat, power and transportation.
A number of factors are driving this change:
- Global Energy Demand is expected to double between 2005 and 2050
- Fossil Fuel Prices are expected to continue an upward trend and remain highly volatile in the short term
- Threats to Security of Supply with the EU and the US continuing to import oil and gas from Russia and the Middle East, and remaining vulnerability to price volatility and geo-political uncertainty
- Climate Change with international agreements imposing legal obligations on governments worldwide to reduce carbon emissions to stem rising global temperatures
The switch to renewable sources of energy has become a regulatory and an economic imperative.
Bioenergy is the oldest source of renewable energy known to mankind. There is a range of biomass fuel types:
- Wood chip
- Wood pellets
- Wood shavings/residues
- Energy crops, for example miscanthus, willow
- Empty fruit bunches for example shell fibre from palm oil production
- Refuse-derived fuel from municipal, industrial or agricultural waste
Energy is released through a conversion process such as combustion, pyrolysis or gasification.
Biomass has a number of competitive advantages:
- 70% of UK wood residue must be used as fuel. The UK forestry commission encourages the use of wood as a fuel to revitalise the forestry industry and get better managed and larger forests.
- Pellets and wood chips are automatically fed into modern biomass boilers using vacuum or auger fuel feed systems.
- Storage space is required for wood fuel, however, the installation of biomass systems is as straightforward as traditional heating systems.
- Biomass boilers use sustainable wood fuel where the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted can be off-set by recently grown biomass forming a carbon neutral cycle.