Biomass is a manageable renewable energy source, meaning it can be used for base-load and load-following electricity production. While electricity is often not the highest value use of biomass, it can be the lowest risk and best choice for many companies and regions that are seeking a reliable return. TorchLight has substantial experience identifying the best conversion technology for a given type of biomass, which can be particularly challenging at a small-scale (< 5 MW). New developments in syngas upgrading (gasification) and organic Rankine cycle technology are making small-scale biopower generation more reliable and economically accessible.


The most efficient use of biomass for energy is combined heat and power production. This has been successfully implemented at many forestry facilities and municipalities around the world. Whether the heat is used for industrial purposes or district heating (homes/commercial buildings), reduced natural gas and/or oil consumption can improve energy security, eliminate wastes, and reduce costs. While overall electricity production can be slightly lower than an electricity-only facility, heat revenues usually more than make up for the reduction. CHP systems, particularly at a scale >5MWth, are widely used and TorchLight can help you select a system and suppliers than best meet your needs.

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