Bioenergy is the energy released from biomass, which is classified as any organic material which contains stored carbon. Biomass can include wood, grasses, livestock slurry and other forms of organic waste. As biomass sources can be constantly replenished, for example by planting more trees, bioenergy is classed as renewable.
Bioenergy is unique amongst renewable energy technologies as it can be used directly to produce liquid biofuels, generate heat and steam, and to generate electricity. Bioenergy has another benefit over other forms of renewable energy, in that it is not location-specific and that it can be scheduled – you don’t have to wait for the sun to shine or the wind to blow!
Biomass is present almost everywhere you look – from forestry residues to food waste, all of which can be used to produce energy. re:heat focus on projects and technology which involve the combustion of biomass to create energy, rather than the production of liquid fuels.
re:heat have a strong commitment to developing the part that bioenergy can play in meeting the energy needs of our economy, and our staff have played a key role in driving the sector forward over the past decade.