What is Biomass Heating?

Biomass heating systems generate heat using plant-derived materials, such as wood, grass, corn, or other plant matter, in place of traditional fossil fuel sources. Biomass heating provides a number of benefits over traditional fossil fuel heating. Firstly, biomass is a renewable resource, unlike fossil fuels which take millions of years to form. Further, sources of biomass can include agricultural and wood by-products from harvesting and processing. This allows for less discarded waste material, as well as generating additional revenue for local agricultural and forest industries. Additionally, biomass is plentiful, particularly in rural areas, reducing heating costs over that of fossil fuels.

Biomass heating also has a lower impact on the environment compared to fossil fuels. Carbon released by the combustion of biomass is already a part of the natural carbon cycle, while that of fossil fuels is not. This means that less carbon is added to the environment with biomass versus fossil fuel heating.

For more information about biomass heating, please view the videos below*. More information may also be obtained from the Biomass Thermal Energy Council's website.

* The videos below are provided for informational purposes only. They are not intended to imply the endorsement of any particular product or service.