Statement by IEA Bioenergy Task 32 on biomass
When considering the
broad range of experiences with cofiring biomass in coal fired power
plants of various configurations worldwide, one can conclude that
It is therefore the opinion of IEA Bioenergy Task 32 that:
- Cofiring has been demonstrated successfully in over 150
installations worldwide for most combinations of fuels and boiler types.
- Cofiring offers among the highest electrical conversion
efficiencies of any biomass power option.
- Cofiring biomass residues in existing coal-fired boilers is
among the lowest cost biomass power production options.
- Well-managed cofiring projects involve low technical risk
addition to mitigation of CO2 emission, cofiring biomass in existing
coal-fired boilers usually also leads to reduced emissions of NOx, SO2
and other flue gas components.
Cofiring biomass in existing coal-fired boilers
provides an attractive approach to nearly every aspect of bioenergy