"The electricity generating station would be fed by up to 800,000 tonnes of fuel, mostly wood, and Helius says it would produce enough electricity for 200,000 homes."But biomass energy is better delivered as heat to 200,000 homes via a hundred district heating projects, each serving 2,000 homes, with the best-suited projects producing power to the grid. Or as pellets (or firewood) to individual homes. The visual and environmental footprint of the smaller projects is cleaner, more manageable, and more sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations. And beyond the environmental fears of the community, the long-term supply logistics of mega-plants are increasingly difficult to support, and this problem increases in magnitude exponentially with size. The capital risk of these large projects ensures that they will dominate the regional biomass market, driving up wood costs for smaller, more efficient facilities and any sawmills, pulp mills, pellet mills, or wood panel plants in the area. And ultimately, it ensures that they will fail to deliver on expectations, and give biomass energy a black eye.
Big power is better suited to more energy-dense feedstock, such as coal, natural gas, or nuclear. Smaller is better when it comes to biomass energy. Come over and sit with me in front of my wood stove sometime, and we'll discuss it over a couple of Yuenglings; that's as good as it gets.