- Types of Biomass
- Energy conversion technology
- Farming Technology for Biomass
- Biomass in action
- Making Biomass a reality
BIOMASS: CLEAN ENERGY OF THE FUTURE
A GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. AN AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITY
Governments and International Organisations across the globe have established ambitious roadmaps to increase the role renewable energies play in meeting our overall energy demand, in order to combat both the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels as well as to find alternatives to these dwindling and finite resources. The European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), for example, has tasked all European Union member states with satisfying 20% of their energy needs with renewables by the year 2020. This ambitious target requires a multi-faceted approach, and New Holland, through its pioneering Clean Energy Leader strategy, already has a complete range of solutions for biomass production.
WHAT ACTUALLY IS BIOMASS?
Biomass is biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms. In the context of biomass for energy this is often used to mean plant based material, but biomass can equally apply to both animal and vegetable derived material.
BIOMASS: CARBON NEUTRAL ENERGY
It’s all very well and good producing renewable energy, but if by doing so you have a carbon footprint of an elephant you’ve simply shifted the problem from use to production. Agricultural biomass is a carbon neutral virtuous cycle. The carbon emitted during the utilisation of these crops, for example in combustion, is absorbed by the crops the following season during growth. The result? Energy one. Carbon neutral.
BIOMASS: AT THE HEART OF THE CLEAN ENERGY LEADER STRATEGY
Since 2006 New Holland is established as the Clean Energy Leader for its active promotion and development of renewable fuels, emissions reduction systems and sustainable agricultural technology. Biomass, together with the four other pillars: Biodiesel, ECOBlue™ Tier 4 solutions, NH2™ hydrogen tractor and the Energy Independent Farm and carbon footprint reduction, form the foundation blocks for this strategy.
BIOMASS: THE ULTIMATE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE
The never-ending cycle of sowing, growing and harvesting is as age old as farming itself, and means that agricultural biomass is the true embodiment of the term ‘renewable energy’. Quite simply, it will exist as long as farmers continue to cultivate the land. No need to worry about dwindling resources or finite supplies. Biomass energy will be on tap today, tomorrow and for all of your children’s tomorrows.
BIOMASS: FITS FARMERS LIKE A GLOVE
One: farmers have the land to grow suitable crops.
Two: farmers have the machines to harvest and process those crops.
Three: farmers can provide for their own energy needs, and sell any surplus energy back to the national grid.
Growing energy. As easy as 1-2-3.