- Types of Biomass
- Energy conversion technology
- Farming Technology for Biomass
- Biomass in action
- Making Biomass a reality
BIOMASS IN ACTION
ITALY: THE FUTURE OF ENERGY INDEPENDENT FARMING IS HERE
Something very special is taking place at the La Bellotta farm on the outskirts of Turin, in Northern Italy. The very first second generation NH²™ hydrogen powered tractor is taking to the field. However, biomass is playing a fundamental role in keeping them going: it produces the methane which is then converted into hydrogen to power the machine. Furthermore, the biogas plant is powering more than just tractors: the 1 MW biogas plant that recently became operational covers the total energy needs of the farm, and will be able to feed enough electricity into the national grid to meet the daily power requirements of around 10,000 people.
UNITED KINGDOM: THE LARGEST WOOD-FIRED BIOMASS STATION IN THE WORLD
The world’s largest wood-fired biomass power station, E.ON’s Steven’s Croft plant near Lockerbie, is guaranteed a constant supply of uniform chopped willow coppice courtesy of a New Holland FR9080. Why? The FB130 willow header has been designed to double the harvesting acreage so far achieved by competitor products, and it easily copes with the 5-10cm stalks and with yields of up to 10.2 tonnes of dry matter per hectare. Robert Smith, Managing Director of Lantmännen Renewable Fuels, said, "The crop is harvested using the New Holland machinery and then taken straight into E.ON’s power station - it’s a perfect showcase for a complete supply chain for energy crops, from field to power in one step.”
INDIA: FROM BURNING FIELDS TO CLEAN ENERGY
In Guragon, near Delhi, India, A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services saw an opportunity to produce energy from what were previously considered to be waste products, namely straw from paddy fields, and that from cotton, maize and oilseed rape, and reduce the negative environmental impact of large-scale ‘stubble burning’ in the process.The company are currently operating a fleet of 105 tractors, 45 conventional balers, 15 rakes and two mowers, all New Holland, in order to supply three power generation projects in the Punjab region. With over 45 megawatts of energy delivered to the national grid, New Holland are now cultivating India’s fields and lighting up the country’s cities. Mr Rakesh Agarwal, Chief Managing Director of A2Z, was extremely satisfied, "We selected New Holland over other manufacturers because of their expertise in biomass collection."
BRAZIL: THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESSFUL ENERGY GENERATION
An energy revolution is taking place in Brazil. New Holland, in partnership with the Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (Sugar Cane Technology Centre - CTC), is at the forefront of producing energy from sugar cane, not just in the traditional form of ethanol, but by transforming sugar cane straw into energy. Two Brazilian test farms use a whole range of New Holland equipment to bale this energy rich straw including tractors, windrowers, large square balers and bale accumulators. The project with CTC includes a solution to process these bales in sugar cane power plants to cogenerate energy. This technology is of growing interest to Brazilian farmers, as the ban on traditional sugar cane stubble burning will come into effect in 2021, and this solution provides the perfect, profitability enhancing alternative for the farmers of the over 12 million hectares of land given over to sugar cane production.