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 future generations.
BIOMASS: FITS FARMERS LIKE A GLOVE
What makes biomass and agriculture the perfect match?
One: farmers have the land to grow suitable crops.
Two: farmers have the machines to harvest and process these crops.
Three: farmers can provide for their own energy needs, and sell surplus energy back to the national grid. Growing energy. As easy as 1-2-3.
CARBON NEUTRAL ENERGY
It’s all very well and good producing renewable energy, but if by doing so you have a carbon footprint the size 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.
FARMING TECHNOLOGY FOR BIOMASS
Biomass is at the heart of New Holland’s product development cycle and you can choose between a range of machines to help you harness the energy you have grown.
THE PARTNER OF CHOICE FOR BIOMASS
The Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (Sugar Cane Technology Centre) in Brazil is the forefront of the Brazilian biomass industry, use New Holland’s 360Æ product offering to transform energy rich sugarcane stover into bales that generate useful energy in specialist power plants.
BIGBALER: BALES OF ENERGY
Turn sometimes unwanted harvesting by-products into bales of energy with the BigBaler range. Select the TwinCutter™ prechopper for a super fine chop. Uniformly dense bales with an optimised combustion profile are produced courtesy of SmartFill™ technology.
GRANBIO: ENERGY FROM STRAW
In North Eastern Brazil, sugar cane stover is collected from the fields, and using second generation bioethanol production techniques, is transformed into useful ethanol.
FR FORAGE HARVESTER: HARVESTING FOR ENERGY
Choose the specialist biomass drum for guaranteed fine chopping for more efficient digestion. A complete range of headers for biomass applications include the 130FB coppice header with integrated saw blades that can slice through coppice stems of up to 150mm.