What is it?
Biogenerators are fueled renewable generators - ones which burn living matter or the waste produced by living matter to generate electricity.
How does it work?
Biomass is organic material which has stored sunlight in the form of chemical energy. As a fuel it biomass can include wood, wood waste products, straw, manure and many other by-products from agricultural processes. This stored chemical energy is combusted and, utilising conventional technology; high pressure steam is fed through a turbine to generate electricity.
A good, sustainable source of biomass is one which is sourced locally and does not compete with other industries - such as food production.
Why does Good Energy like it?
Behaving much like a conventional coal generation plant, biogeneration is great as the electricity generated can be readily controlled based on how the generator is fuelled - unlike many other renewable technologies which rely on weather or environmental conditions to generate power.
While biogenerators do release carbon, when we account for the carbon cycle of biomass - this is carbon that has been captured in the growth of the organic matter - provided that the fuel is carefully and sustainably sourced, transported and burned, it is a carbon neutral technology. When working with any form of bioenergy, Good Energy adheres to its stringent Biogeneration Procurement Policy.
Case Study: Wyke Farms
As the UK’s largest independent cheese maker, Wyke Farms is demonstrating how producing delicious food can be done sustainably. Electricity from cheese? Absolutely!Read more