Renewable Energy Magazine reports that electricity generation from incinerating biomass is increasing throughout the world.

Over the past five years, almost 800 power plants with a capacity of more than 8,700 MW came on line. In Europe alone, there are more than 1,000 active biomass power plants. In the five years to come, a worldwide growth of up to 12,000 MW can be expected…biomass is experiencing a boom like never before.

Some 9000 new biomass facilities are expected by 2015.  Every week in our post The Energy Blog World: The Week in Review we highlight some of these new operations.  Biomass plants use wood and agricultural products as input.

Biomass is most extensively used in Europe, especially in the Scandinavian countries Finland and Sweden with their large forests.  Outside of Europe, most of the power plants are located in Brazil, China and India. European plants tend to be larger and produce both electricity and heat whereas Chinese and Indian plants only produce electricity.  Over the next five years the number of Asian plants are expected to surpass those in Europe.

Unlike solar, wind and wate-based renewable energy, biomass does not depend on weather to produce energy.  Hence it can guarantee a continuous stream of electricity.

For a recent study of the world biomass market see The World Market for Biomass Power Plants 2011/2012.

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