Initial Market Assessment for Small-Scale Biomass-Based CHP

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The purpose of this report is to reexamine the energy generation market opportunities for biomass CHP applications smaller than 20 MW. This paper provides an overview of the benefits of and challenges for biomass CHP in terms of policy, including a discussion of the drivers behind, and constraints on, the biomass CHP market. The report provides a summary discussion of the available biomass supplytypes and technologies that could be used to feed the market. Two primary markets are outlined--rural/agricultural and urban--for small-scale biomass CHP, and illustrate the primary intersections of supply and demand for those markets. The paper concludes by summarizing the potential markets and suggests next steps for identifying and utilizing small-scale biomass.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages26
    StatePublished - 2008

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-640-42046


    • agricultural markets
    • biofuels
    • biomass combined heat and power (CHP)
    • municipal markets
    • NREL
    • null
    • null
    • policy makers


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