Life Cycle Analysis

Contribution of Biomass to the LCI of Cofiring Power
Biomass includes agricultural residues, forest thinnings, and dedicated energy crops. Life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions can be accomplished with coal and biomass co-firing only if biomass is produced with high yield rates and there are miniminal changes to land use. Increasing power plant efficiency or using post-combustion carbon dioxide capture and sequestration can lead to larger GHG reductions than co-firing biomass with coal.
Authors: Tim Skone, Joe Marriott, PhD
Date: September, 2012

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