Process heat - electrification vs biomass

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firthj posted this 08 August 2022

I'm interested in tracking the switch from fossil fuels to either electricity or bio-mass in process heat. I have noticed that biomass is included in the distributed generation trends dataset. Does anyone know what this would cover?

In particular, say Fonterra or some other company replace a coal boiler with bio-mass; would this be included in this data or does it specifically need to be used to generate electricity (which would then be subsequently used in some process)? 

Bonus question: If this data set does not track such conversions, does anyone know of a source that does?

msouness posted this 22 August 2022

I'd recommend in the first instance refer to the Heat Plant Database held by the Bioenergy Association.

https://www.bioenergy.org.nz/resource/heat-plant-database