Conversion of biomass into a useful renewable energy product is a tremendous challenge. The greatest challenge, many feel, is how to centralize enough of this material to drive large ethanol plants. While small scale conversion of new carbon biomass sources like stover, switchgrass, etc. will certainly occur, the real impact that can be made now is by burning of the new carbon sources to obtain heat, steam, syngas, etc. Woody waste, stover, corn, glycerine, whatever can be fed through the chute contains energy that is efficiently recovered by the partial combustion process of gasification.
This process is under study at the moment as we decide whether to purchase equipment or make it ourselves�..In either case, we are hoping our floors will be hydronically heated this winter using this process!