The Limits of Biomass: UK Energy Needs
A simple thought experiment. What if instead of building the 3.2 GW Hinkley C nuclear power station, the UK built a biomass plant instead? We would need to do two things: build the power plant and gather up the biomass for the plant. The first is not a major problem. Land requirements for a biomass aren’t too bad. The latter on the other hand is a problem, and not a mild one.
Even with an intensively cultivated plantation of fast-growing trees, a wood-burning electricity generation plant would not have power densities higher than 0.6 W/m2...
29 March 2013
Source: Gigaom 25 July 2014