In recent years, many utilities have explored the potential of switching to biomass-derived fuels as an alternative to coal given that the CO2 produced by burning biomass isn’t accounted for in the same way that it is when produced by burning coal. With perhaps slight exception, biomass is “carbon neutral”.
The cost of retrofitting coal plants to accommodate white pellets is substantial, approaching $1000 per kilowatt. The cost of white pellets is also quite high, given that they must be produced from the highest quality wood to meet the very strict fuel specifications imposed by the utilities. The decision to refuel an existing coal power plant must be weighed against the prospect of retiring (and likely replacing) it.
Gen2 Bio fuel is produced from low-value and plentiful biomass waste streams. The process employed to produce Gen2 Bio Fuel thoroughly removes essentially all the contaminants entrained in the biomass feedstock that would otherwise preclude its use as a coal substitute. Gen2 Bio fuel is superior to white pellets in every way. Most importantly, Gen2 is a true “drop in fuel” in that it can supplant all or a portion of a coal plant’s fuel supply without requiring the utility to retrofit the plant. Gen2 bio fuel has comparable physical and thermal properties with coal which means that the coal plant will not have to alter its operations to accommodate Gen2 Bio fuel. The decision to transition to Gen2 is an easy one for utility executives to make.