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March 26, 2016

Wood Pellets Generate Way More CO2 Than Coal

Filed under: Uncategorized — sunshinehours1 @ 4:58 PM

So they did a study called “Biomass Supply and Carbon Accounting for Southeastern Forests”

And they came up numbers for a bunch of technologies and broke out the CO2 emissions for transport and for power production using lbs/MMBtu.

CHP power plants are most efficient. “CHP involves the use of a steam turbine which is designed not only to drive a generator, but also to produce steam or hot water.”

So the top choice would be Coal CHP where the waste water is used in a central district heat type situation.

Next choice would be Natural Gas. Then New coal power plants.

The absolute worst choice is wood pellets because transporting those pellets generates a lo of CO2.

Which is what they are shipping to the UK (and many other places) to burn in DRAX.




  1. […] New coal power plants generate more CO2 than natural gas but they generate way less CO2 than wood pellets. […]

    Pingback by Alberta NDP Coal Phaseout Could Triple Power Bills | sunshine hours — April 1, 2016 @ 11:24 AM | Reply

  2. […] to CO2. The study I have referenced before told us that wood pellets (especially those transported long distances like USA to UK) […]

    Pingback by Ontario Spent 170 million to Convert a Coal Power Plant to burn Norwegian Wood Pellets | sunshine hours — April 4, 2016 @ 9:05 AM | Reply

  3. […] I was looking for total CO2 figures for the Atikokan plant. I haven’t found any yet. But I did find an OPG document showing CO2 production of 4 scenarios at Thunder Bay (which is also burning Norwegian Wood). One of those scenarios is a Natural Gas Combined Cycle power plant. It showed that plant producing a huge amount of CO2 compared to wood pellets. I know that isn’t true from this article. […]

    Pingback by Ontario Wood Pellets Would Have Produced Less Than Half Of The (net) CO2 as Norwegian Wood Pellets | sunshine hours — April 5, 2016 @ 6:48 PM | Reply

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