BERC offers extensive information about the various benefits and issues regarding the use of community-scale biomass energy. While our 'Resource' section covers information about the use of methane and other biofuels, BERC's primary focus is on the use of woody biomass and pelletizable "solid" fuels.
BERC's Case Studies series offers a look at various community-scale biomass facilities in the United States, focusing on the actual experiences in planning for, converting to, and operating wood energy systems.
Information according to topic areas can be found in our Fact Sheets section.
Our Technology section gives overviews on various existing and emerging wood energy technologies.
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section provides a strong foundation in understanding many aspects of biomass use, and addresses questions including: Will the wood smoke be an air-quality problem? and, How stable is the supply of woodchips?
BERC's Publications section is a source for a variety of information, including pellet heating, Northern Forest energy policy, the Vermont Fuels For Schools program, and wood fuel supply analysis.
We offer an Image Library of downloadable pictures for use, free of charge, which includes sections on solid biomass fuel types, equipment, and combustion and storage facilities.
For a comprehensive listing and explanation of the technical terms involving the many details of biomass technologies, see the Glossary of Biomass Heating Terms.
BERC has compiled a list of Links to related sites containing further information on biomass energy.Note: BERC’s role as a source of information, education, and technical consulting, not engaged in selling products or installation of energy systems, allows us to offer unbiased and objective information about biomass energy, technologies, and fuel resources.