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For more in-depth information on woodchip, pellet, and cordwood boiler systems, see BERC's publication Wood Boiler Systems: Overview.

See also Particulate Matter Emissions-Control Options for Wood Boiler Systems.

Applications for Biomass:

  • Hospitals
  • College & university campuses
  • Public buildings
  • Single & multi-facility buildings
  • Community district energy
  • Commercial buildings
  • Schools
  • Office complexes
  • Hotels & motels
  • Industrial/manufacturing sites
  • Forest products industry facilities
  • Greenhouses
  • Medium -to large-scale agricultural operations

District Heating

District energy systems use one or more central plants to provide thermal energy to multiple buildings.


Gasification is a thermo-chemical process that converts solid fuel materials into combustible gases that can then be used for heat and power.

Heating Systems: Automated

Fully automated systems employ a chip storage bin, typically below grade, that can hold one and a half to two tractor loads of woodchips (35-50 tons).

Heating Systems: Semi-Automated Fuel Handling

Fully automated woodchip heating systems, which feed the chips from the storage bin automatically to the boiler, can be very expensive. A more cost-effective alternative for smaller facilities with lower heating loads is the semi-automated system.

Industrial Combined Heat and Power

Biomass projects that generate electrical power at industrial locations also generate enough heat to be productively used. Making use of this waste heat increases a project's overall cost efficiency.