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Biomass energy - power plant capacity worldwide 2017

Capacity of biomass power plants in selected countries and worldwide in 2017 (in gigawatts)

by Statista Research Department, last edited May 15, 2019
Biomass energy - power plant capacity worldwide 2017 Biomass power plants in the United States has the largest capacity in the world at 16.7 gigawatts in 2017. The global capacity of biomass plants totaled 122 gigawatts.
Biomass demand

Bioenergy is one of the largest contributors to renewable energy demand – traditional biomass use in developing countries and more modern uses for biomass account for a large part of bioenergy consumption. Although fossil fuels remain the primary source for heating, the combustion of biomass acts as a renewable heating source. Traditional use of biomass occurs when wood biomass or charcoal, as well as dung and agricultural residues are burned in simple devices.

Modern biomass combustion plant

As seen in the traditional combustion of biomass for heat, modern uses of biomass can be complex due to the nature of the materials used. Some biomass requires pre-treatment before being burned. The heat from the combustion is used to fire the boiler, generating hot water or steam, which turns a turbine that produces electricity.
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by Statista Research Department, last edited May 15, 2019
Biomass power plants in the United States has the largest capacity in the world at 16.7 gigawatts in 2017. The global capacity of biomass plants totaled 122 gigawatts.
Biomass demand

Bioenergy is one of the largest contributors to renewable energy demand – traditional biomass use in developing countries and more modern uses for biomass account for a large part of bioenergy consumption. Although fossil fuels remain the primary source for heating, the combustion of biomass acts as a renewable heating source. Traditional use of biomass occurs when wood biomass or charcoal, as well as dung and agricultural residues are burned in simple devices.

Modern biomass combustion plant

As seen in the traditional combustion of biomass for heat, modern uses of biomass can be complex due to the nature of the materials used. Some biomass requires pre-treatment before being burned. The heat from the combustion is used to fire the boiler, generating hot water or steam, which turns a turbine that produces electricity.
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