The economic feasibility of using Georgia biomass for electrical energy production
Shumaker, George A.
McKissick, John C.
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The purpose of this study is to re-evaluate the economic feasibility of current technology for pyrolysis and gasification as methods for producing energy from Georgia’s biomass resources. The study also evaluates the feasibility of converting dairy waste into methane for electrical generation. The basic process is to convert the biomass resource into “bio-gas” and “bio-oil” or “syn-gas” and “syn-oil” that can be used as fuel to produce electricity. The basic findings are that while it is technologically feasible to accomplish the task, it is not economically feasible to convert biomass into electricity in Georgia at the present time. The exception is that large dairies or smaller dairies that pool their manure may be able to produce electricity at competitive rates.