Business case development

Sudhakar Sagi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Today, focus is shifting to creation of bio-energy, biofuel and bioproducts from cellulosic biomass derived from various sources, including existing and new crops and their residues, trees and forest residues, and municipal or industrial wastes. At present, biomass co-firing in modern coal power plants with efficiencies up to 45% is the most cost-effective biomass use for power generation. Due to feedstock availability issues, dedicated biomass plants for combined heat and power (CHP), are typically of smaller size and lower electrical efficiency compared to coal plants. The financial model discussed in the chapter is suitable for all countries both in the West and in the developing world. From the economic analysis given in the chapter it can be concluded that intermediate pyrolysis technology proves to be very effective in terms of product qualities of the oil produced and also the return on investment is around 4 to 5 years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformation of biomass
Subtitle of host publicationtheory to practice
EditorsAndreas Hornung
Place of PublicationChirchester (UK)
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-69364-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-119-97327-0
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2014


  • bio-energy
  • biomass
  • combined heat and power (CHP)
  • feedstock
  • intermediate pyrolysis technology
  • power generation


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