Lack of critical mass in biomass

Growth in the use of biomass has led clearing houses to list derivatives referencing the organic fuel source, while some experimentation has also taken place within the over-the-counter markets. But these efforts are yet to yield substantial success. Jay Maroo investigates


Never has a decaying mixture of forestry residues, agricultural crops, sewage and industrial waste been so exciting. The globe’s finite supply of fossil fuels is propelling a frenetic search for alternatives – and market participants and politicians believe biomass is one of the answers.

Biomass fuel consists of organic matter of recent origin, commonly including wood. The use of biomass fuels has increased steadily in recent years, particularly in Europe, where political leaders have signed up

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