Concentrated Solar Thermal energy is intermittent, and the cost of storing thermal energy increases the cost of using it to generate electricity.
However, biomass gasification at high temperature can be achieved efficiently with Concentrated Solar Thermal energy.
The result is almost complete conversion of biomass to a gas that is quite clean
The gas is cleaner and also contains more energy
- When biomass is gasified by incineration with air and pure oxygen, char is left over and part of the biomass energy is consumed.
- When the energy to gasify the biomass is Concentrated Solar Thermal energy, little of the biomass remains and the resulting gas contains about double the energy content.
Also, Concentrated Solar Thermal energy is exploited in this process at a lower cost than a Solar Thermal power station. The expense of thermal energy storage is not needed.
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