Biomass Heating Systems...Do They Make Economic Sense?

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Date: 
2009
Volume: 
21
Number: 
11
Tip Category: 
Alternative energy
Energy conservation
Heating systems

Though biomass heating systems have successfully proven their ability to heat a poultry house in the U.S. as well as other countries, there are still a number of details that have to be worked out before they are viewed by most as a viable alternative to traditional propane heating systems. The most significant of these issues has nothing to do with system construction, operation, or management but rather with economics. Quite simply, are biomass heating systems capable of producing a relatively quick return on their rather high initial cost? To answer this question one must first determine how much a biomass heating system can potentially reduce the cost of heating a poultry house.