Biomass charcoal heater may herald new era in ultra-high efficiency home heating

February 6th, 2009 - 5:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb 6 (ANI): Scientists in Japan are reporting development of an improved biomass charcoal combustion heater that they say could open a new era in sustainable and ultra-high efficiency home heating.

In the study, researchers Amit Suri, Masayuki Horio and colleagues note that about 67 percent of Japan is covered with forests, with that biomass the nations most abundant renewable energy source.

Wider use of biomass could tap that sustainable source of fuel and by their calculations cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by 4.46 million tons.

Using waste biomass charcoal, their heater recorded a thermal efficiency of 60-81 percent, compared to an efficiency of 46-54 percent of current biomass stoves in Turkey and the U.S.

According to the authors of the study, The charcoal combustion heater developed in the present work, with its fast startup, high efficiency, and possible automated control, would open a new era of massive but small-scale biomass utilization for a sustainable society. (ANI)

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