Energy from wood

Wood is a sustainable domestic energy resource. When it is used as an energy source, it releases only as much CO2 as the plants bound while they were growing. We are taking advantage of these benefits at innogy.

Turning biomass into electricity

Plant power: the chart shows how energy is obtained from biomass.

Electricity is generated from waste wood in biomass power stations. Wood from forests or wood waste, e.g. old furniture, can be used for the purpose. The process works like this: the wood is first fed into a kiln. The heat produced by burning the wood is used to heat water. The steam that is created then drives a turbine that generates electricity. Burning the wood releases only as much CO2 as the plants took up while they were growing.

Combined heat and power generation is a particularly efficient way of using wood, the primary energy source. This technology generates heat and electricity in a combined process in block central cogeneration stations. Both then supply nearby industrial firms or housing estates.

Find out more about innogy's flagship projects in the field of biomass

Waycross pellet plant

An innogy flagship project in Georgia, USA

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Your contact person for biomass questions

Sarah Knauber

Sarah Knauber

Spokeswoman Renewable Energies

T +49 201 12-14861

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