Finnish renewable bioenergy is affordable and emission-free

For decades, biofuels manufactured from solid biomass have proven their efficiency and affordability, in comparison to imported energy. For the time being, all energy obtained from renewable biomass is classified as emission-free within the EU. Of the biofuels originating from Finland, only peat is considered to be a fossil fuel, and it has a specific emission factor.

Today’s biomass energy burning systems are advanced and completely automated. Their operational reliability is equal to that of, e.g., oil burners, so the use of energy sources, such as wood chips or peat, is truly effortless and affordable.

When comparing the annual cost of the Finnish bioenergy forms (wood chips, peat, pellets, firewood, and grain) that are most frequently used for heating with the more common energy forms in use, it is easy to see how much more affordable Finnish solid bioenergy is in comparison to, e.g., oil or electricity. Even ground heat is more expensive, because most of its overall cost consists of electricity.

The Palokärki burning systems developed by Biofire Oy efficiently utilise exactly the mentioned biofuels which are more affordable (wood chips, peat, grain, pellets). If the energy wood (or grain) is also obtained from one’s own land, it will be even more affordable.

The example used is a house with a floor area of 250 m2 and a room height of 2.7 m. The source for the efficiency values of the energy forms and prices is the Netti data provided by Motiva. The example is for the energy consumption of a modern house (built in or after 2010, http://www.lammitysvertailu.eneuvonta.fi/). For the prices of the wood chips, peat and grain, the local values for the southern part of Kauhajoki in 2016 were used. The pellet price used was the lowest market price (€175 / metric tonne). As the prices of the various energy forms fluctuate by location, the values in the graphs are only suggestive.