Assessment of integration of different biomass gasification alternatives in a district-heating system
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2009

With increasingly stringent CO2 emission reduction targets, incentives for efficient use of limited biomass resources increase. Technologies for gasification of biomass may then play a key role given their potential for high electrical efficiency and multiple outputs; not only electricity but also bio transport fuels and district heat. The aim of this study is to assess the economic consequences and the potential for CO2 reduction of integration of a biomass gasification plant into a district-heating (DH) system. The study focuses on co-location with an existing natural gas combined cycle heat and power plant in the municipal DH system of Go¨ teborg, Sweden. The analysis is carried out using a systems modeling approach. The so-called MARTES model is used. MARTES is a simulating, DH systems supply model with a detailed time slice division. The economic robustness of different solutions is investigated by using different sets of parameters for electricity price, fuel prices and policy tools. In this study, it is assumed that not only tradable green certificates for electricity but also tradable green certificates for transport fuels exist. The economic results show strong dependence on the technical solutions and scenario assumptions but in most cases a stand-alone SNG-polygeneration plant with district-heat delivery is the cost-optimal solution. Its profitability is strongly dependent on policy tools and the price relation between biomass and fossil fuels. Finally, the results show that operation of the biomass gasification plants reduces the (DH) system’s net emissions of CO2.

district-heating systems

bio-energy combine



tradable green certificates for transport fuels


Elsa Fahlén

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Energiteknik

Erik Ahlgren

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Energiteknik


0360-5442 (ISSN)

Vol. 34 2184-2195


Övrig annan teknik

Annan naturresursteknik