Ceres provides online biopower calculator

Energy crop company Ceres Inc. has posted a footprint calculator on its Web site to help electric power producers determine the acres needed to support various-sized biomass-to-power projects. One of the largest renewable resources, biomass can be cofired with coal at existing generating stations or used by large industrial facilities for on-site heat and power. The online tool from Ceres allows users to adjust biomass yield per acre and land usage rates, as well as biomass-fired capacity and heat rate, a measure of efficiency. The calculator can be accessed at www.ceres.net/biopower.