Generating electricity from biomass is still a relatively new technology and has strong growth potential given the high prices demanded for oil and gas. The amount of electricity fed into the grid in Germany from biomass-fired generation quadrupled from 3.2 billion to 18.6 billion kilowatt hours just between 2005 and 2006*).
There are various methods of generating electricity from biomass. Burning solid biomass to drive steam turbines and engines, and gasifying biomass to fire gas turbines. The different ways of transforming biomass into electrical power include fuel cells, Stirling engines and gas turbines. Biomass can even combine heat systems and electricity generation systems. Infineon provides a large range of efficient semiconductor products required by conversion systems.