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Biomass is the term used to describe biological material that can be processed into usable energy sources. The generation and use of biomass in the form of biofuels and biopower have increased rapidly over the past decade. The use of biomass as an alternative source of energy has a rich history. As fossil fuels become scarcer, there will be an increasing focus on alternative forms of energy production. Although biomass has many advantages, it also has some disadvantages
Biomass is the term used to describe biological material that can be processed into usable energy sources.
Biomass is the term used to describe biological material that can be processed into usable energy sources. Biomass is renewable, meaning it can be replenished over time, unlike fossil fuels like oil or coal which take millions of years to form. Biomass also refers to waste products from other processes, such as wood chips produced in paper mills and corn stover left over after harvesting corn crops (also known as stalks).
Biomass isn’t used directly as fuel; rather it’s processed into different forms of energy such as heat or electricity through a process called gasification. A gasifier converts biomass into carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen gas (H), which are then burned with oxygen from the air at high temperatures between 700-900 degrees Celsius–a process called combustion–to create heat for space heating or electricity generation.
The generation and use of biomass in the form of biofuels and biopower have increased rapidly over the past decade.
The generation and use of biomass in the form of biofuels and biopower has increased rapidly over the past decade. Biomass energy is an alternative to fossil fuels, which are non-renewable resources that produce harmful greenhouse gases when burned. The amount of energy produced from biomass has increased by more than 400% since 2000, helping us move away from our dependence on fossil fuels and towards more sustainable sources of power.
The use of biomass as an alternative source of energy has a rich history dating back thousands of years; it was one of humanity’s first technologies for controlling fire–which allowed humans to cook food and keep warm at night–and for making tools such as bows or spears out wood or bone (known as “fire arms”).
The use of biomass as an alternative source of energy has a rich history.
Biomass has been used as an alternative source of energy for thousands of years. Biomass is a renewable source of energy, meaning it can be replenished over time. Biomass also produces less greenhouse gas emissions than other fossil fuels. In fact, when biomass is burned to generate electricity or heat, the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is offset by new plants growing back in its place.
Because biomass releases no harmful pollutants into the air when it burns (unlike petroleum), it’s considered a carbon-neutral fuel source–meaning that any CO2 released during combustion comes from existing plants or trees rather than from burning fossil fuels like oil or coal that contribute significantly more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere at their point of production and use.
As fossil fuels become scarcer, there will be an increasing focus on alternative forms of energy production.
As fossil fuels become scarcer, there will be an increasing focus on alternative forms of energy production. Fossil fuels are a finite resource that will eventually run out. Biomass is renewable and can be used as a source of energy in many different ways:
- Biomass can be burned directly to produce heat or electricity (biomass electricity).
- It can also be converted into liquid fuels such as ethanol or biodiesel.
Although biomass has many advantages, it also has some disadvantages.
Biomass has many advantages, but it also has some disadvantages. One of the main problems with biomass is that it has a limited energy density. In other words, you can’t store as much energy in wood or cellulose than you can in fossil fuels like coal or oil because they’re heavier and denser. This means that if you want to produce the same amount of electricity from your renewable source as coal or oil would produce at its peak efficiency rate (40% for coal), then you need much more space–and therefore land–to do so.
Another problem with using biomass as an energy source is that it isn’t very efficient compared to other sources like fossil fuels. For example: if we use corn stalks instead of burning them right away after harvest season ends each year (which usually happens around October/November), then those stalks will start decomposing over time until all that remains are ashes left behind after burning them down completely
Biomass may play an important role in the future of energy production
Biomass is a renewable source of energy and can be used for heat, electricity and transport. Biomass can be used for cooking, heating and cooling as well as producing biofuels or biopower. It is also a good way to manage waste wood from forests or timber industry residues such as sawdust.
Biomass has been used for thousands of years in different parts of the world for cooking food; heating homes; lighting fires; providing warmth through clothing made from animal skins (e.g., fur); providing light through torches made from oil-soaked rags dipped in resin foam (e.g., pitch)
Biomass is not a perfect energy source, but it does have many advantages over fossil fuels. It’s renewable, so it can be used as long as there is biomass available on Earth. This means that we won’t run out of biomass anytime soon and its use will always be sustainable in this way. Biomass also produces less greenhouse gases than other types of fuel because burning wood releases carbon dioxide instead of methane or other harmful pollutants into the atmosphere when it burns cleanly without incomplete combustion occurring at high temperatures (i.e., when there is enough oxygen present).