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Biomass Energy

What is biomass energy?

Biomass sounds like a complicated word, but it really isn't. Biomass is just any material made by plants and animals that we can covert into energy.

Biomass has energy stored in it from the sun. Plants get energy from the sun through a process called photosynthesis. Animals get their energy indirectly from the sun by eating plants.

Biomass energy sources and fuels

Renewable Energy

Biomass energy is considered a renewable energy source because we can always grow more plants and trees. It is not an infinite resource, however, as there is only so much land and water to grow plants.

Main Types of Biomass Energy

Biomass Energy comes in many shapes and forms. The majority of biomass energy in the United States comes from wood. Other popular forms of biomass include crops such as corn, manure, and even garbage.

How do we get power from biomass?
Landfill used for biomass energy
Methane gas from landfills can be used to generate electricity


History of biomass Energy

Biomass has been used as a source of heat energy since man first discovered fire. Many people around the world still burn wood as their primary source of heat during the winter. The use of biofuels such as ethanol has been around for some time as well. It was used as lamp fuel in the United States in the 1800s. The first Model-T Fords used ethanol for fuel until 1908. Recently, biomass and biofuels have become popular as an alternative to fossil fuels such as gasoline.

Are there any drawbacks to biomass energy?

Some of the negatives to using biomass energy include: Despite all the negatives associated with biomass energy, many people believe that it is a better and cleaner alternative to burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal.

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