biomass- noun; the total mass or number of living organisms in a particular area or volume
Origin of biomass; bio- + mass http://www.yourdictionary.com/biomass
BIOMASS PROS AND CONS
Before individuals can fully understand Biomass pros and cons, they should be familiar with what biomass really means. Biomass is defined as organic material that resulted from plants and animals. The primary component defining this organic material is carbon. When this component is combined with…>>
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Biomass Energy Pros and Cons
…Do you know the advantages of using Biomass? Do you understand the various examples of Biomass? Any idea of what products can be found that use only renewable resources for production? These are a just a small fraction of the questions that we fully and accurately answer for anyone seeking to understand the concept and implementation of Biomass in our lives. Peruse the various topics in this site and join a better tomorrow… >>
Using Biomass For Energy Can Have Positive And Negative Impacts
Using biomass for energy can have both positive and negative impacts on the environment. Using biomass for energy provides an alternative to using fossil fuels like coal, petroleum, or natural gas. Burning fossil fuels and burning biomass releases carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, but when the plants that are the source of biomass are grown, a nearly equivalent amount of CO2 is captured through photosynthesis.
– Burning wood
– Burning municipal solid waste (MSW) or wood waste
– Disposing of ash from waste-to-energy plants
– Collecting landfill gas or biogas
– Liquid biofuels: ethanol and biodiesel
PROBLEMS WITH BIG BIOMASS
In a nutshell – there are three problems:
1. It takes huge areas of land and huge quantities of wood to supply a tiny fraction of the energy we use.
2. Burning biomass emits CO2 to the atmosphere, just as burning fossil fuels does. Claims that all this CO2 can be ignored are based on politics, not science.
3. Burning biomass causes just as much harmful – and for some deadly – air pollution as burning coal.
– Lots of land and wood for hardly any energy
– No better for the climate than burning fossil fuels
– As polluting as coal
Following The Energy Trail With Biomass History
Biomass history covers the entire life of our planet. Its natural organic products have been in evidence since that time and are what formed the coal and oil that is in use today. The use of biomass as an energy source began when the cave man first discovered fire. He used wood and other organic products to heat his cave and cook his food. However, it did not receive the name it has today until the 1970’s…>>