Posted by: admin | May 20, 2009

Biomass Has Massive Potential for Renewable Energy Source

typesofbiomassWe are all quite familiar with the famous types of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. Perhaps surprisingly, in the United States biomass actually supplies fifteen times as much energy as solar and wind power combined. And biomass has the potential to supply even more.

Biomass was mankind’s first use of renewable energy, ever since humans have been making fire. Today there are many sources for biomass; it can come from grass, trees, forestry, agricultural and urban wastes.

What make biomass renewable? Ultimately the source of the energy in biomass is the sun. The secret of converting solar energy into the chemical energy held in plants is the process of photosynthesis. Using the sun’s energy, carbon dioxide from the air and water from the earth, plants create carbohydrates which can later be burned for the energy, returning the water and carbon dioxide back to the environment. We can think of biomass as a kind of battery which stores the solar energy from the sun until we are ready to use it. This “battery” can last indefinitely as long as the biomass is produced in a sustainable fashion, only using as much as is grown.

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