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An Overview of Biomass Energy

by GuestPoster - August 12th, 2011.
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Biomass is an interesting approach for harnessing energy and has in the last couple of years increased dramatically in popularity. Among a low carbon footprint and good availability what other benefits come with harnessing energy from biomass? What are the disadvantages?

Carbon Neutral

Biomass energy can usually be considered as green energy. As long as new plants are grown for the ones used as biomass fuel, the net release of energy is zero. This is usually the case and no net carbon dioxide is actually released into the atmosphere.  If you compare this to the carbon dioxide releases of fossil fuels, you will realize what a great benefit this actually is. On the other hand it does result in very low amounts of sulfur dioxide that cause acid rain when reacting with water molecules.

Reduction of Methane

Methane gases released into the atmosphere contributes to destroying the ozone layer. Biomass energy releases methane when used in energy production, but when energy is harnessed from biomass; methane can be captured and again used as energy without the previous release. This can be very useful.


Availability

Availability is probably one of the greatest benefits of biomass energy. 70% of the energy used in the 19th century came from biomass. New methods such as fossil fuels took over the market due to efficiency and lower costs. Better technology has made the use of biomass more efficient in the last couple of years and is once again cost competitive.

The biomass energy pros and cons list is an interesting read and will elaborate more on if biomass energy is the right way to go. I definitely believe it has a place in the future. There are many other aspects of the climate crises one should focus on before investing in biomass energy, such as important energy conservation techniques.






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