Biomass Energy Overview
Biomass material is anything that is alive or was alive until a short time ago. For example, Trees, lawn clippings, unused crops, wood chips, garbage and animal waste are all biomass. Wood is our primary biomass that is used for energy production.
Energy is produced when biomass is burned as fuel. Most biomass is burned to produce heat. However, biomass materials are also burned to generate steam, which is then used with generators to produce energy and heat. Other biomass materials, such as landfill gas, ethanol, and biodiesel can be used to create energy to power vehicles.
We are continually finding new ways to use biomass energy. We are also reaping the many benefits of this type of energy production. For instance, we know that using waste products for energy production will help us reduce the amount of trash going into our landfills, as well as cut down on our use of fossil fuels. This, in turn, will not only help the environment but also the world’s economy.
- The National Biodiesel Board - http://www.biodiesel.org/
- The Renewable Fuels Association - http://www.ethanolrfa.org/