Bio Mass is simply burning the garbage on a large scale. At Air Shop Australia we believe in sustainable renewable energy sources. We acknowledge the fact that as of yet technology hasn’t perfected matters however it is very evident that enormous advances have been made in a short period of time. We encourage people to use these resources at home and set the standard rather than simply rely on Government to do all the work. Every little bit helps. It is to the earths advantage one lump of coal by one lump of coal. So far there has been little interest in Bio Mass as a viable energy source in spite of all Germany running on it.
Biomass—renewable energy from plants and animals
Biomass is organic material that comes from plants and animals, and it is a renewable source of energy.
Biomass contains stored energy from the sun. Plants absorb the sun’s energy in a process called photosynthesis. When biomass is burned, the chemical energy in biomass is released as heat. Biomass can be burned directly or converted to liquid biofuels or biogas that can be burned as fuels. Examples of biomass and their uses for energy:
- wood and wood processing wastes—burned to heat buildings, to produce process heat in industry, and to generate electricity
- agricultural crops and waste materials—burned as a fuel or converted to liquid biofuels
- food, yard, and wood waste in garbage—burned to generate electricity in power plants or converted to biogas in landfills
- animal manure and human sewage—converted to biogas, which can be burned as a fuel
Converting biomass to other forms of energy
Burning is only one way to release the energy in biomass. Biomass can be converted to other usable forms of energy such as methane gas or transportation fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.
Methane gas is a component of landfill gas or biogas that forms when garbage, agricultural waste, and human waste decompose in landfills or in special containers called digesters.
Crops such as corn and sugar cane are fermented to produce fuel ethanol for use in vehicles. Biodiesel, another transportation fuel, is produced from vegetable oils and animal fats.
How much biomass is used for fuel?
Biomass fuels provided about 5% of the primary energy used in the United States in 2016. Of that 5%, about 48% was from biofuels (mainly ethanol), 41% was from wood and wood-derived biomass, and about 11% was from the biomass in municipal waste. Researchers are trying to develop ways to use more biomass for fuel.