An Important Energy Source

What is Biomass?

Biomass is a renewable energy source that is derived form living or recently living organisms.

Products and Production

How Does Biomass Produce Energy?

Trees are cut down and then transported to a factory. From there the factory burns the trees and converts them into energy. The energy can be used to power towns, factories and even cities!

What are the Uses for the Energy in Biomass?

There are a wide variety of uses for the energy in biomass, including basic life functions, direct combustion, and charcoal, liquid fuel, or gaseous fuel production.

What are the Products Created Through Biomass?

There are not many products created from biomass other than electricity, or heat. It is mostly used to power homes, businesses and factories.

Who Uses Biomass?

Biomass is a commonly used energy source in cities and towns. They're mostly used by Electricity power plants (renewable energy, alternative to coal and oil)
Municipal & Government buildings that use biomass for heating
Cogeneration power plant
Industries that need a heat source in their production processesindividuals (who own a furnace to heat their house or other buildings)

What is the Cost Benefit to Using Biomass?

There are many benefits to biomass. It's renewable, clean, and reduces harmful gases. Unfortunately there aren't any cost benefits when it comes to biomass. The costs of the labor, transportation, and the production of converting it to energy is very expensive! Biomass only makes up about one-third of the costs it takes to actually produce it!

What is the Environmental Impact of Biomass?

Biomass has its positive and negative impacts on the environment. Fortunately it's a renewable resource and it reduces harmful gases in the air and landfills. Unfortunately the energy content is smaller than the actual bulk and uses up a lot of resources.

What are the Advantages of Biomass?

Everything has a good side. Fortunately for us Biomass has some very positive advantages. For one it reduces greenhouse gases, acid rain, and smog. It helps cut back on land fills and it's a renewable resource.


Created By: Addie Morgan

Date: February 9th, 2013

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