Biomass

By Abbie Wofford & Izabelle Andrews

What is Biomass?

Our energy source is biomass. The wood, waste, tree branches and other scraps are gathered from factories and farms then taken to a biomass power plant. At the power plant, the biomass is dumped into huge hoppers then is burned. The heat is then used to boil water, and the energy in the steam is used to turn turbines and generators.

Where Does it Come From?

Biomass, a renewable resource, comes from wood, waste, tree branches and other scraps in nature.

What is the Cost?

The cost for a biomass power plant is 1billion dollars a year.

What Impacts Does Biomass Have on the Environment?

There are high levels of water use for biomass cropping which can cause problems in areas that have limited access to water.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages:

1. There's No Harmful Emissions : Biomass energy, for the most part, creates no harmful carbon dioxide emissions.

2. It's Abundant and Renewable : Biomass products are abundant and renewable.

Disadvantages:

1. It Requires More Land : Combustion of biomass products require some land where they can easily be burnt.

2.It Consumes More Fuel : Using trees and tree products to power machines is inefficient as well. Not only does it take a lot more fuel to do the same job as using conventional fuels, but it also creates environmental problems of its own.

History of Energy

Henry Ford (1863)

Scientific Breakthrough: in 1891 he designed a small engine that burns gasoline

Michael Pupin (1858)

Scientific Breakthrough: invented an electrical resonator