BIOMASS

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Biomass facts

Biomass is a renewable source of energy because biomass is any organic material, used as a energy source. Some biomass examples are wood and crops. Industury is the biggest biomass consumer, it uses 51.9% of biomass to make products. Over 10% of biomass is used to make electricity.

How biomass is used

There are four ways to get energy from biomass, these are: burning, fermentation, bacterial decay, and conversion to liquid/gas. The method used the most is burning, and wood is the main material burned. BURNING biomass can generate steam and heat energy. BACTERIAL DECAY is when they add bacteria to make the dead plants and animals decay and give off a gas called methane. Methane is the main ingredient for natural gas which is used in our homes for stoves and furnaces. FERMENTATION is when yeast is added to biomass to produce a alcohol called ethanol. Ethanol is used to create motor oil. Conversion is when biomass is converted into liquid or gas, this happens by adding heat or chemicals to the biomass. The gas or liquid can then be burned to create electricity or energy.

Biomass Products

Biomass can be used to create ethanol, methane, motor fuel, and gas. Ethanol can be used to create electricity, Methane can be used to create gas, motor fuel can be used to power cars and generators, gas can be used to power stoves and furnaces.

Who uses biomass?

Most of the world uses biomass for atleast 1% of their electricity. America's electricity usage consists only of 4.4% biomass. Industries mainly use it for cites and not many individual people use it for electricity.

Cost of using biomass

The cost of biomass can be found in the link below.
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