Research Project by Carol Whiteside
How is biomass formed and used?
Biomass is organic material that comes from plants and animals. Types of biomass include garbage, crops, alcohol fuels, landfill gas, and wood. Biomass can be burned in waste-to-energy plants which create steam to heat buildings or produce electricity. Plants are a common source of biomass and corn can be processed to make automotive fuel. Wood can be burned for heat. Garbage from homes account for 60% of the biomass.
Biomass is renewable which means it can be replenished.
Did you know- The methane gas from cow manure can be used to create energy.
Does it harm the Earth to obtain or use biomass?
Biomass can actually help by using trash that would buried in the earth in landfills.
Unfortunately cutting down trees (deforestation) is bad for the animals and humans that live around them.