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Month: August 2015

Biomass As A Credible Energy Alternative

With all that has been said about biomass seems, literally, to be the answer to the energy crisis. Biomass presents the world with self-defence and energy sources will be exhausted in perpetuity. Other benefits listed job creation, carbon neutrality and capacity of all but replacing fossil fuels.

Utilization of biomass energy is the energy stored in organic materials. These organic materials sometimes burned directly to heat or refined products for the production of fuels such as ethanol or other alcohol fuels that can be converted into liquid transportation fuels, used easily by the current vehicle generations. 

Cycle fuel made by processing biomass will have no greenhouse gas emissions, and it has been easy conversion processing and is compatible with existing infrastructure in the energy world.

Plants And Sun

Plants have several properties that make them ideal for biomass energy use and processing. Using biomass energy actually indirectly using the energy from the sun.

Because of the solar collector plant, they are easy to store energy as their biological facts. Plants that self-regeneration as well, and they totally and spontaneously recycled.

The timber industry sawdust, timber slash, and mill scrap all of which are considered organic materials. In South Africa where about 18 million tons of wood per year output harvested from forest biomass is estimated at about 6.7 million tonnes. 

Parts available are around 60% of the total which translates to about 1.5 million tonnes of biomass per year. Widely seen this biomass could replace about one million tons of coal, making biomass forest carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels.

Biomass Generates Electricity

These organic materials can be captured and converted into fuel suitable for power plants. Planting crops like fast-growing trees and grasses specifically for energy generation, also can prevent soil erosion and reduce global warming.

Around the world, biomass accounted for 15% of the energy supply. Far more significant as the power supply in developing countries than in industrialized countries, biomass supplies 70-90% of the energy needs of Africa, 32% in China, and in Brazil, 33%.

By contrast, the United States only got four per cent of energy from biomass. But, in the US, investment and technology available to increase the feasibility and efficiency of growing biomass as an energy crop and convert biomass to energy supply more carbon neutral.