A renewable energy source for the better!
Biomass Energy By: Rebecca Broughton
Pros, Cons & a comparison to fossil fuels.
- Always available - Produces oxygen - Removes CO2 - Relatively cheap - Greater agricultural value
- Can cause pollution - More land needs used - Agricultural wastes might not be available
Fossil Fuels or Biomass?
Biomass energy may be more expensive than fossil fuels but they are practically carbon neutral due to the crops taking in the produced carbon dioxide. Biomass is also more local and requires less time for them to be made. It is highly reliable as well because it is renewable and will always be available.
Where is the biomass needed and used? Why
Used- Kenya, Africa (Uses 75% biomass energy) India (50%) China (33%)
Could be used more - USA ( only uses 3% biomass energy) Sweden (9%) Ireland (16%)
Using this form of energy saves other natural resources and get rid of the wastes that no one wants anyway. It can make oil usage no longer a crisis by giving us more alternative fuel and may help slow down global warming with very low carbon emissions.
Step by step process
1. Wastes from plants,animals and people is collected 2. It is sealed in a large tank to collect the gasses 3. The gas is burned and used to heat water creating steam 4. The steam is used to turn a turbine which sends energy to a generator 5. The genorator sends energy to the transmission lines for public use.
The use of biomass energy dates back all the way to the prehistoric times but the diesel engine ( one of the most important pieces in using biomass energy ) was created by Rudolf Diesel during WW2.
Ths form of energy can be used safely inside homes to heat the home or cook ( the smell wouldnt by pleasant but it would work.