Biomass Energy

All over the internet, you might read that the combustion of biomass gives us biomass energy. What exactly is this biomass? In simpler terms, biomass is living or dead biological material present in trees and animals. When these materials are incinerated, it will lead to the production of energy. Even the everyday garbage, thrown away in landfills is also an example for biomass. Scientists have been successful in converting biomass into sources of energy through direct and indirect processes. In the following passages, I will be providing an outline of these techniques and the applications of biomass energy.

Do you know that we are already utilizing biomass energy ever since the ancient times? During the cold season, our ancestors used to burn wood to keep themselves warm. Wood constitutes biological materials that when burned can give rise to energy - this energy is otherwise termed as biomass energy. Matters that can be broken down biologically form a major portion of biomass. Commoners hold a general notion that fossil fuels (which are derived from the earth) are a form of biomass energy. This is incorrect because a host of geologic operations' acts on the biomaterials to form fossil fuels.

I realize that many readers might be confused about the actual conversion of biomass into usable energy. One of the primary conversion processes has already been listed (the burning of wood or the thermal process). Scientists have come up with several types of enzymes that can act on biomass materials. Various kinds of complicated chemical reactions facilitate in the conversion of biomass into useful energy - it is thus termed as the chemical conversion process. Biomaterials disintegrate into less complex molecules when subjected to bio-chemicals. This decomposition process will release energy, which can be harnessed for useful purposes.

Renewable sources of energy usually do not pose any kind of complications to the environment. However, the same is not applicable to biomass energy. The conversion processes can produce harmful by-products that will induce more damage to the surroundings. The passive conversion processes can lead to the formation of helpful materials such as bio-ethanol. In some countries, oil companies blend bio-ethanol with the conventional petroleum products. When used as a fuel, these products can turn out to be highly feasible for the consumers - this is helpful in the wake of the increasing oil prices.

Biomass energy assists in the generation of electricity too. Power plants use the fuel obtained via various conversion processes to boil water and to produce steam. When fed to an electrical generator, it can lead to the production of electricity. In some countries, elaborate systems are already in place to transport biomass energy to the residential locations to be used as domestic efficient domestic fuel. One of the primary advantages of biomass energy is the easy access to the biomaterials. The natural resources will decline with the passage of time. We need to consider biomass as an alternate source of energy; failure to do so can lead to additional complications in the distant future.