What is biomass?

Biomass is organic material from plants and animals. Biomass can be used as a viable, sustainable source of renewable energy.

By burning wood, sticks, and paper in your backyard fire you are converting a biomass to heat energy. Biomass is often used to create energy through combustion (burning) to create hot water or steam to generate electricity or heating. Other ways to convert the energy stored in biomass into useful fuel include anaerobic digestion, fermentation, pyrolysis, or gasification. 

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Types of biomass

Wood is the largest used biomass in the world and is often used for large scale power generation. Other types of biomass include:

  • Rubbish
  • Crops and agricultural waste
  • Food processing byproducts
  • Animal waste and waste from animal processing
  • Human sewage
  • Wood, wood chip, sawdust
  • Landfill gas
  • Vegetable oil and animal fat

For more information on using biomass to effectively produce power for your application speak to the team at Inoplex today.


Reference:

https://www.ovoenergy.com/guides/energy-sources/bio-fuels.html

https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/biomass/