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Transcript of BIOMASS
accepted today? Why or why not?
"Renewable energy source: BIOMASS" Packet
As we struggle to find an alternative fuel, Biomass is becoming more popular. It is accepted today due to its low cost. Biomass is mainly used in Philippines, India, South Africa, Malaysia, UK,Canada, and now many other places in the world.
What are apparent environmental impacts associated with this?
Biomass does very good things to the environment. The energy crops are beneficial to the environment because they take in carbon dioxide as they grow, releasing oxygen making it better for us to breathe.
What is Biomass?
Biomass is organic material which comes from plants, wood, animals and anything that was once alive that we convert into energy. Biomass stores sunlight in a chemical form. It is one the oldest form of energy
What are some examples
of its current use?
Wood is one of the largest biomass energy sources used today and many years ago. For many years people have burned wood and used it for cooking and heating. Garbage is also a major source of of biomass. Some examples from garbage are lawn clippings, food scraps,and leaves. Many homes in India use biomass gas to cook.
Are there hidden environmental and social costs?
How does This Technology Work?
Do the costs of this technology make it prohibitive for common use? Why or Why not? (ending point)
There are hidden environmental and social costs. If people make a big fire it will make smoke hurting the environment, by polluting the air. Also buying solid biomass, like wood, to burn may be expensive.
By Emma, Yuval, Aryia, and Bess
Power plants that use solid biomass have special equipment to prevent most of these pollutants from going into the atmosphere. Gases produced from decomposing organic materials in landfills are pollutants and, if highly concentrated, it will be toxic. Collecting and burning this fuel helps solve the problem of pollution in parts of the environment.
How is this energy source used?
How Biomass works is very simple. The waste of wood, trees ,and other scraps are gathered together in big trucks. The trucks bring the waste from factories and from them to a biomass power plant.
The price for biomass production plants are actually very low priced compared to other energy resources, $3,000-$4,000. This makes it easy for biomass companies to keep making more biomass plants, thus making less pollution in the air. The government has enough money to keep the world clean, but they don’t use it right. The government needs to figure out that whatever they are doing now is wrong and that they need to look into the present and see that there are more ideas to solve pollution than landfills.
More Information about How does this technology works
It is fed into a furnace where the waste is burned. From then the charred waste that is left could be used to boil water in the boiler, and the energy in the steam is used to turn turbines and generators.
This can offset carbon dioxide- a greenhouse gas- given off what they are burning. Also use of orchards and forest trimmings, along with other “green” waste for biomass fuel, can reduce waste disposal and landfill costs. Now, anything that burns gives off some byproducts .
Thirdly if that is our main source of energy, if we use up so much solid biomass that the it runs out, what will we do then? And lastly, if we use up a lot of solid biomass, like trees, it is taking away the habitat, and home of may animals that live there, like owls and squirrels.