The discovery of biomass cannot be linked to a specific individual; the earliest humans used biomass from wood to create fire for cooking and warmth. Biomass is the material from living things that is used to create energy.
Biomass comes from a variety of sources for use as a key method of supplying energy. One of the greatest sources of biomass energy is from manufacturing and landfill waste. Other primary forms of biomass that are in use today as energy are wood, crops and algae. Through thermal, chemical and biochemical conversion processes these various sources are changed into valuable energy that is used for power throughout the world.