What Are the Advantages of Biomass Energy?

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Some benefits of biomass energy include a marginal carbon footprint; they produce marginal sulfur and methane emissions. As of 2014, the biomass energy industry supports approximately 66,000 jobs in the United States. The domestic production of biomass energy reduces dependency on out-of-state and foreign energy sources.

Biomass is a sustainable and efficient energy resource. Biomass fuels may come from solids, liquids or gases and derive from biomass feedstock. Biomass feedstock can be recycled or renewable matter such as wood residues, agricultural waste, food processing residues and methane gas from waste sites to produce energy. Biofuel technologies convert waste into heating, transportation and electricity-generating fuels. It is produced from available organic matter.

Biofuels are a reliable energy source because the organic materials used to produce biomass energy are in constant supply. As of 2014, the cost of producing biomass is cheaper than other energy sources such as nuclear and solar power.

Biomass fuels recycle atmospheric carbon during production, which yields zero “net” carbon emissions. According to The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, this means that the amount of carbon emissions emitted is equal to the absorbed amount during biomass production and, therefore, may positively impact global warming. Additionally, the recycling of biomass waste reduces the need to create new waste-processing facilities and landfills.