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What are the disadvantages of biomass?

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Biomass is a type of biological material that is derived from organisms. It is a carbon-based product that also contains a mixture of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and alkali earth metals. Biomass is created by organisms as waste products, and it can be used as an energy source.

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One of the main disadvantages of using biomass as an energy source is that it can be expensive. Also, biomass energy is inefficient compared to many fossil fuel-based energy sources. It also can be harmful to the environment because using biomass as an energy source emits methane, which is harmful to the Earth's ozone layer. Finally, biomass energy also requires a lot of land. Energy is derived from the combustion of biomass, so many acres of land are necessary to burn biomass each day for fuel.

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