Biomass includes any of the decomposing plant or animal matter and is used in bioenergy. The renewable energy sources include agricultural crops, wood, manure and municipal organic wastes. The current bioenergy use provides only ten percent of the global energy supply, however, a majority of this is from traditional and inefficient biomass in developing countries where they use it for heating and cooking. Traditional biomass use is associated with severe environmental and health problems. There is a great need to develop advanced technologies for biomass in cookstoves and biogas systems that will have an impact in around 320 million households of the developing countries.
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As always, big business jumps in, puts a green leaf on their logo and says how much they are focused on ecology. There should be some kind of monitoring system to address all of the various renewable or sustainable energy companies. Bioenergy can be a great thing if we take what we normally would throw out and use it for energy.August 11th, 2013 at 8:00 pm
I think the words in this article are ‘correct use of bioenergy’. Totally bad if they take an idea and mess up the earth or a particular area. Marketing and public relations always puts a spin on what they are doing, but the reality is what they leave in the wake of the production.August 10th, 2013 at 9:04 pm
Absolutely right. Too many companies are setting up biomass industries and not paying attention to the environment. What is the purpose of ripping down trees and forests and creating little wooden pellets to use in fireplaces when the land is left bare? That is just replacing one disaster with another. There is a company called Enviva that is doing just that. They are destroying an ecosystem in the south and saying how much they are saving in carbon emissions.August 9th, 2013 at 9:17 am