Biomass Energy:


How it works:

Typically people gather the gas that is released from rotting trash or organic material when it decomposes and are able to burn it as an alternate fuel source

Benefits:

Methane Contributes to global warming many times more than carbon does, and by burning it, we reduces the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which can reduce the affects of global warming. And because we can gather it from trash, wood scraps, grass, even manure it should help reduce, or at least make use of garbage and reduce landfills.
On farms bio fuel can do more than just make energy, By gathering manure, it can help prevent run-off, which can help to keep local water supplies clean. And by farmers having extra energy they can sell to electric companies, it may give them incentive to lower the price of their food.
Using Biomass energy can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which can decrease our damage to natural
environments and ensure that we will always have energy because its “renewable'.

Deficits:

Biomass looks gross and smells like poop. The initial cost can be high for small farms or dumps. And some machines require about a half-hour daily maintanence.


Who Developed It:

The use of bio-fuels was developed by the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) which was instated by congress in the the 1970’s.

Why they Developed It:

In the 1970’s there was an energy crisis and America was depending on so much foreign oil, there where incredibly long gas-lines and energy prices where incredibly high. They instrated renewable energy in hopes to strengthen and broaden the economy.


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