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Bioenergy from waste reduction & recycling

There is a current trend of shifting to more Earth-friendly activities. Waste reduction is one of these activities, which would include recycling anything that could be recycled. With growing consumption everywhere, more waste products are being produced, and it disposing of these materials can become a big problem.

It is for this reason that many have considered segregating the biodegradable wastes from the non-biodegradables. Biodegradables can be used as compost material, or may be recycled and processed to make other products.

Biomass: an efficient way of using biodegradable materials to produce energy from these wastes

However, one of the more efficient ways of using biodegradable materials is producing energy from these wastes, which is then referred to as biomass.

Energy retrieved from biomass is called bioenergy. It is said that bioenergy is renewable, as it is from organic materials that may be continuously produced within a shorter period of time, compared to fossil fuel which comes from decaying long dead organisms, which takes time before becoming an eligible energy source.

Biomass can come from different organic materials, and their applications may vary according to the material, the location of the material, and application of the energy to be used.

There are many sources of biomass, mainly plants such as corn, sugarcane, palm, hemp, and switch grass, to name just a few. Biomass can also come from agricultural by-products like bagasse and rice hull, and animal waste.

  Other Applications for recycled Bio Energy from Biomass

Aside from being used as an energy source, biomass has many other applications. The simplest use of biomass would be as fertilizer and soil conditioner. They may also be recycled and processed to be used as building materials, or made into containers like bags and boxes.

More advanced uses involve chemical processes such as hydrogenation, hydrolysis, and pyrolysis, which are mostly done in manufacturing plants. These materials may also be used as simple fuel, such as in burning and cooking.

Advantages of Recycling and generating Energy from Biomass

As an energy source, biomass is burned, and the heat produced is then used to heat water. Hot water produces steam, which turns turbines that power generators, producing electricity. Since biomass is generally carbon-based like coal, burning also emits a certain amount of greenhouse gases, but in less amounts, since about 50% of the carbon in biomass is part of the carbon cycle, which simply goes back to the ground. With a Sabatier Process which utilizes anaerobic digestion of biomass at a collection site it is possible to produce biogas which can be used by a power plant for power production.

Depending on location, there are many sources of biomass that may be used for energy production. There is usually a good amount of biomass in areas with lots of agricultural activity, as well as near forests, swamps, and marshes.

Because of this, biomass can be a potentially reliable energy source, for as long as there is a steady supply of biodegradable waste material, biomass can be retrieved.

The best selling point of using biomass is that the fuel is cheap, or almost at zero-cost, as it is simply from waster products.

The whole idea of recycling energy from these materials is what many environmentalists consider in endorsing the use of biomass for energy applications. By using biomass, man can maximize these materials, thereby slowing down the depletion of the Earth's finite resources.

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