Biomass energy is one of the oldest and most efficient sources of green power you'll find anywhere. When you make use of biomass energy, you can contribute to saving the Earth. You can also make sure you are in compliance with ever-tightening government regulations and you can save yourself money in the process.
With so many benefits of biomass energy, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about how it works so you can make an informed choice about whether using biomass is right for you.
What is Biomass?
Biomass is organic matter found within all living plant material, such as trees or crops. Biomass is derived from the photosynthesis process. During photosynthesis, solar energy is harnessed in order to change carbon dioxide into starch, cellulose, sugar and other carbohydrates.
The carbohydrates that are created as a part of this natural process are called biomass. As such, biomass energy is a form of solar energy – but one that does not depend on it being sunny. Biomass energy has been used for a very long time – ever since the first wood-burning fire was made.
Where Does Biomass Come From?
Certain types of industries generate enough organic waste on their own to produce enough biomass to take care of their energy needs. For instance, construction debris, agricultural waste, paper or lumber mill scrap, and municipal solid wastes can all be used to create biomass energy.
The biggest savings can be realized when your company produces all of the organic waste material that you need for biomass energy. Even when this is not the case, however, biomass is still readily accessible and it can cost far less to use biomass than other sources of energy such as foreign oil or fuel. Not only that, but using biomass instead of oil is a greener choice since biomass is a renewable resource.
Why use Biomass?
The reasons for the use of biomass are obvious. Saving money, making an environmentally friendly choice, and helping to break the country's dependence on foreign oil are all excellent reasons to make the switch to biomass energy. Further, becoming more "green" may help you to improve the standing of your company amongst increasingly environmentally conscious consumers.
Using biomass is also a good way to future-proof of your company against governmental policies. The EPA and other government organizations are cracking down more and more on bad environmental practices, especially in the age of climate change and global warming. By being proactive and making the switch to biomass energy now, you will be ready for any potential changes that occur in the future that tighten environmental standards.
Even better, with tax incentives provided by the government, biomass may help you to save even more than it already does by allowing you access to energy production tax credits. This is yet another reason why biomass is a smart financial choice.