Advantages of Biomass Energy – Top 6

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Wanna know what are the advantages of biomass energy in real life? If yes, then you are in the right place at the very right time. But before going ahead, let me give you a quick recap about the fact that what is biomass energy anyway?

Well, just to let you know that there is a difference between biomass and biomass energy. By definition, biomass is an organic material that comes from plants and animals. On the other hand, biomass energy, or simply bioenergy is the energy that we extract from biomass.

 

Advantages of Biomass Energy – Top 6

There are so many good things about biomass energy that I wanna discuss with you today. Out of all, these are the top 6 advantages of using biomass energy that you not wanna miss. Let’s dive right in…!!!

  • Renewable Source of Energy
  • Wide Range of Applications
  • Domestic and Reliable Source of Energy
  • Green and Clean Source of Energy
  • Bioenergy is Carbon Neutral
  • Creates Job and Uplift Economy

Renewable Source of Energy

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One of the biggest advantages of bioenergy is that it is renewable. Unlike fossil fuels that take millions of years to get replenished or restored, Biomass energy, on the other hand, gets restored within a short interval of time making it abundantly available all over the world.

As I said in the introductory paragraph, bioenergy is nothing but the energy of the organic matter such as plants and animals that are stored in them in the form of chemical energy. You can see them everywhere.

For example, the food you throw in your garbage, the woods around you, an infinite amount of farming waste, all are nothing but organic matter that can be used to produce bioenergy.

 

Wide Range of Applications

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Let’s talk about some of the uses of biomass energy in real life. A typical example of using biomass energy is for the process of heating that we humans are using since the dawn of humanity. Currently, we are using woods (raw biomass) for heating our homes, cooking food.

In addition, when biomass energy is converted in the form of biofuel such as biodiesel can be used to power our automobiles like cars, trucks, or buses. Just because the use of biofuel as an alternative source of energy can exponentially reduce our dependence on non-renewables, more and more vehicle manufacturing companies are heavily investing in biofuel research.

Not to mention, Biomass can also be used to generate electricity. In fact, as per the available data, around 2% of the world’s electricity is being generated by biofuel. Apart from the above-mentioned uses, some of the other uses of biomass (in some cases biofuel) are in lubrication, removing paint, charging electronics, cleaning oil and grease, etc.

 

Domestic and Reliable Source of Energy

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Most of the developing countries rely on other countries for their energy consumption. By energy consumption, I mean to produce electricity they have to import coal, gas, diesel, natural gas, etc. Similarly, to run their automobiles, they have to again import petroleum products such as diesel or petrol.

This is where the use of biomass energy comes in handy. Biomass energy is a homegrown source of energy. They are also easy and cheaper to produce. On the other hand, we are all familiar with the fact that how the price of fossil fuels fluctuates in the international market.

To sum up, I can say that not only bioenergy is a domestic source of energy. It is also among one of the most reliable ones. What I mean is we can produce them as much as we want whenever we want. No wonder so much research work has to be done in the field of biomass. But this is only the way forward to reduce importing bills.

 

Clean and Green Source of Energy

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By switching to bioenergy, not only we can reduce our import bills. We can also contribute to a much cleaner and greener environment. In the current world scenario, more than 70% of the world’s energy needs are being satisfied by the burning of fossil fuels.

As per the recent World Nuclear Association’s report on Comparison of Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Various Electricity Generation Sources, the energy produced from a conventional coal power plant emits 888 tonnes of CO2 per gigawatt-hour (GWh) of energy produced.

On the other hand, renewable energy resources like biomass emit somewhere around 45 tonnes per GWh. This is where we need to stop and think that what should we do next…!!!! Either we should continue to burn fossil fuels for our energy needs. Or, else, we should switch to renewable energy resources like biomass.

 

Bioenergy is Carbon Neutral

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You would be thinking that in the above section, the author just mentioned that bioenergy does emit greenhouse gases but in a very small quantity as compared to the other sources of energy. On the other hand, he is now saying that biomass energy is carbon neutral.

How can this be possible? Maybe the author is just bluffing. He is saying things without knowing facts. Well, let me assure you I am not bluffing. Let me explain the meaning of carbon neutrality…!!!

As per the accepted definition, to become carbon neutral, whatever is emitting carbon in the atmosphere has to take it back in some way. Such is the case with biomass energy. See, while producing energy, biomass emits 45 tonnes of CO2 per gigawatt-hour (GWh).

Well, this is just one side of the story. Let me tell you the other side too.

Since biomass i.e an organic matter has already gone through the process of photosynthesis during its life cycle, it has already absorbed the amount of carbon it will emit (in the future) during its lifecycle. Hence, making its self carbon neutral.

 

Create Jobs and Uplift Economy

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The very last and one of the most important advantages of biomass energy is that it creates jobs and uplifts the rural economy. Yup, you heard me right. Not only the bioenergy sector creates job opportunities. It also helps in the upliftment of the rural as well as the national economy.

In actuality, the bioenergy sector creates more direct and indirect job opportunities as compared to the other types of renewable as well as non-renewable resources power plants. Some of the notable sectors include Biomass fuel management head, Chemist, Principal Scientist, Feedstock manager, Agricultural Specialist, Microbiologist, Biochemist, and many more.

 

Some other Advantages of BioEnergy

Apart from the above-mentioned benefits or advantages, I am also mentioning some of a few here.

  • High profit for biomass producer
  • Versatile
  • Waste reduction
  • Pairs well with other renewables
  • Compatible for all climate
  • Safer to use
  • Widely available
  • Reduces landfill
  • Provides stability in Energy Sector, etc.

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I am a mechanical engineer by profession. Just because of my love for fundamental physics, I switched my career, and therefore I did my postgraduate degree in physics. Right now I am a loner (as ever) and a Physics blogger too. My sole future goal is to do a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, especially in the field of cosmology. Because in my view, every aspect of physics comes within the range of cosmology. And I love traveling, especially the Sole one.

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