is stored energy from the sun contained in materials
such as plant matter and animal waste, known as
biomass. Biomass is considered renewable because
it is replenished more quickly when compared to
the millions of years required to replenish fossil
fuels. The wide variety of biomass fuel sources
includes agricultural residue, pulp/paper mill residue,
urban wood waste, forest residue, energy crops,
landfill methane, and animal waste.
Energy in the form of electricity, heat, steam,
and fuels can be derived from these sources through
conversion methods such as direct combustion
and steam turbines, anaerobic digestion, co-firing,
gasification, and pyrolysis. The co-firing method
mixes biomass with coal, and may be the best
economic opportunity for biomass, particularly
in combined heat and power applications, which
make the most efficient
use of biomass.
Section 1: Bioenergy Basics
2: Types of Biomass
3: A Dash of Biomass...
4: Ways to Generate Electricity
5: Costs of Bioenergy
7: Barriers To Widespread Use
8: Current Policies
Activities and Links
Discussion for Scientific Community
has been hosting discussion lists since 1994.
These lists connect experts and info-seekers from
around the world who wish to talk about renewable
energy and related issues. Discussion list subscribers
automatically receive list correspondence, but
archived messages are available to everyone. A
number of lists pertain specifically to Bioenergy,
including a General Bioenergy list in both English
and Spanish, as well as lists for Bioconversion,
Digestion, Gasification and Stoves.
2002 REPP published a plan aimed at restructuring
energy policies in the southeastern United States
to provide a cleaner, more affordable energy future.
The publication outlines current energy and environment
conditions in the south, the technical potential
for clean energy, recommended policies, and clean
energy options. The technology, environmental
implications, and current market trends associated
with bioenergy were examined as one of many renewable
energy options applicable to the region.
view the full Powering the South report, please
view the Powering the South Biomass Energy Technology
Description, please click
Carbon Reference Sites
Int'l Biomass Heating Project Model- Calculate
Updated: July 7, 2005 by Julia Farber