Biomass Energy


Any living or recently dead biological material that can be utilized as full or for various industrial production purposes can be referred to as Biomass.

Biomass is most commonly known as plant matter grown for use as biofuel. However, it also includes plant or animal matter exploited for fibre, heat or chemical production.

Biodegradable wastes that can be burnt as fuel is also categorized under Biomass. It tends to exclude all organic matter that has been transformed by various geological processes into various substances such as petroleum or coal.


Biomass is also grown from a wide variety of plants such as hemp, miscanthus, poplar, corn, sugarcane, willow and oil palm. The plant type utilized does not play any significant role in the quality of end products. However, it tends to affect raw material processing. Biomass production has evolved into a growing industry and this is contributed by growing interest in sustainable fuel sources.

Fossil fuels may have some connection to the ancient biomass origin but they are not actually considered biomass as they contain carbon emitted ‘out’ of the carbon cycle for a long time. The combustion of fossil fuel tends to disturb the whole of carbon dioxide contents in the atmosphere.

Plastics derived from biomass are manufactured the same way as other petroleum based plastics. These are also cost effective to manufacture and meet or exceed most performance standards in a perfect way. However, these tend to lack water resistance and longevity.

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