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Jaewoo Kim

Elizabeth Park


Energy Classification of Biomass

Biomass: an energy source derived
from organic matter
Renewable resource
Carbon can be restored through the
carbon cycle.
Plants re-grow

Biomass Production
Thermal Conversion
Combustion: Burning directly for energy
Gasification: Gas production
Pyrolysis: Biochar and Bio-oil production
Chemical Conversion
Anaerobic Digestion: Anaerobic decomposition
Fermentation: Ethanol Production
Composition: Aerobic decomposition

Costs of Biomass
Biomass = organic matter
Must be grown and harvested, or taken from the environment

Biomass must be harvested and processed

Transportation and storage
Processing and treatment

Special Transportation Needs

Truck - most commonly used
Pipeline - biofuel
Transmission line - electricity

Biomass Coverage
5% of energy used in US
46% wood
44% biofuels
10% trash
Renewable energy: 7% of
Worlds Energy Consumption
53% Biomass

Emerging Biomass Technologies

Two main goals: Practicality and efficiency
Improved gasification systems lowering prices to
5 cents per kWh
Combustion engines capable of handling more biofuel
Also aviation fuels
GMOs designed for biomass production

Environmental Issues
Improper production or harvesting
Air pollution: Net CO2 output greater than input
Soil exhaustion: Overuse of soil and loss of nutrients
Water demands: Large amounts of water needed
Indirect damage to environment


APA or MLA format

Biomass Energy Centre
Biomass Magazine
Acciona Energy

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Image References

Straw-hay-briquettes. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons, 31 July 2009. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
Biomass chips. Digital image. Ai4b. Ai4b, n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2015.
Sagor, Eli. A Woody Biomass Harvest Site in MN. Digital image. State of the Planet. Earth Institute, Columbia
University, n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
Luftfahrrad. Saab 9-3 SportCombi. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons, 6 Aug. 2008. Web. 5
Oct. 2015.
Sjblom, Mikael. Meva Innovation AB, Sweden. Digital image. Gasifiers. BioEnergy Discussion Lists, 6 Sept. 2011.
Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
A Biomass-burning Power Plant. Digital image. Adventure Sports Journal. 2015, Adventure Sports Journal, n.d.
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Beans, Laura. Clear Cutting. Digital image. Eco Watch. 2015 EcoWatch, 15 July 2013. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
Bdk. Intensive tillage result on soil degradation. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons, 14 Aug.
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