Biomass energy refers to renewable energy from plant and animal waste, and takes advantage of stored energy from the sun. Through photosynthesis, the sun’s energy is stored in plant material and passed along to animals and people in chemical form when consumed.
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Biomass combustion systems are the most widely recognized technology to convert a biomass feedstock into thermal (heat) energy. When burned, the chemical energy in biomass is released as heat. The heat is used to boil water in biomass boilers, creating steam. The steam can be used to serve a thermal load or to turn turbines and generators to produce electricity.
When biomass is heated with little or no oxygen, it gasifies to a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen known as synthesis gas. Like natural gas, synthesis gas can also be burned in gas engines or turbines as a more efficient electrical generation technology than steam boilers. Most gasification systems also have an improved emission profile over combusting systems, and may require less emission controls to meet EPA standards. Both of these technologies are considered carbon neutral since they consume more CO2 in their lifecycle than they give up when combusted.