Benefits of Biomass
Biomass is made up of plant or animal matter that is burned to generate electricity or heat. Wood, energy crops, and waste from trees, yards, and farms are examples. Since biomass (for example, wood logs) can potentially be used as a fuel, some people use the words biomass and biofuel interchangeably. Agricultural crop residues, forestry residues, algae, wood processing residues, municipal waste, and wet waste (crop wastes, forest residues, purpose-grown grasses, woody energy crops, algae, industrial wastes, sorted municipal solid waste [MSW], urban wood waste) are all examples of biomass feedstocks. Biomass can be used to make fuels, electricity, and goods that would otherwise be manufactured with fossil fuels.