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Benefits and Drawbacks of Biomass Boilers

With oil and gas supplies only being given a 45 and 65 year lifespan by researchers, our fossil fuels are in danger of disappearing very quickly.

Therefore, there is a constant need to find an alternative energy source and advancements have been made when it comes to utilizing other sources of fuel.
One such source is biomass, an energy created from the burning of biological materials, primarily plants and biodegradable waste.

This can power heating systems known as biomass boilers and is a genuine alternative to the fossil fuels we have always taken for granted.

However, the development of biomass energy has prompted the discussion of several advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

Producing heat and energy using biomass boilers and heaters is far more beneficial to the environment, since they use agricultural, urban, or industrial residues rather than burning fossil fuels.

Producing energy this way recycles carbon and will not have a long last impact of the environment.

When we burn fossil fuels, they produce carbon that does not already exist in the carbon cycle, so we are constantly adding more in to the atmosphere.

Furthermore, biomass production involves growing new crops in large quantities which will consume carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for photosynthesis and help to keep its levels in check.

Biomass production is also an effective way of ridding landfill sites of biodegradable materials.

We are effectively creating energy from waste, with is beneficial in both regards.



When it comes to offering a legitimate solution to replacing fossil fuels, biomass energy is a cost effective one.

Furthermore, not every country has their own reserves of fossil fuels, instead having to import their supplies which makes them heavily dependent on other countries. Worth noting too, that all countries can produce their own biomass, whereas not all countries have fossil fuel reserves, instead relying on expensive imports.

As supplies of oil and gas fall, their demand and price will only increase, making biomass an increasingly cost effective solution.

Disadvantages

The land space for growing crops to burn, as well as the biomass boilers themselves can take up valuable land for food harvests.

With global hunger a constant issue, devoting land to food crops will also be a priority.

In addition, the technology to create biomass fuel and the systems that utilize it are still relatively new and expensive.

The process of burning the biomass fuels still releases carbon into the environment and it cannot be left to the biomass crops to remove excessive levels of carbon from the atmosphere.

Furthermore, the energy source requires a lot of resources in order to generate it.

About the Author:

The author is very passionate about biomass boilers and environmental issues and feels it important to explore ways in which can preserve the planet for longer. They would like to educate others on the benefits of renewable energy sources in the hopes of convincing people to convert a greener energy source.

By K Quinn

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