What is Biomass?

Biomass is biological material that is used as a renewable energy resources from plant or plant-derived materials. Biomass can be used directly or can be convered into energy products such as biofuel.

Biomass power plants burn biomass fuel in boilers to heat water and turn steam turbines, which in turn produces electricity. Biomass fuel is anything from landfill trash to wood.

What are the different types of Biomass?

Wood Fuel



Landfill Gas

Alcohol Fuels

How is Biomass used?

Biomass can be used to generate electricity, liquid fuels or heat.

How is electricity created with Biomass?

The most simple way is through Direct Combustion. Using the boilers can produce steam to use for the production of electricity directly or within an industrial process. Another method to generate electricity from biomass is through the process of Gasification. Instead of simply burning fuel, this process converts it first into combustible gases. This is then burned to create electricity, power industrial applications, fuel vehicles, or be converted into synthetic fuels.

What is Bioethanol?

Bioethanol is a type of alcohol that is made by fermenting the sugar components of biomass. Ethanol, in its pure form, can be used to fuel cars. However, it is usually used as a gasoline additive to improve vehicle emission.