Agricultural waste might look like it’s simply trash, but it can help to power up the electrical grid when harnessed properly.
The Benefits of Biomass
As a society, we’re detached from the idea of what happens to waste once we throw it in the garbage. Though it might seem that the waste is just taken away from the home and it disappears, this is far from the case. While some of the waste ends up in landfills, other waste sources can be utilized for energy. When organic materials from agriculture sources break down, the remaining materials are help to create a safe and renewable energy sources. This energy can then be used to power the world, to create electricity, and to help to create a more sustainable society.
How Biomass is Created
When a plant is put on the ground, it immediately begins to break down. The structures of the plant are broken down by the sunlight in the sky as well as by the surrounding organisms. Much as you might see in a compost pile, organic matter slowly breaks down on its own, turning back to a rich soil if you wait long enough. However, when the plants break down, they are creating something which can then be used to power up a variety of vehicles and machines. When organic matter breaks down, it creates methane gas. This natural gas can then be used to create electricity, much in the same way that your natural gas source helps to help up your home.
Crops like corn can also break down and produce ethanol which is now being used to fuel up some cars which are able to use the biodiesel fuel. Manure from agriculture can also be used to create the natural gas which is then used to heat up water in order to make electricity.
The unending waste of agriculture helps to create combined renewable energy technologies when used in conjunction with other renewable energy sources. And the more renewable energy sources there are, the cleaner energy will be – all without running out.