What is Biomass?
Often referred to as organic material, biomass is any sort of plant matter, animal or human waste from forests, agriculture, industry or municipalities. Common examples of biomass include wood, agricultural residues such as straw, livestock manure and bedding, food and yard waste, and sewage.
Dividable into the two broad categories of ‘woody’ and ‘non-woody’, biomass comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes, can be wet or dry, solid or liquid, can cost to obtain or be free of charge, can be ubiquitous or scarce, homogenous or heterogeneous, and available year-round or only at certain times.
Biomass is very flexible in terms of the products that it can be used to produce. As mankind’s oldest source of power, biomass renewable energy has been used for thousands of years to cook food, provide warmth and light. Biomass has also long been used to make many useful products, such as tools, clothing and dyes.
Recently, increased population coupled with changing consumption patterns has resulted in the over production of certain types of biomass in Canada and the United States. Managing excess biomass is not only costly, but if done incorrectly it can pose risks to local soil, air and water quality.
Due to recent technological advancements and increasing environmental and economic concerns, biomass opportunities in Canada and the Unites States are growing. Today, governments, businesses and consumers are exploring ways to utilize biomass as a renewable energy alternative to fossil fuels, and as a more sustainable alternative for many products. New technologies and practices are also being developed to mitigate both the cost and environmental impact of biomass waste management.
Undertaking a biomass renewable energy or biomass waste management project in Canada and the Unites States can be a challenging and daunting prospect. At Hallbar Consulting we know biomass; through our partnership with the Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering we work with you to maximise your biomass opportunities and overcome any biomass challenges you face.
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