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The Problem Of Harnessing Biomass Power

With the continual worry that the fossil fuels, such as gasoline, oil and coal would eventually disappear there has been a search for a number of years regarding their replacement. Biomass Power has been on the planet from its beginning. It has been used over the years, from the time of the cave dweller, however its potential for application to the energy needed in the world today was not realized until the 1970's.

Scientists have attempted many different avenues of approach in trying to determine how to harness this power in a manner that is cheap and applicable using today's modern equipment. With concerns regarding greenhouse gases and harmful emissions into the air we breathe, the pace was speeded up to find an alternative. The importance and potential of biomass finally reached the front of all exploration.

There were many favorable results of research in this area. It was found that there were plenty of the products available and that it could be developed as an agricultural crop. There was no doubt concerning its power to fulfill the energy needs of industry.

The government became interested in the use of biomass in the 1980's when the Office of Technology Assessment established that there was great potential in this area. Constantly searching for a renewable energy source, a number of scientists were engaged to work in this field. Numerous reports were issued and possibilities were discussed.

It was in the 2000's that the government came to the fore and developed a program to employ biomass using the co-firing method. At the time that idea was not accepted with very much enthusiasm and, in spite of the money spent, it was abandoned. Currently, this idea is back and is being applied, successfully, in some parts of the United States as well as the world.

It is widely agreed that the potential for biomass energy is unlimited once an inexpensive method of processing is developed. At the current time, in products such as ethanol, the cost of production is considerably more than any savings obtained by the finished result. While it does lower the harmful emissions into the atmosphere, with the present methods being attempted in conversion, it is going to cost the consumer a great deal more money than the what is now being used.

At the current time, there are plans for construction of a number of plants to make this conversion from the organic products to ethanol, as well as plants to convert manure and other such products to methane. However, until it is determined how to do this inexpensively it will not be accepted universally. The end goal, to produce energy from a natural product and provide a healthy atmosphere is certainly admirable, but it is going to take considerable more research to come up with a plan that is workable in today's world.

There has long been recognition of the energy efficiency of solar power, as has been demonstrated in solar panels and other applications currently in use. Since organic products contain solar energy it follows that the power in solar energy products is only beginning to be investigated. Thus, one can be assured that when the secret of really unleashing Biomass Power is revealed and applied it will greatly benefit the entire world.