Biomass is biological material from living, or recently living, organisms. As an energy source, biomass can either be used directly, by being burned to power a steam turbine, or converted into other energy products such as biofuel. Biomass is a carbon neutral fuel source, in that it takes carbon out of the atmosphere while it is growing, and returns it as it is burned.
The most common biomass fuels for direct conversion to energy are recycled forestry products (wood chips, bark, etc) and sugar cane fibre (bagasse). Biomass systems offer a significant reduction in waste energy compared to traditional fossil fuels, resulting in positive effects on the global environment and the use of fuel. In addition, many modern biomass systems use energy crops with a short, usually one-year, lifecycle, meaning that carbon emissions are able to be recycled within a year of their emission.
For biomass applications worldwide, BRUSH provides: