Biomass is the fourth leading source of energy in the world, behind oil, natural gas and coal. It is any renewable organic matter, including trees, plants, animal wastes and paper that can be used to generate energy. When biomass is burned, chemical energy is released in the form of heat. The most common form of biomass is wood and its by-products.
Crops grown on marginal land, such as switch grass and other native grasses, are also excellent biomass fuel sources. Unlike ethanol production, biomass does not impact crop land used for growing food. Biomass has been used in Europe for many years, and is beginning to grow in popularity here in the United States.
Biomass Fuel Stocks of Pennsylvania produces shredded wood chips and densified briquettes to help meet central Pennsylvania’s energy needs.
Biomass is Affordable and Energy Efficient
Biomass briquettes deliver a powerful BTU advantage over other forms of energy. Their high-energy content combined with the relatively low cost of production equals cost savings to the consumer over most other fuels. For example a ton of biomass briquettes produces as much heat as 110 gallons of #2 heating oil, yet costs between 60 and 70 percent less!
Environmental and Geopolitical Benefits
Bioenergy is carbon neutral and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants by displacing fossil fuel use. Modern biomass burners are clean-burning and meet air emission standards.
By using local renewable sources such as Biomass Fuel Stocks of Pennsylvania, you can help reduce our nation's dependence on imported energy and help strengthen our national security.
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