The Pros and Cons

pros and cons

Although alternative energy sources are the most popular thing to research and discuss at the moment, there are still many pros and cons to each industry or technology. Biomass has been proven to help the environment in a lot of ways, but that does not mean that there are not at least a few drawbacks. Nothing is perfect and with our limited knowledge of biomass energy production, we are still not efficient with the way that we do things. This inefficiency is fast being improved upon however due to advancements in technology and indeed general experience in the field itself. Below is a brief discussion about the biomass energy pros and cons and hopefully it will give you an idea about the path upon which human energy research is headed.

Biomass Energy Pros and Cons – How to Benefit

First we will start with the benefits of biomass energy. One of the most glaring ones is that it is a sustainable and recycled fuel in many cases. Many of the latest technologies that allow waste landfills to produce methane are incredibly good for the environment because they allow energy to be recycled. The waste decomposes and produces methane gas which is then pumped into power plants in order to provide energy. This is a key benefit of biomass energy because recycling is always one of the most crucial elements to development a good environmental agent.

Another benefit is that biomass energy is still quite cheap in many cases. Although ethanol and other new fuel based on biomass is still less efficient, the very basic type of biomass energy is easy to come by. Using wood and other biomass products to simply boil water that produces steam to work machinery is a very simple and cheap method.

Disadvantages of Biomass Energy

One of the main problems with biomass energy is that there is not enough. The demand for energy in the world is so high right now and the biomass energy can only provide a fraction of what is needed. That shows the footprint that humans have on the environment because we are so unable to transition to biomass energy. If people used only wood to utilize machinery then there would be no forests left on earth.

Just like any other form of energy, the biomass energy still produces greenhouse gasses. However they are usually much smaller levels than other types of energy, and to an extent this co2 is offset in some forms of biofull such as crops that will reabsorb the carbon during the next crop rotation. The environment cannot handle large quantities of greenhouse gasses, which makes it troubling that this type of sustainable energy still produces them. Nonetheless, they are in lower quantities, which is still a good sign.

Overall there are many pros and cons to using biomass energy. Many of the disadvantages are due to the lack of enough biomass energy for the world to use. That means that it is such a great type of energy the world needs more. Nonetheless, there are still problems with the greenhouse gasses that cannot be solved and must be researched further. Only with time will biomass energy be truly understand and used efficiently to benefit humans and the world.