Benefits of Bioenergy
Bioenergy is renewable electricity, heat or fuels from organic materials that are most often sourced from rural businesses in the agricultural, timber and food processing sectors. Making use of biobased feedstocks can enhance the resilience of rural industries by creating revenue for their waste streams while also benefiting the environment by replacing fossil-based fuels and sequestering carbon.
Biobased materials can be used to generate electricity, heat (either with pellets or bio-oil), or transportation fuel (often using either an enzymatic or thermochemical process to produce a product that can replace gasoline or diesel). Biobased products also can be used to manufacture renewable chemicals and other high-value products, such as bioplastics and polymers.
Sources of Biomass
Municipal Solid Waste
How the Biogenic Carbon Cycle Works
Source: Biomass Thermal Energy Council