Biomass electricity generation can come in many forms. The most common method is as simple as burning wood or wood pellets to heat a boiler and create steam to turn a turbine. Wood can also be combined with coal.

Other biomass methods include: heating biomass in tanks with no oxygen to create a bio-oil, which can then be burned like gasoline; or using corn and wheat to create a combustible fuel called ethanol. Bacteria can even break down manure and plants like a compost to create a flammable gas, which can be burned to generate power.


Where We Use Biomass

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How It Works

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