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Reducing Global Warming
Biomass & Landfill Sites
How Landfill Gas Extraction assists in Reducing Global Warming
Renewable energy relates to energy which is derived from resources that are essentially inexhaustible and thus can be used indefinitely, and are replenished rapidly by natural processes. Renewable energy sources include; Wind power, Solar power, Wave/Tidal power, Geothermal power, Hydro-power and Biomass.
Organic material, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins and minerals, are synthesized by plants when utilizing the sun’s energy during the photosynthesis process. This organic material is often referred to as Biomass and it is a renewable energy source, as it is primarily derived from the sun.
The chemical energy in biomass gets passed on through to animals and humans when they eat plants. Sources of biomass include plant matter, such as wood and crops and animal matter, such as manure. Some portion of garbage (municipal solid waste), such as lawn clippings, leaves and food scraps, are also examples of biomass sources.
The most common method of releasing the stored chemical energy is by burning biomass, for example burning wood waste or municipal solid waste, which releases the energy in the form of steam to heat homes or for generating electricity. However, this method releases vast amounts of Carbon Dioxide (a Greenhouse Gas) into the atmosphere.