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What is Biomass Energy?

By Niall Patrick Walsh
Arch Daily
February 5, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

With growing awareness of the impact of fossil fuels on the natural environment and their common usage in buildings, architects are increasingly required to specify and accommodate alternative energy sources in their design approaches. Included in this portfolio of progressive energy sources is biomass, a scalable system that combines the usage of raw, sustainable materials with a lower resulting emission of CO2. As a method often heralded as the most transferable alternative to gas and coal, we answer a simple question: what is biomass energy? Biomass is the production of fuel from organic raw materials, most commonly woodchips and pellets. … it derived from the burning of timber elements that have absorbed CO2 over their lifetime, which is rereleased when burnt, ultimately generating heat and electricity. …While biomass is destined to play an increasing role in the supply of energy to the built environment, architects have been heavily involved in the design of biomass infrastructure itself. 

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