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Biomass Research

“Biomass is organic material made from plants and animals. Biomass contains stored energy from the sun. Plants absorb the sun's energy in a process called photosynthesis. The chemical energy in plants gets passed on to animals and people that eat them. Biomass is a renewable energy source because we can always grow more trees and crops, and waste will always exist. Burning biomass is not the only way to release its energy. Biomass can be converted to other usable forms of energy like methane gas or transportation fuels like ethanol and biodiesel.”
-Environment Information Administration

For additional generic information on biomass visit the biomass research page of EIA - Environment Information Administration kids page on biomass research.

The U.S. Department of Energy: EERE - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy database has access to reports on biomass research as well as tools like theoretical yield calculators for ethanol.

“The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development, jointly solicit applications for financial assistance addressing research and development of biomass based products, bio-energy, biofuels and related processes. The program is intended to promote innovation and development related to biomass. It supports the Biomass Research Development Act of 2000, section 9008 of the 2002 Farm Bill, the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and stated Federal policy.”
-United States Department of Agriculture

For information on federal biomass research grants, solicited jointly by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy please click here.

The Sustainable Energy Consulting company based in the United Kingdom focuses on utilizing biomass in combined heat and power applications.

“Biomass is plant matter such as trees, grasses, agricultural crops or other biological material. It can be used as a solid fuel, or converted into liquid or gaseous forms, for the production of electric power, heat, chemicals, or fuels. By integrating a variety of biomass conversion processes, all of these products can be made in one facility, called a biorefinery. NREL is working to develop cost effective, environmentally friendly biomass conversion technologies to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve our air quality, and support rural economies. Learn more about biomass.”
-National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Visit the NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory's website for information on current trends in biomass research.
“…The overall goal of the project is to produce a premium, durable briquetted biomass fuel from agricultural and wood wastes that is an alternative energy source for coal-fired boilers and which could potentially be utilized in residential applications.”
-Center for Applied Energy at the University of Kentucky

More information on Biomass research is available from the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy website.

“ [The Forest Service] Research Unit has nine primary research topic areas related to biomass: biomass harvesting systems, economic analysis, bundling, individual machines, proto-type machines, energy wood chipping systems, environmental considerations, short rotation woody crop production, and drying, storing, transporting & roll splitting.”
-U.S. Forest Service

For information from the U.S. Forest Service's, U.S. Department of Agriculture's, and U.S. Southern Research Station on biomass research, please click here.

The Northeast Regional Biomass Program site contains various publications on biomass topics relevant in the northeast.