It is only a matter of time when oil and coal will be down in the history books titled under “Once upon a time.” So what can we do to change our future? Probably not much, but what we can do is prolong the life of these valuable resources by focusing holding on to something that is more tangible, like biomass.
Biomass, unlike any other resource, is available to us in excess. Its abundance is what makes it a useful asset to mankind, and we can never fear its running out. In other words it is ‘renewable’ since its main source is plants, and as we all know that earth and plants go neck to neck. It’s most interesting and at the same time surprising quality is that it reduces the green house effect, which is more than we can say about fossil fuels. The carbon dioxide released during the burning of plants is nothing more than the concept of “receiving and returning.” The plants only give off carbon dioxide which it has absorbed from the atmosphere during its entire span of life, hence neutralizing the effect. Whereas for fossil fuels like coal; they only add up to the gases levels causing an imbalance which has severe consequences. Moreover, it is cheap compared to its rival resources.
Everywhere has land available for growing biomass. The process of converting biomass into useful energy is a plain process. If biomass is grown on a large scale in the US, it can save tremendous amount of money in importing oil and rural areas become economically more vital and stable.
In addition, biomass can be mixed with coal in coal power plants without making any alterations to the plant. This way, the burning process takes place more effectively and there is a drastic decrease in the release of harmful gases like sulfur dioxide, which in turn reduces the amount of air pollution and hence, the acid rain.
Biomass, if used effectively and efficiently, could be a catalyst in the future of earths’ renewable energy system. Freedom Giant Miscanthus is a plant that can bring that future quicker.