Biomass is a versatile energy source. Organic matter that is used as a source of biomass energy includes trees, timber waste, wood chips, corn, rice hulls, peanut shells, sugar cane, grass cuttings, leaves, manure, sewage, and municipal solid waste.

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Biomass and the Environment

leafBiomass absorbs carbon dioxide during growth, and emits it during combustion, therefore, it recycles atmospheric carbon and does not add to the greenhouse effect. It also does not contribute much to acid rain as it produces only low levels of sulfur and ash. Nitrous oxide production can be controlled through modern biomass combustion techniques.

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