This article was originally published on Sustaining Capabilities.

Biomass — the collective name for renewable materials derived from living organisms, including crops and agricultural residues, by-products from wood-processing industries like paper and construction, and gas from landfills and water treatment plants — is the oldest source of energy harnessed by humans. The history of energy transitions has been one of moving away from biomass and toward fuels with greater power densities, like coal, natural gas, and petroleum. Today biomass contributes a relatively small percentage of total energy supply in most high-income countries. …

Ryan McGuine

Badger engineer. Excited by the intersection of energy & global development. All articles were originally published on my blog: sustainingcapabilities.com.

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