The difference between biomass, biodiesel and biogas

July 15, 2011

Society is becoming increasingly aware of incorporating eco-friendliness into its agenda, especially when it comes to transportation, heating or cooling in the office. For this reason, many people are beginning to notice the acronym "bio" more frequently during energy-related topics. However, some may not realize that there is a difference between terms like biomass, biodiesel and biogas.

Biodiesel is a fuel that's primarily used for transportation through the use of hybrid cars or trucks. This source can significantly reduce a company's carbon footprint without requiring major vehicular adaptions.

Biogas is becoming an ideal alternative for natural gas, which is currently putting a strain on many homeowner's wallets. This source is produced from plant or animal waste, or often a balanced combination of both, to provide reliable home heating.

Biomass, on the other hand, is simply the raw materials that can be used to produce biofuels. Sugar cane, wood residue and soybeans are some of the most commonly used biomass on the market.

By gaining a deeper understanding of alternative fuels and energy sources that can reduce carbon footprints, society will likely be able to slow down the consequences of global warming and make the environment a stabler place for future generations.


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