Biomass: much more than energy

FuturENERGY March-April 2020

Biomass is the biodegradable fraction of products, refuse and waste of biological origin from farming activities (including substances of vegetable and animal origin) and forestry, as well as associated industries, such as fisheries and fish farming. It also encompasses the biodegradable fraction of industrial and municipal waste. Biomass can be classified in accordance with its origin: agricultural (crop farming), forest, livestock farming, industrial and domestic biomass.

Availing of biomass brings significant benefits for the economy, jobs and the environment. Biomass enables the sustainable generation of natural, high-quality energy in the form of electricity, heat and biofuels for transport. It does so by making use of raw materials that are abundantly available in Spain, thus avoiding the need to buy fossil fuels from other countries, as well as reducing the country’s considerable trade deficit…

By Margarita de Gregorio, Director at APPA Biomasa. Coordinator of BIOPLAT