Underutilization of biomass energy Underutilization of biogas energy
New technologies allow efficient conversion of special crops and fast-growing trees into biogas, heat, or electricity. The system is sustainable; new crops reabsorb the carbon dioxide emitted from conversion of the previous harvest.
Some examples of how efficient utilization of biomass energy could improve living standards the world over include: the addition of 10% of alcohol to petrol could end the lead problem; in sunny countries if a maize farmer devoted 10% of his land to growing sunflowers or peanuts, he could run all the diesel powered machines he uses from the oil produced; Sweden currently gets 9% of her energy from converting her forest products in various ways, but she could get 50%; in the UK, which only devotes 7-8% of her land to forests, crops could be grown to convert to fuel instead of unnecessary feed.
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