Biomass resources are renewable and of biological material. Their source can be wood, waste, gas, or alcohol fuels. Energy can also come from living biomass, or plant life, that generates electricity while it remains alive, but most biomass energy is harnessed through conventional means that rely on direct incineration. The most populat plants grown for industrial biomass are miscanthus, switchgrass, hemp, corn, poplar, willow, sorghum, sugarcane, and select tree species.


Resource Links

DEC webpage

Penn State Biomass Center



Biomass Resources of the US by County

Biomass Resources of the US per square kilometer

Crop Residues

Forest Residues

Primary Mill Residues

Secondary Mill Residues

Urban Wood Waste

Methane Emissions from Landfill

Methane Emissions from Manure Management

Methane Emissions from Domestic Wastewater Treatment


Photos from BBSRC Bioscience for the Future 

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