Luke Lamb from Sarasota is the owner of Tree Frog Equipment, LLC. His company supplies equipment to the forestry industry so it comes as no surprise that he is interested in biomass. Biomass is biological materials derived from living or recently living organisms.
When used as an energy source, biomass can be converted to make various forms of biofuel. This can be done through three broadly classified methods: thermal, chemical and biochemical methods.
Although there are other types, wood is most commonly used biomass energy source. This includes wood in many forms like dead trees, branches, stumps, yard clippings, wood chips and even municipal solid waste. Crops can even be grown for use as biomass. Some of these include switchgrass, corn, hemp, miscanthus, poplar, sorghum, bamboo, sugarcane, willow and other kinds of tree species. Some plants are grown because they offer high biomass output per hectare with low input energy, like wheat, grain and straw. Plant biomass can even be degraded from cellulose to glucose and the resulting sugar can be used as a first generation biofuel.
One of the types of biomass more commonly talked about in the media is getting energy through methane gas found in rotting garbage and waste from animals and humans. This makes great fuel for transportation.
Biomass is an exciting form of more sustainable energy compared to fossil fuels since they fuel source is more easily replenished. There is some debate over its possible negative environmental effect and some issues with meeting the high demand that the planet has for fuel. More research and investigation is needed into this possible game changer in the energy field. Luke Lamb Sarasota is interested in toe possibilities biomass can bring.