Question by sillygirl227: What do you think are the pros and cons of using alternative fuel for all automobiles?
This is a thing for my debate class. What in your opinion are the pros and cons of this? Thanks!
Answer by hipp5 Pros: Reduces dependence on a resource that is dwindling. Has the potential to reduce emissions.
Cons: Ignores the real problems associated with automobiles – sprawl, collisions, noise, isolation, etc. Requires tons of infrastructure.
Question by Siam: What are the costs and uses of biomass fuel?
I’d like to know more about biomass fuels. How does producing fuel from biomass affect the economy? Is it financially convenient for domestic use? And is this resource best used for domestic or industrial purposes?
Thanks in advance!
Answer by eco-chic I can help you with this question, since I did a whole semester’s worth of environmental impacts of biomass.
Biomass can be in any form, such as wood chips, pellets, firewood, landfill gas, municipal and landfill waste, crop residues, livestock manure, sewage gas, and bio gas.
It can affect the economy in positive ways, because it can replace different energy forms such as propane, heating oil, electricity, or natural gas. With today’s technology, biomass can be converted into heat, electricity, and combined heat and power. In addition, there will be a large number of employment opportunities available when the biomass sector comes in: think of all the workers needed to bring in the agricultural wastes, forestry residues, or even build a collection plant for landfill gas.
Biomass can be collected from both agriculture and urban areas.
Biomass can be used for both domestic and industrial purposes. It is, however, best as an industrial use, since it can produce substantial amounts of energy to be used by homes and cities. It can replace fossil fuels, and can allow a city to be independent from other sources of energy, using biomass to power its city. The city could even sell some surplus to the grid. The only issue is if the city has a large amount of biomass waste available to be able to power a city year-round.
For domestic purposes, it can be done, but there are some drawbacks to it. First, where will all the biomass be stored? (there needs to be a substantial amount of space available to store the biomass); second, there needs to be some sort of ventillation system in place if you are burning wood in your home, and (third) relates to the second, whereby the stove, wood burner, etc. that will be burning the wood or waste has to comply to any clean air regulations or acts in the city/country. Although it will save you money in the long run, there are start-up costs associated with the equipment, and the ongoing care of the equipment. Farmers who have their own farm and animals can surely use waste produced from field and animals to power and generate electricity on their farm.
I have placed a link at the bottom with an article that i’m sure would be of good use to you. Just search for “Biomass” in the PDF file and it will take you right to the information.