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In 2015 biomasses satisfied 9.7% of energy requirement worldwide (International Energy Agency Key World Energy Statistics 2017). Exploitation of this resource is not distributed homogeneously across the Planet. The vegetation that covers our planet is a natural storage of solar energy. The organic matter composing it is called biomass. Biomass is produced through the photosynthesis process, when carbon dioxide from the atmosphere combines with underground water to produce sugars, starch, cellulose, lignin, protein substances, fats, etc. The same solar energy that activated the photosynthesis is contained in the chemical bonds of these substances. In this way 2 x 1011 tons of carbon are fixed each year, with a corresponding energy content of 70 x 103 megatons of oil.

subjects dealt with in Biomass

Biomass knowledge

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Energy production

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Biomass plants

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Biofuels

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special reports

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    27 September 2012 / Life

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    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

    10 September 2020 / Energy

    A simple and ingenious invention

    There are objects so simple and ordinary that we forget their existence when we don't need them. Their presence is…

  • 17 March 2020 / Energy

    Energy and renewable sources: what is the current status?

    The relentless growth of renewable energy sources continues... The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (Ren21) periodically publishes…

    23 September 2019 / Energy

    Everything is transformed

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  • 17 January 2019 / Energy

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    When you think of renewable energy, what comes to mind? Water? Wind? Indeed, these two examples have proven the most…

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    Artificial photosynthesis

    Science is inspired by nature The history of science and technology is packed with discoveries and inventions inspired by nature.…

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    A bit of history Chemistry accompanies man from that day long ago when coarse hands full of hope put out…

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    Vertical farm

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  • 27 September 2012 / Life

    Over 7 billion people on Earth

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  • 8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

  • 10 September 2020 / Energy

    A simple and ingenious invention

    There are objects so simple and ordinary that we forget their existence when we don't need them. Their presence is…

  • 17 March 2020 / Energy

    Energy and renewable sources: what is the current status?

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  • 23 September 2019 / Energy

    Everything is transformed

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  • 17 January 2019 / Energy

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