Biomass Power

Biomass Power

by Neil Morris
     
 

Energy is one of the major issues of our time. As the world's population increases, and as our living standards rise, we are using more and more energy. Can that energy be produced in a clean and sustainable way? This series explains the technology and economics of energy. It also looks at the social and environmental impact of the ways in which we produce and

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Overview

Energy is one of the major issues of our time. As the world's population increases, and as our living standards rise, we are using more and more energy. Can that energy be produced in a clean and sustainable way? This series explains the technology and economics of energy. It also looks at the social and environmental impact of the ways in which we produce and distribute it through the world.

Biomass Power explores a source of energy we have used since people lit the first wood fires. Wood and charcoal still provide one-tenth of the energy used around the world for cooking and heating. And today, fast-growing crops and agricultural waste are also increasingly used to produce energy, raising a range of social and environmental issues. This book explains the technology and investigates the impact of biomass power, as well as assessing the part it could play in providing energy in the future.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Energy Now and in the Future" series, Morris explains the basics of burning biomass for energy, starting from the ancient use of fire, and moving into more efficient burners that produce high levels of electricity with relatively low air pollution. Morris explains the different types of fuels, including biofuel and the debate about areas now designated to grow crops for energy instead of crops for food. "The main issue surrounding biomass power is the question of using plants for fuel rather than food." He discusses the problems of poverty and inequality when some parts of the world want fields used for fuel while others need regular food to eat. For the most part, the book comes across as advocating for using biofuels as part of a broader plan that includes other fuels. Photos, colorful graphics, and short, boxed sidebars break up the main text. Topics are not limited to a two-page spread but take up as much room as the author deemed necessary. These books work well for upper elementary and middle school but will be too technical for younger readers. Back matter includes glossary, websites, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
Children's Literature - Cheri Stowers
Gather round the campfire and soak up the heat from the crackling flames, or roast a hot dog or a marshmallow. You're using a valuable energy resource called biomass energy. Biomass energy involves the burning of plant and animal matter. Countries all over the world use biomass energy along with other energy sources. Find out how scientists are developing new ways to harness this important energy source. Cutting-edge technologies include producing biofuel to replace gasoline, and producing hydrogen, which can be used to generate electricity. Learn about the concerns surrounding the use of biomass energy, such as the amount of land it takes up and the cost involved in transporting it. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? What does the future hold in store for biomass energy? Find the answers to these questions and many more. Beautiful color photographs and diagrams enhance the text. This book includes many useful features such as a table of contents, glossary, and index. This makes an excellent resource for a science classroom. Useful for generating discussions related to energy use and how different countries are approaching these issues. Readers who enjoyed this book will want to look for other titles in the "Energy Sources" series.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599203379
Publisher:
Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Energy Now and in the Future Series
Pages:
46
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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