Posted November 06, 2020 18:19:13A new study from the University of Michigan finds that wind energy generated from biomass power plants can cause significant greenhouse gas emissions.
The study is part of the University’s Bioenergy Initiative, which aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The research, published in the journal Nature Energy, looked at emissions from bioenergy sources from wind turbines, which generate electricity from photosynthesis.
The researchers compared the amount of energy generated by these two sources in a variety of different situations and found that bioenergy emissions are significantly higher than they are for coal-fired plants.
The researchers used data from Michigan’s BioEnergy Initiative, a state-run program that has been collecting data on biomass power plant emissions.
Bioenergy emissions were estimated using the energy production from biomass plant photosynthesis and emissions from energy from biomass plants that generate electricity for the facility.
In comparison to the biomass plant, bioenergy emits about 25% more carbon dioxide emissions than coal plants.
The emissions from biomass-generated electricity were also slightly higher than those from coal-generated power plants.
While the researchers say the results are significant, they note that biofuels are a large source of carbon dioxide pollution, and that they cannot be used to offset fossil fuels for energy production.
“We cannot be doing this at the expense of the environment,” said Professor Chris Lichtman, an environmental scientist and bioenergy program lead at the university.
The findings also point to the importance of improving biomass-based energy generation.
The University has partnered with energy companies to develop and deploy a range of technologies that can reduce the amount and types of emissions that are emitted from biomass energy plants.