Renewable Energy 101: How Does Introduction to Geothermal Energy - Borealis 10 months ago   01:31

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The great thing about biomass energy (or simply “bioenergy”) is that its sources are plant and animal waste. So not only does biomass energy divert this organic matter from the waste stream — it turns it into something we all need, without polluting the planet. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by 2030, the U.S. has the potential to sustainably produce 1 billion tons of bioenergy each year. As far as renewable energy sources go, biomass is not the most glamorous. But, biomass energy successfully solves two major environmental problems at once — an incredible feat if there ever was one!


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Biomass … the original renewable energy. It's been part of our lives since our ancestors learned to control fire. In fact, it's made possible by the sun, whose energy is absorbed by trees and plants through photosynthesis and then released when organic matter is burned or decomposes.

First, there's plant waste. Wood scraps, sawdust and crop waste can be collected from farms or manufacturers. The waste is burned to heat water. The hot water creates steam. The pressure of the steam spins a turbine. The turbine powers a generator. The generator creates electricity. Simple, really!

Next up: animal waste … also known as “the problem of cow poop.” The solution? Waste from farm animals can be collected in a large tank, called a digester, filled with bacteria that eats the waste and converts it to methane gas. The methane is captured and burned to heat water and create steam. Sound familiar? Second verse, same as the first.

This same principle can also be used to capture methane — a potent greenhouse gas with 25 times the heat-trapping ability of carbon dioxide — from landfills. Once a section of the landfill is closed off, pipes are run from the waste to collect the gas, which can then be burned to make electricity or heat. Biomass may not be the prettiest form of renewable energy, and it needs to be used carefully and thoughtfully to protect the ecosystems that prevent greenhouse gas emissions, but it can be a smart way to make use of waste. Power to the poop!

About: Green Mountain Energy is the nation’s longest-serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses.

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Raynee Flynn-Bowman
Haha! Love it!
Simon Classe
How the fuck is that renewable energy ? Biodiversity needs this "waste" !
While it is certainly a method to produce electricity by not letting matter go to waste, it is not as clean and innocent as people think. Simply because burning something always causes pollution to some extent. Furthermore the potency (amount of MegaWatts) that can be produced this way is much less than ordinary methods. On top of that, the mass isn't always "waste", healthy trees get chopped down to supply these biomass plants as well.
Karl Ortigas
Rafael Antonio Rodriguez Avecilla
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Simple video but it's packed with loads of information! Thanks ❤️
Brittany Rosenberg
Why don’t more people know about this?
Casey Bersan
Carol Edwards
thank you so much,i needed this for my project in my class for the end of the year.I hope i can use your help again for middle school
Happy side of YOUTUBE
Thank you so much for this, i'm doing a presentation on biomass and didn't know much about it, this helps a lot!
Enzo Cossa
Why does "It need to be carried carefully and thoughtfully"?
Avah Schmitt
is it ok if i use it in my slide about biomass?
Shreya Gupta
haha! power to the poop
Meeha Doorgakant
Love your videos
Ryan Jaumally
Hi I had a powerpoint to do on Biomass and I really didn't understand what it was. I'm really glad I found this video because it really helped me out!
Emma Kate O Dwyer
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Lata Oza
Helpful also good
Confection Obsession
hi. I'm a student and I am doing a project on biofuels and this really helped me. All those people correcting you should be ashamed
Madeleine Depunkt
Power to the poop
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Introduction to Geothermal Energy - Borealis Renewable Energy 101: How Does 10 months ago   02:33

Geothermal energy is exploited by mining thermal energy from the earth's crust. It is one of the most promising alternatives to fossil fuels. Pursuing the use of geothermal energy could help satisfy some of the worldwide energy demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a global level.
Having a long history of human usage, geothermal energy profits from existing, dependable technology and a naturally inherited ubiquity. These factors lead to moderate costs and enormous development potential.

This video was made by Borealis GeoPower Inc., which is a member of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Asssociation (CanGEA).

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