Among some of the more interesting findings:
- 72% of usable biomass comes from consumers (which suggest to me that there are good recycling efforts going on further up supply chains);
- The usable biomass could supply about 6.4% of the state’s current electricity consumption, or 4.3% of gasoline equivalent transportation fuels (not huge numbers, but not insignificant, either);
- There are numerous options beyond burning: everything from gasification and pyrolysis to fermentation and anaerobic digestion;
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions largely comes down to preventing these materials from rotting and releasing methane.
While I’m certain these percentages and amount vary from state to state, the New Jersey study likely gives us some insight into cleaner energy sources we’re wasting across the country. Yes, many landfills capture methane, but that strikes me as a good start – lots of opportunities for recycling our biomass into energy… with the right scrubbing/pollution capture, of course. I’m sure New Jersey’s also not alone in lacking the infrastructure for taking advantage of all of that biomass, too.
So, what do you think? Know of good opportunities for recovering these materials that needs further exploration? Share them with us.”
For complete access to the article click; http://sustainablog.org/2015/10/new-jersey-digs-into-its-biomass-waste-what-it-finds-isnt-pretty/