Biomass Ethanol





What is biomass ethanol? It is the process of producing ethanol, or distilled alcohol from organic material, such as corn, for example. Biomass ethanol can also include other organic materials such as algae, switchgrass and other organic materials. Biomass refers to waste materials, that generally cannot be eaten or manufactured, but ethanol biomass can be produced and industrialized and some parts of it can actually be used for human consumption. To produce ethanol, the biomass has to be converted so it can be used as a fuel that is usable. But it is not generally recommended that ethanol be used as an alternative to fuel. And there are those who claim that it is.

In recent years, the production of biomass ethanol has significantly improved, making it more easier and efficient in how ethanol is extracted. Some critics have argued that producing ethanol from such edibles as corn can endanger the corn-producing industry, putting the jobs of thousands into jeopardy. However, those who advocate or promote the use of ethanol counterargues that such problems can be prevented by more thoughtful land management and production and that ethanol production does not infringe on the conventional production and uses of corn.

Still there are others who contend that governments strongly promotes the usage of biomass ethanol. Such persons argue there is no real market for ethanol, and that the people in effect are being led on by believing in a artificial market. But still others conterargues that such subsidies that promote ethanol biomass is needed because even though some may not recognize its true value and worth now, in the future, the market will change, making biomass ethanol both marketable and viable.

The debate of whether biomass ethanol is truly practical or not still continues to rage on. Whatever the case, people want what they want. It may not mean anything to biomass ethanol’s opponents, but it certainly means a lot to its supporters. High-octane gasoline and corn liquor, for instance, are products of biomass ethanol. The people will ultimately decide what is and what is not best for them. Though biomass ethanol is generally not used by most people now, in this challenging economy, perhaps the time will come when they will find cheaper alternatives, and biomass ethanol may well be one of them. In the long run, it’s still in the works-and running.

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