What is biomass ethanol?





Question: What is biomass ethanol?

Answer: Biomass ethanol is ethanol that is produced by a fermentation reaction of a biomass, some organic matter, which is fermented by yeast. Current technology only allows large scale fermentation of corn into ethanol, but by developing new fermentation reaction chambers and new yeast strands we may be able to produce ethanol from other biomass. Corn is environmentally intensive to grow because it can easily deplete soils of essential nutrients like nitrogen because of the amount of nutrients it needs to grow, in addition to the large water demand of the plants. For this reason improvements in biomass ethanol production that ferments organic matter besides corn is the only long term viable option for ethanol as a gasoline replacement.

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