Bamboo is the perfect Eco-Friendly Bridge Solution for transitioning to Renewable Energies
How does the world get from one powered by fossil fuels to one that runs entirely on energy from the wind, sun, earth's heat, and water's movement? [Biomass] is a “bridge” solution… imperfect, riddled with caveats, and probably necessary. Necessary because biomass energy can produce electricity on demand, helping the grid meet predictable changes in load and complementing variable sources of power, like wind and solar. Biomass can aid the shift away from fossil fuels and buy time for flexible grid solutions to come online.￼
￼￼￼￼Rather than releasing fossil fuel carbon that has been stored for eons far below ground, biomass energy generation trades in carbon that is already in circulation, cycling from atmosphere to plants and back again. Grow plants and sequester carbon. Process and burn biomass. Emit carbon. Repeat. It is a continuous, neutral exchange, so long as use and replenishment remain in balance. Energy efficiency and cogeneration are integral to ensure that, in any given year,￼ carbon from biomass combustion is equal to or less than the carbon uptake of replanted vegetation. When this balance is achieved, the atmosphere sees net zero new emissions. [Drawdown]
Bamboo Bioenergy can offer a more sustainable solution...
Bamboo has a number of advantages over conventional biomass (e.g. fuelwood and charcoal). It grows fast and can be harvested after as little as four years. And it gives a very high yield – as much as 40 tonnes per hectare per year – thus giving a good rate of return on investment. The crop can be harvested continually, making it a more reliable energy source than solar or wind. Perhaps most importantly, it can quickly help to restore degraded land by stabilising the soil and protecting watersheds, thereby conserving land resources for the future and taking the pressure off our remaining forest ecosystems.
An estimated 2.6 billion people [currently] rely on traditional biomass energy for cooking and heating and this level of demand is likely to continue for at least the next 20 years. [INBAR]
The opportunity is enormous for Bamboo to, not only be utilized as a substitute for trees to these 2.6 billion people in Third World Countries, but also as an Eco-Friendly Bridge Solution for Developed Countries that are transitioning to Renewable Energies.
For a crop that requires minimal water and fertilizer, yet no pesticides… It’s annually renewable, produces 20 times more fiber than trees and captures significantly more carbon than a comparative stand of timber. [AGWeb]
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