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What is Bioenergy Engineering?

Bioenergy Engineering is a science you can expect to be hearing a lot about in the near future, as scientists continue to turn to alternative methods of eliminating greenhouse gases and supplying clean energy. The name refers to a facet of biological engineering which deals with energy made from biological, renewable sources.Biomass is the renewable fuel source which provides energy. It can include any plant matter burned to produce heat or electricity, any plant or animal matter used to make fibers and chemicals, and any biodegradable wastes used as fuel. Biomass can also be derived to produce biofuels. Pure biomass still produces air pollution, but the cost can be offset by the fact that carbon is sequestered, or stored, in biomass crops, such as in a root system. Using biomass for fuel can also help eliminate waste which would otherwise pile up and contribute to global warming.Scientists are working on ways to make bioenergy a more widespread and effective means of renewable energy production. Currently, only 1.4 of America’s energy supply comes from biomass. The goal of bioenergy engineering is to see that number go up in the future.

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