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Biomass

Biomass refers to any solid biological material that can be used as fuel, and includes the chopped wood that many Vermonters already use to heat their homes. While antique wood stoves burn inefficiently, and put off lots of soot and smoke, modern biomass systems have very low particulate matter (tiny particles that can cause breathing problems) emissions… read more

Biofuels

Biodiesel and ethanol are the two most widely used liquid biofuels. They are renewable and burn cleaner than fossil fuels. Recent EPA analysis of lifecycle GHG emissions show that ethanol and biodiesel, when compared to their petroleum-based counterpart, will reduce atmospheric CO2 by 20 percent to 60 percent, depending on the type of fuel and… read more

Biogas

Biogas is another bio-based technology that harnesses natural sources and processes to produce energy. Animal wastes such as cow manure naturally give off methane as they breakdown. Animal wastes can be processed in an anaerobic (air-free) digester, producing high-grade methane which is used to power modified natural gas engines and generate… read more

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