CSRE Research Areas:
The Center for Sustainable & Renewable Energy
Sustainability at ESF
In general, the term 'biomass' refers to any organic material (including fats and oils) that is available on a renewable or recurring basis, including:
- dedicated energy crops and trees
- wood and wood residues
- plants (including aquatic plants, grasses, and agricultural crops
- animal wastes and other waste materials
The term 'biomass' does not include old-growth timber, paper that is commonly recycled, or unsegregated garbage.
Energy derived from biomass is recognized as a form of 'renewable energy'.