RE: [hreg] Algae vs coal
Biomass doesn’t typically add NET load of CO2 to the atmosphere since it consumes CO2 to grow.
Algae is not a derivative of coal. Coal is the compressed remains
of plants that grew and accumulated in wet environments and were
buried without decomposing. The lack of decomposition is due to the
lack of oxygen in the bottoms of the swamps and lagoons where the
ancient forests grew. Those conditions also caused the sulfer we
associate with coal to accumulate.
Oil is different and is more closely associated with the microscopic
remains of the animal life that rains down onto the ocean floor from
above. Those sediments when "cooked" make the liquid carbon
compounds we collectively refer to as petroleum.
Using any biomass to generate power, whether it be of a fossil
nature or not, is going to add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere
unless the waste gases are sequestered somehow.
In email@example.com, evelyn sardina <evelynsardina@...> wrote:
>After long discussions about "what is fossil
> Correct me if I am wrong but algae is a derivative of coal....
> William <stangfam@...> wrote: I am excited about this!!
> fuel" it seems we do not need to wait for millions/billions ofyears to
> make plant life and algae into fuel!! Isn't that exciting? Thelinks
> Maybe instead of this;