Biomass Resources

Biomass refers to any organic matter from plants or animals. It typically includes agricultural crops and residues, woody biomass from forest management and wood processing, waste from animal feeding operations, waste segregated from municipal wastes or from wastewater treatment processes, and terrestrial and aquatic energy crops grown solely for energy purposes.

The solar energy stored in biomass through photosynthetic procesess can be converted into electrical or thermal energy for power or heating in either the residential, commercial, industrial or utility energy use sectors. When the correct mix of collection, processing, energy conversion and transmission technologies are used, biomass energy can provide affordable energy while helping to reduce soil erosion, harmful air emissions and water pollution.

In order to determine whether enough biomass is produced in Missouri to attract development of biomass energy conversion operations to our state an inventory was conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with funding from the Division of Energy.  Please click on the title below to download the report (updated Feb. 2006).

An Assessment of Biomass Feedstock Availability in Missouri Final Report

If you wish to view the tables in an alternative format or if you know of other sets of biomass data for Missouri please contact the Division of Energy.