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How Trees are Like Batteries

by Valley Box Company on Thu, Oct 4, 2012

Trees are amazing specimens, not only do they clean and purify the air we breathe, they also store energy, like a battery, that can be tapped into later in the trees life!

A trees' leaves absorb the most amount of energy through photosynthesis, which is the process of converting light energy to chemical energy. But did you know that energy from the sun is then stored in the wood? This is the source of biomass.

Biomass, as a renewable energy source, is biological material from living or recently living organism. As an energy source, biomass can either be used directly or converted into other energy products such as biofuel.

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When wood is burnt it releases the stored energy from the sun it contains. In this way, biomass functions as a sort of natural battery for storing solar energy. As long as biomass is produced through sustainable measures, meaning only as much used as is grown, the battery will last indefinitely.

A simple way to explain wood as renewable energy without getting your terms mixed up is the following way: Biofuel is derived from biomass. Biofuel is used as a direct source of energy.

Valley Box chooses to incorporate sustainable business practices by recycling all wood scrap with San Diego's Waste Management Company.  Visit our “Green Efforts"" page to learn more! 

 
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