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Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

August 20, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Rnewables Growth and the Biogas Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.[read more]

Biomass: Not Carbon Neutral and Often Not Clean

April 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Power companies, facing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels like coal, are often consider turning to biomass – an umbrella term for fuel that is newly derived from plant matter. Until recently, most people including policy makers assumed all biomass was clean and renewable.[read more]

Is the World Health Organization Underestimating the Annual Deaths from Biomass by Two Million?

September 5, 2013 by N Nadir
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While browsing the news and comments portion of an issue of Nature I came upon a note by two scientists suggesting that someone on this planet should offer an innovation prize to the person who can invent better biomass burning stoves.[read more]

Europe to Invest €3.8 Billion in the Biobased Economy

July 15, 2013 by Doris de Guzman

The European Commission proposed a €3.8 billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Biobased Industries, in order to accelerate the commercialization of biobased products in Europe.[read more]

Energy Risk: Cutting Down Trees for Biofuels?

May 26, 2013 by Michael Giberson
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Cutting down trees to generate biofuels can’t make sense in terms of carbon accounting, can it? But what happens when deliberate cultivation of crops changes the land use and moves agricultural production to other plots of land?[read more]

The Limits of Biomass: UK Energy Needs

March 27, 2013 by Robert Wilson
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UK forested land

A simple thought experiment. What if instead of building the 3.2 GW Hinkley C nuclear power station, the UK built a biomass plant instead?[read more]

Liquid Wood, Anybody?

February 6, 2012 by Stefano Ratti
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One of the most abundant forms of renewable energy available in the United States is wood residue from forestry operations. The carbon in wood residue is bound to go back to the atmosphere, either as carbon dioxide (CO2) as a result of combustion (natural or controlled fire), or through methane (CH4), as a result of decomposition....[read more]

Feeding 10 Billion on a Hotter Planet (Part II)

December 22, 2011 by Barry Brook
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Guest Post by Geoff Russell. Geoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. His recently published book is CSIRO Perfidy. His previous article on BNC was: Feeding the billions in 2050′s sauna (Part I) —————— Welcome to Part II of my presumptuously titled series on...[read more]

No Coal, No Oil, No Nuclear. No Biomass?

November 9, 2011 by Tomaz Ostir
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This is [large-scale, industrial use of natural forests for energy] turning to ash sustainable job opportunities, threatening the greening of the forest sector and the value added product trend that has been emerging in recent years. And what is against of common understanding of biomass: Exploiting forests for energy increases carbon...[read more]

What Happened at Choren?

July 9, 2011 by Robert Rapier
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If you have not heard by now, Choren Industries has begun bankruptcy proceedings. For those who don’t know, since 2009 I have worked as the technology advisor for the major investor and primary funding source for Choren. I have just returned from a visit to their plant in Freiberg, Germany. Due to the nature of my relationships with my...[read more]

Today's Energy Panacea: Biochar!

June 27, 2011 by Marc Gunther
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Would you like to curb or even reverse global warming? Help feed the world? Generate renewable energy? Biochar is the answer, say its most fervent advocates. If only life were so simple. Biochar, alas, isn’t ready yet to be a meaningful solution to the climate crisis, or a way to enhance agricultural productivity at scale. But it’s an...[read more]

12 Clean Energy Trends to Watch in 2011

June 3, 2011 by Tracey de Morsella
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The clean energy sector is entering a phase of dramatic change in which business models are being transformed against a backdrop of regulatory uncertainty, as the industry emerges from a challenging period caused by the global economic downtown. Technologies and business structures that were once abandoned, are now being revived in several key sectors.[read more]

A Renewable Energy Technology That Gets No Respect

May 31, 2011 by Marc Gunther
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 No Silicon Valley venture capitalist has invested in it. Government subsidies for it are skimpy, at best. It lacks clout in Washington. And it’s been around forever. Yet it’s by far the most popular form of renewable energy used at home, dwarfing the impact of rooftop olar panels and appealing not just to well-to-do greens but to...[read more]

Alarming Estimates of Forest Loss Linked to Bioenergy Projections

May 20, 2011 by John Wilson
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Tuesday’s release of the draft Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) report raised an alarm that the South could lose as much as 23 million acres of forest over the next four decades. From the press release: According to the report, urbanization, bioenergy use, weather patterns, land ownership changes and invasive species will...[read more]

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Fuels and Biogas From Household Waste

April 14, 2011 by Helmuth Ziegler
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After five years of practical experience the time has come for Imtech, one of the leading companies for technical building equipment in Germany, to offer a promising procedure for the treatment of residual household waste to the international market: At the exhibition area “Metropolitan Solutions” at the Hanover Fair in Germany, Imtech...[read more]