Tag Archives | biomass

The power of left-over food in Japan

The power wasted in left-over food is outlined in this story on Far East Gizmos, a number of Tokyo’s schools will be using waste food to generate power… Perhaps we could do the same with waste from supermarkets over the Chirstmas period?

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More on Dyanmotive’s fast pyrolysis process

There’s more detail on Dyanmotive’s fast pyrolysis process on Environmental Resarch web. This is fast pyrolysis which is pretty much a continuous process, by the looks of things. The plant in Guelph will process 66,000 dry tonnes of biomass each year and produce the same amount of energy as 130,000 barrels of oil… which is […]

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Dynamotive gets equity boost

Canada’s Dynamotive has been given an extra $10m from equity investors to help the business grow. The firm is working towards biomass to fuel/power plants in Argentina.

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Hydrothermal cabonization

Hydrothermal cabonization is an approach to convert almost any kind of biomas into fuel. Biopact has written about hydrothermal carbonization and there’s quite a bit about it on the web. Here are some carbonization links that might be useful. Please let me know if you come across any more I’ll add them to the bottom […]

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China has a lot of biomass

China has a lot of biomass, it is estimated that the total amount of biomass resource is up to 5.2×108 tons of oil equivalent (TOE), according to a paper published on research and development in biomass energy in China. The question is can it be mobilised.

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Food, waste food and biofuels

Are biofuels going to be a drain on world food resources? Not necessarily was the message at the All Party Parliamentary Renewable Transport Fuels Group meeting held in London yesterday.One of the arguments put forward is that there is a considerable amount of waste food. This seems to be supported by EnCycle, a commercial company, […]

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David Fridley pours some cold water on biofuels

Lawrence-Berkeley Lab scientist and energy expert David Fridley talks about the reality of biofuels as an alternative energy fuel. He explains inherent cost and production problems with ethanol and similar biofuels. He also makes some good points about linking the price of food and oil.

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Some economics on wood as biofuel

I’ve come across some economics about using wood biomas as energy on a US forest products document. The document by the USDA’s Forest Products Laboratories pretty pro wood, but that said, the economics of using wood to generate energy seem to show that the cost of producing 1m British Thermal Units (BTU) of heat was about […]

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Lets talk trees

Lets talk trees for a bit. There is a growing realisation that diverting corn or other food sources into fuel is likely to have severe impacts on the world’s ability to feed itself, or at least that the price of food is likely to rise dramatically.  What does that leave, as renewable alternatives? Wood, grass, biomass […]

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Biomass gassification

One way of using renewable fuels for energy production does not necessarily involve converting materials into liquid fuels by fermentation or wet chemistry. Instead biomass can be heated up and the gasses which come off can be burnt themselves… This might be more energy efficient than processes like distillation. Biomass gassification is being trialled in […]

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