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E.ON responds to “green” to ship trees post

I’ve just had an email from Emily at E.ON about the wood burning power plant it wants to build near Bristol, UK. It set some of my worries to rest. Some specifics would be nice, but I guess it is early days for the project. Here’s the reply in full. The principal biomass fuel to […]

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Now its “green” to ship trees to power stations

Now it is “green” to ship trees to power stations and burn them, according to E.ON in this report from Cleantech. E.ON, which is planning a timber fired electricity generation station in the Port of Bristol. Is it sustainable?  What area would need to be felled each year… What is E.ON doing to replace those […]

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Trees could be the future for biofuels

Trees could be the biofuel of the future, according to this analysts report from Jeffries & Company which examines clean technology and industrial biotech following the BIO’s Industrial Biotechnology conference in the US recently. Key quotes for me are Forestry Unlike prior conferences, this conference was marked by a significant presence of companies speaking directly […]

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Just how much forest waste is there?

Thinking about my response to the earlier post in Huffington post about using food crops to make biofuels, I started looking at the amount of fuel that could be generated from existing forest materials such as brush wood. There’s a paper on Science direct which gives this as the yield from scrub in Galicia (northern […]

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Five things I didn’t know about Pongamia before today

I only heard about the possibilities of using a bush called Pongamia as biofuel crop today when I came across the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) report on water use and biofuels. The IWMI says it might be a suitable biofuel crop… It certainly looks rather nice. picture from Binux on flickr 1. It is […]

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Wood processing waste is a biofuel source

Wood processing waste is a biofuel source, accordding to the Energy blog which says Adding a little coal and processing the papermaking industry’s black liquor waste into synthesis gas is a better choice than burning it for heat, improves the carbon footprint of coal-to-liquid processes, and can produce a fuel versatile enough to run a […]

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China to grow forests for biofuels

China plans to grow a staggering 13.33 million hectares of forests by 2020 for biofuels, according to a report in English on Hungarian website BBJ , quoting a Chinese official. (If there’s not room for Chinese whispers there, then I don’t know when there will be). Just for the record, the land area of Alabama […]

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Florida give the green light to a cellulosic biofuel plant

Florida has given the green light to a cellulosic biofuels plant, according to ecogeek. Range fuels are the lucky chaps who’ve Well sort of. Its based on old fashioned idea of cutting down trees, chipping them and heating them up to give off gasses that can then be further processed. It is is at least […]

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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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