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Waste not wood not

A swiss view of biopower using wood (hooray).

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Ethanol is niether the perfect nor permanent answer to our energy challenge

But the truth is, corn ethanol is neither the perfect nor the permanent answer to our energy challenge. There are legitimate economic and ecological concerns about an over-reliance on corn-based ethanol. And even if we double or triple its production, it won’t replace even a tenth of our demand for gasoline. That’s why we must […]

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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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Japan’s disposable chopstics are potential biofuel

Japan’s government is encouraging people to dispose of their disposable chopsticks carefully, sot that they can be collected and used as biofuel, according to Tree Hugger.com. which says. Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is looking to introduce recycling bins to begin collection the country’s hearty supply of disposable chopsticks. It appears, that on […]

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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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More biofuels from tree waste

Neste Oil and Stora Enso agreed on 16 March to develop a technology producing biofuels from wood residues and invest €14m ($18.4m) in a pilot plant, according to ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) Stora Enso, an integrated paper, packaging, and forest products company, will supply wood biomass while Neste Oil will […]

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Syngas from wood

If you’re interested in using wood products such as shavings and chips to make useful biofuels, check out this woodfuel site. Instead of converting resin to hooch and thence to heat, these fellows recommend heating the wood up to very high temperatures to make syngas or producer gas.

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