Biofuel: Now With More Birds

10,000 Birds

When you hear the word “biofuel,” you probably think of corn, right? Basically, the scientists logged the types of vegetation growing at each site, computed how much biomass (the raw materials of biofuel) could be had from it, and tracked the numbers and species of nesting birds. Grasslands might be a good source of biofuel that’s also easy on the avians. News biofuel biomass Dickcissel grasslands

Biomass Energy Advantages and Disadvantages


Biomass is everywhere. Food, waste products, firewood: all of these are sources of biomass energy. What is biomass energy and how biomass energy used? The most common types of biomass energy fuels. Quick Navigation for Biomass Energy Advantages and Disadvantages.

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Could Biomass Fuel Landgrabs?


Yes, according to a report published at the end of August which outlines a predicted rise of biomass demand by as much as 600 percent to accommodate various nations’ needs for biofuel to replace petroleum-based fossil fuels.

UniVerve Chooses Microalgae For Award-Winning Biofuel Business

Green Prophet

Among the 12 competition finalists, was UniVerve, an Israeli biofuel company that specializes in using microalgae to create oil. If any waste biomass is left from the refining process, UniVerve sells it to be used as animal or fish feed.

Caffé Nero reports coffee-waste-to-biofuel success, plans expansion

Green (Living) Review

Italian-style coffee shop chain Caffé Nero is looking to extend an innovative coffee-to-biofuel recycling scheme beyond greater London after a successful partnership with recycling company First Mile and technology firm Bio-Bean.

Chaim Weizmann’s Fermentation Invention Used for Biofuel Production in USA

Green Prophet

His process of Acetone Butanol Ethanol (ABE) fermentation helped produce explosives for World War I and now a team of chemical engineers at UC Berkley are close to perfecting his process for the efficient production of biofuels.

Origin Oils Algae Should Inspire More Mid East Biofuels

Green Prophet

This biomass culture can be used to process bio fuel for cars and other vehicles. An alge biofuel farm up close. Read more on turning algae into biofuel: Algae Biofuels to Send Astronauts Into Space? With So Much Natural Gas, is Biofuel a Viable Mideast Fuel Option?

Breakthrough Technology Converts CO2 to Ethanol without Biomass

Green Living Ideas

Producing fuel out of thin air sounds like a pipe dream, but a new process from a biofuel company promises to be able to turn CO2 and sunlight into fuel, bypassing the current need for large amounts of agricultural land and water to produce biomass feedstock. Joule Biotechnologies has announced that it can [.] [ Breakthrough Technology Converts CO2 to Ethanol without Biomass from Green Living Ideas ]. Tags: Ethanol biofuel CO2 diesel fuel Technology

EBEC to highlight latest biomass heating innovations ahead of Renewable Heat Incentive subsidy

Green (Living) Review

EBEC (European Bioenergy Expo and Conference), the UK's largest dedicated bioenergy event, will be showcasing new biomass boiler technologies to coincide with the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme by the Department for Energy & Climate Change.

Duckweed for Biofuel?


The search for a less-expensive, sustainable source of biomass, or plant material, for producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel has led scientists to duckweed, that fast-growing floating plant that turns ponds and lakes green.

Tapping Middle East Biogas Potential in Lebanon and Pakistan

Green Prophet

“This project is a prime example of how innovation can be used to tackle some of Pakistan’s most pressing development issues,” Mouayed Makhlouf, International Finance Corporations (IFC) Director for the Middle East and North Africa told Biomass Magazine.

DOE Invests $22 Million in Biofuels Projects


Hawaii Bioenergy and Sapphire Energy have each received $5 million investments from the Energy Department, part of some $22 million in new investments by the agency to help develop cost-competitive algae fuels and streamline the biomass feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels.

Not All Bioenergy is Carbon Neutral

Conservancy Talk

Earlier this month the EPA released a policy paper that declared forest biomass a carbon neutral source of energy. Converting biomass to energy can be good for the environment but conversion strategies that are too aggressive can also do great damage to our climate and to nature.

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Homegrown Energy; Biofuels in the Deserts


On the surface, the southwestern United States may not seem a likely choice for growing biofuels, since this part of the country is dry and has soils with low fertility.

Arab loan offers $105 million USD to fund renewables globally

Green Prophet

Spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America and Small Island Developing States, the projects encompass a broad spectrum of renewable energy sources – wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass – and technologies. Cuba will receive an Arab fund loan to develop solar power.

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Chernobyl-blighted land to be used for biofuel crops

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Vast tracts of land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, so it was announced recently, could be used to grow crops for the production of biofuels. Food crops cannot be safely grown on the land, but it is still relatively fertile, making it an obvious candidate for biofuel production. "Firstly, Belarus' agriculture can easily supply the necessary volume of biomass for ethanol production.

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Ionic solvents to save energy during biomass processing


Biofuels. Ionic solvents to save energy during biomass processing. According to a study conducted by the scientists at the Imperial College London, ionic solvents have slippery properties that could save approximately 80 percent energy consumed during biomass processing. This would also help to cut the current cost of producing biofuels by ten percent. These products include, oils, biomass derived plastics, polyesters, etc. Please login. Sign In.

Enzyme Breaks Down Tough Chitin. Signals Breakthrough for Biofuel from Waste

Eco Friendly Daily

The hunt for novel enzymes that can break down waste and produce useful byproducts has been ongoing for long; especially, in the area of biofuels. Biofuels are easiest to make from crops like sugar cane, sunflowers or maize.

Bioplastic from biomass set to reduce our dependency on oil


Biofuels. Bioplastic from biomass set to reduce our dependency on oil. Plastics from Biomass These scientists in collaboration with Dow Chemicals, discovered a process to make chemical raw materials from biomass. SynGas, a gaseous mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide synthesized from biomass, is passed across the catalyst, converting it into useful end products, ethylene and propylene. Cheaper fuel from solid biomass and wastes. Please login. Sign In.

Put a Zebra in Your Tank: A Chemical Crapshoot?

Green Prophet

Processors have made ethanol from cornstarch and sugar for decades, but using food products to make biofuel raises demand for staple commodities like corn and seed oils with disastrous impact to the food chain. Making alcohol from sugars is easy; maybe the third oldest profession in the world.

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Renewable Energy Progress: The Latest Numbers on Use of Renewable.

Living Green & Saving Energy

percent, biomass/biofuels up 10.0 Tagged as: alternative energy , Biofuels , geothermal , renewable energy , wind energy { 1 comment… read it below or add one } Gary Wollenhaupt December 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm There are more options than ever to generate power at home — distributed power generation, from renewable source, may be the best bet in the long term to wean the US off fossil fuels for most home electricity consumption.

Renewable Energy Progress: The Latest Numbers on Use of Renewable.

Living Green & Saving Energy

percent, biomass/biofuels up 10.0 Tagged as: alternative energy , Biofuels , geothermal , renewable energy , wind energy { 1 comment… read it below or add one } Gary Wollenhaupt December 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm There are more options than ever to generate power at home — distributed power generation, from renewable source, may be the best bet in the long term to wean the US off fossil fuels for most home electricity consumption.

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10 Examples of Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources


Biomass. Biofuels. Biomass energy. Biomass energy has been used by us throughout our history mainly for cooking and warming our homes with fire. For example, a hybrid species of a poplar tree is one of the most grown trees for biomass production in the United States.

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I mandate [insert something ridiculous here]

Environmental Economics

million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist. It requires the use of three alternative fuels: car and truck fuel made from cellulose, diesel fuel made from biomass and fuel made from biological materials but with a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gases.

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Renewable energy provides 6.5 million jobs globally

Green Blog

Biofuels, the second largest renewable energy sector, trails far behind solar power with only 0.83 Wind power, modern biomass and biogas follows. lags behind in wind power it remains the largest producer of biofuels, followed by Brazil which is also the world’s largest biofuel employer.

Renewable Energy in Mozambique -where only 30% have access to electricity


million Mozambicans, through renewable energy sources, including solar panels, wind turbines, small and medium-size dams and biomass, which generate electricity with the same quality as that of the Cahora Bassa dam.".

A Forest Pestilence Bestows Green Bio-fuel Solution

Eco Friendly Daily

Fuel start-up Cobalt Technologies makes biofuels that can be mixed with gas, diesel, or jet fuel, or even plastics. The process that Cobalt is using to manufacture bio-ethanol is the same fermentation procedure used by them on other nonfood biomass.

A Green Globe: 4 Surprisingly Sustainable Countries

Environmental News Network

Latvia reduces greenhouse gas emissions through a process called CO2 sequestration – the country’s 35,000 square kilometers of forest and peat bogs naturally convert CO2 into biomass. By: Guest Contributor, Christopher Beck. Going green is trendy these days.

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Amgen announces renewable energy training courses and five-fold expansion of Carmarthenshire facilities

Green (Living) Review

The courses, which typically run from 1-2 days will provide education and training in solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal, biofuels, ground and air source heat pumps, waste water heat recovery, rain water harvesting, biofuels and other renewable energy sources. Amgen has expertise in solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal, biofuels, ground and air source heat pumps, wood burners/ biomass, eco logs, and other renewable energy sources.

Land use lessons of the past could help in future

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The time-honoured tradition of coppicing could give offer best of both worlds, providing biofuel to cut carbon emissions and a helpful haven for wildlife, say researchers. An inter-disciplinary team set out to tackle the oft-cited objections that present a hurdle to expansion of biofuel production. Their calculations suggest that planting biomass crops to generate electricity does lead to net savings in greenhouse gases, compared with current emissions.

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UK land footprint one and a half times the size of nation

Green (Living) Review

The UK uses over one and a half times its land size to provide the nation with products such as food, clothing and biofuels, a new report by Friends of the Earth has revealed on Thursday, March 7, 2013. This therefore means that the UK's total land footprint is higher than these figures, as they exclude the land used for commodities such as wood, paper and wood-based biomass for burning.

Salt Cedars are Carbon Sinks in the Desert

Green Prophet

A source for biofuel? These “biomass” or “biofuel” crops, derived from natural crops, could help to reduce dependence on traditional fossil fuels such as coal.

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Tata Nano Micros – Smart Cars for the Poor Man

Green Prophet

Being a “micro car” the Nano gets great fuel mileage of up to 100 mpg (40 km per liter) and its 2 cylinder 624 CC MPFI engine is designed to run on fuel mixtures that contain bio fuels like ethanol, which can be made from a variety of natural biomass fuels, even those made from algae.

India, Oil, And Electric Vehicles

Sierra Club Compass

India has such high demand for non-transport uses of biomass that biofuels are unlikely to be a major solution for India. EVs on the other hand do not suffer from the problems of biofuels and NG that we described above.

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Governments Spend $1.4 Billion Per Day to Destabilize Climate

Green Blog

In contrast to the $500 billion in fossil fuel supports in 2010, renewable energy received just $66 billion in subsidies — two thirds for electricity generation from wind, biomass, and other sources, and one third for biofuels.

The Great Transition, Part I: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

Green Blog

Their potential use is limited, though, because plants typically convert less than 1 percent of solar energy into biomass. But the more research that’s done on liquid biofuels, the less attractive they become.

Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

The Green Changemakers

All together, renewable energy sources can provide 3078 times the current global energy needs, in which solar-power 2850 times, wind-power 200 times, biomass 20 times, geothermal-power 5 times, wave-tidal-power 2 times and hydropower 1 time [16].

Renewable Energy Business Leaders to Convene at European Future Energy Forum

Green (Living) Review

A dedicated renewable and alternative energy conference stream will then run on both days 2 and 3 of the Forum to cover the specific challenges facing off-shore wind, nuclear, biomass, solar PV, Solar CSP, wave and tidal energy. The foremost renewable energy gathering in Europe has announced a star line up of experts to appear in London, Oct. 19/21, 2010. A world-class debate will take place for three days, with how to fund the future of energy as the leading issue.

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Sewage could become a more important energy source in the future

The Green Changemakers

Prof Frank Scholwin, the head of the Biogas Technology Department at the German Biomass Research Centre, says the trend in Europe began around 15 years ago when waste management companies realised they could use the sewage as a fuel source for buses and heavy vehicles they had on site.

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Excrement to energy: Human waste to produce clean power!


Biofuels. One hopes that with modern science growing in leaps and bounds and the right intent human waste will stop being a biohazard and will become viable biofuel very soon. Biomass is a renewable energy source and is a biological material produced from living organisms and their byproducts, such as food waste, wood, excreta etc. Human waste now is considered as an excellent biomass. Methyl ketones from glucose converted into biofuel. Please login. Sign In.

Kyocera's solar modules power England's first 'zero carbon church'


Biofuels. KYOCERA supplies solar modules for Englands fisrst Zero Carbon church The Kyocera modules supply CO2 neutral electricity along with a biomass powered boiler system that will heat the church without any harm to the environment. Also, apart from solar installations, the church also has been integrated with an eco friendly biomass powered boiler system and provides the structure with CO2 neutral heat. Methyl ketones from glucose converted into biofuel.

The Energy Report -100% Renewable Energy by 2050

The Green Changemakers

Today, we still cannot power large ships or airplanes with electricity, we still need liquid fuel, and assuming continuous growth of this mode of transport, we would need to cover this with biofuels. billion people depend on unsustainable biomass stoves for cooking and eating There are up to 2 million deaths per year from toxic fumes from such stoves.

Urban Biodiversity Strategies

The Green Changemakers

Climate change and the panic for biofuels development, coupled with continued pressures for commodification of nature and land conversion to uses other than natural habitat, threaten to rapidly unravel our remaining biodiversity.