Can burning biomass be sustainable?

Low Impact

“Burning biomass is just another path to environmental destruction,” claims a recent article in The Ecologist. Simon Fairlie, who has blithely been burning biomass for the last 50 years, investigates. Burning biomass is terrible for the environment.

Extraordinary Carbon Emissions From El Niño-Induced Biomass Burning

Environmental News Network

Equatorial Asia, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and surrounding areas, experienced devastating biomass burning in 2015 due to the severe drought condition induced by the extreme El Niño and a positive anomaly of the Indian Ocean dipole.


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Human’s built mass equals planet’s biomass

Green Prophet

We now have as much human-made mass as earth’s biomass. . has grown to equal the mass of all life on the planet, its biomass. The post Human’s built mass equals planet’s biomass appeared first on Green Prophet.

Biomass Energy Advantages and Disadvantages


Biomass is everywhere. Food, waste products, firewood: all of these are sources of biomass energy. For many people in the world this is the only option for producing energy and therefore worth learning more about the opportunities and challenges biomass presents socially, economically, and environmentally. What is biomass energy and how biomass energy used? The most common types of biomass energy fuels. Biomass can be generated from local sources.

Biomass 'carbon neutrality' debate continues to divide opinion

Green (Living) Review

Using biomass, specifically energy derived from burning wood, as a crux in the UK's effort to transition towards a low-carbon economy has come under scrutiny again, after the former secretary for energy and climate change and his ex-special advisor clashed over its use. A new report from Chatham House , authored by former Government advisor Duncan Brack, was released late last week, claiming that emissions from wood pellet-based biomass were higher than traditional coal use.

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Human-produced mass now outweighs the Earth’s biomass


Research published in Nature revealed that human-made matter now outweighs the earth’s biomass. According to the researchers, the mass of human-made products at the start of the 20th century was about 3% of the Earth’s biomass. However, due to increased urbanization and product consumption, human-produced weight now outweighs the overall global biomass. In fact, the study shows that an increase in human-produced mass correlates with a decrease in biomass.

Egypt to Test Unique CSP Solar/Biomass Hybrid

Green Prophet

A consortium of European governments, universities and research institutions are funding an innovative solar/biomass hybrid test, coordinated by Italy’s national energy agency, ENEA. This uses mirrors to focus sunlight to heat up the molten salts, and these molten salts then both store and supply the heat needed to produce electricity in the same way that traditional thermal (coal, gas, or biomass) plants operate – on steam driven turbines. Image: Christopher Kraemer.

Brilliant Biomass Stoves And Sleek Solar Heaters At Project Lebanon 2011

Green Prophet

Considered among the key sales and business platforms for people interested in the latest developments in building materials , construction, equipment, and environmental technology, the 16th annual event gets off to a roaring start with biomass boilers, outdoor solar lights, and a variety of other innovative products. Cleantech, Science & Technology alternative energy Beirut biomass fuels cleantech Lebanon Sustainability Week Project Lebanon 2011 renewable energy Solar Energy

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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 ].

Just in Time for Summer, Biomass Packaging Debuts New, Bio-Based Cold Cup

Green (Living) Review

BioMass Packaging ®, a division of Excellent Packaging, innovator and wholesale distributor of sustainable, biodegradable, and nature-based packaging for foodservice and other applications, has broadened its range of bio-friendly alternatives to foodservice staples with the addition of new paper cold cups manufactured from renewably sourced paper fibers.

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. Administered by Ofgem, the RHI is a fixed, index-linked income paid to organisations for each kWh of heat produced by renewable technologies such as biomass boilers over a 20-year period.

Forests and not biomass needed in fight against Climate Change

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is very concerned about the development of a series of biomass-fired plants that will increase the UK’s timber imports to 50 million tonnes by 2015. The CIWEM is concerned that the move towards biomass-fired plants does not show any political will to stem forest loss, nor does it seem to consider the carbon emissions involved in shipping the wood such large distances.

Microbial Biomass in the Oceans Weighs As Much As 240 Billion African Elephants

Eco Friendly Daily

The invisible bulk made up of life forms like these, makes up 50 to 90 percent of the biomass in the seas. Humans and elephants both have to take a bow before a family of organisms which aren’t even visible to the naked eye. In terms of sheer numbers and by mass, microbes are huge. The title of this post is just one of the comparative results drawn up by a 10 year study – Census of Marine Life.

A Compact Brayton-Cycle Engine and Biomass Process for Mixed-Alcohol Fuels

Eco Friendly Daily

Texas A&M chemical engineering professor has developed a process to convert biomass to a mixed alcohol fuel that contains more energy than fuel ethanol. The MixAlco process converts biomass into organic chemicals and alcohols with a multi-stage process that includes lime pretreatment, non-sterile acidogenic digestion, product concentration, thermal conversion to ketones and their subsequent hydrogenation to create mixed alcohol end products.

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A team of researchers develops a cheap method to make plastics from biomass


But, this will not last long, as a team of scientists have lately discovered a new, cheaper way to create plastic bottles from biomass instead of petroleum. Team develops cheaper, non-petroleum method to make plastics from biomass. Further the researchers also found that the presentation of the biomass reaction was strongly affected by zeolite, which after experimenting was proved, as this mingling of the two achieve a seventy five percent yield.

Energy Efficient Solutions That Are Nature and Health Friendly

Green Living Guy

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How to Heat Your Home While Staying Green

Green Living Guy

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Sustainable homes from invasive plants

A Greener Life

One solution is to use it as biomass, and there have been experiments in using it to make charcoal. Africa buildings environment materials sustainability waste biomass invasive species sustainable homes typha waste materialBy Jeremy Williams.

What Renewable Energy Is Most Cost-Effective by Region?

Green Living Guy

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5 Environmental Benefits Of CBD Products

Green Living Guy

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Ionic solvents to save energy during biomass processing


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. Biomass products are considered highly environmentally friendly and they are sourced from fast growing tree species like willows and pines. These products include, oils, biomass derived plastics, polyesters, etc.

A Compact Brayton-Cycle Engine and Biomass Process for Mixed-Alcohol Fuels

Eco Friendly Daily

Texas A&M chemical engineering professor has developed a process to convert biomass to a mixed alcohol fuel that contains more energy than fuel ethanol. The MixAlco process converts biomass into organic chemicals and alcohols with a multi-stage process that includes lime pretreatment, non-sterile acidogenic digestion, product concentration, thermal conversion to ketones and their subsequent hydrogenation to create mixed alcohol end products.

Bioplastic from biomass set to reduce our dependency on oil


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.

Not All Bioenergy is Carbon Neutral

Cool Green Science

Earlier this month the EPA released a policy paper that declared forest biomass a carbon neutral source of energy. Biomass for Energy Biomass—trees, woody shrubs and annual crops—can be used to produce fuels for many different purposes, including pellets for home heating, liquid transportation biofuels and electric power generation. Aggressive Conversion Strategies Pose Risk But not all uses of biomass to produce energy are beneficial; not all bioenergy is carbon neutral.

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Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity day and night

Green Prophet

The facility will be backed up by biomass to produce power during the four hours of the day that solar energy can’t be utilized. “Solar power stations integrating storage and backed up by biomass are the best solution for producing electricity in Israel,” Brenmiller Energy CEO Avi Brenmiller said. Biomass alone cannot meet electricity demand but combining it with solar energy and storage represents the cheapest and cleanest alternative.”.

Researchers Engineer Hardier Microbes to Improve Bioproduction of Fuels, Chemicals

Environmental News Network

Busy, productive microbes use enzymes to break down leaves, stalks and other biomass and then convert that material into renewable fuels and chemicals.

Adding Value to Recycled Wastewater

Environmental News Network

Environmental health experts at Flinders University are advancing research into a highly sustainable wastewater recycling program by developing a cost-effective way to harvest microalgal biomass for use in biofuels and other applications.

Unrealistic Experiments Mean True Impact of Nitrogen Pollution on the Environment Is Unknown, Study Warns

Environmental News Network

Human actions – mostly burning of biomass and fossil fuels – have dramatically altered the global nitrogen cycle, affecting natural habitats and contributing to acid rain.

Powering Buildings With Bioreactor Algae Skin Facades

Green Prophet

Inside a building laboratory, the harvested biomass is converted to biogas which can be burned to provide winter heat. Algae produces up to five times as much biomass per hectare as terrestrial plants and contains oils that can be also be used for energy. A girl can dream… Green Tech and Gadgets algae biogas biomass bioreactor green building renewable energy A five-story apartment building in Hamburg, Germany gets its juice from its algae skin.

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Can Bio Coal Turn Coal Power Plants into Green Energy Producers?

Green Living Ideas

According to the supporters of bio coal, the answer is yes – coal plants can burn bio coal, created from biomass, without retooling their storage, handling, or burning systems. Bio coal is somewhat similar to charcoal, but created from biomass harvested from plantations, urban [.] [ Can Bio Coal Turn Coal Power Plants into Green Energy Producers? Tags: Alternative Energy Bio Coal biomass-based energy production charcoal coal power plants green energy renewable energy

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. Diverting waste from traditional dumpsites and instead, routing it to plants and controlled landfills which can convert it into biogas (and biomass) transforms a liability into an asset.

Over 50% of Germany's renewable energy is owned by citizens & farmers, not utility companies

Green (Living) Review

It is also a much more resilient system in that the entire grid cannot be knocked for six by this or that incident when the entire country has small, personal or community owned power generating plants, whether wind, PV, or biomass. renewable energy solar power solar evergy wind energy Germany wind power biomass

Biogenic Energy

Nature Conservancy - Science

Forest biomass is not carbon-neutral in a meaningful time frame. Energy Forest Carbon Forests Sustainability

Powerbarn is a bioenergy plant offering power to 84,000 families


Surrounded by human-made dunes to soften its appearance, the Powerbarn uses biomass, biogas and solar systems to generate an output of approximately 222 GWh a year — enough to satisfy the energy needs of 84,000 families. Eco Green a-building-for a-now-converted a-sugar-factory bioenergy biomass dunes energy giovanni italy landscape reclamation post-industrial powerbarn powerbarn power plant wood-chips world

Britannia to Run Out of Wood for Second Time in 500 Years

Green Living Ideas

A British company that provides strategic analysis of climate change, sustainability and energy issues to British corporations.Verdantix has published a report finding that the explosion of large-scale biomass plants in the UK could wind up struggling to find the biomass supply needed to keep plants running. Tags: Carbon Offsets/Credits Carbon/ GHG Reduction biomass coal Deforestation deforestation legislation history environmental legislation wood waste

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Happy Tequila Day! Did You Know Plastics Can Be Made from Tequila By-Products?

Eco Chic

According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s WasteAgriculturalBiomassEST_Compendium : 5 billion metric tons of agricultural biomass waste is produced annually. Ecology agave auto biomass bioplastics cars Ford jose cuervo plastic sustainable materials tequila wasteI had never thought of it either, until I saw it when I was in Mexico last.

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After the Clearcuts: People and Ecology in an Alaska Rainforest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Another market possibility is using wood biomass for home heating; pellet stoves are more efficient than fuel oil. “We A black-tailed fawn peers out from forest cover on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. I’m enjoying a halibut sandwich and microbrew in Ketchikan, Alaska, when a group of cruise ship passengers file in, giddy as they recall all the sights they had experienced over the past few days. I overhear talk of bears and eagles and glaciers.

In a New Census, Trees Rule the Planet

Green Prophet

A new type of global census based on the total biomass of different life forms on Earth suggests that much of what we think we know about such questions is based on outdated research, incomplete estimates or simply unfounded anecdotes. In addition to providing answers to such questions, the biomass census can help researchers address larger issues, for example, about the way that carbon cycles through the environment. Ron Milo compiled a biomass distribution for all life on Earth.

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Ecological unequal exchange is helping Europe maintain its leading role, greenhouse gases and overconsumption

Green Blog

The European Union is a large importer of oil, coal, gas, minerals, metals, biomass etc. “To secure future oil imports USA is now using “force to reassert dominance” via “state terror and coercion” in Afghanistan and Iraq.&#. Ecological unequal exchange, or the zero-sum model, can help us understand many things about the world’s international trade, political order and environmental degradation.

How I-1464 Limits Corporate Cash, Lobbyist Access, and IEs

Sightline Daily

That year, lobbied by Sprague, the Washington legislature passed an amendment to the state’s Clean Energy Initiative that loosened definitions of clean energy to include energy produced from older biomass plants, such as Avista’s 1983-vintage Kettle Falls biomass facility. And the Washington Government Accountability Act is only getting started. |

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A sliver of farmland to create an eco fertilizer farm

Green Prophet

Use of biomass as the source of hydrogen and energy for ammonia fertilizer is competitive with electricity as a replacement for natural gas or other fossil fuels, the authors wrote. The biomass has a bonus. Switchgrass or sweet sorghum could do a regular farm into an eco-er farm. .

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Building A Compost Water Heater For Hot Water Abundance

Green (Living) Review

The Pain Mound is a large pile of woody biomass, aka mulch. Invented by French farmer Jean Pain in the 1970s, it is made of woodchips and sawdust, surrounded by a ring of hay bales for structure and insulation. As the Pain Mound decomposes, heat is produced and harnessed using a hydronic loop. The Pain Mound will produce heat for up to 18 months, after which time the remains (nutrient rich, earthy humus) can be used to build soil. Read more here

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New Science: Mangrove Forests as Incredible Carbon Stores

Nature Conservancy - Science

Because on average, mangroves have double the living biomass of tropical forests overall. Look at the map here and you’ll see that there’s a tenfold range in above-ground biomass: Figure 1. Global mangrove map showing modeled patterns of above-ground biomass per unit area. So as we make our increasingly bold statements about the importance of mangrove biomass — or indeed around any ecosystem services — it is SO important that we have the numbers to back up our claims.