Biofuels: FAO asks to finish “food vs fuel” debate

Biofuels should not be considered a theat anymore as FAO Director, Graziano Da Silva, claimed yesterday in Berlin at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

Energy crops in Denmark: perennials won again!

Energy crops are being restricted in Denmark forfor producing biogas and some new rules push producers to limit the share in their feedstock. However perennial grasses and legumes are allowed and promoted.

Bioenergy Crops 2030: 26-34% of total biomass, IRENA said

Bioenergy crops are expected to grow up to 39 EJ by 2030, as analyzed and suggested by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Biomass in Spain: no subsidies but L’Oreal invested in trigeneration

Biomass in Spain has no subsidies anymore, however L’Oréal officially announced the inauguration of its new biomass plant in Burgos.

Biomass in UK: 38MW Sleaford straw-fired renewable energy plant

Biomass in UK grows.  A new 38MW straw-fired biomass plant has started operations. The area has potential for energy crops and straw bales uses. 

Biomass: Largest plant projected in Belgium (215MW)

Biomass used for power to promote a new bioeconomy. The port of Ghent in Belgium will see Abengoa to develop the largest biomass power plant (215MW) in the world. 

Energy crops can improve EU soil fertility

Recent studies on perennial agriculture to produce biomass for energy have found strong evicence of soil health benefits and carbon sequestration.

Energy crops for biogas: very acceptable costs in Italy

Researchers at the University of Milano, have reported acceptable margins to produce biogas from energy crops in Italy in a very recent publication released on Aug.2014.

Energy crops in Germany: more perennials needed (new study, 2014)

A very recent study on energy crops in germany (September 2014) was published in BIOMASS & BIOENERGY. A review shows several advantages in perennial bioenergy crops regarding pesticides and suggest they should be promoted further.

Biomass value to increase in next ten years

A survey about biomass vlaue conducted and published by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences showed promising market perceptions.