Biomass to energy

US: $10 million to support new awards

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs.

A biomass-solar hybrid plant begins operations in Spain

A unique 22.5 MW biomass-solar hybrid power plant has begun operations in Les Borges Blanques, Spain. The facility was developed by Abantia and Comse Emte and features a MAN Diesel & Turbo SE turbo generator train. 

Kenya is among top African states in use of biogas

Kenya is ranked first out of nine African countries in the implementation of the bio gas programme after farmers embraced the energy generating technology, according to the Kenya National Farmers Federation.

BNDES Approves $241 Million to Adecoagro for Brazil Ethanol Mill

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social, Brazil’s development bank, approved a 488.6 million-real loan ($241 million) to Adecoagro SA (AGRO) for a sugar- cane mill to produce ethanol as the agricultural company seeks to position itself for a looming fuel deficit.

10 “key” issues to consider about sorghum

See the 10 important considerations you need to know about sorghum.

Some costs of bioenergy crops and potential in the US

One recent article, presented energy costs from bioenergy crops in the United Stated to be from 22$/dt (dried ton) to 110$/dt depending on crops and regions.  Switchgrass and Short Rotation coppice with willows and poplar are the best known alternatives. But so many other species should be addressed.

How to be less alarmist when evaluating biofuels sustainability

We received news from REUTER on a publication from Lancaster University researchers about biofuels modeling sustainability and environmental impacts to the air. We revised it and made some comments on the credibility of the conclusions.

WBA: “Carbon debt and ‘payback time’ of biomass are not credible”

The World Bioenergy Association, has published a new fact sheet on forest sustainability and carbon neutrality.  The report from the World Bioenergy Association, emphasizes the fact that carbon debt and payback theories are based on unrealistic assumptions and that biomass is carbon neutral.