Energy Crops

EEA: More bioenergy crops needed for more efficiency

A broader mix of bioenergy crops to reduce environmental impacts is suggested in last report issued by the European Environment Agency.

Biomass pellets: BENELUX market to double by 2020

THE BENELUX MARKET CONTINUES TO GROW FAST. The Hague estimates that the  Benelux biomass pellets consumption will double during the period 2012 – 2020 to a volume of 5.7 MMT  (US$ 1 billion).

Fertilizers and lignocellulosic energy crops

Lignocellulosic crops have shown in recent decades a more efficient pathway to produce energy and also lower environmental impacts. Life cycle assessments show that fertilizers efficiency is critical as well as expected yields and extractions levels when producing energy crops. We discuss implications and criteria to apply.

A Spanish 16MW straw power plant increases cereal farmer’s income

A semiarid country like Spain, often have very low grain yields and per hectare income from winter cereals. Since a 16MW straw based power plant in Bivriesca, Burgos, started 200.000 tons/yr and 12M € have been part of the local economy. 

Bioenergy trends in 2013: lignocellulosic raw materials play a major role

Recent trends of  bioenergy, lignocellulosic raw materials and grasslands for advanced biofuels, biopower, pulp and biogas show promising perspectives in 2013.

Sustainable energy crops for biogas

The sustainable use of  energy crops for biogas is a possible solution to reduce the contribution to climate change of human activities. Power based on biomass, in particular biogas, is increasing, with a concomitant increase in the need for energy crop production.

Sustainable bioenergy and grasslands on the edge

There is an increasing interest worldwide on developing sustainable bioenergy alternatives for low competitive lands where food production profitability is scarce or where soils and climates  are not suited for traditional activities or have no market access and low competitiveness.

7 alternatives as energy crops for marginal lands

Several experiences have been providing evidences on the feasibility of marginal lands bioenergy. We selected promising alternatives for biofuels, heat and electricity in semiarid environments, abandoned lands and low competitive regions.

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. 

10 “key” issues to consider about sorghum

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