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Energy crops small plots vs field plots: avoid unrealistic expectations

Small plots and research scales are not as realistic as productivity from field plots when making economic assumptions in any project. 

Miscanthus or cheaper perennial bioenergy crops in higher latitudes?

Miscanthus among perennial bioenergy crops in northern EU, has been promoted during last decade for heat and power production. After cultivating more than 12,000 hectares in UK, too low average yields (10-12 odt/ha per year) and high costs of delivered biomass (60-140 €/odt) are becoming major constraints

Bioenergy crops in marginal lands: Lower yields can have lower costs

Bioenergy crops in marginal lands have been always  a focus of attention for researchers, bioenergy companies and governments. But those areas would clearly have lower yields. Are lower cost feasible in those regions?.

Asian biomass co-firing grows: China, Japan and South Korea are the main consumers

Several studies and reports confirm that Asian biomass co-firing grows . China, Japan and South Korea are the main consumers while new opportunities and investments are increasingly flowing in the region. 

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. 

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.

“Staygreen” gen for switchgrass?: A genetic breeding to improve ethanol yields as energy crop

An amazing finding in second generation bioethanol from perennial grasses has shown a promising result. Scientists at the USDA might have found a way to keep switchgrass forever young and better for cellulosic ethanol. 

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.