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Improving logistics in Napiergrass during harvest operations

Napiergrass is one of highest yielding crops in tropical countries that can be used for pulp and bioenergy. A logistic system optimization is required in several environments. Its tall stalks and low leaves/stalk  ratios (below 40%) allow high process efficiency for both pulp and energy uses and also a low biomass production cost.

Biomass power: Feedstock cost is the key

Biomass power costs recently published by IRENA showed how critical could be to obtain reductions in feedstock costs and footprint at power station gate. We suggest ways for success.

5 benefits from a flexible fuel and biomass supply using a multi-feedstock approach

Diversification helps to reduce risk. Learn about how a flexible fuel biomass supply system can be a better approach. 

Biomass pellets: 8 reasons to invest in developing countries

Most developing countries are recognizing the need to evaluate biomass pellet new business using residues and bioenergy crops. In this post we analyzed 8 reasons to invest on biomass in developing countries. 

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?.

Financial feasibility delivering biomass: Biomass prices more sensitive than diesel price in Montana (US)

A brand new study (Jan.2013) from The University of Montana (College of Forestry and Conservation) modeled economic feasibility of biomass delivery across fuel and product prices. 

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.

Bioraise: GIS tool for availability of resources in Spain

BIORAISE is a computer GIS based tool specifically designed for the calculation of agricultural and forest biomass resources, collection and transportation costs around selected locations in the Mediterranean UE countries: Spain (except Canary Islands), Portugal, France, Italy and Greece.