Marginal lands

Energy crops: politics, lobbies and a biobased economy

A very recent sensationalist study from NGO Birdlife indirectly suggests to keep existing monocultures in Europe and fossil energy sources. We suggest a greener scenario where more perennial biomass crops  will reduce carbon to imprtove a bio-based economy. 

Energy crops pellets: a revolution for biomass sector

Energy crops pellets are technically feasible . A lot of progress by companies developing technology and recent research produce densification in biomass from herbaceous crops or by mixing herbaceous and woody biomass.

Climate change adaptation and lignocellulosic bioenergy crops

Bioenergy crops can be a good strategy for climate change adaptation. Recent studies show benefits and sinergies between energy, environment and food. 

Energy crops could cover energy demand in surplus agricultural lands

A brand new study (2013) found that the projected energy demand (2035) in developing countries, can be covered with energy crops in surplus agricultural lands, then not competing with food production. 

Biofuels sustainability: Not all alternatives are the same.

From food debate and land use changes effects to biofuels sustainability, a lot of scientific findings show great differences among alternatives. We joined best scientific information. 

Land use changes: new study faces the EU commission on biofuels

Following our recent post on sustainability and land use changes, we include here a new study on land use changes that challenges the EU commission regarding biofuels. 

Land use effects: More land is available where more biofuels are produced. Are models wrong?

A very recent research publication  found harvested area with food crops to be increasing during 2000-2010 period simultaneously with biofuel expansion.

10 ways to save millions asking for advice on energy crops

Biobased industries invest millions on feedstock and supply chains with energy crops.  Find 10 ways to save millions on energy crops asking for independent advice and avoid huge risks.  

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?.