A new study using information from FAO since 1961 to now, has demonstrated that the world has around 3 billion hectares of land not in competition with food.
Energy crops in recent projects in the Caribbean have been implemented with our design of biomass hedgerows combining 2 species. Ecological services and renewable energies working together.
Energy crops and in particular short rotation coppice, is being suggested to promote biodiversity while renewable energy is produced.
Biomass can be a good reason to reforest and cultivate perennial species on a degraded world we have changed recently. Renewable energies from perennial cultivated biomass crops can help us to promote a sustainable greener world.
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.
Grasslands can produce biomass to be used in pyrolisis, a technology that rapidly heats biomass in the absence of oxygen to create a liquid fuel intermediate known as bio-oil.
Perennial energy crops and biodiversity could be benefitial for fauna in metal contaminated soils, said a very recent article published in Biomass and Bioenergy Journal (Feb 2014).
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.
Bioenergy crops can be a good strategy for climate change adaptation. Recent studies show benefits and sinergies between energy, environment and food.
The biomass sector in Jamaica is just in the begginings. Sugarcane bagasse is the main source and other residues and energy crops are being considered in new projects.