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Coverage of bioenergy since March 29, 2023.

What is biomass? The latest fuel source to get clean tech tax credits

"...In a response to the BBC, Drax maintains they only use sawdust and other waste wood that the lumber industry does not want. Natural Resources Canada says forest biomass is a “renewable source of feedstock for energy production” as long as it comes from a sustainably managed forest and regrows over time. Still, Roberston says there are concerns..."


7 Things to Know About Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration

"...No, CCUS is not the same as carbon removal.  Carbon dioxide removal (or just “carbon removal”) removes CO2 that is already in the atmosphere. Carbon removal includes a range of approaches from familiar things like tree restoration, to newer technological approaches like direct air capture and carbon mineralization..."


Latin America

"...Beyond tackling CO2 emissions, major producers in the region can reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations by nearly 80 per cent at low cost, and around 40 per cent with no net costs, supporting the Global Methane Pledge that most countries have signed. Based on announced pledges, emissions from land use and agriculture, which account for half of economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions in the region today, are cut by the end of the decade and reach net zero. About 85 per cent of forests in the region are in countries that are part of the Glasgow Pledge, which aims to stop deforestation by 2030..."


Lessons From California’s Carbon Dioxide Removal Policies

"...The California Climate Crisis Act, or AB 1279, was signed into law in September of 2022, and requires net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2045 and net-negative emissions thereafter. It mandates at least 85% emissions reductions from 1990 levels by 2045, ensuring that carbon dioxide removal does not play an excessive role in meeting net zero..."


Q&A: What does the UK’s new biomass strategy mean for net-zero?

"...Biomass – defined within the strategy as any material of biological origin – contributed 8. 6% of the UK’s energy supply in 2022. It is currently used predominantly for electricity generation, biofuel in vehicles and domestic heating..."


Vancouver man wins award for work aimed at improving air quality

"...“Biomass is a global challenge,” said Kung, noting that more than four billion tonnes of biomass residues are burned globally in open air each year, accounting for as many as 10 per cent of worldwide air pollution deaths. “Our goal is to end the practice of burning by turning costly residues into economic commodities. ”..."


Is biomethane really the Holy Grail for clean energy?

"...Left uncaptured, that methane — a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 — would otherwise escape into the atmosphere and contribute to global heating. That has encouraged gas companies to invest heavily in biomethane projects, calling the gas "renewable natural gas" and pitching it as a way to reduce emissions while continuing to use natural gas in homes. This, in turn, has fuelled a growing biodigester industry focused on transforming large amounts of organic waste into biomethane and blending it with conventional gas in the existing pipeline system..."


Skeena bioenergy and sawmill plant in Terrace resumes operations, eyes provincial aid

"...The bioenergy plant opened June 5, a few days after Skeena Sawmills reopened Rod LinkJun. 13, 2023 4:30 p. m..."


UBC startup addresses burning farm and forestry waste

"...Kevin Kung, a post-doctoral researcher at the Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group at the University of British Columbia, and Takachar CTO, helped develop the machine mainly to address a problem in Northern India, where farmers burn off their fields every year after harvest..."


4 Things to Know About New Developments in Carbon Dioxide Removal

"...Biomass-based CDR: Instead of combusting biomass and capturing the emissions (as is done with bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS), there is growing interest in using biomass — organic material from plants — for direct carbon removal. One iteration of this from Charm Industrial involves converting biomass left over from growing crops into a carbon rich “bio-oil” and injecting that into the ground where that carbon is sequestered. Another approach, developed by Kodama Systems, involves improving forest management practices, including forest thinning to reduce wildfires, combined with burial of residual wood for carbon removal..."


Is ‘renewable’ natural gas a climate solution — or masterful greenwashing?

"..."They're buying not the (renewable natural gas) molecules themselves, but the environmental attributes of these molecules," explained Eoin Finn, a researcher with the environmental group My Sea to Sky. "It's fossil gas with a piece of paper attached saying: 'Hey, I'm really renewable. '" In a statement to Canada's National Observer, FortisBC said it doesn't matter if the biomethane is not produced and used in B..."


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254A. Biomass role in future economy

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"...PODCAST - This week on CKUA Radio's Green Energy Futures we learn there is 120 million tonnes of mostly waste biomass in Canada just waiting to used to produce biofuels, bioenergy and an assortment of other products..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about bioenergy.

Why the EU Energy Crisis Fuels Severe Logging, even in the US

"...Biomass makes up roughly 60% of the EU’s renewable energy, supported by large subsidies worth €13bn in 2020..."


Zero Emission Trucks : Can we afford to go there? Can we afford not to??

"...All of the world's biggest truck making firms are racing to get their hydrogen or battery electric vehicles to market in the next couple of years..."


Brooks Mendell - Wood Bioenergy, Supplies, and Timberland Ownership: What We Got Right (and Wrong)

"...In 2012, the Forest History Society published the Issues Series book called Wood for Bioenergy: Forests as a Resource for Biomass and Biofuels, coauthored by Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about bioenergy relevant to the latest news.

Utilization of Wheat and Maize Waste as Biofuel Source

"...Renewable biomass fuels such as bioethanol, biogas, biodiesel, and biohydrogen may replace the use of petroleum-derived fuels..."


Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) and Its Main Parts (By-Products) as Promising Sustainable Sources of Value-Added Ingredient

"...Mainly studied as a feedstock for the production of several chemicals and biofuels including bioethanol, biomethane, biohydrogen, biolipids, butyric and lactic acids, 1-butanol, acetone-butanol etc..."


Algal Biofuel Production from Municipal Waste Waters

"...Researchers all over the world are trying their best to convert the biowaste into bioenergy and one such approach is treatment of wastewater by microalgae in order to produce biofuels..."


Enhanced Production of Biohydrogen Through Combined Operational Strategies

"...On the other hand, biohydrogen generation from microalgae has been reported as a highly attractive approach that can achieve carbon neutrality and bioenergy sustainability by producing a benign clean energy carrier..."


Exploring the environmental and economic potential for biogas production from swine manure wastewater by life cycle assessment

"...This study uses life cycle assessment and cost-benefit analysis to evaluate and compare environmental impacts and cost benefits before and after installing a rapid-build anaerobic fermentor module into the three-stage wastewater treatment system that the swine farm initially used..."


Food waste to bioenergy: current status and role in future circular economies in Indonesia

"...This review demonstrates the best pathways from food waste valorization to bioenergy, including biogas or biodiesel integrated with a black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) composting system..."


Biomethane Recovery from Brewer?s Yeast Using Two-Stage Anaerobic Digestion

"...With rising energy costs and improved process economics of anaerobic digestion processes, bioenergy recovery from such organic-rich wastes is emerging as an attractive option..."


Biomass characterization of wild and cultivated cardoon accessions and estimation of potential biofuels production

"...The aims of this study were (I) to characterize biomass quality and quantity of genotypes of wild and cultivated cardoon in order to produce different types of biofuels and (II) to identify the most promising accessions to be included in breeding programs for bioenergy characteristics or to be incorporated in the local agro-productive system..."


Biomass to Energy ? an Analysis of Current Technologies, Prospects, and Challenges

"...The bioenergy from agricultural biomass, food crops, forest residue, algae, and municipal waste can also allow sustainable waste management..."


Biomass Quality Responses to Selection for Increased Biomass Yield in Perennial Energy Grasses

"...Perennial grasses are candidates for biomass cropping systems that are focused on providing a wide range of ecosystem services in addition to sustainable bioenergy production..."