Researchers Work on New Method to Convert Biomass

A team of scientists are hopeful they can develop a new method to convert biomass that involves less heat and energy. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are working towards developing a new method to convert lignin—a complex natural polymer found in food, fiber and cell walls—into components that could be used for liquid fuel and a range of other applications. Processing …

Japan’s Biomass Power Capacity Seen rowing 50% by Early 2020s

Biomass power plants in Japan will be able to meet the electricity needs of at least 9 million households by the early 2020s, up 50% from the current level, a sign that power generation by burning wood chips and other renewable materials is catching on here. Forty-two companies responding to a Nikkei survey sent to …

MEXICO: Cactus Gas Possible Future Of Biofuel

The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag. It was considered sacred by the ancient Aztecs, and modern-day Mexicans eat it, drink it, and even use it in medicines and shampoos. Now scientists have come up with a new use …

VOJISLAV MILIJIC: There Is an Easy – Solution Replacing Fossil Fuels with Biomass

In March 2015, UNDP presented the project ‘Reducing barriers for rapid biomass market development in Serbia.’ It’s just one of many projects that encourage the increase of biomass participation in energy production in Serbia. It is well-known data, which were also used by UNDP, that biomass accounts for 61% of the total potential of renewable …

KPA Unicon to supply power plant to Grubišno Polje in Croatia

Energostatik d.o.o and KPA Unicon have signed a contract on the supply of Unicon Altius 5 MWe biomass power plant to Grubišno Polje in Croatia. The plant will generate electricity to the local power grid and heat to the nearby wood processing plant. Wood biomass is used as fuel. The new power plant will be …

Massachusetts Considering Plan To Classify Wood Pellets As Renewable Energy

In order to more easily “achieve” its renewable energy goals (formally, at least), the state of Massachusetts may implement a plan that would see the burning of wood pellets classified as renewable energy. This plan would also result in subsidies for the use of wood pellets as biomass fuel. Considering that some research has shown …

University of Northampton Opens £6.5m Biomass Energy Centre

The University of Northampton has officially opened a £6.5m Biomass Energy Centre that will help deliver heat and hot water via a district heating network at its Waterside campus. The project saw the institution work with energy specialists Vital Energi and construction consultants Mace to deliver the 1MW biomass plant, following the completion of the …