Tag Archives: biomass combustion

How to create the perfect bioenergy plant

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately, and maybe one of the reasons was a manuscript that I’ve been working on and would like to highlight here.  Since one of my co-authors on the paper is fellow blogger John … Continue reading

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Clean cooking: the convergence of traditional and modern bioenergy in developing countries

One of the great ironies of bioenergy is that,  despite the rapid proliferation of 1st-generation ethanol fuel production in the US/Brazil and the vast resources being devoted to the development of cellolosic ethanol and advanced drop-in renewable fuels, the majority … Continue reading

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Issues with biomass / coal cofiring

This little article discusses some of the REAL issues with cofiring biomass and coal – issues that we need to figure out if we want bioenergy to work on a larger scale: http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/5751/biomass-and-coal-a-powerful-combination/

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The carbon abatement cost of REDD+: improving ag yields and household cooking efficiency

A new study in Nature Climate Change (http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v1/n4/full/nclimate1145.html, or for a synopsis, http://af.reuters.com/article/tanzaniaNews/idAFN2711500320110529) estimates the Carbon Abatement Cost (CAC) of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, a.k.a. REDD+, implementation in Tanzania.  Deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa is driven primarily by … Continue reading

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Biomass Plants Polluting like Coal Plants?

From http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/04/26/4338/unlikely-polluters: “Just 12 miles apart in the belly of California, a pair of 12.5 megawatt power plants fouled the air with a toxic brew of pollutants — nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and particulate matter. They released … Continue reading

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