Agriculture Biomass News

  • DOE Studies impact of drought on biomass products

    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have linked changes in rainfall and other environmental stressors during crop growth to potential deleterious effects on biofuel production.  The study demonstrates that the effect of weather conditions on crop yields can significantly impact the downstream processing of those ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Veolia Awarded Operations Contract for North Carolina Biomass Facility

    Through a new $9 million annual operations and maintenance (O&M) contract with North Carolina Renewable Power – Lumberton, LLC, a subsidiary of Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), Veolia Energy Operating Services, LLC (Veolia) will manage a cogeneration plant that converts poultry litter (waste) and wood chips into biomass energy – diverting up to ...


    By Veolia

  • Future Bioeconomy Supported by More Than One Billion Tons of Biomass Potential

    Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits. The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • DOE Looking For Experts To Review Algal Biomass Funding Opportunity Applications

    On February 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced that it is preparing the reviewer pool for the funding opportunity announcement "Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2." The Advanced Algal Systems Program within BETO is looking ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Soil nitrogen increased through greater plant biodiversity

    Increased plant biodiversity improves grassland soil quality by boosting its nitrogen levels, even in the absence of nitrogen-fixing plants, recent research has found. Previous research has shown that grasslands with higher biodiversity had higher levels of carbon and nitrogen. However, in the case of nitrogen it has been suggested that this was purely a result of increased numbers of ...

  • Latest LIBERTY agronomic data shows viability of biomass harvesting

    Harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol production is consistent with good farm management, according to the latest data from researchers with Iowa State University and USDA. The work was commissioned by POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels to ensure the sustainability of the joint ...


    By POET, LLC

  • Biomass should be tenth tipping point, researcher says

    The nine 'planetary boundaries' — environmental tipping points, beyond which the planet may not recover —– could soon be joined by a tenth one, if a proposal from a prominent scientist is accepted. The concept of planetary boundaries was proposed in 2009 by Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Will Steffen, executive director of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mission markets(TM) signals focus on fast-growing sustainable agriculture sector through partnership with food marketmaker

    After recent success in closing transactions on its Sustainable and Impact Investment Platform (SIIP), Mission Markets has recently established a key relationship with Food MarketMaker, one of the largest online databases for local state farmers with over 20,000 members. These types of ...

  • Is biomass production profitable?

    Cellulosic ethanol has emerged as a leading candidate biofuel that could contribute significantly to meeting U.S. liquid fuel demand while reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. Feasibility of large-scale cellulosic ethanol production depends not only on the development of cost effective processing methods, but also on the availability of large quantities of cellulosic biomass for conversion to ...

  • Nitrogen use by warm-season grasses for biomass production

    Perennial, warm-season grasses are being evaluated as potential renewable energy crops. These species are well-suited for the production of biomass for energy applications because they utilize C4 photosynthesis and are perennial. Grasses that employ the C4 photosynthetic pathway use water, nitrogen (N), and solar radiation more efficiently than plants having the C3 pathway, and therefore are ...

  • Certification system for sustainable biomass production

    The first results of the pilot project started in 2008 and backed by the Federal Ministry for Agriculture were presented at the sustainable certification event in Berlin in February. 'We are already importing some biomass for biofuels. In future use of biomass for energy production should only be encouraged if it has been produced in an environmentally friendly way,' said secretary of state Gert ...


  • SCAN technology used to address biomass collection and impacts

    SCAN technology is helping to address new questions relative to large scale biomass collection efforts and the impact on soil and water resources. On July 16th, 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Announce the FY2004 Joint Solicitation Awards for $25 million in research funding to 22 biomass projects. Over 400 pre-applications were received in response to ...

  • GNR Group signs contracts for 130,000 ha for biomass production

    The GNR Group, which specializes in the production of biomass from Jatropha and Castor, signed contracts for additional 130,000 hectares for the sole cultivation of Castor (Ricinus communis). Contract partners are Global Agricultural Resources (GAR), subsidiary of Global Natural Resources Holding AG (GNR), and the cooperatives Jabalì from the province of Chaco (50'000 hectares), Estrella del ...


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