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  • National action plan for biomass submitted to Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, says REEEP

    The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering (CAAE) and Environmental and Energy Development Consulting Ltd. (EED) have released a REEEP-funded report “National Action Plan for Rural Biomass Renewable Energy Development in China”, which provides detailed measures to enable China to achieve its biomass development target in the medium and long term. The REEEP supported report and a proposed ...

  • Maximising the yield of agricultural crop residues and biomass from forestry

    There is a huge potential for yield increase of agricultural crop residues and biomass from forestry in the European Union, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. In a study for the European Commission, Ecofys has investigated the realistic and technical-sustainable potential for these regions. The research team developed and assessed best practice strategies for residue yield increase with regard to their ...


    By Ecofys

  • U.S. departments of agriculture and energy announce funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

    To support President Obama's goal of reducing America's oil imports by one-third by 2025, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) today jointly announced up to $30 million over three to four years that will support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products. The projects funded through the Biomass Research and Development ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • 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 ...

  • Department of Agriculture and Energy Department Announce Up to $8.7 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative

    The U.S. Department Agriculture in collaboration with the Energy Department announced that up to $8.7 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil by supporting the development of bioenergy ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Planning for sustainable global biomass use

    Projected future population growth, dietary changes and a growing need to use biomass for energy and fibre will increase the global use of biomass over the coming decades. Livestock are a major contributor to human biomass consumption, using from 30-75 per cent of all biomass harvested by humans, new research shows. The research suggests that integrated assessments of land and biomass use 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Biomass Powering a Military Base in Upstate New York

    Fort Drum, a U.S. Army installation located in northern New York state and home to a 60-megawatt biomass power plant, is a leader in its support of the U.S. Department of Defense’s priorities to enhance energy security and the use of renewable energy. The ReEnergy Black River facility, operated by ReEnergy Holdings ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • The concluding Conference to highlight the results of the French Biomass Project REGIX will take place at the 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Lyon

    The summarizing and final conference of the French project REGIX (Unified references, methods and experiments to enable improved evaluation of potential agricultural and forestry lignocellulosic resources for bioenergy in France) will take place in Lyon, France, on the occasion of the 18th European Biomass Conference (3-7 May 2010) and Exhibition (3-6 May 2010). On May 4, 2010, representatives ...

  • Alternative agricultural practices combine productivity and soil health

    The progressive degradation of useful soils for agriculture and farm animal husbandry is a growing environmental and social problem, given that it endangers the food safety of an increasing world population. This fact prompted the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development – Neiker-Tecnalia – to design a series of research projects in order to evaluate alternative agricultural ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Agriculture`s greenhouse gas emissions on the rise

    New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them. This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use ...

  • 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 ...


  • USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July 28, 2014. Of the total $25 ...

  • 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

  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to Address Algae Biomass Summit

    The 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algae Biomass Organization and the world's largest algae industry gathering, today announced that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will deliver the opening keynote address when the event convenes in Denver on Monday, September 24th. Governor Hickenlooper will welcome the industry to Colorado and discuss the importance ...


    By Algae Biomass Organization

  • New USDA-ISU Report Validates Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass Sustainability

    Five years of soil nutrient data gathered at POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY site are consistent with more than 500 site-years of additional soil research, experts at USDA and Iowa State University have determined. Those results show that biomass harvesting, which is now being done in the Emmetsburg, Iowa area, is consistent with proper farm management. “Successful deployment ...


    By POET, LLC

  • Media Availability: Algae Facts and Experts From the Algal Biomass Organization

    As high gas prices and the need for new supplies of fuel have entered the national energy discussion, the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the U.S. algae industry, today announced the availability of experts and information resources that can clarify the potential for algae to provide the nation with a new source of domestically produced fuels. ABO spokespersons, ...


    By Algae Biomass Organization

  • Forest Owners Support EPA's Final Biomass Deferral Rule

    The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) supports the final U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to defer the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from biomass for three years while the agency studies the science and policy of regulating biomass energy the same as fossil fuels. David P. Tenny, President and CEO of NAFO, stated, "Forest owners are pleased that the EPA ...


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