wood bioenergy Articles

  • Focus Bioenergy No 2 2004: Wood fuels - an important part of the energy system

    Today wood fuels are well established in the Swedish energy system. The sector is big, growing fast and can become much larger. Since 1980 wood fuels have five-folded their share in Sweden’s energy provision.This has contributed to a dramatic decline in oil imports. In today’s Sweden, wood fuels stand for some 50 TWh, mainly in the form of heating but also as electricity.The use of wood fuels is ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Environmental aspects and bioenergy projects

    Nelson Lee emphasized the “need to involve an environmental professional” early and throughout the project cycle. “Otherwise you can get blindsided with what you don’t know.” He reviewed five project cycle stages. The concept stage involves project definition, due diligence, and approvals. Keystone worked with Balanced Power Engineering Inc. to examine the feasibility of bioenergy production ...

  • Focus Bioenergy No 7 2004: Biofuels - heating for the future

    Biofuels for heating of homes and properties is rapidly making headway. Environmentally friendly, comfortable and price-worthy small-scale heating with biofuels is done using pellets or briquettes. Changing an oil burner for a pellets burner or replacing electric heating with a pellet-burning stove is often very profitable. It demands less effort than wood firing but somewhat more work than using ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Overview of biomass and bioenergy sources in northern B.C.

    Ibrahim Karidio identified four groups of biomass sources: cellulosic materials from wood residues, agricultural crops, animal wastes, and municipal and industrial solid wastes. “B.C. has a huge land mass,” Karidio said. Of the total provincial annual allowable cut, 47% comes from the Northern Interior. B.C. generates 31% of Canadian wood residues and 66% of Canadian surplus wood residues. ...

  • An irish wood pellet experience

    Richard Smith said he would share his experiences over the last two-and-a-half years. “What we’ve done isn’t necessarily right for here,” he said, “but it worked for us.” Balcas has a number of facilities all over Europe, including a sawmill in Estonia that also produces wood for construction. A pellet plant is currently under construction in Scotland. Balcas has branded its wood pellets brites. ...

  • Safety in handling wood pellets

    Canada is primarily a bulk producer and exporter of pellets with large mills that make, on average, 56,000 tonnes per year, said Staffan Melin. When shipped in large volumes, pellets are classified as hazardous material, although wood pellets in consumer bags are benign. For example, carbon monoxide (CO) gas emissions released by pellets killed a person in the cargo hold of a ship in 2002. A ...

  • Boosting bioenergy needn`t sacrifice food security

    Increasing the production of energy from biomass (bioenergy) needn't come at the expense of growing food crops — done right, it can enhance food security and prosperity in Africa, say Lee R. Lynd and Jeremy Woods. Assessments of the impact of bioenergy on food security have focused too heavily on the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Allready-Box brings security to production of bioenergy

    Animal feed manufacturer Futtertrocknung Mindelheim eG of southern Germany has been operating a co-generation power station since 2008. During the summer months, this power station uses ecological methods to generate the heat and electricity the company needs to dry soilage. Utilizing a year-round, low-temperature heating network, it supplies local industrial firms and public institutions with ...


    By ALLWEILER GmbH

  • Bioenergy and the convergence of the markets for fuel, food, and fibre

    Don Roberts said four key variables are driving the economics of biofuel production: the price of fossil fuels, the cost of the feedstock, the “plethora” of conversion technology, and regulations, which stimulate demand. These variables are in flux, which presents a dilemma for investors, who “hate uncertainty.” Conversion technologies are at varying stages of market readiness. As “some of the ...

  • Bioenergy opportunities in the pulp and paper and sawmill industries

    Fernando Preto said the Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET) Energy Technology Centre in Ottawa is “not a fundamental research lab…. We help industry develop technologies.” The Biomass and Renewables Group “took a different approach, asking, ‘What’s the converted value of one dry tonne of wood?’” Preto’s team made a number of assumptions about pellet-generated heat, power, and ...

  • Focus Bioenergy No 5 2004: Peat - a domestic fuel with advantages

    Total peat volume in Sweden is estimated to 100 billion m2. However, a large part of these assets are situated in wetlands that are important for biodiversity. The total climate impact of peat depends on emissions at combustion, but also on whether the extraction causes considerable natural flows of greenhouse gases from the peat land to cease. Often the total climate im-pact is well below that ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Executive Order and Proposed Bill Will Boost Biobased Products and Bioenergy

    Developments in the world of biobased products and bioenergy have flourished in recent years, as reported by sources such as The Carbohydrate Economy newsletter, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, the New Uses Council, and In Business magazine, among others. But while each new use for crop residues or another cellulosic ethanol project brings encouragement to sustainability proponents, the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Wood pellet research program and summary results

    BBRG’s vision is to create a comprehensive design package for pelleting technology, said Shahab Sokhansanj. “It will contain engineering data and procedures for procuring biomass, [and for] producing and delivering pellets as a choice feedstock to the emerging bioindustry.” He said he would debate the statement made earlier that morning that biomass is not a mature technology: “We need to improve ...

  • A brief history of the New England wood pellet

    Steve Walker started his company in 1992. New England Wood Pellet has grown from a single, “little tiny mill” to a 100,000-tonne plant; a research, development, and fabrication facility called Biofuel Energy Systems; and Palmer Reload and Packaging Center, which packages product brought by rail from B.C. Walker’s next initiative is to bring boilers into the US industrial northeast commercial ...

  • Energy systems in transition: perspectives for the diffusion of small-scale wood pellet heating technology

    Promising small-scale wood pellet heating systems with sizable market potentials have started to penetrate the residential heating market in Europe and elsewhere. Despite significant technological progress, cost reduction, improved convenience and reliability, and reduced environmental impact, diffusion of such systems will nonetheless take time. Framework and market conditions, and especially ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The biocarbon pellet

    Referring to the “notorious graph of increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere,” Gerry Kutney said the “bioenergy field for the pulp and paper industry has been important for decades, but the general population has only shown interest recently.” Kutney demonstrated the key role vegetation plays in the carbon cycle, with a graph showing the annual fluctuation of the total level in the ...

  • Research on gasification process of loose biomass material with oxygen-enriched air in fluidised bed gasifier

    Fluidised bed gasification technology with oxygen-enriched air suitable for gasifying loose biomass materials was developed. Gasification experiments with different biomass materials such as rice straw, rice hull, wheat straw, sawdust and municipal wastes, were carried out. The tests showed that biomass materials can be gasified continuously at a temperature between 600 and 750°C. The heating ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • North American forest biomass helps EU hit 2020 energy targets

    BC Bioenergy Network ("BCBN"), a provincially-funded leader in the growing bioenergy sector in British Columbia and the Wood Pellet Association of Canada ("WPAC"), have released a report that documents Canada's contribution to the EU's renewable energy targets. The study modeled forest carbon dynamics and determined that the production of energy from sustainable solid biomass rapidly mitigates ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Role of biomass questioned for clean power plan

    In a May 8, 2015, letter, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) requested that EPA reconsider its decision to treat biomass as having zero emissions under the proposed Clean Power Plan (Plan). The Senators point out "wood-burning power plants emit around 3,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The feasibility of producing alcohol fuels from biomass in Australia

    Apart from cost, the net production of energy is the most important factor in evaluating the feasibility of producing renewable fuels from woody biomass. Unlike sugar, the effort required to make woody materials fermentable is considerable, and has been a major barrier to the use of such materials to produce renewable fuels. The Energy Profit Ratio (EPR) of fossil fuels is declining rapidly as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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