On June 1, 2015, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) voted to pass the new Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators standard. The standard was approved as an optional module for those undergoing RSB certification, and will be used to show that biomass is produced with low indirect land use change (iLUC), resulting in little impact on food production and biodiversity. It is important to demonstrate how iLUC in order to prove that a biobased alternative to a traditional product is better for the environment than the original product. iLUC takes into account the indirect carbon emissions released due to expansion of croplands for biomass production, in part due to clearance of forest areas.
- Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
- RSB votes to approve low iLUC risk biomass criteria and ...
What Makes Biomass a Sustainable Energy Source?
“Sustainability” is a major buzzword in the energy sector. In the face of climate change, nationalgovernments and global organizations like the United Nations continue to encourage the use of sustainableenergy sources. In this blog, we’ll examine what makes biomass sustainable, specifically plant-derivedbiomass like wood pellets. Sustainable Resources: Wood Versus Fossil Fuels A sustainable energy resource can be defined as a substance or method that supplies energy without itselfbeing used up...
Fuel for Schools: A Biomass Success Story
On our blog, you have learned about different types of biofuel, the process for creating biofuel, and theglobal benefits of using biomass technology. Now it’s time to see all of this information put into practice.Different areas of the country have supported a program called Fuel for Schools, which encourages the useof renewable, local resources to provide heat to schools. Below we’ll explain the history of Fuel for Schoolsand the potential benefits and challenges that come with such an initiative. How...
Spray drying of microalgae biomass for biofuel production
BUCHI Mini Spray Dryer B-290: Yield and total yield determination in spray dried microalgaes Recently, microalgal biomass has been recognized as a promising alternative source of raw material for biofuel production. Algal biomass has several advantages that may help to meet the need for the global demand of transport fuels, such as rapid growth rate, high lipid content, small land usage, and high carbon dioxide absorption. Microalgae biofuel production includes cultivation, harvesting, drying, extraction, and...
Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires
Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres.While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of risk-prone areas. One great way to reduce wildfire hazards is biomass harvesting.In this blog, we’ll discuss wildfires,...
Domestic wastewater treatment with a decentralized, simple technology biomass concentrator reactor
A new type of membrane-like aerobic reactor initially designed for the degradation of hydrocarbon-derived groundwater contaminants was tested for treating domestic wastewater. The biomass concentrator reactor (BCR) consists of an enclosed, aerated tank containing a graded filtration medium with the function of solids separation, and was previously used to treat industrial wastewaters containing refractory substances, with good results. It is a small-footprint reactor that could be operated in remote areas with no...