bioenergy crop News

  • Bioenergy crops likely to be more invasive

    Whilst there is interest in bioenergy as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, there is also concern about its environmental impact. A recent study demonstrates that potential bioenergy crops in Hawaii are 2 to 4 times more likely to be invasive than other plants. The EU climate action and renewable energy package has set a target of increasing the share of renewables in energy use to 20 per ...

  • How much water is needed to grow bioenergy crops?

    A Dutch study has assessed the water requirements of 13 bioenergy crops across the world. The findings could help select the best crops and locations to produce bioenergy. The EU climate action and renewable energy package has set a target of increasing the share of renewable energy to 20 per cent of energy used by 20201. This includes a minimum 10 per cent share for transport, which could ...

  • Limiting bioenergy crops to marginal land would not work, says study

    Large-scale cultivation of bioenergy crops on marginal land is unfeasible, according to a recent study. While limiting bioenergy crops to less productive land could cut the sector’s impact on food prices, the financial incentive to grow crops on more productive land may be too strong for landowners to ignore, the researchers suggest. During recent decades, there has been a growing ...

  • New tool calculates impact of bioenergy crops on soil quality

    Today Alterra and CLM, supported by Netherlands Enterprise Agency, jointly launched the tool BioESoil that allows farmers and advisors to assess the impacts of bioenergy production on soil quality. With a worldwide rising demand for biomass, uncontrolled production may cause a serious deterioration of soil quality. However, so far no methodology existed to assess the impact of biomass production ...

  • New Discovery Will Enhance Yield and Quality of Cereal and Bioenergy Crops

    A team of scientists led by Thomas Brutnell, Ph.D., director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable ...

  • Argonne National Laboratory Scientists Study Benefits of Bioenergy Crop Integration

    Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study, “Multifunctional landscapes: ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • MHG Systems at Bioenergy Now!

    Building on the notion of truly integrated supply chain management, MHG presented for the first time its Portal Platform Solution concept at Bioenergy Now! in Lahti. MHG’s Portal Platform Solution is to integrate software for strategic, operational and environmental management, enabling users to draw on real-time transport and cost data for ...


    By MHG Systems Ltd

  • Food or fuel? The bioenergy dilemma

    The cost of grain-based staples–such as tortillas in Mexico, beef noodles in western China, and bread in the United States– has increased around the world. There are several reasons why prices have jumped, but there’s one getting a lot of attention: the global rush for bioenergy. Crops can be used as a food or fuel; both are important ecosystem services that nature provides to people. But as ...

  • A global window on bioenergy

    World Bioenergy is the leading global meeting place for the bioenergy sector, featuring a trade fair, conferences and a wide range of study tours. The event is held every second year and the doors reopen this year on 25-27 May. The world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of bioenergy-related equipment and services are exhibiting at the fair. Visitors from around the world have come to ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Sustainable bioenergy feedstock production systems

    The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of  06/02/2010 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis. If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click ...

  • Maximising Africa`s bioenergy potential

    African bioenergy projects must focus on new technologies and receive stronger political support, says biofuel expert Emile van Zyl. Africa has immense potential when it comes to producing energy from biomass, particularly 'second generation' technologies that convert woody or grassy materials — including agricultural waste — into biofuels. Africa can potentially produce as much plant ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Abengoa World Bioenergy Forum 2015

    During May 20-21, 2015 more than 100 representatives of the biofuel industry and bioenergy experts gathered in Sevilla at the ABENGOA - WORLD BIOENERGY LEADERSHIP FORUM to discuss the future of biofuels – in particular bioethanol. The industry succeeded in the last years in starting cellulosic ethanol production in commercial scale – in Brazil, ...

  • The ebeaver – a fuel-efficient bioenergy harvester

    “How much diesel is it acceptable to use to produce green energy? Harvesting thinnings with a big machine is like eating with a pair of cudgels. We offer an alternative that harvests bioenergy in an energy-efficient way and has minimal environmental impact.” The speaker is Johan Dagman, one of the men behind the ebeaver, the radio-controlled mini-harvester that drew big ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Promoting bioenergy use: policy approaches

    Using some forms of biomass, such as industrial waste wood, agricultural waste and biofuel crops, for energy needs could make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe, but support mechanisms for bioenergy have historically been less effective than for other forms of renewable energy, such as wind power, in European member states. While it is an inherently ...

  • Getting the most out of Europe`s bioenergy potential

    Developing new bioenergy crops needs to take account of the environmental risks associated with large-scale bioenergy production, says the report. Energy crops are expected to use more of Europe's farmlands over the years to come and environmental limits will be needed to avoid damaging impacts on the environment overall. Soaring energy prices and strong political support are driving the increase ...

  • Zero waste farming presentation at bioenergy markets conference

    The inaugural Bioenergy Markets West Africa conference and exhibition will bring together key players from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region with global industry experts. This event is a new edition to the Bioenergy Markets Series which is now in its 4th year and has been attended by over 6000 high calibre delegates to date.Energy is essential to development and ...


    By BioGasPower

  • $30 Million Juices Startup of Bioenergy Research Centers

    WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2007 (ENS) - The startup of three new bioenergy research centers got a financial boost today with the U.S. Department of Energy's investment of nearly $30 million in end of fiscal year 2007 funds. The fiscal year ended September 30. The three centers selected by DOE this June are located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Madison, Wisconsin; and near Berkeley, ...

  • Senate passes farm bill strong on bioenergy and conservation

    The US Senate Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill shepherded through by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. The measure improves farm income protection and makes investments for the future in energy, conservation, nutrition and rural development initiatives. Harkin hailed passage of the Food and Energy Security Act of 2007, saying it received more votes than ...

  • How to optimise the use of bioenergy for Europe’s climate efforts

    Bioenergy can substantially reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to achieving the EU's renewable energy target, says a new report by the European Environment Agency. Such benefits, however, can only be realised if policy and economic incentives are in place to minimise the potential negative impacts of bioenergy production. The report 'Maximising the environmental benefits of ...

  • FAO unveils new bioenergy assessment tool

    A decision-support tool developed by FAO will help ensure that countries can enter the rapidly growing field of bioenergy industry to produce benefits for the poor without jeopardizing their food security.  The tool, an “analytical framework” designed by a team of economists from FAO, Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute and Darmstadt’s Oeko-Institut, was unveiled at a two-day experts’ ...

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