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An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Carina Lagergren, a researcher from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology, says the system shows a promising way forward for reducing environmental damage and converting organic waste to energy.
Olive stones (pits) could be the newest ethanol feedstock used in Spain and could give the olive processing industry an opportunity to turn the 4 million tons of olive stones it generates every year into a valuable asset.
Living a green lifestyle is obviously a great way to benefit the environment, from the local community aspect right up to the global level. But did you know that, as well as helping to preserve our world, ‘going green’ can save you money too? We look at some easy ways to do both, below. Getting into the ethos The mantra […]
Italy’s Five Star Movement used to rave about towns like Montieri, a village in the verdant Tuscan foothills that burns little coal or natural gas. Instead, the local power plant harnesses steam rising naturally from hot springs deep underground to generate electricity.
Ramone van Wyk’s wage more than quadrupled when he gave up working on sheep farms in South Africa’s arid Northern Cape province and got a job assembling a solar-thermal power plant for Abengoa SA.
New EU targets for carbon reduction mean that many countries are launching ambitious plans to increase energy production from biomass. Jørgen Hinge et al. scanned the European market for unexploited and 'alternative' biomass resources.
At the start of 2009, biomass was included in the US' stimulus plan, marking the start of a promising year for the sector. Since then, new projects have been announced worldwide and the UK's Drax Power Station is set to start co-firing biomass and coal to become the largest biomass plant in the world. Here are some of the leading players in this fast-growing renewables sector.
Spain’s Ence – Energia y Celulosa on Dec. 15 said it will buy Spanish utility Endesa's stake in two biomass plants.
Willows will soon sprout up in well ordered fields on the Didcot countryside since RWE and ESD Biomass finalized a biomass energy partnership.