Sweden's Bioenergy Pyrogrot demonstration project was recently awarded part of a €1.2 billion award from the EU's New Entrants' Reserve (NER)300 program, which acts as a vehicle for demonstrating environmentally safe carbon capture and storage (CCS) and new European renewable energy technologies at a pre-commercial scale. The projects will be co-financed with revenues obtained from the sale of 200 million emission allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).
New EU proposals to tackle rising concern over the environmental impacts of biofuels are not as harsh as the sector had feared – but neither the industry nor its critics have welcomed the compromise.
IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, has published a study on the costs of biomass power generation, concluding that the most competitive projects can generate electricity at a cost as low as US$0.06/kWh.
Like blind men describing an elephant, African pundits talk about renewables in terms of individual perceptions, needs and inclinations, and often in ways that put the overall issue completely out of perspective.
Touting the biofuels industry as the nation's road to gain energy independence, the U.S. military wants to help move it forward. But government committees have proposed bills to block investment, arguing that it is too expensive and risky. Is the military the industry's only hope for scale?
Germany has 7,100 biogas plants, according to Fachverband Biogas e.V., the country's biogas association. In 2011 they had a combined capacity of about 2780 MW and contributed about 3.1 per cent of the nation's energy mix. But the sector must adopt new production methods to meet its baseload potential, claims Biogas Pirates, a firm active in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany which specialises in the construction and servicing of biogas plants.
Driven by EU renewables targets, demand for biomass wood pellets is set to soar over the next decade as utilities displace coal-fired generation. How can the industry reconcile the primary criteria of a viable biomass supply chain: quantity and sustainability?