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We have finally finished tidying up all the trees and branches thrown down by the furious winter winds in Court Wood
. It's an 11-acre, mixed broad-leaf wood
land near my home in the Black Mountains, south Wales. As part of a not-for-profit, ...
Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass
as a fuel because of the lack of an effective catalyst system for polymeric ...
Until recently, fuel cells were unable to use biomass
as a fuel because scientists lacked an effective catalyst system for the polymeric material (the biomass
). Low temperature fuel cells that use methanol or hydrogen to produce energy
have been ...
A brown smog has descended over Greece's cities. The smell of burned wood
is prevalent, and those that suffer from asthma or have heart disease have been advised to stay inside.
And in a convoluted way, it's the Greek economic crisis – ...
The smell of freshly cut wood
wafting from a dirt lot along an industrial stretch of road near the state capital might not conjure up an image of green energy
, but some say this is the future of sustainability.
The smell comes from two ...
Campaigners representing groups working on issues of opencast coal and biomass
have jointly called on Department of Energy
& Climate Change (DECC) yesterday to end to subsidies and industry support for Drax Power Station. The statement follows an ...
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to protect U.S. forests from the growing sucking sound created by biomass
power plants. The scientists ...
Drax power station is set to transform from the UK's biggest carbon emitter into its largest green electricity generator following a £700m coal-to-biomass conversion project.
The Yorkshire site is currently the largest single emitter of ...
Britain's new generation of biomass
power stations will have to source millions of tonnes of wood
from thousands of miles away if they are to operate near to their full capacity, raising questions about the claims made for the sustainability of ...
The global convergence Reclaim Power, along with the No REDD in Africa Network, have named this week a week of action against false solutions. We offer this blog post as a contribution to that effort.In the landscape of global ...
Biofuelwatch has launched a new report, Biomass
: the Chain of Destruction, focusing on the human and environmental costs of biomass
-focused UK renewable energy
policy. The report includes the first ever study of a land-grab in Brazil for ...
Ironbridge, the 18th century birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and Drax, the UK’s biggest coal-fired power station, are helping to change the shape of the country’s energy
Both sites were developed as centres of coal-based ...
Switching to clean energy
might seem like the expensive option, but it would pay for itself almost immediately, according to a new analysis. The reason? Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will cut air pollution, saving lives and therefore ...
Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start.If you ...
electricity generators could risk losing government subsidies if they fail to prove their fuel has come from sources that have been officially certified as "sustainable", under new plans announced today.
Climate Change Minister ...
Few people would put the West Midlands town of Dudley at the centre of world history. Yet former oil executive Gary Kendall credits the British coal-mining town with setting in motion a global energy
system that could jeopardise our very ...
Finnish scientists have found a way to turn dead wood
into high quality biofuel for less than one euro per liter. They believe they can convert more than half the energy
of raw wood
– ligno-cellulosic biomass
, if you prefer the technical term – ...
Forest areas in China are rapidly expanding through reforestation and afforestation activities. There has been much discussion in China about opportunities for climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and through opportunities for ...
In the forests of Allendale County is a wood
-burning power plant with the capacity to release tons of pollution that many other industrial plants must control.
Under construction for most of the past two years, the Allendale plant is one ...
Brazil’s economy has been booming. During the past decade, it grew from the ninth to the sixth-largest in the world. While this growth has brought many socioeconomic benefits, it’s come with a downside: significant environmental impacts. Brazil ...
New standalone biomass
power plants in Britain will not be eligible for some subsidies unless they generate heat at the same time, under new government proposals, meaning many new plants could be canceled, an industry lobby ...
The government is turning away from its controversial policy of subsidising UK power stations to generate electricity from burning wood
It is proposing that subsidies for bespoke biomass
burning plants should be capped at 400 MW per ...
Residents of northern China got free coal from the government during winters from 1950 to 1980, but it turns out that the coal actually came at a heavy price: shorter lifespans.
The Chinese government’s Huai River policy provided coal ...
So far, five UK coal-fired power stations have announced plans to convert, either partly or completely, to biomass
. These are Tilbury in Essex, Ironbridge in Shropshire, Eggborough and Drax in Yorkshire, and Lynemouth in Northumberland. Between ...
Cut southern yellow pine trees are stacked up outside the first commercial cellulosic biorefinery, KiOR's plant in Mississippi. The wood
that once fed paper mills will be chipped up, as seen below, and converted directly into gasoline and diesel ...