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Coverage of biomass since August 23, 2023.

What is biomass? The latest fuel source to get clean tech tax credits

"...In a response to the BBC, Drax maintains they only use sawdust and other waste wood that the lumber industry does not want. Natural Resources Canada says forest biomass is a “renewable source of feedstock for energy production” as long as it comes from a sustainably managed forest and regrows over time. Still, Roberston says there are concerns..."


N.B. premier's pitch to offset emissions globally rather than locally not new, researcher says

"...“When you shift to gas you have a benefit compared to coal but to what degree does that prevent jurisdictions from investing in other low-carbon alternatives such as biomass, such as wind and solar, or even newer technologies such as tidal or small modular reactors?”Higgs applauded the federal government's decision to pause the price of carbon on oil home heating fuel for three years, but says that it shows the entire system is flawed and should be scrapped. He argues that the impact on the economy and the cost of living is too great and the impact on emissions too small. Higgs has also joined the premiers of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia in calling for a meeting with the federal government to discuss removing carbon pricing from all home heating sources..."


Two sides to a coin: Opening of the herring fisheries in BC

"...Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) 2023/2024 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan draft forecasted median spawning biomass of 80,288 tons in 2023 and 80,882 tons in 2024. This year’s harvest target may reach a maximum of 10 per cent of this said biomass, allowing fishermen to catch roughly 8,000 tons of herring. The Food and Bait, and Special Use fisheries, will be authorized to catch about 3,000 tons, while the remaining 5,000 tons will go to roe fisheries in early spring of next year..."


Braiding Knowledge for Clean Energy conference kicks off in Saskatoon

"...The Braiding Knowledge for Clean Energy conference runs from 8 a. m. to 5 p..."


7 Things to Know About Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration

"...No, CCUS is not the same as carbon removal.  Carbon dioxide removal (or just “carbon removal”) removes CO2 that is already in the atmosphere. Carbon removal includes a range of approaches from familiar things like tree restoration, to newer technological approaches like direct air capture and carbon mineralization..."


BCUC approves Senakw district energy plant

"...The Oct. 26 decision allows CESLP to build a power plant in a parkade to be constructed next to Chestnut Street, on the west of the Senakw site, for more than $30 million. CESLP will operate the low carbon electrified energy system for its only customer, developer Nch’kay West, with electric chillers and heat captured from Metro Vancouver sewage..."


N.B. and N.S. meet with feds, agree on

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Todd Sayers: Why non-dilutive funding is revolutionizing B.C.’s cleantech sector

"...The diversity of these recipients is remarkable. Takachar, for instance, is making biomass-based chemicals and biofuels economically feasible by prototyping a small-scale, portable biomass conversion unit on tractors and pick-up trucks to process raw biomass on-site in remote communities. Invinity is accelerating the adoption of renewable energy by delivering vanadium flow battery storage for electrical grids worldwide, while HTEC is building hydrogen fueling stations that can withstand extreme weather conditions..."


‘A green milestone': FortisBC completes pipeline near Victoria landfill

"...Renewable gas harnesses the existing carbon in our ecosystem, leaving no carbon dioxide traces in the air. It blends into the existing gas infrastructure, decarbonizing the natural gas supply and diminishing greenhouse emissions, said FortisBC..."


Fossil fuel demand to peak before 2030 even with no new climate policies: report

"...The IEA report also urges governments to adopt a “build big” mentality. Electricity transmission and distribution grids need to expand by about two million kilometres each year by 2030 to reach the IEA's net-zero scenario, but the organization pointed out that building grids today can take more than a decade. “We need massive growth of battery energy storage and demand response; expanded, modernized grids; more dispatchable low-emission capacity, including fossil fuel capacity with CCUS, hydropower, biomass, nuclear and hydrogen and ammonia-based plants,” the report stated..."


Royal City taking part in mini forest pilot project

"...Guelph is one of five communities in Canada that are taking part in this pilot project. The objective of the mini forest is to reduce air pollution, increase biodiversity and provide habitat for wildlife. “Miyawaki forests have been planted around the world, but the approach isn’t as common in Canada,” said Dave Beaton, program manager of forestry and sustainable landscapes..."


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Recent episodes that mention biomass.

EPA releases final rule for short-term renewable fuel obligations, falling short of biofuel industry's expectations

Duration: 6:31

"...EPA announced a final rule Wednesday to establish renewable volume obligations (RVO) and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel (BBD), advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2023–2025..."


Soybean School: Wrestling residue in no-till systems

Duration: 8:10

"...What’s the best way to manage corn residue to mitigate soybean yield loss in a no-till system? That’s a question University of Wisconsin Madison soybean specialist Shawn Conley hears more and more from growers as both corn yield and the biomass produced by more prolific hybrids continues to grow..."


Wheat Pete's Word, Aug 17: Late tar spot, biomass, performance trials, and bean leaf beetles

Duration: 20:11

"...How early is too early for wheat? How late is too late for tar spot to steal yield? Are too-late silks a high-risk for gibberella? This week’s version of Wheat Pete’s Word tackles those questions and much more! Have a question you’d like Johnson to address or some yield results to send in? Disagree with. ..."


Wheat Pete's Word, July 27: Drought-induced deficiencies, an aphid alert, and big biomass

Duration: 19:47

"...We’re rounding out the last full week of July, and some areas of Ontario are just getting by with a few dribs and drabs of rain here and there..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biomass.

São Paulo Schools Plant Mini-Forests & Disused Coal Mine Heats Homes | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...This water is warmed naturally by geothermal energy and can then be used to heat buildings above ground..."


Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about biomass relevant to the latest news.

Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from power generation through cofiring coal and raw glycerol: a theoretical feasibility

"...High-ash coal and raw glycerol?that last deriving from renewable fuel (biodiesel) production?are mixed to form a slurry, which is pumped into the gasifier..."


Alkaline Pretreatment Toward Sustainable Biorefinery

"...Lignocellulosic biomass with great abundance, functionality, and eco-friendliness has captured extensive attention over the past few decades, especially stimulated by the ever-growing energy crisis and environmental deterioration..."


Energy performance of compressed biomethane gas production from co-digestion of Salix and dairy manure: factoring differences b

"...Biogas from anaerobic digestion is a versatile energy carrier that can be upgraded to compressed biomethane gas (CBG) as a renewable and sustainable alternative to natural gas..."


Assessing the energy trap of industrial agriculture in North America and Europe: 82 balances from 1830 to 2012

"...However, most of these agricultural energy studies have focused only on external inputs at the crop level, concealing the important role of internal biomass flows that livestock and forestry recirculate within agroecosystems..."


Bamboo Gasification for Sustainable Energy and Rural Development in Uganda

"...Bamboo gasification is a promising social innovation for sustainable energy and rural development in Uganda..."


A comprehensive review on genetic modification of plant cell wall for improved saccharification efficiency

"...The focus is now on harnessing energy from green sources through sustainable technology to minimize environmental pollution..."


Breaking the Ice: A Review of Phages in Polar Ecosystems

"...Bacteriophages, or phages, are viruses that infect and replicate within bacterial hosts, playing a significant role in regulating microbial populations and ecosystem dynamics..."


Biohydrogen From Waste Feedstocks ? Materials, Methods and Recent Developments

"...Various low cost materials like kitchen waste, activated waste sludge, municipal waste, and waste from various industries can be used as feedstocks..."


Overview on agricultural potentials of biogas slurry (BGS): applications, challenges, and solutions

"...BGS is a rich source of nutrients and bioactive compounds having an important role in establishing diverse microbial communities, accelerating nutrient use efficiency, and promoting overall soil and plant health management..."


Analysis of Current Use of Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources by European Countries

"...In particular, the share of biomass, biofuel and waste, wind energy, solar energy, energy from heat pumps, and geothermal energy in gross final energy consumption was analyzed for the Netherlands, Germany, France, Poland, and Ukraine..."