ENAEM, the strategy for the adoption of efficient stoves in Honduras

The National Strategy for the Adoption of Improved Stoves (ENAEM in Spanish) is the Honduran national framework for the displacement of the traditional stove and promoting the transition and sustained use of efficient wood stoves. It is the result of a participatory...

Clean Cooking Alliance Annual Report

In june of 2020, the Clean Cooking Alliance, released its 2019 annual report where shows important events, such as the convening of the "Clean Cooking Forum 2019" in Nairobi, Kenya and the launch of "Clean cooking is ...", the first worldwide campaign created...

Canada works in the production of high quality pellets

With the financial support of the AgriScience Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) aims to produce e pellets of high quality from biomass resources. As a member of BioFuelNet Canada (BFN), the...

Wood energy and forest landscape restoration: exploring positive linkages

Wood energy and forest landscape restoration are often considered contradictory, likewise, we hear that the traditional use of wood fuels causes forest degradation, or even that the conservation of forest habitats reduce access to forest. energy and livelihoods of...
Clean Cooking Alliance Annual Report

Clean Cooking Alliance Annual Report

In june of 2020, the Clean Cooking Alliance, released its 2019 annual report where shows important events, such as the convening of the "Clean Cooking Forum 2019" in Nairobi, Kenya and the launch of "Clean cooking is ...", the first worldwide campaign created...

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Canada works in the production of high quality pellets

Canada works in the production of high quality pellets

With the financial support of the AgriScience Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) aims to produce e pellets of high quality from biomass resources. As a member of BioFuelNet Canada (BFN), the...

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In memoriam: Kirk R. Smith (1947-2020)

In memoriam: Kirk R. Smith (1947-2020)

The Solid Biofuels Cluster regrets deeply the decease of Dr. Kirk Smith on June 15th 2020. At the time of his departure, Kirk (as he was known by those who shared work and experiences despite his enormous prestige), was Professor of Global Environmental Health and...

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BIOMASS: MUCH MORE THAN ENERGY

BIOMASS: MUCH MORE THAN ENERGY

Biomass is defined as the biodegradable fraction of biologically derived products, wastes and residues from agricultural activities (including substances of plant and animal origin), forestry and related industries as fisheries, aquaculture and  the biodegradable...

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Adoption of renewable energies is key in the energy transition

Adoption of renewable energies is key in the energy transition

In times of pandemics, research on how to “rebuild” a healthy, resilient, prosperous and low-carbon world has emerged. According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), to achieve this goal, adoption of renewable energies is key, as it fosters jobs creation...

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Run, Forest, Run—what about Biomass?

Run, Forest, Run—what about Biomass?

Run Forrest Run!, is a phrase that evokes to the 1994 film “Forrest Gump”, which was awarded for best film, screenplay and actor at the Oscars that year. Nonetheless, Dr. Padmaperuma, author of this note,  uses it to refer to forests and their management. Forests are...

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Atention: take a hot air balloon trip and learn about biomass!

Atention: take a hot air balloon trip and learn about biomass!

Argentinian Government and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are in charge of a project for the Promotion of energy derived from biomass (PROBIOMASA in Spanish), which aims at increasing the production of thermal and electrical energy...

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Clean Cooking Alliance launches COVID-19 Campaign

Clean Cooking Alliance launches COVID-19 Campaign

In response to the #COVID19 crisis, the Clean Cooking Alliance has launched a new online "COVID-19 Resource Page" to provide the Clean Cooking sector with information and digital tools that may be helpful in adapting to the changing landscape: COVID-19 is impacting...

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Smoke from open fires can cause lung inflammation

Smoke from open fires can cause lung inflammation

Traditional stoves that burn biomass materials and are not properly ventilated, which are widely used in developing nations where cooking is done indoors, have been shown to significantly increase indoor levels of harmful PM2.5 (miniscule atmospheric particulates) and...

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STUDY: WOOD PELLETS ARE THE BEST CHOICE FOR RESIDENTIAL HEATING

STUDY: WOOD PELLETS ARE THE BEST CHOICE FOR RESIDENTIAL HEATING

According to Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor, Xiaotao Bi, wood pellets are the best choice for residential heating. “In an isolated environment, when only the emissions from the burning fuel are analyzed, natural gas appears to be a cleaner option,” says...

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Austria becomes the world capital  pellets

Austria becomes the world capital pellets

Technical site visits: pellets & wood chips, 03 March ”. With this statement it is clear that the activity that inaugurates the World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels has a lot to do with pellets. Modular systems for combustion and heating with them operated by...

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Funding opportunity for bioenergy technologies

Funding opportunity for bioenergy technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy...

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Sweden mulls banning old wood burning stoves

Sweden mulls banning old wood burning stoves

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has proposed phasing out old wood burning stoves arguing that they cause dangerous pollution, Radio Sweden reported. SEPA says that, according to conservative estimates, around 1000 Swedes die early each year because...

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Heating woes fuel Balkan smog crisis

Heating woes fuel Balkan smog crisis

As winter grips the Balkans, the poor are caught in a cruel bind, being forced to light fires at home for heating while fuelling a pollution crisis smothering the region. In recent weeks, Balkan capitals from Belgrade Sarajevo to Skopje and Pristina have been ranked...

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How to convert a coal power plant into a biomass plant

How to convert a coal power plant into a biomass plant

Four years after its closure, Ence has “resurrected” the Elcogás thermal plant giving it a new use. The company headed by Ignacio Colmenares, has become the first company to transform a coal-fired thermal power plant located in Spain into a renewable energy generation...

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Sustainable bioenergy use. UN Press Release.

Sustainable bioenergy use. UN Press Release.

While renewable energy is advancing rapidly in Africa due to consistent efforts and investment, biomass is still largely used on the continent. In addition to being of significant value to African economies, it is the single most important energy source for most...

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World Economic Forum 2020 Aims for Sustainability

World Economic Forum 2020 Aims for Sustainability

This year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum will call on corporations to raise their ambitions for climate action under the theme Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World. The meeting’s 50th edition, opening January 21 and running for four days in...

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What is Biomass Energy?

What is Biomass Energy?

Biomass is a renewable energy source that is used to generate electricity. Organic matter (from trees and plants) is burned to heat water, creating steam. The steam then puts pressure on a turbine, causing it to turn, powering a generator and creating electricity....

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How forests help generate energy through biomass

How forests help generate energy through biomass

The energy generated through the burning of waste from nature does not stop growing worldwide, especially in some countries that set trends such as Spain and other Nordics. Biomass is nothing more than surplus or forest residues that instead of being forgotten, are...

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New Statistical Report of the World Bioenergy Association

New Statistical Report of the World Bioenergy Association

The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) publishes this month the Global bioenergy statistics 2019 report. It reflects the figures of energy production and consumption from all types of biofuels during 2017, where bioenergy accounted for seventy percent of renewable...

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Swedish waste power plant switches from fossil oil to biofuel

Swedish waste power plant switches from fossil oil to biofuel

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, Swedish waste power plant Renova has upgraded its eight start-up and support burners to operate on biofuel. By switching to biofuel from fossil oil, emissions will be reduced by around 960 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The...

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