Biomass Fuels Summit Advanced biofuels, USDA, EPA, Biofuels Roadmap, gasification, biomass resources, financing Mon, 13 Sep 2010 01:07:22 +0000 en hourly 1 Volunteer/Donate Mon, 13 Sep 2010 01:06:12 +0000 ben If you are interested in Renewable Energy and want to get more involved then you could help with the Biomass Fuels Summit.  If you would like to build your resume and participate at this top-notch event then email us.

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USDA Regional Biofuels Roadmap Wed, 01 Sep 2010 15:23:48 +0000 ben This is a video overview of the USDA Regional Roadmap to get you primed and ready for the Summit.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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EPA & Manomet Headlines Get It Wrong On Biomass- Pinhole Science To Blame Sat, 28 Aug 2010 20:09:00 +0000 ben Click here to view the embedded video.

The climate is under attack from two of it’s biggest proponents, the EPA and environmentalists. Failure to understand the science of carbon emissions  could spell environmental doom and take down one of America’s leading renewable energy sources, biomass, in the process. Biomass makes up about half of the renewable energy generated in America today, but a new ruling by the EPA doesn’t exempt biomass from greenhouse gas emissions on larger scale plants, effectively revoking it’s carbon neutral status and treating it no differently than coal.

Looking at the problem through a keyhole

The process that policy makers and environmentalists are using to measure C02 emissions is flawed. Much of the data comes from just two points, the emission stack and atmospheric sampling. It completely neglects the carbon cycle, most specifically decay emissions. Further, there is no line drawn between fossil carbon, the type that is already sequestered away from the atmosphere, and biogenic carbon from the active carbon cycle of plantlife growth and decay.

The additional carbon that is causing global warming today is from fossil carbon. Biogenic carbon is in an active cycle of going between solid (trees/plants)  and gas (CO2/Methane) in much the same way that water goes from evaporation to liquid in the rain cycle.

Here is where the confusion is– Because biomass is less energy dense than coal, to get the same energy as coal you have to burn more and release more CO2. (note: When gasification is used instead of incineration, then that is no longer true, biomass has less CO2 emissions)

That additional CO2 shows up in the stack and in the atmosphere, but it isn’t new carbon, it’s just carbon that is in the same recurring cycle. What isn’t being taken into consideration is the carbon footprint of plant decay because the EPA doesn’t have data testing points out in the forest. So, when coal is burned instead of biomass, that biomass decay still releases greenhouse gas emissions that have to be added to the coal emissions to get an idea of the true carbon cycling in the atmosphere. There will always be one unit of plant based carbon in the trees and the atmosphere. Anything you add to it, whether natural gas or coal or oil is a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why biomass is carbon neutral. In fact, new reports say we can actively remove greenhouse gases by using waste streams for energy and sinking the carbon in the plants or in the ground with biochar.

Marginal Metrics

In the Manomet Study the metrics were unrealistic, using whole trees for the carbon intensity and payback, but then quoting slash prices through much of the report. In response to the report Bob Cleaves, President & CEO of the Biomass Power Association had this to say, “Let’s look at the industry as it is today, and that industry is 100% byproducts and residuals. 100% waste! We don’t do whole tree harvests.” In fact the biomass energy industry actually works on waste streams that would normally decompose and have a greater environmental impact than when they are used for energy.

The EPA’s Boiler MACT also skews the results by using uncommonly dry and sized feedstock in baseline testing of boilers. The results are difficult to reach with available real world feedstocks and may force industrial boilers across the nation to shutter if they can’t afford to meet compliance measures.

Policy Fallout

The result of the Boiler MACT is that many boilers will be forced to switch to natural gas to comply, even wood mills that are producing their own heat and energy from onsite waste could be required to make expensive changes or switch to fossil fuels.

The EPA Tailoring Rule that sent a shockwave through the industry is causing a great amount of uncertainty as investors wonder if policy will pull the rug out from under them in the future.

The Manomet report succeeded in getting the headline “Biomass worse than coal” into the papers, but it also pointed out carbon policy has it’s head in the clouds and until we fortify the line between biogenic and fossil carbon, we will be polluting the atmosphere with fossil carbon in the name of clean air and destroying an American industry and American jobs.

Take Action

Biomass is our only tool to replace both coal and oil in large quantities, while actively reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Contact the EPA and environmental groups and tell them to support the carbon neutrality of Biomass.

Attend the Biomass Fuels Summit as we explore this topic in greater depth.

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Biomass Energy Journal to Host Summit and BTL Workshop Sun, 23 May 2010 15:32:47 +0000 ben In response to the growing demand for advanced biofuels education, Biomass Energy Journal is producing an industry Summit and a first-of-it’s-kind Biomass to Liquids hands-on workshop on October 12-13, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. Tickets go on sale today.

Attendees are going to get an in-depth look at topics including:

- Biomass Petroleum: averting drilling disasters with land based biomass
- The factors driving the growth of the biofuels industry
- Economic forecasting the next 5 years of growth
- Biofuels mandates
- Renewable portfolio standards
- Grants & incentives
- An overview of our available biomass resources
- Food versus fuel. Why second generation fuels win in a world of limited resources
- Dedicated energy crops
- Fuel upgrading through torrefaction and pelleting
- Clean combustion technologies
- Distributed power through gasification
- Combined heat and power
- Fischer Tropsch diesel
- Ethanol from wood waste
- Green gasoline
- Unlocking the huge potential in algae biofuels
- Tri-generation: Developing integrated utility/refiners
- Smart grid
- Biofuel distribution
- Project financing
- Developing supply chain models that kick start the industry
and much more …

The hands-on workshop will take attendees into the lab to produce diesel fuels from beetle kill and construction debris. Get an in-depth view of how biomass to liquids technologies work and the technical details for scale up.

Space is limited, so purchase tickets early. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also available.

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Renewable Energy Olympics Thu, 13 May 2010 19:00:42 +0000 ben The Renewable Energy Olympics, a global competition to identify the best clean energy technology companies, is joining us as a co-presenter. The Summit is the first event in the lead up to the Olympics. The Olympics is part of an initiative to create a net 5 gigawatt gain in energy production and 500 million gallons of biofuels over the next 4 years from renewable sources. Learn more about the games at

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