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Study: Are Wood Pellets A Green Fuel?

James Watt’s steam engine vaulted coal to its major role as a fuel for the Industrial Revolution. Today, about 40% of the world’s electricity is generated in coal-fired power plants, consuming more than 80% of the coal mined each year. Because combustion of coal produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants, efforts to combat […]

Burning Question: Is Woody Biomass The 21st Century Fuel?

For hundreds of millennia, humans have depended on wood as a basic but reliable source of fuel. Today efforts to grow that dependence in the face of an evolving energy landscape are widespread. But they’re also contentious. The debate over biomass, an umbrella term that encompasses a range of organic materials used for energy, rests […]

Biomass: A Burning Issue For European And U.S. Forests

European Union subsidies for the burning of woody biomass to create fuel and electricity are pushing forests in Europe and the U.S. to their breaking points, according to the NGO Fern. In a recent report authored by the renowned science writer Fred Pearce, the group claims that the environmental impacts of the practice are being […]

Transportation Fuels From Woody Biomass Promising Way To Reduce Emissions

Two processes that turn woody biomass into transportation fuels have the potential to exceed current Environmental Protection Agency requirements for renewable fuels, according to research published in the Forest Products Journal and currently featured on its publications page. The Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for emissions from wood-based transportation fuels requires a 60 percent reduction in […]

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