Seaweed or Kelp for Dinner?

Seaweed or kelp for your meal tonight? Seaweed is a term that can be used to describe many different marine-based species of plants and algae. Sea kelp is the largest subgroup of seaweed. Seaweed ranges dramatically in size, whilst sea kelp is always quite large.  Seaweed can grow in any marine environment, including oceans, rivers,…

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Low Carbon Technologies

When we speak of “low carbon technologies”, we are referring to those that will produce power with vastly lower amounts of emissions than from conventional fossil fuels.  These low carbon technologies  might include such as things as hydroelectric power, wind, solar, geothermal or nuclear power.  These technologies will also likely include those that produce low…

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Bioenergy: An Overview

Bioenergy is type of renewable energy created from natural, biological sources, which is used to produce transportation fuels, heat, electricity, and products.  Biofuels like ethanol, biodiesel, green diesel (derived from algae and other plant sources), and biogas (a methane derived from animal manure and other digested organic material) are examples of bioenergy.  Practically speaking, bioenergy…

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A Short History of Biofuels

Introduction History of biofuels? In the modern world, fuels are often equated with fossil fuels:  coal, oil and natural gas.  However, fossil fuels only came into their own during the 20th century.  From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned…

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Biofuels Project Funding

As a greener planet and sustainable future would appear to be something everyone should agree on, the question becomes why biofuels project funding is not a given. Why do many bioenergy projects, even very good ones, not get the funding they need? Undoubtedly, there are many reasons that failures to obtain financing occur, but some…

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Biomass Energy Conversion

What is biomass energy conversion? Biomass is organic, meaning it comes from living organisms like plants and animals. In biomass energy conversion, the common biomass materials used for energy are plants, wood, and waste – called biomass feedstocks.  While we often think of biomass energy as the conversion of a biomass into a fuel that…

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