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Forest biomass for energy in the EU: current trends, carbon balance and sustainable potential
Forest biomass for energy in the EU: current trends, carbon balance and sustainable potential

1st May 2014

Topic(s): Renewables, Biofuels / Bioenergy

Forest biomass for energy in the EU: current trends, carbon balance and sustainable potential describes a study that aimed to clarify possibilities and implications of woody bioenergy supply for the natural environment and climate for the European Union by 2020 and 2030.

The study estimated the amount of forest-derived and woody biomass that could be sustainably supplied for energy uses without compromising material uses of wood. Particular attention was given to the biodiversity and GHG emissions implications of woody bioenergy supply.

The role of sustainable woody bioenergy in the future EU energy system was analysed for electricity, heat and transport fuels, taking into account the potentials for energy efficiency, and non-bioenergy renewables.

This final report was commissioned by BirdLife Europe, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), and Transport & Environment. The publication is co-authored by International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS), European Forest Institute (EFI) and Joanneum Research (JR).

 

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Space for energy crops – assessing the potential contribution to Europe’s energy future
Space for energy crops – assessing the potential contribution to Europe’s energy future

1st May 2014

Topic(s): Renewables, Biofuels / Bioenergy

The Institute for European Environmental Policy produced this report for BirdLife Europe, European Environmental Bureau, and Transport & Environment.

The focus of this report is on the potential for further energy crop production from dedicated crops in Europe on land not already used for food production, forestry, or other uses of social value, including nature conservation. There is already production of crops for energy purposes in Europe, including oilseed rape for biodiesel. But this report addresses how much additional production might be achieved, given the limitations in land availability that the authors have assumed.

 

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Biobutanol as a potential sustainable biofuel – assessment of lignocellulosic and waste-based feedstocks
Biobutanol as a potential sustainable biofuel – assessment of lignocellulosic and waste-based feedstocks

15th April 2013

Topic(s): Renewables, Biofuels / Bioenergy

This paper, from Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, introduces the production process of an alternative transportation biofuel, biobutanol.

European legislation concerning biofuels and their sustainability criteria are also briefly described. The need to develop methods to ensure more sustainable and efficient biofuel production processes is recommended. In addition, the assessment method to evaluate the sustainability of biofuels is considered and sustainability assessment of selected feedstocks for biobutanol production is performed. The benefits and potential of using lignocellulosic and waste materials as feedstocks in the biobutanol production process are also discussed. Sustainability assessment in this paper includes cultivation, harvest/collection and upstream processing (pretreatment) of feedstocks, comparing four main biomass sources: food crops, non-food crops, food industry by-product and wood-based biomass. It can be concluded that the highest sustainable potential in Finland is when biobutanol production is integrated into pulp & paper mills.

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Algal lipid extraction and upgrading to hydrocarbons technology pathway
Algal lipid extraction and upgrading to hydrocarbons technology pathway

1st March 2013

Topic(s): Renewables, Biofuels / Bioenergy

The United State’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are undertaking studies of biomass conversion technologies to identify barriers and target research toward reducing conversion costs.

This technology pathway case investigates the cultivation of algal biomass followed by further lipid extraction and upgrading to hydrocarbon biofuels. Technical barriers and key research needs have been assessed in order for the algal lipid extraction and upgrading pathway to be competitive with petroleum-derived gasoline-, diesel-, and jet-range hydrocarbon blendstocks.

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Renewable energy progress and biofuels sustainability
Renewable energy progress and biofuels sustainability

1st October 2012

Topic(s): Renewables, Biofuels / Bioenergy

A consortium led by Ecofys was contracted by the European Commission to perform support activities concerning the assessment of progress in renewable energy and sustainability of biofuels.

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Algae-based biofuels: a review of challenges and opportunities for developing countries
Algae-based biofuels: a review of challenges and opportunities for developing countries

1st May 2009

Topic(s): Renewables, Biofuels / Bioenergy

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations prepared this paper on algae-based biofuels in 2009 as a reference platform for possible future work of the Organization. The lead author of the paper was Sjors van Iersel from Ecofys.

Some of the main characteristics which set algae apart from other biomass sources are that algae (can) have a high biomass yield per unit of light and area, can have a high oil or starch content, do not require agricultural land, fresh water is not essential and nutrients can be supplied by wastewater and CO2 by combustion gas.

 

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