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BE-Sustainable is a source of news, information and resources on biomass, bioenergy and the bioeconomy, published by ETA-Florence Renewable Energies.

The acknowledged importance of bioenergy in the current and future energy scenario as well as the emerging role of the  bio-based economy, are fuelling a global and lively debate on the challenges and the opportunities offered by the use of biomass resources for the transition to a low carbon economy. BE-Sustainable is an effort to contribute to this debate by bringing as much science and fact-based content to a wide audience of readers inside and outside the biomass community, as well as to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the interest of progress and development of a sustainable biomass sector.

BE-Sustainable is also a magazine published quarterly and available in printed and electronic version.

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IEA Bioenergy replies to Chatham House report ?Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate?
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:54:31 +0000

A recentreportby UK think-tank ?Chatham House? on the impact of bioenergy on global climate adds to the increasing number of misleading statements in the context of EU discussions about its energy future. On Monday 13th of March, the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) attracted more than 125 academic signatories from both…

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Report explores opportunities and risks of seaweed biofuels in aviation
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:48:32 +0000

A new report by Bellona Foundation explores the potential and challenges of using seaweed biofuels in aviation. The report Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviationprovides comprehensive recommendations for researchers, public authorities and consumers. The report finds that that the use of seaweed biofuel can unlock great potentials, while addressing many of the challenges…

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Italian Biogasdoneright a replicable and exportable model
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:22:33 +0000

The Italian model for agricultural biogas based on the principles of Biogasdonerightis becoming an international case study. The state of play of the Italian biogas sector was presented last week in Rome at Biogas Italy, the annual event organized by the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB). On this occasion, the Biogasdoneright model promoted by CIB and…

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Forest residues for bioenergy with CCS ? a tool for global cooling?
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:57:16 +0000

Biomass from forestry residues such as thinning and harvest operations is often cited as an underutilized resource that could be mobilized for energy production. In many cases the residues of normal forestry activities that cannot be utilized in an economically viable way, are left to decay naturally on the forest ground. To some extent this…

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Reactive lignin technology for bio-based adhesives in wood products
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:28:53 +0000

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technology to produce reactive lignin from pulp industry side streams, to be used as a replacement for toxic phenol compounds in wood adhesives. Traditionally phenol and formaldehyde containing adhesives are used in wood products such as plywood, laminated veneer lumber and laminates. There is a drive…

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Global bioenergies announces the production of 100% renewable ETBE
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:14:36 +0000

Global Bioenergies, a French company that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation, has announced the production of ETBE purely from renewable resources. The breakthrough heralds a new opportunity for increasing the proportion of biofuels in gasoline. Current standards limit the inclusion of traditional biofuels because of their physical and…

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Low-emission biomass heating with electrostatic precipitators
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:59:57 +0000

Wood combustion in small scale boilers is widely used for domestic heating. The combination of different parameters such as fuel quality, combustion conditions and boiler capacity can have a strong impact on the quality of exhaust gases, for example on the level of particle emissions (PM). Thanks to the progress achieved in combustion technologies, small…

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Online tar measurements to control biomass gasification
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:03:57 +0000

Tar and tar related problems are still major obstacles for the development and implementation of biomass gasification technologies. Aromatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are by-products in most high temperature thermochemical conversion processes. They lower the efficiency of these processes and form tarry deposits when the gases are cooled and vapours begin to condense. For…

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Bioliquids and syngas from solid biomass for combined heat and power
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:51:17 +0000

Biomass residues and such as agro-industrial waste or sewage sludge are a viable resource to produce energy, fuels and chemicals.They are abundant and generally low-cost, but converting these feedstocks into marketable products can be a challenging task due to their heterogeneous nature. A promising technology to do this, is the TCR system (Thermo-Catalytic Reforming) developed…

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Heating with torrefied wood pellets in small-scale biomass boilers
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:14:17 +0000

Torrefied wood or biocoal is generally regarded as a bioenergy carrier for co-firing with coal in large scale power plants, nevertheless, some of its properties may make it suitable also for use in small-scale applications. A group of Finnish researchers at the Lappeenranta University of Technology has investigated the combustion behaviour and the emissions of…

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