Italian Biogasdoneright® a replicable and exportable model

The Italian model for agricultural biogas based on the principles of Biogasdoneright® is 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…

Global bioenergies announces the production of 100% renewable ETBE

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…

Low-emission biomass heating with electrostatic precipitators

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…

Online tar measurements to control biomass gasification

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…

Bioliquids and syngas from solid biomass for combined heat and power

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…

Bio-based Lubricants from Vegetable Oils

Lubricants are oil-based substances, with a wide industrial application along with some non-industrial use. Lots of refinery products find applications as lubricants, so this sector is also looking for some non-petroleum alternatives. Vegetable oils are nowadays considered as viable bio-resource for biofuels, and also promising candidates for the development of bio-based lubricants. Pure vegetable oils show…

Promoting biomass heating in non residential buildings

Around half of the energy consumed in Europe is used for our heating and cooling needs. Residential heating generates the most part of this demand (45%), while industrial, commercial or service buildings represent 37% and 18% respectively. While the use of biomass for residential heating has grown considerably in the last years in many European…