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Post#1 » Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:05 am


Biomass energy is renewable energy from plants. This is one of it's greatest attractions. Bio-energy crops that can be raised included rape, sunflower (oil), sugar beet (sugar), wheat, barley and rye (starch), soy, ligno-celluloses like Miscanthus, giant reed, and wood plants like the popular, eucalyptus, willow. Switchgrass may be used. It grows in the West and Southeast and puts down ten foot deep roots and prevents erosion. It is drought and flood tolerant and can produce up to three times the yield of hay and could be harvested twice a year.

Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that can be used in diesel engines, cars, trucks, buses, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. Usually it is made from soy or canola oil but can even use oil from fast food fryers. It can be blended with gasoline or run as a fuel itself.

When gas prices hit $7.00 per gallon bio-diesel will come into it's time. It will play a big part in local markets as oil supplies become tighter.
Bio-diesel can reduce CO2 emissions by 78%
Cellulosic Ethanol can reduce CO2 emmissions by 68%

Brazil's 29 year old ethanol program using sugar cane waste now supports over 700,000 jobs and supplies an ethanol blend for 4 million cars. Between 1975 and 2000 it cut imports by 50 Billion dollars.

Biogas is the use of gas from animal waste and waste water. It may eventually play a small part in adjusting to Global Peak Oil.


Willie Nelson Bio-diesel

Mini Hydroelectric Power Plants 50 - 500 kW

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

BERA Biomass Energy Research Association

Make Your Own Diesel

Biodiesel made from algae oil by the University of New Hampshire

Jatropha Curcas – A Global Source of Renewable Fuel ... ,0,0,1,0,0

Report: Bio-diesel from Algae

(Just Left click on the Report above and the pdf ebook will automatically open in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Use the Acrobat Reader "save" function to save the file to your hard disk or Right click and use Save Target As).

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