Biomass Cofiring: A Renewable Alternative for Utilities

Part 3 of Biopower Facts. Biomass Cofiring Cofiring is a near term, low-cost option for efficiently and cleanly converting biomass to electricity by adding biomass as a partial substitute fuel in high-efficiency coal boilers. It has been demonstrated, tested, and proved in all boiler types commonly used by electric utilities. There is little or no […]

Biomass Power for Rural Development

Part 2 of Biopower Facts. The Benefits of Biomass Using biomass, such as energy crops, crop processing waste, and agricultural residues, to produce energy benefits the nation, especially rural areas. The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture work together to advance the development of electricity generation systems that use biomass instead of fossil fuels. The […]

Iowa Switchgrass Project

Part 1 of Biopower Facts. Benefits Productive use of marginal lands Establish management practices for production of switchgrass as a potential alternative new crop Encourage rural economic growth and development Applications The results of this project will lead to the development of a biomass fuel industry in the Northern Plains. Biomass Program Chariton Valley Resource […]

Biofuels & Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Myths vs Facts

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to advancing technological solutions to promote and increase the use of clean, abundant, affordable, and domestically- and sustainably-produced biofuels to diversify our country’s energy sources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependence on oil. U.S. energy consumption is expected to grow 50% percent by 2030. Biofuels […]

Clean Energy Choices for Today

Part 4 of Buying and Using Renewable Energy at Home. The following briefly describes renewable energy technologies that might be offered in green pricing programs or competitive markets in your area. If you do not currently have the option to choose your electricity supplier, contact your utility to find out what their plans are regarding […]

Today’s Alternative Fuel Choices: Methanol

Part 5 of Advanced Technology and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Methanol, another alcohol-based fuel, is usually produced from natural gas, but it can also be produced from biomass. Therefore, it has the potential to help reduce petroleum imports. Methanol-powered vehicles emit smaller amounts of air pollutants, such as hydro- carbons, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides, than […]