Could this be the future of biofuels?

Anmar Frangoul for CNBC:  A common sight in the British countryside, bracken -- a type of fern -- is now being hailed as the next big source of biofuel.  Based in the south west of England, Brackenburn produces "brackettes" – biomass pellets made from bracken that they shred and compress into briquettes which produce much more heat when burnt than oak. "In our estimation there's 2.5 million acres of bracken in the UK… it's a huge area," Barry Smith, Brackenburn's marketing and sales director, told CNBC in a phone interview. "Left unchecked, bracken encroaches by three percent a year… at the end of the day there's no use for it whatsoever," Smith added. "It's a nuisance and to call it a crop is kind of giving it a status it doesn't deserve."   Cont'd...

Key Panel Discussions Define CMT's 2016 Biomass Trade & Power Europe on 22-24 Feb, in Copenhagen

CMT's Biomass Trade & Power Europe is the region's vital summit bringing together key European and North American power producers, wood pellets and wood chips buyers & suppliers for focused dialogue on the EU's growing biomass demand and feedstock supply amidst policy changes.

Geothermal Resources Council Announces New Board of Directors

Six members join the new GRC Board of Directors

Turboden expands into the Asian geothermal market: 6 MW started up in Japan and 50 MW to be supplied in the Philippines

An innovative 6 MW geothermal power plant operating commercially in Japan since June 2015. Turboden selected as official technology provider of a 50 MW geothermal Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system in the Philippines.

36 countries launch world alliance for geothermal energy

Thirty-six countries gave the official start Monday to an initiative to promote geothermal energy in developing economies as a cleaner alternative to oil, gas and coal. The Global Geothermal Alliance, launched on the sidelines of the UN climate talks in Le Bourget, aims at a sixfold increase in geothermal electricity production and a tripling of geothermal-derived heating by 2030. At present, geothermal is growing modestly, at three to four percent per year, providing 12 gigawatts of electricity annually. But this is just a fraction of its overall potential of 100 gigawatts, according to the industry. Only 24 out of 90 countries with geothermal potential actually use the resource. The alliance said its members will seek to overcome "political uncertainty" about geothermal and strengthen the industry's skills base. The Global Geothermal Alliance initiative was sketched out in September 2014 at a summit organised by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Members include countries on thermal "hotspots" in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, ranging from Kenya and Tanzania to Malaysia, the Philippines and Guatemala.   Cont'd...

WELTEC BIOPOWER Erects Second Biogas Plant in South Korea

South Korea Opts for Green Energy

Ormat to Acquire Geothermal Power Plant in the Island of Guadeloupe

Adds 14.75 MW, With Potential Expansion to Up to 45 MW of Capacity Transaction to be Immediately Accretive to Ormat's EPS

Waste Heat to Power: The Hottest New Clean Energy Solution; Possibly Even Hotter Than Solar

Offers Fast Path to Significantly Reduce Global Emissions

Fitch: Renewables, Low Fuel Prices to Drive North American Energy Infrastructure in 2016

'Renewables are on the rise, and the potential extension of key tax credits could spur more greenfield renewable projects and may help commercialize new technology.

Get the Latest on the Biofuels Industry Transformation at Infocast's Bio-Based & Renewable Fuels Forum January 12 in San Diego

Hear New Opportunities in the Biofuels / Bio-Based Materials Nexus

Rooftop Solar at 33% of US Energy Supply, now Being Tracked by EIA

Every month the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes data about energy production and use in the U.S. Until now it had not included information about distributed and rooftop solar power. That changed in December as EIA noted the increased role that small-scale solar installations like rooftop solar makes up roughly a third of all solar power in the U.S.

World's First Biofuel Facility to Operate Entirely on Renewable Heat and Power to Go Online

-- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Set for December 4 to Celebrate Facility's Economic, Environmental and Social Impact on San Joaquin Valley Region in California --

Clean energy business owners: Legislature must increase renewable energy and energy efficiency standards to rein in costs

This March, Gov. Snyder announced a goal to meet 40 percent of our energy needs through renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2025

Turboden launches its Turkish operations and delivers the first Turkish-made 3 MW turbine while expanding into larger size geothermal projects

On April 27th, Turboden launches its daughter company, Turboden Turkey, to give customers access the local content incentives offered by the Turkish Government for renewable energy generation along with providing local on-site and after-sales services. The first 3 MWe turbine was already successfully manufactured in Turkey and has been delivered to AFJET on November 24th, 2015. A 16 MW geothermal plant in Croatia was recently contracted for the Turkish geothermal development leading company MB Holding.

Europe remains most important market for electricity generation from solid biomass

Even though subsidies are declining in Europe, it will remain the world's most important market for biomass power plants, with 75 billion € to be invested within the next 10 years. The market in Asia is flagging at a high level and still shows the worldwide largest capacity increases. These are the results of ecoprog's latest market analysis.

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