CMT's first ever Japan Biomass Market in Tokyo Assesses Country's Ambitious Biomass Power Roadmap

As a raft of new biomass power projects are on the anvil, the inaugural Japan Biomass Power Market on 18-21 May, 2015 in Tokyo will be a noteworthy platform to showcase the business opportunities for biomass feedstock suppliers, traders, technology providers and much more.

Ballard Customer Demonstrates World's First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tram

Vancouver, Canada and Qingdao, China - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced that the world's first hydrogen fuel cell powered fixed rail electric tram was successfully demonstrated at a ceremonial event held in March at the head office, production and testing facility of CSR Qingdao Sifang Company (CSR Sifang), a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer based in Qingdao, Shandong province.

Toshiba Reinforces Initiatives Toward a Hydrogen Economy

-Opens Hydrogen Energy Research & Development Center at Fuchu Complex-

Retrofitting Buildings to Improve Energy Efficiency

Making a building more sustainable while completing the retrofit could attract more higher-paying tenants, which would cause a greater appreciation by the time the owners plan to sell. Properties with Energy Star certification have sold for 2-5% more than buildings without such certification.

4th Biobased World Asia Leads Dialogue on Biobased Chemicals and Bioplastics Applications

CMT's upcoming 4th Biobased World Asia, incorporating dual summits – 5th Biobased Chem Asia & 9th Bioplastics Market on 21-23 April, 2015 in Bangkok, aims to examine advances in both biobased chemicals and bioplastics business, feedstock, capital and technology challenges.

Osaka - The City of Green Technologies

The Environmental Governance approach of Osaka is exemplary for the developing Asian cities who are trying to balance development and sustainability.

RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW APPROACH THAT COMBINES BIOMASS CONVERSION, SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION

Scientists have been working to harness the energy from sunlight to drive chemical reactions to form fuels such as hydrogen, which provide a way to store solar energy for future use.

RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW APPROACH THAT COMBINES BIOMASS CONVERSION, SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION

In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy.   For decades, scientists have been working to harness the energy from sunlight to drive chemical reactions to form fuels such as hydrogen, which provide a way to store solar energy for future use. Toward this end, many researchers have been working to develop functional, efficient and economical methods to split water into hydrogen, a clean fuel, and oxygen using photoelectrochemical solar cells (PECs). Although splitting water using an electrochemical cell requires an electrical energy input, a PEC can harness solar energy to drive the water-splitting reaction. A PEC requires a significantly reduced electrical energy input or no electrical energy at all.   In a typical hydrogen-producing PEC, water reduction at the cathode (producing hydrogen) is accompanied by water oxidation at the anode (producing oxygen). Although the purpose of the cell is not the production of oxygen, the anode reaction is necessary to complete the circuit.   Unfortunately, the rate of the water oxidation reaction is very slow, which limits the rate of the overall reaction and the efficiency of the solar-to-hydrogen conversion. Therefore, researchers are currently working to develop more efficient catalysts to facilitate the anode reaction.   Choi, along with postdoctoral researcher Hyun Gil Cha, chose to take a completely new approach to solve this problem. They developed a novel PEC setup with a new anode reaction. This anode reaction requires less energy and is faster than water oxidation while producing an industrially important chemical product. The anode reaction they employed in their study is the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). HMF is a key intermediate in biomass conversion that can be derived from cellulose - a type of cheap and abundant plant matter. FDCA is an important molecule for the production of polymers.  

Fife Geothermal welcomes today's £250,000 Energy Challenge Fund announcement

Further to today's Scottish Government launch of a £250,000 Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund

Biogas Plant in South Africa before commissioning

Last year, Beckedorf BioEnergy GmbH won the contract to deliver the design and key components for the construction of a biogas plant at the fruit juice factory of Elgin Fruit Juices, Pty., Ltd. in Grabouw, Western Cape.

The Geothermal Resources Council Announces 2015 Amateur Photo Contest

The 36th Amateur Photo Contest winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Nexus eWater Completes $2.1 Million Series A Funding Round

US-Australian company prepares for US market launch of disruptive product aimed at radically reducing California residential water, energy, and wastewater use ---- Estimates US market opportunity to be $15 billion per year

HoSt will build a biomass power plant in Eindhoven, Netherlands

The municipality of Eindhoven will realize a new biomass power plant at the industrial park Strijp T in district Strijp. HoSt, specialist in the field of biomass energy systems, has won the tender for the construction of the plant.

Smog Eaters Are Coming To Our Roads

A reflective surface reduces smog by reflecting heat back into the atmosphere. Not only is the smog reduced, but more importantly, energy costs are lowered in big cities.

Introduction of >5KWe Cogenerating Biomass Pellet Boiler Prototype System

A revolutionary >5kWe cogen pellet boiler prototype system, designed and manufactured by koFEN, with Qnergy's Stirling engine inside, was introduced to the market. The biomass boiler is still under development and the first beta installations are expected before the end of the year to serve large residential and small to medium application requirements.

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