Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Biomass Conference Announcements

Next Generations Biofuels conference will be held 28 - 30 September, 2009, in Amsterdam

Algae Biomass Summit will be held 7 - 9 October, 2009, in San Diego. Craig Venter will be a speaker.

Big money interests are swarming all over biomass and biofuels at this time. Part of the interest is due to current international emphasis on carbon neutral energy technologies, and part of the emphasis is a recognition that sooner or later fossil fuel resources will grow more expensive than alternative sources of energy.

Meanwhile, California company Tolero Energy has licensed a fast pyrolysis process from the University of Georgia.
The biomass is heated at carefully controlled high temperatures in the absence of oxygen, and are rapidly condensed into a bio-oil that can be added to biodiesel or petroleum diesel. Other pyrolysis by-products are gas and bio-char, which can be used as a soil amendment. _BiofuelsDigest
Tolero plans to utilise dead biomass from forests, including the massive pine beetle kill across millions of acres of western pine forest.

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