Can biomass be used for captive power generation for industries?

Category: Bio, Biomass Heating, Biomass Power, Moderate, Profession

Author : Admin September 3, 2016


Biomass (see What is Biomass?) is available in most parts of the world in plenty. And a good amount of it, in the form of crop waste and forest residues, is available at low costs for use for heat...Read more

Can someone tell me what is biomass? Is it just plants?

Category: Agriculture, Basic, Bio, Profession

Author : Admin September 2, 2016


Until I entered the field of cleantech, I had not heard of the term biomass. Wood, yes, plants, yes, crops, yes, even crop waste, yes, but biomass? Nopes, hadn’t heard of it. The first time I he...Read more

What the heck are biomass pellets, and how are they different from briquettes?

Category: Advanced, Biomass Heating, Profession

Author : Admin September 2, 2016


Biomass can be used in a variety of forms. (For those who wish to know what biomass is, here is my post on what it is). While some sectors use biomass in its natural form (stalks, saw dust, ground nut...Read more

Can any agricultural waste be used to generate power?

Category: Agro Waste, Biomass Power, Moderate, Profession

Author : Admin September 1, 2016


The world generates millions of tons of agricultural waste every DAY! A good portion of this waste is just…wasted. Left to rot, or worse, burnt! Instead, can all these agri and crop waste be put...Read more

Are biofuels really good for the environment?

Category: Agriculture, Biofuels, Climate Change, Moderate, Profession

Author : Admin August 30, 2016


Biofuels are fuels we get from plants. Thus they are fuels derived from renewable sources. They can replace the polluting diesel (through biodiesel) and gasoline (through ethanol) and play a signific...Read more

Can we use plant material to make plastics?

Category: Agriculture, Basic, Biopolymers, Profession

Author : Admin August 28, 2016


Most (almost all, actually) conventional plastics are made from petroleum – here’s a nice video on oil to plastics. With petroleum being a perishable resource, a question that arises is: ...Read more

How is charcoal made from biomass?

Category: Agro Waste, Bio, Biomass Heating, Moderate, Profession

Author : Admin August 28, 2016


When you burn wood incompletely, you would have seen the black residue left behind. This is charcoal. So, that kind of explains how you make charcoal: Incomplete combustion of biomass! Technically, ch...Read more

Doesn’t use of biomass for heating or power generation release CO2?

Category: Advanced, Bio, Biomass Power, Profession, Renewable

Author : Admin August 23, 2016


We all have heard that use of biomass – instead of coal – for heating or power generation is a sustainable option. But use of biomass for heating/power generation also releases CO2. So, ho...Read more

Can biomass be used for small scale power plants?

Category: Advanced, Agro Waste, Biomass Power, Profession

Author : Admin August 16, 2016


If you had seen conventional power plants, you will know that they are large. Typical coal-based or natural gas based power plants are 100 MW or above in size – many of them over 500 MW. Nuclear...Read more

What are the main avenues to generate power from biomass?

Category: Bio, Biomass Power, Moderate, Profession, Renewable

Author : Admin August 1, 2016


In the last few years, biomass (If you are asking: What the heck is biomass? See here) based power generation has been seeing an increase the world over, as such generation is a carbon-neutral method ...Read more

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