29 Nov '11, 6pm

Biomass Could Produce Fifth of Global Energy Without Damaging Food Production, Says UK Energy Research Centre:

Biomass Could Produce Fifth of Global Energy Without Damaging Food Production, Says UK Energy Research Centre:

A debate has been raging about the role biomass could play in the future energy system: some say it could play a major role in fueling the planet, others argue that it risks an environmental disaster. To get to the heart of the controversy, UKERC scientists at Imperial College London have undertaken a systematic review of the evidence base. The report finds that the main reason scientists disagree is that they make different assumptions about population, diet, and land use. A particularly important bone of contention is the speed with which productivity improvements in food and energy crop production can be rolled out. “If we make the best use of agricultural residues, energy crops and waste materials then getting one fifth of current global energy supply from biomass is a reasonable ambition,” says Dr. Raphael Slade, the report’s lead author and a Research Fellow at Imper...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011...

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