Category Renewable Energy – The Facts
Synthetic fuels made from biomass are a recent development. At present, there are only research and pilot systems. Nonetheless, hopes are high for biomass-to – liquid (BTL, also known as synfuel and sunfuel) fuels. A wide range of biomass – from wood to straw and other energy crops – is converted into a synthetic gas, from which methanol or a fuel similar to diesel is made.34 The process is similar to Fischer – Tropsch synthesis. Such procedures are well known in the chemical industry. What is new about BTL production is the use of biomass as the precursor; a number of problems therefore still have to be solved...Read More
Every time fossil energy is burned, carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted. Along with other greenhouse gases, CO2 causes the greenhouse effect, which is changing our climate and increasing the average temperature on the Earth. There are basically four ways to prevent carbon emissions.9
1 Making fuel consumption more efficient and conserving energy.
2 Using fuels with less carbon content (such as natural gas instead of oil and oil or gas instead of coal).
3 Increasing the efficiency of energy conversion (for example, by making power plants more efficient and using cogeneration instead of getting electricity from conventional condensation plants).
4 Using more renewable energy.
Each of these actions entails costs, on the one hand, and a number of benefits (in addition to lower carbon emissions)...Read More