Hotels: Future-proofing the Bottom Line Through Biomass Boilers

In today’s ever-competitive tourism market, ironing out the bottom line is just as important as attracting new business. Hotels are always under pressure to keep their expenditure down without compromising on quality, and little tweaks here and there can make a big difference overall. But what many clever accommodation managers are realising is that there’s […]

Break Free from Fossil Fuels

“Not in my back yard” a well known metaphor that explains the human actions, people were extremely happy when fossil fuels were found, the thought that their problems are finally going to be solved, not knowing the adverse effect of this discovery , and no one had questioned about the future. Probably now, while you are reading this article […]

Energy Perspectives for Egypt

While many countries across the world are grappling with the twin problems of a growing population and an ever-increasing demand for energy, nowhere is this more acute than in Egypt, one of the most populous nations on the African continent. If business requires a strong financial backdrop and first class business banking services in order […]

Biomass Energy Prospects in Indonesia

The development of renewable energy is one of priority targets in Indonesia. For power generation, it is important to increase electricity power in order to meet national demand and to change fossil fuel consumption by utilization of biomass wastes. The current pressure for cost savings and competitiveness in Indonesia’s most important biomass-based industries, along with the […]

Solar Energy: The Next Home Energy Trend

Installing solar panels can be a considerable investment. A photovoltaic array may be connected in series or parallel depending on your needs. You can expect operational problems to arise, but most homeowners currently using renewable energy don’t have much to complain about. Joining the Renewable Bandwagon There’s no need for you to learn how solar […]

Enumerating Benefits of Solar Panels

Solar panels use solar energy; this provides renewable energy produced from the sun. The rays of the sun can be utilised in different ways such as cooking food, production of water,to enhance agricultural areas and can be converted into electricity. The conversion of light to electricity by using photoelectric effects requires a device such as […]

The Promise of Biochar and Bio Oil

Biomass pyrolysis transforms organic material such as agricultural residues and wood chips into three main components: syngas, bio-oil and biochar (which contain about 60 per cent of the carbon contained in the biomass. Biomass pyrolysis process can be used to sequester the carbon and  remove circulating carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stores it in virtually […]

Insights into Jordan’s Largest University Solar PV Plant

Construction is underway at the solar PV plant in Hashemite University, the largest PV project in all universities in Jordan. This Project is the culmination of four years of work, that started with the call by Hashemite University’s president Prof. Kamal-Eldeen Bani Hani to move forward with the vision to establish the University’s position as a […]

An Introduction to Biomass Energy

Biomass is the material derived from plants that use sunlight to grow which include plant and animal material such as wood from forests, material left over from agricultural and forestry processes, and organic industrial, human and animal wastes. In nature, if biomass is left lying around on the ground it will break down over a […]

Renewable Energy for Beginners

Renewable energy is the energy that is harnessed from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on human timescale, such as solar, wind, biomass, tidal waves and geothermal heat. Renewable energy systems are rapidly becoming more efficient and cheaper. The importance of solar energy was recognized as early as 1911 in the Scientific American article which […]

Renewable Energy and Sustainability: Global Perspectives

Renewable energy resources come to us courtesy of natural reserves that can be recharged on a human timescale. They include energy obtained from the sun, wind, biomass, geothermal warmth, rain, tides, and waves. They are healthier and sustainable as compared to non-renewable resources, such as energy produced from coal, oil, gas, and nuclear sources. Sustainability […]

Top 10 Measures to Save Energy

The ever-increasing demand for energy is adding to the stress on the finite energy reserves of our planet. This is leading to the rapid depletion of these resources, which makes one ponder over a grave issue – if this continues, what will our future look like? The picture doesn’t necessarily have to be gloomy. Although […]

Why Do We Need More Sources of Sustainable Energy

If I ask you to plan your future, can you make a list that you and your children will benefit from? Planning for your future can be an easy task, you have to take care of the financial stability, funds for your children’s studies, a house to live, and some funds for fun. I bet […]

All You Need To Know About Storing Solar Power For Your Home or Business

Solar is becoming more and more popular. Are you considering getting solar energy for your home or business? Solar energy is used in many homes and commercial buildings, including for large tech companies. Using solar power is innovative and creates growth opportunities. The International Energy Agency plans to use solar energy to meet two-thirds of […]

Biomass Energy Resources in Malaysia

Malaysia is gifted with conventional energy resources such as oil and gas as well as renewables like hydro, biomass and solar energy. Malaysia’s commercial demand for energy is projected to continue its upward trend, from 1,244 PetaJoule (PJ) in 2000 to an estimated 2,218 PJ in 2010. This consumption growth is mainly driven by industrialisation. […]

Solar Power versus Wind Power: Which One is Better

The idea of generating your electricity sounds too good to be true. At least, that’s how many people have felt many years ago. But nowadays, this idea is already a reality. As technology continues to improve, more and more companies are starting to explore the possibilities of harnessing energy from renewable sources. Because of this, […]

Tips for Applying for a Renewable Energy Degree

With a rapid technological progress that we are witnessing today, the skills in renewable energy are among the most wanted. As “The Guardian,” states, in 2016 the solar power alone grew by 50%. Such a growing demand offers new jobs and requires professionals on different levels, from production to the finance. Taking this into account, […]

A Glance at Top 10 Solar Panels

Over the last decade, houses with solar panels on the roofs have become a usual phenomenon, as the acknowledgment of the fact that the world resources of coal, oil and natural gas are limited and a need of shift to alternative renewable energy sources becomes imperial. Consequently, the application of solar panels and chargers has […]

Is The Solar Tax Credit Worth It?

Residential solar is booming in popularity. It helps you both lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint so what’s not to love? If you’re searching for a way to save even more though, let’s talk about the solar tax credit and see if it makes sense for you. Here’s a few of the questions […]

Clean Energy Initiatives of AfDB

The African Development Bank has supported its member countries in their energy development initiatives for more than four decades. With growing concerns about climate change, AfDB has compiled a strong project pipeline comprised of small- to large-scale wind-power projects, mini, small and large hydro-power projects, cogeneration power projects, geothermal power projects and biodiesel projects. The […]

How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

People around the world are becoming more and more eco-aware but few think that the battle for our planet is fought in our very homes. An average household uses a lot of electricity and water, in addition to creating a bunch of waste, so being able to control these factors is important. An environmentally-friendly person […]

Rising Prospects of Solar Energy Market

Increase in the population of the world has helped expand the solar energy market as demand for energy has increased. This is happening as the imminent depletion of the traditional energy sources, notably petroleum and other fossil fuels has become a reality. But solar energy from the sun is so abundant that less than one […]

Biodiesel Industry in India

The biodiesel industry in India is still in infancy despite the fact that demand for diesel is five times higher than that for petrol. The government’s ambitious plan of producing sufficient biodiesel by 2011-2012 to meet its mandate of 20 percent diesel blending is unrealized due to a lack of sufficient Jatropha seeds to produce biodiesel. Currently,Jatropha occupies […]

Solar Energy in Bahrain: Potential and Progress

The Kingdom of Bahrain is not only embracing alternative forms of energy for powering the nation such as solar and wind energy, but also setting up the mechanism, process and procedures for individual domestic solar energy generators that can feed excess power into the national electricity distribution network, and contribute to the generation of energy […]

Biomass Energy Outlook for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia, with its abundant biomass resources, holds a strategic position in the global biomass energy atlas. There is immense potential of biopower in Southeast Asian countries due to plentiful supply of diverse forms of wastes such as agricultural residues, woody biomass, animal wastes, municipal solid waste, etc. The rapid economic growth and industrialization in […]

SKU# D1151527: An Innovative Solar Light by Deelat Industrial

Solar street lights have swiftly emerged as an important component of modern cities. Powered by PV panels, solar street lights are raised light sources (LEDs or CFL lamps) mounted on lighting structure or integrated in the pole itself. Some of the key features of modern solar street lights include inbuilt lithium-ion batteries, controls that monitor input […]

The Current State of Solar Energy Industry

Solar energy is among the cleanest and the most natural forms of energy in the world. Over the past few years, interest in solar energy has gained momentum making drawing long-term investors from all walks of life. Currently, solar energy is being viewed as the best alternative energy. It is due to this reason that […]

Cleantech Investment in Germany

Germany is one of the world’s third largest market for renewable energy investment which totalled $15.2 billion in 2016. Germany spent 25 billion euros ($26 billion) on renewable energy in 2016, most of which—23 billion euros— consumers paid through a surcharge on their electricity bills. Germany’s plan to phase out all 17 of its nuclear […]

Wind Energy Technology: Promise and Problems

The demand for renewable energy has outstripped our technology’s ability to provide it. The introduction of battery storage has greatly boosted the ability of renewable technologies to provide a steady and predictable supply of electricity, but lithium batteries are not a long-term solution. Current wind turbine technology isn’t a long-term solution, either. With wind power […]

Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass

Lignocellulosic biomass consists mainly of lignin and polysaccharides cellulose and hemicellulose. Compared with the production of ethanol from first-generation feedstocks, the use of lignocellulosic biomass is more complicated because the polysaccharides are more stable and the pentose sugars are not readily fermentable by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  In order to convert lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels the polysaccharides must […]

Renewable Energy in Malaysia

Malaysia, with population of about 28 million, is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia. During the last decade, Malaysia has seen almost 20 percent increase in energy generating capacity from 13,000MW in the year 2000 to 15,500MW in 2009.  Under the 8th Malaysia Plan (2001–2005), the government of Malaysia changed the Four-Fuel Policy (based […]

Bioenergy Projects – Problems and Remedies

Biomass resources can be transformed into clean energy and/or fuels by thermal and biochemical technologies. Besides recovery of substantial energy, bioenergy technologies can lead to a substantial reduction in the overall waste quantities requiring final disposal. However, bioenergy projects worldwide are often hampered by a variety of techno-commercial and socio-economic issues. This article makes an attempt […]

Global Biomass Energy Outlook

Biomass energy has rapidly become a vital part of the global renewable energy mix and account for an ever-growing share of electric capacity added worldwide. As per the REN 2014, global biopower (including solid, liquid and gaseous fuels) electricity generation capacity was 88 GW in the year 2013. With 4.4 GW capacity, India ranked 5th […]

Morocco’s Solar Energy Program

Morocco, being the largest energy importer in North Africa, is making concerted efforts to reduce its reliance on imported fossil fuels. Renewable energy is an attractive proposition as Morocco has almost complete dependence on imported energy carriers. Morocco is already spending over US$3 billion a year on fuel and electricity imports and is experiencing power demand […]

Biomass Energy in Africa: An Overview

In recent years, there has been renewed interest in biomass energy in Africa, primarily due to growing environmental crisis, energy security concerns and rapid increase in fossil fuel prices. Africa’s convertible currency earnings are very low due to poor world market prices and decreased volumes of its commodity exports. Consequently, it is estimated that, petroleum imports as […]

On The Fast Track To Burnout: Diversifying Energy Options for Home

We all know energy consumption worsens global warming. The subject is in and out of the news on a regular basis. But, are we making a big enough issue of the problem? The fact that things aren’t improving would suggest not. The majority of us either ignore the warnings or feel as though we’re helpless […]

Renewable Energy Potential in India

Renewable energy is growing rapidly in India. The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) estimates that there is a potential of around 90,000 MW for power generation from different renewable energy sources in the country, including 48,561 MW of wind power, 14,294 MW of small hydro power and 26,367 MW of biomass. In […]

Solar Power in Hawaii: The Push for a Practical Paradise

For the longest time now, Hawaii has been one of the most robust markets for solar panel installations in the US. Hawaiian residents have reason to turn to solar power as enthusiastically as they have – electricity in Hawaii comes from burning expensive imported oil. At 42 cents a kWh, it costs three times as […]

Biochemical Pathway for Ethanol Production

Ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass is produced mainly via biochemical routes. The three major steps involved are pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and fermentation. Biomass is pretreated to improve the accessibility of enzymes. After pretreatment, biomass undergoes enzymatic hydrolysis for conversion of polysaccharides into monomer sugars, such as glucose and xylose. Subsequently, sugars are fermented to ethanol by […]

Biogas Enrichment using PSA Technique

Pressure swing adsorption, also known as carbon molecular sieves, is one of most popular biogas upgrading techniques. A typical PSA system is composed of four vessels in series that are filled with adsorbent media which is capable of removing water vapor, CO2, N2 and O2 from the biogas stream. During operation, each adsorber operates in an alternating […]

Germany – A Renewable Energy Powerhouse

Germany has become known as a leader in the transition to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy. On 30th April 2017, the country reached a new peak. It achieved a new renewable energy record by getting 85 percent of its energy from renewable sources including solar, wind, hydro and biomass. The […]

Clean Energy Prospects in GCC

The GCC energy sector has played and will continue to play an important role in the regional as well as global economy. The oil and gas sector is the largest economic sector in the region. In addition to satisfying energy needs for economic and social development, it is the source of oil and gas export […]

Thermal Technologies for Biomass Conversion

A wide range of thermal technologies exists to convert the energy stored in biomass to more useful forms of energy. These technologies can be classified according to the principal energy carrier produced in the conversion process. Carriers are in the form of heat, gas, liquid and/or solid products, depending on the extent to which oxygen […]

Global Warming and the Common Man

Everybody is worried about climate change. It’s just that a fair proportion is convinced it is a natural phenomenon, nothing to do with human activities. When a significant number of individuals see global warming this way a lot of energy can go out of the window in arguing over who is right – energy that […]

Renewable Energy Investment in Malaysia

The investment community has shown strong interest in Malaysian cleantech sector, especially solar PV panel production and oil palm biomass utilization. This may be attributed to excellent power supply, well developed transport and communication infrastructure, highly-skilled professionals, coupled with attractive fiscal incentives to foreign and local investors.  The strong support provided by the Malaysian Government has […]

Top 6 Benefits of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is defined as the type of energy which is derived from the imperishable resources of nature. Whenever thinking of renewable energy, most of the people think about solar and wind as they are quite popular. But in addition to that renewable energy resources also include the following: Hydrogen Geothermal energy Tidal energy Biomass […]

Applications of Biogas

The most common method for utilization of biogas in developing countries is for cooking and lighting, especially in rural areas. Conventional gas burners and gas lamps can easily be adjusted to biogas by changing the air to gas ratio. Burning biogas in a boiler is an established and reliable technology. Low demands are set on the […]

Solar Energy in South Africa

South Africa is endowed with abundant renewable resources in the form of solar and wind energy. The Government’s White Paper on Renewable Energy Policy, released in 2003, supports the development of alternative energy systems with an ambitious target of generating 10,000GWh green electricity by 2013. The growing climate change concerns related to burning fossil fuels […]

Clean Energy in Germany

Germany is one of the world’s most prolific users of clean energy for power, heating, and transport. Germany has rapidly expanded the use of clean energy which now contributes almost one-fourth to the national energy mix. Renewable energy contribute as much as one-fourth of the primary energy mix and the country has set a goal […]

Energy Scenario in Malaysia

Malaysia, with population of about 28 million, is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia. Although blessed with petroleum resources, this strategically-important Southeast Asian nation is relatively a small producer with reserves of 5.5 billion barrels of oil and 88 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Malaysia has significant natural gas exploration and development in […]

The Future of Renewables: An Infographic

How much is the UK and the rest of the world really investing in renewable energy? Climate change campaigners, organisations and scientists argue that there is still more work to be done and that the need for coordinated action is greater than ever, as global warming remains on the international agenda. Investment in the renewable […]

Biogas from Industrial Wastes

Biogas (or anaerobic digestion) technology is an attractive way to manage organic wastes in a sustainable manner. Organic waste includes a wide range of organic materials obtained from domestic, industrial and commercial operations. Most of the organic waste generated in developing countries is dumped into the landfills where it is not only responsible for large-scale greenhouse gas […]

The Promise of Biobutanol

The major technical and commercial limitations of existing biofuels has catalyzed the development of advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol and mixed alcohols. Biobutanol is generating good deal of interest as a potential green alternative to petroleum fuels. It is increasingly being considered as a superior automobile fuel in comparison to bioethanol as its […]

Jatropha – The Wonder Crop

Jatropha is a genus of nearly 175 species of shrubs, low-growing plants, and trees.  However, discussions of Jatropha as a biodiesel feedstock are actually means a particular species of the plant, Jatropha curcas. The plant is indigenous to parts of Central America, however it has spread to other tropical and subtropical regions in Africa and Asia. Jatropha […]

Passive Solar Design: Green Energy For Air Conditioning and Heating

Passive solar design is a method to collect solar energy using windows, walls, floors etc and distribute it to the room during winters to maintain considerably high temperature than outside or reject it to maintain inside temperature considerably cool during summer thus providing a natural air-conditioning system. The system does not require any mechanical or […]

Requirements of Agricultural Biomass Plants

Agricultural biomass as an energy source is a system of interdependent components. Economic and technical viability of this system relies on a guaranteed biomass feedstock supply, effective and efficient conversion technologies, guaranteed markets for the energy products, and cost-effective distribution systems. One of the most important factors in the efficient utilization of agricultural biomass resource is […]

Biomass Conversion Technologies

Biomass conversion technologies can be tailored for rural or urban environments, and utilized in domestic, commercial or industrial applications. A wide range of technologies are available for realizing the potential of biomass as an energy source, ranging from very simple systems for disposing of dry waste to more complex technologies capable of dealing with large amounts […]

A Glance at Future Renewable Energy Systems

We have a lot of renewable energy sources in the past 50 years because of the hard work of scientists. But the problem is that these are very expensive and their productivity depends on the weather. Scientists are now trying to find out how alternate methods can be found. The source of energy that will supply […]

Importance of Sustainable Energy for Singapore

We are continuously hearing statements from people that Singapore should invest consistently in sustainable development. It should because this is the sole way to ensure dynamic growth and create an environment that is livable in the future. Although these statements are true, the expert team at “Visa Express” – Singapore visa consultant agency conducted research […]

5 Burning Questions to Ask Your Solar Power Provider in Sydney

Homeowners are beginning to pay more attention to how they fuel their homes and solar power is the leading choice of renewable energy for most Australians. However, as with any major decision about your property, you shouldn’t just jump in without doing some research first. It’s important to understand the work you want to be […]

Waste as Wealth: A Tale of Shanghai and Lagos

Shanghai and Lagos have two things in common. One is that both are the largest city in terms of population in their respective countries and two is the size of the waste that goes to their landfill or dumpsite. Although there is a wide disparity in their population according to the figure from a 2015 publication […]

How Weather Affects Solar Panel Efficiency

Solar panels are an inevitable roof addition to install in order to cut electricity costs and contribute to the environment. Technology has became so advanced that panels nowadays can be almost unnoticeable or become a unique addition to your roofing system. More and more people decide to put them on their property motivated by all […]

Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion is a well-proven and widely popular organic waste management technology having multiple environmental, energy, economic and social benefits. Anaerobic digestion (also known as AD)  is the natural biological process which stabilizes organic waste in the absence of air and transforms it into biofertilizer and biogas. It is a reliable technology for the treatment […]

Insights into Biomass Pyrolysis

Biomass pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of biomass occurring in the absence of oxygen. It is the fundamental chemical reaction that is the precursor of both the combustion and gasification processes and occurs naturally in the first two seconds. The products of biomass pyrolysis include biochar, bio-oil and gases including methane, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and […]

Integration of Solar Energy in Buildings

Application of solar energy systems in building design saves money and conserves energy, in addition to attractive architectural designs and improving environmental conditions surrounding the building. Passive solar technologies and PV systems can be effectively used making a building sustainable. Passive Solar Design Passive solar technologies directly take advantage of the sun’s light and heat […]

Solar Power Breaking New Grounds in Palestine

The largest solar power project in Palestine will be launched in the next few days. This project is part of the Noor Palestine Program which is designed and implemented by the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF). Msader for Energy Systems Co., the largest Palestinian company established in 2010  and one of leading and specialized companies in […]

Solar Power Projects in Jordan

The solar energy potential in Jordan is enormous as it lies within the solar belt of the world with average solar radiation ranging between 5 and 7KWh/m2, which implies a potential of at least 1000GWh per year annually. Solar energy, like other forms of renewable energy, remains underutilized in Jordan. Decentralized photovoltaic units in rural and remote […]

America’s Oil Independence and Energy Beets

Oil made America great in the beginnings of the last century with the industrial revolution. The U.S. has been so dependent on this oil that we have foreign policies that revolve around it that we have gone to wars over risking our own national security. Some 35 plus years ago America went through a true energy […]

Biorefinery – Source of Advanced Biofuels

A biorefinery is a facility that integrates biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and value-added chemicals from biomass. A biorefinery is analogous to a petroleum refinery, which produces multiple fuels and products from petroleum. By producing several products, a biorefinery takes advantage of the various components in biomass and their intermediates, therefore […]

A Glance at Lignocellulosic Biomass

First-generation biofuels (produced primarily from food crops such as grains, sugar beet and oil seeds) are limited in their ability to achieve targets for oil-product substitution, climate change mitigation, and economic growth. Their sustainable production is under scanner, as is the possibility of creating undue competition for land and water used for food and fibre […]

Working of Modern Biogas Plants

An anaerobic digestion plant is a decentralized energy system, which can lead to self-sufficiency in heat and power needs, and at the same time reduces environmental pollution. The components of a modern anaerobic digestion plant include: manure collection system, anaerobic digester, effluent treatment plant, gas holder, and electricity generating equipment. The fresh organic waste is stored […]

Introduction to Biomass Pyrolysis

Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of biomass occurring in the absence of oxygen. It is the fundamental chemical reaction that is the precursor of both the combustion and gasification processes and occurs naturally in the first two seconds. The products of biomass pyrolysis include biochar, bio-oil and gases including methane, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon […]

Cane Trash As Bioenergy Resource

Sugarcane is among the most ideal of bioenergy energy feedstocks in terms of efficiency and flexibility, providing gaseous, liquid and solid fuels. It offers the potential for climate change mitigation through substitution for fossil fuels without the need for excessive subsidies or expensive infrastructure development. Sugar industry can make a substantial contribution to the bioenergy […]

Wind Energy in South Africa

South Africa is endowed with adequate renewable energy resources which can make a substantial compliment to the country’s energy mix in order to address both the energy deficit and the heavy carbon footprint. South Africa is endowed with abundant renewable resources in the form of solar and wind energy. The Government’s White Paper on Renewable Energy […]

Biomass Resources in MENA Region

In addition to tremendous solar and wind potential, MENA region also has abundant biomass energy resources which have remained unexplored to a great extent. MENA region offers almost 45 percent of the world’s total energy potential from all renewable sources that can generate more than three times the world’s total power demand.  Biomass potential in the Euro-Mediterranean region is […]

By The Power Of Sunlight

The world is constantly changing and evolving, and due to our consistent use of electricity and gas, it’s also heating up at a rate that is rather alarming. It’s this rapid change with the climate and the fact we are producing more people than we can keep up with, that is putting pressure on the […]

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the simultaneous generation of multiple forms of useful energy (usually mechanical and thermal) in a single, integrated system. In conventional electricity generation systems, about 35% of the energy potential contained in the fuel is converted on average into electricity, whilst the rest is lost as waste heat. CHP systems […]

Biomass Energy Prospects in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia, with its abundant biomass resources, holds a strategic position in the global biomass energy atlas. There is immense potential of biopower in Southeast Asian countries due to plentiful supply of diverse forms of wastes such as agricultural residues, woody biomass, animal wastes, municipal solid waste, etc. The rapid economic growth and industrialization in […]

Bioenergy Potential in Thailand

Thailand has tremendous biomass energy potential  with some studies projecting that biomass wastes can cover up to 15 % of the energy demand in Thailand. These estimations are primarily made from biomass waste from the extraction part of agricultural activities, and for large scale agricultural processing of crops etc. – as for instance saw and […]

Renewable Energy in Africa

With a sixth of the world’s population, Africa generates a measly four percent of the world’s electricity, three-quarters of which is used by South Africa and northern Africa. According to World Bank statistics, more than 500 million Africans (almost two-thirds of the total population) have no access to “modern energy.” Hydropower accounts for around 45% […]

Biomass Energy in the Philippines

Like any developing country, the Philippines is facing a formidable challenge of fostering sustainable energy options to support the energy requirements of its economic and social development goals with minimal adverse effects on the environment. In the Philippines, renewable energy sources contribute 43 percent to the country’s primary energy mix, one of the highest in […]

Sustainable Utilization of Biomass

Bioenergy systems offer significant possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions due to their immense potential to replace fossil fuels in energy production. Biomass reduces emissions and enhances carbon sequestration since short-rotation crops or forests established on abandoned agricultural land accumulate carbon in the soil. Bioenergy usually provides an irreversible mitigation effect by reducing carbon dioxide […]

Pathways for Waste-to-Energy Conversion

The conversion of waste-to-energy can proceed along three main pathways – thermochemical, biochemical and physicochemical. Thermochemical conversion, characterized by higher temperature and conversion rates, is best suited for lower moisture feedstock and is generally less selective for products. On the other hand, biochemical technologies are more suitable for wet wastes which are rich in organic […]

Peat as Energy Resource

Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation. One of the most common components is Sphagnum moss, although many other plants can contribute. Peat forms in wetland conditions, where flooding obstructs flows of oxygen from the atmosphere, reducing rates of decomposition. Bogs are the most important source of peat. Since organic matter accumulates over thousands of years, peat deposits also provide records […]

Energy from Woody Biomass

Processing of wood yields by-products and waste streams collectively called residues, which have significant energy potential. A wide range of woody biomass resources are available for transformation into energy in natural forests, rural areas and urban centres. There are many ways to generate electricity from woody biomass using thermo-chemical pathway. These include directly-fired or conventional steam […]

Renewable Energy in Jordan – Potential and Progress

Jordan is heavily dependent on oil imports from neighbouring countries to meet its energy requirements. The huge cost associated with energy imports creates a financial burden on the national economy. Electricity demand is growing rapidly, and the Jordanian government has been seeking ways to attract foreign investment to fund additional capacity. In 2008, the demand […]

Biomass Energy Prospects in Malaysia

Biomass is one of the most important sources of renewable energy in Malaysia. The National Biofuel Policy, launched in 2006 encourages the use of environmentally friendly, sustainable and viable sources of biomass energy. Under the Five Fuel Policy, the government of Malaysia has identified biomass as one of the potential renewable energy. Malaysia produces atleast […]

Solar Middle East – Driving Solar Industry in MENA

Solar Middle East is the most comprehensive gathering of solar technology suppliers in the region and provides you with an unrivaled opportunity to see the latest developments in MENA’s solar industry. Here we talk to Ms. Anita Mathews, Group Director of Informa Energy Group, the organizer of Solar Middle East, on event’s background, objectives, progress […]

Solar Energy Around the World

The installation of new solar power has been increasing around the world every year. Some 15 countries, led by Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic, have been doing very well in terms of the most important measure, solar capacity per capita. Unfortunately, however, none of the five countries most responsible for CO2 emissions […]

Clean Energy Initiatives of African Development Bank

Africa has huge renewable energy potential with some of the world’s largest concentration of alternative energy resources in the form of solar, wind, hydro, and energy. Overall, 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are in the top-33 countries worldwide with combined reserves of solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy far exceeding annual consumption. Most of the […]

Alternative Energy and the Energy Crisis

Everyone knows that there is a limited supply of fossil fuel left on Earth and this may pose a big problem in the future. This issue is not only a major concern for the big corporations and businesses, but is also affecting the masses too. With the recent energy price hike, people are now looking […]

Biomass from Sugar Industry

Sugarcane is one of the most promising agricultural sources of biomass energy in the world. It is the most appropriate agricultural energy crop in most sugarcane producing countries due to its resistance to cyclonic winds, drought, pests and diseases, and its geographically widespread cultivation. Due to its high energy-to-volume ratio, it is considered one of […]

Can Families Really Save Both Money and Energy

Green energy technologies have brought many improvements and opened up numerous possibilities, enabling small businesses and households to generate their own power and even make profit, all the while preserving the environment. But just like all other technologies, they too have their drawbacks. Green energy technologies rely on generating electricity using renewable resources, such as […]

Solar Energy in Jordan

Jordan has been the leader in the development of renewable energy systems in the Middle East, with its tremendous renewable energy potential in the form of wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy. Renewable energy accounted for about 2% of the energy consumption in 2009, and the country has set ambitious targets to raise this share to […]

Output from a Biogas Plant

A biogas plant produces two outputs, biogas and digestate; both can be further processed or utilized to produce secondary outputs. Biogas can be used for producing electricity and heat, as a natural gas substitute and also a transportation fuel. A combined heat and power plant system (CHP) not only generates power but also produces heat […]

Renewable Energy: Evolution and Outlook

Major debates and discussions surrounding climate change and green living has placed an unprecedented focus on renewable energy. The future growth in the renewable energy sector is slated to be significant as people make an effort to minimize their energy footprint on Earth. While the support and evolution of renewable energy technologies is growing rapidly […]

Common Issues in Biopower Projects

Biopower projects in developing countries are often besieged by a wide range of issues. The issues enumerated below are not geography-specific and are usually a matter of concern for most of the biomass energy projects: Large Project Costs In India, a 1 MW gasification plant usually costs about USD 1-1.5 million. A combustion-based 1 MW plant would […]

Clean Energy from Food Wastes

The waste management hierarchy suggests that reduce, reuse and recycling should always be given preference in a typical waste management system. However, these options cannot be applied uniformly for all kinds of wastes. For examples, organic waste is quite difficult to deal with using the conventional 3R strategy. Of the different types of organic wastes […]