Global investment in the renewable energy (RE) market exceeded $300 billion in 2014, at a 16% growth rate over 2013. Biomass and waste-to-energy (WTE) projects saw more than $8 billion worth of investment in 2014. With rising primary energy needs, Southeast Asia is experiencing power turbulence across most of its economically backward regions, indicating a heightened need to implement RE projects for better energy security. There is an urgent need for effective waste management spurring the growth of biomass and waste-to-power projects in Southeast Asia.
•Understand the potential of biomass in the region and countries that would take the lead.
•Government support in the form of regulations and policy framework will provide the much needed push.
•What are the best practices and key success factors for increasing biomass power projects in the region?
•How will the market change with the application of new technologies to treat biomass and waste?
There are many items to include when considering the sustainability of biomass for cofiring, and some of them are hard to quantify. The focus of this webinar is on the greenhouse gas emission aspects of sustainability. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions achieved by substituting biomass for coal depends on a number of factors such as the nature of the fossil fuel reference system, the source of the biomass, and how it is produced. Relevant issues in biomass production include the energy balance, the greenhouse gas balance, land use change, non-CO2 greenhouse gas emission from soils, changes to soil organic carbon, and the timing of emissions and removal of CO2 which relates to the scale of biomass production. Certification of sustainable biomass is slow to emerge at the national and international level, so various organisations are developing and using their own standards for sustainable production. The EU does not yet have sustainability standards for solid biomass, but the UK and Belgium have developed their own.Read more >
Dr Rohan Fernando presents the findings of his latest report on biomassRead more >
Ian Barnes presents the findings of his latest reportRead more >
Biomass could have an important role in the strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large coal plants. Amongst the plethora of different biomasses, wood pellets have emerged as one of the most successful and fast growing internationally traded commodities. Wood (and straw) pellets offer a more energy dense and transportable alternative to the traditional wood chip, a product most commonly associated with the paper and pulp industry.
A few large scale projects in Europe have drawn on North American sources to supplement local supplies of biomass without any major problems. At current levels of demand, there appears to be an abundance of wood resource.
However, extending cofiring at low rates (5-10%) to the world’s coal-fired fleet will increase demand for wood pellets significantly. Meeting this demand will offer opportunities and challenges for the entire biomass supply chain, not least forest resources. This presentation accompanies a report by the IEA Clean Coal Centre to review the current understanding of world biomass resources using published forestry data from the UN Forestry and Agricultural Organization (FAO). From these data, the author attempts to identify a global and regional resource figure for wood in the form of residues and waste by-products that arise from the forestry industry; and discusses the broad issues that affect forest resources worldwide.
This webinar examines technical developments in coal beneficiation covering dense-media and dry coal treatment, and upgrading various technologies.
Amid a global trend to use low quality, inexpensive coal, it is now recognised that feedstock quality is a key element of a future power strategy to raise power station performance and meet environmental legislation. Preparing feedstock in order to remove inert matter and reduce contaminants can benefit every aspect of a coal plant operation. We examine technical developments in coal beneficiation covering dense-media and dry coal treatment, and upgrading technologies such as coal refining, digestion, oxidation, fuel blending and biomass substitution.
Lignite or brown coal, the lowest quality coal, is normally used in its raw state resulting in significant energy and reliability penalties. Energy efficient technologies to reduce moisture and ash levels can significantly improve performance. As lignite demand declines in OECD countries, alternate markets are being sought that utilise synthesised humates.
Recent developments in process waste recycling and biomass utilisation have driven the use of these so-called ‘low value fuels’ for energy generation on a stand-alone basis, and in combination with coal. One particular technology stands out as being particularly well suited to utilising these low value fuels, circulating fluidised bed combustion (CFBC). The upcoming webinar sets out examples of the range of low value fuels, their reserves and properties, with particular emphasis on coal-derived materials, the issues for CFB plant in utilising these fuels and selected examples of manufacturer and operator experience with purpose built, or modified CFB plant.Read more >
Microalgal removal of CO2 from flue gas
Various methods have been developed to remove CO2 from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants. Biological post-combustion capture is one of these. Microalgae may be used for bio-fixation of CO2 because of their capacity for photosynthesis and rapid growth. The ability of microalgae to withstand the high concentrations of CO2 in flue gas, as well as the potentially toxic accompanying SOx and NOx has been researched. Microalgal strains that are particularly suitable for this application have been isolated. Most of the research on algal bio-fixation has been concerned with carbon fixation strategies, photobioreactor designs, conversion technology from microalgal biomass to bioenergy, and economic evaluations of microalgal energy. This webinar considers current progress in algal technology and product utilisation, together with an analysis of the advantages and challenges of the technologies. It opens with a brief introduction to the theory of algal bio-fixation and factors that influence its efficiency especially in terms of flue gas characteristics, and then discusses culturing, processing technologies and the applications of bio-fixation by-products. Current algae-based CO2 capture demonstration projects at coal-fired power stations around the world are described.
District Heating in the UK is growing in popularity as it is ideally linked with renewable energy sources, such as Biomass or Biogas. There are dramatic improvements in energy efficiency by producing heat on a local level and also maintenance benefits in having one single plant.
This 1 hour CPD seminar will cover:
1. An Introduction to REHAU
2. What is District Heating?
3. Potential Heating Sources
4. Biogas/Anaerobic Digestion
5. Pipe Materials & Properties (steel vs. polymer)
6. Installation & Design
7. Case Studies
Morrison & Foerster's Cleantech practice group and Silicon Valley Bank presented the Annual Cleantech Roadshow Seminar in Palo Alto on June 17, 2010.
Financing is a crucial component of any successful renewable energy project, especially during difficult economic times. For many capital intensive technologies in the wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal sectors, innovative project finance techniques make large scale deployment possible. The program discussion focuses on the various financing structures available and the current and future financing trends.
Renewable energy projects rely on traditional financing methods, such as debt and private equity sources, but they often incorporate innovative new approaches to these transactions. In addition, renewable energy financing is increasingly drawn from government resources, through Department of Energy grants, loan guarantees, and tax incentives. The panel explains the existing renewable finance options, discusses the benefits and disadvantages of various financing methods, and provides guidance on the efficient use and monetization of tax and other government incentives. In addition, the panel explores how renewable energy finance has been impacted by the economic recession and makes predictions about future financing trends that are expected to accompany the economic rebound.
The program consists of a moderated panel of finance experts who provide insight from the legal, investor, and company perspectives.
Tim Walsh, Head of Structured Products, Silicon Valley Bank
Bill Baker, Director, GCA Savvian
Jill Feldman, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP (Finance)
Robert Cudd, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP (Tax)