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With Backing, Biomass Can Help Meet Energy Needs


Green Lifestyle  (tags: energy, sustainable, recycling, Japan, biomass energy, waste products, electricity generation, food waste, animal excreta, rice husks, potential, quake debris, environment, eco-friendly )

Naoko
- 1177 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
But if the definition of natural resources is extended to include waste products that can be turned into biomass energy, Japan has more resources for electricity generation than is oftern recognized.



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Susanne R. (249)
Friday September 30, 2011, 11:29 pm
Does a resource necessarily have to be "natural" in order to perform an important function such as providing energy? If the millions of tons of waste products that were produced as a result of the recent tsunami aren't put to use, they'll simply take up space.

Thanks for the interesting post, Naoko!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 7:08 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Pamela K. (13)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 4:16 pm
It is becoming more and more clear that it will take many different rescources to replace the energy we now get from oil and gas. Biomass is definitely worth exploring as one alternative.
Thanks for the article.
 

Jane H. (138)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 6:05 pm
very interesting.
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 6:28 pm
Thanks, Naoko. I agree that biofuels are one answer, but not if it is trees or corn ethanol and such. It is the height of stupidity to use food supply or burn biomass that will lead to the same pollution fossil fuels do. I have heard of factories that use there own organic waste to power their plants now by turning it to methane at the plant rather than letting that methane just go to waste in a landfill. THAT makes sense to me! To recycle cooking oils, capture methane created in many industries, including farming, to use the byproducts of industry makes a lot more sense to me than growing and harvesting it and using energy to do so! We waste so much! Time to use every scrap like people used to!
 

Faith Billingham (3)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 7:35 pm
thanks for the article
 

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 7:41 pm
Let's face it just about all aspects of green safe alternative energy is in need of assistance but not if big oil coal or gas have anything to say about it with their republican backing. It is going to take consumers to get behind the idea of still having a planet to exist upon.
 

Donna Hamilton (151)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 9:59 pm
Think we will all have to deploy many different forms of energy generation to keep going. As other posters have stated, we will have to fight hard to overcome the self interest of oil companies.
 

june t. (66)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 11:12 pm
agree with all above. There are options that are viable today, we don't need to dam more rivers or continue to use only oil and gas. Since we have the know-how, what does it take to deploy these other forms of energy in society?
 

Douglas S. (1)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 7:29 am
Good information!
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 12:45 pm
Every sewerage treatment plant needs to made into a biomass /energy facility. The effort made to clean up our waste stream is essential. But then to throw away the potential energy source at the last of the process is amazingly stupid. This is the same as watching oil refineries flaring. The gas that is just burnt off as a waste produce can be used to power the facility. It could be pumped into the gas pipeline. It can be liquified and shipped anywhere in the world. And they just burn it.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 1:49 pm
Noted! Thanks for sharing
 

Dave C. (227)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 5:53 pm
every little bit helps!
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Monday October 3, 2011, 1:02 am
Thanks for the post.
 

KS Goh (0)
Monday October 3, 2011, 5:40 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Faith Billingham (3)
Monday October 3, 2011, 6:28 pm
thanks for the article
 
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