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[en] A hierarchical control strategy is formulated for coordination of hydro and biomass electric energy cogeneration with two hierarchical coupled problems. The first problem under consideration concerns long-term strategies for hydroelectric system and forest development, so as to obtain a target biomass output yearly. The second problem schedules hydroelectric and biomass-powered plants to meet loads over a mid-term horizon, such that the use of either hydro or biomass resources are minimized. An optimal control and optimization methods are proposed for tile coordination of hydro and biomass electric energy cogeneration
[en] The palm oil industry plays an important role in the creation of waste to wealth using the abundant oil palm biomass resources generated from palm oil supply chain i.e. upstream to downstream activities. The oil palm biomass and other palm-derived waste streams available are oil palm trunks (felled), fronds (felled and pruned), shell, mesocarp fibers, empty fruit bunches (EFB), palm oil mill effluent (POME), palm kernel expelled (PKE), palm fatty acid distillates (PFAD), used frying oil (UFO), residual oil from spent bleaching earth (SBE) and glycerol. For 88.5 million tonnes of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) processed in 2008, the amount of oil palm biomass generated was more than 25 million tones (dry weight basis) with the generation of 59 million tonnes of POME from 410 palm oil mills. Oil palm biomass consists of mainly lignocellulose materials that can be potentially and fully utilized for renewable energy, wood-based products and high value-added products such as pytonutrients, phenolics, carotenes and vitamin E. Oil palm biomass can be converted to bio energy with high combustible characteristics such as briquettes, bio-oils, bio-producer gas, boiler fuel, biogas and bio ethanol. Oil palm biomass can also be made into wood-based products such as composite and furniture, pulp and paper and planting medium. The recovery of phenolics from POME as valuable antioxidants has potential drug application. Other possible applications for oil palm biomass include fine chemicals, dietary fibers, animal feed and polymers. There must be a strategic and sustainable resource management to distribute palm oil and palm biomass to maximize the use of the resources so that it can generate revenues, bring benefits to the palm oil industry and meet stringent sustainability requirements in the future. (author)
[en] In this publication the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) their activities. Presented are the public relations, the activities of the Commission biofuels and renewable raw materials and their members. Too it is reported on the gasoline station testing, as well as about the UFOP position paper on biofuels policy.
[de]In der vorliegenden Publikation beschreibt die Union zur Foerderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) ihre Aktivitaeten. Dargestellt wird die Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit, die Taetigkeit der Fachkommission Biokraftstoffe und nachwachsende Rohstoffe und deren Mitglieder. Berichtet wird noch ueber die Tankstellenerprobung, sowie ueber das UFOP-Positionspapier zur Biokraftstoffpolitik.
[en] Full text: The oil palm industry has an abundance of oil palm biomass. The type of biomass generated includes empty fruit bunches (EFB), oil palm trunk (OPT), kernel, shell and fronds. Generally, ligno celluloses biomass derived from oil palm has great potential to be converted into various forms of renewable energy. In this study, EFB in pulverized form was used as a feedstock for bio ethanol production. EFB contains lignin, hemicelluloses and cellulose which can be converted into fermentable sugar and bio ethanol. The EFB was initially pre-treated with 1% NaOH followed by acid hydrolysis with 0.7% sulfuric acid and enzyme prior to fermentation process with Saccharomyces cerevisea. The various process parameters for bio ethanol production was optimized i.e. pH, temperature, rate of agitation and initial feedstock concentration. The fermentation of EFB hydrolysate was at pH 4, 30 degree Celsius and 100 rpm within 72 hours of incubation yielded 10.48 g/L of bio ethanol from 50 g/L of EFB. The bio ethanol production in a 6-L bioreactor showed 36% conversion of fermentable sugar from EFB into bio ethanol. (author)
[en] An alternative use to animal fodder for biomass from excess grassland or grassland subject to certain impositions for species and nature conservation, or from compensation zones is that of thermal utilisation. Haymaking (''dry production line'') is less expensive than ensilage (''damp production line'') for this crop. However, the damp production line has the clear advantage of yielding a superior fuel quality due to the transfer of plant nutrients from the substrate to the pressed-out juice during conditioning. (orig.)
[de]Fuer die Biomassen von ueberschuessigem Gruenland, von Gruenland mit Bewirtschaftungsauflagen zum Arten- und Naturschutz oder aus Kompensationszonen stellt die thermische Verwertung eine Alternative zur tierischen Veredelung dar. Die Heubereitung (''Trockengutlinie'') ist kostenguenstiger als die Silagebereitung (''Feuchtgutlinie'') von diesen Gruenlandaufwuechsen. Die Feuchtgutlinie hat aber den deutlichen Vorteil, dass im Rahmen der Konditionierung durch den Uebertritt von Pflanzennaehrstoffen aus der Biomasse in den Presssaft die Qualitaet des Brennstoffs verbessert werden kann. (orig.)
[en] In its broadest sense, Rapid Thermal Processing (RTPTM) covers the conversion of all types of carbonaceous materials to liquid fuels, high quality fuel gases, and chemicals. Commercial RTPTM activities (including the actual implementation in the market as well as the short-term R and D initiatives) are much narrower in scope, and are focused on the production of high yields of light, non-tarry liquids (i.e. 'bio-crude') from biomass for fuel and chemical markets. RTPTM is not an incineration process. In commercial applications, it is simply the liquification of biomass by the addition of heat at atmospheric pressure in the absence of air or oxygen. There is no direct combustion in the conversion unit. In effect, wood is converted to liquid wood, bagasse to liquid bagasse, straw to liquid straw, etc. The liquid is pourable and pumpable at room temperature, and has approximately the same heating value as the feedstock entering the conversion unit. The typical liquid yield from a representative hardwood at 10 - 15 % moisture content is about 73 % by mass in industrial operations. In general, the yield increases slightly with an increase in feedstock cellulose composition and slightly decreases with an increase in feedstock lignin composition. However, the energy yield remains approximately constant since lignin-derived liquids have a higher energy content than cellulose-derived liquids. RTPTM was commercialised in 1989 after about 10 years of research, development and demonstration. Current product applications include boiler fuel and food chemicals. It is important to note that the primary liquid product or 'bio-crude' is essentially the same whether it is destined for the fuel or the food chemicals markets. refs
[en] Full text: Bintangor Laut (BL) oil is non-edible oil extracted from the seeds of Calophylum Inophylum L. It is a tree of 12-20 m height, with spread branches. The BL tree grows along coastal areas and adjacent lowland forests, although it occasionally occurs inland at higher elevations and it is native to east Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific. This study investigates the potential of BL oil as an alternative source of bio energy (bio diesel). The average oil content of BL seeds is 35% by weight. Fuel properties of trans esterified BL oil chemically known as methyl esters (bio diesel) were compared with bio diesel standards of American Standard Testing Method (ASTM). The fuel properties of BL bio diesel (100%) that is specific gravity is 0.92, kinematic viscosity at 40 degree Celsius, 7.43, flash point 151 degree Celsius, pour point -4 degree Celsius, cloud point 4 degree Celsius, B10 were very close to petroleum diesel. On the basis of these fuel properties, it is concluded that BL bio diesel is a good option for renewable energy to reduce dependency on import of foreign oil. (author)
[en] Renewable energy has the potential to be the foundation for energy supply in the 21st century. Clean, local, diverse and secure, renewable energy technologies can contribute to a sustainable energy strategy and help us meet international obligations on environmental protection. However, all energy-generating projects have some impact on the environment and concerns exist about some aspects of biomass production and use. In order for a successful and sustainable renewable energy industry to become established in the UK, it is necessary for renewable projects such as energy crops to be developed in an appropriate and sensitive way, with the full involvement of local communities. This paper will examine this issue, with reference to the work of Friends of the Earth in communities around the country. (Author)