"What would it take to unlock the full potential of biofuels?”

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"What would it take to unlock the full potential of biofuels?”

First of all there is a big need for more commitments from politicians in all countries all over the world, and specifically through the international bodies and organizations like EU, UN FAO, WTO, OECD and many more org’s. Until now it has been moving in a too slow speed, due to many other commitments like the last 2 years the economical tsunami.

Sustainability criteria’s should be agreed and negotiated to the final end, so all the countries in the world have a level playground for an even and fair development. This means no-go for a numbers of natural sensitive areas and a clear go-ahead for bioenergy at specifically business areas already used as commercial farming, grazing and forestry areas, but where unefficiant farming exists. We have to be very concerned for the speed of biodiversity losses these years, and integrate this concern in the frame conditions.

The worlds farmers need this unlocking of not- only biofuels, but for biomass in general for energy and biorefinering purposes. The world-wide farmers need this concern and commitments from their political leaders, to conduct the developments, for the best of the people in all countries. The unlocking of biomass for food, feed, fuels, fibres and many more purposes will give wealth to rural areas world-wide, when it’s handled carefully. A side-effect can be to stop the effect of developing mega-cities and a one way migration from country side to large cities in all countires.

Bioenergy can and will not save the global climate crises alone. All kinds of energy sources have to be in play and the long term goal will be a sustainable enegy-mix. This includes keeping the oil and gas for better purposes than for CHP and transport, boost the solar-PV and solar heating/cooling, let the wind-power grow with the speed it’s getting in these years, and let biomass take over the commitments from coal and other base load polluting energy systems as the fossil transportation fuels as fast as possible in the coming 10-20 years. Electric car’s should be introduces as fast as possible, based on electricity from renewables This will give new jobs and employments’ in the factor of 1000 times xn. We cannot wait any longer on the politicians; people have to act in various scales of their way of living for introducing Renewable Energy Systems. The global sources exists and the technologies are ready for a majority of conversions, of cause there exists bottlenecks, but continuos R&D&D can work on solving these interesting problems.

Further details can be seen in an extended numbers of research documentations on renewable energy systems and more. You can start to get inspiration in these two doc’s:
Weston A. Hermann (2005); Quantifying global exergy resources. Energy. doi; 10.1016/j.energy. 2005.09.006. www.sciencedirect.com;
Holm-Nielsen J. B., Oleskowicz-Popiel P. and al Seadi T. (2007), Energy Crop Potentials for Bioenergy in EU-27. Proceedings 15.th European Biomass conference, Berlin, Germany 7-11 May 2007. ISBN 3-936338-21-3.
Period1 Nov 2010

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  • Title"What would it take to unlock the full potential of biofuels?”
    Media name/outletwww.commentvisions.com
    Media typeWeb
    Date01/11/2010
    PersonsJens Bo Holm-Nielsen