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  •  Do you know more about German biomass? (2+ / 0-)
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    Germany has been burning down forests and calling it renewable power. Beautiful old beech forests have been leveled. It's obscene.
    I know they have an impressive amount of it, and that most it appears either crop or lumber based, but I can't find much english media coverage.

    I'd write a diary about it, but trying to do some from autotranslated technical docs seems like a recipe for disaster...

    •  My company is in the biomass powerplant design (7+ / 0-)
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      Sandino, patbahn, ferg, FishOutofWater, kurt, BYw, MGross

      business.

      The German Law on Renewable Energy (EEG) and the Biomass Decree guarantee a price of 8.7 cents per kilowatt-hour for a period of 20 years for an electrical energy feed obtained from biomass. The Biomass Decree will include biomass power plants with an electrical output of up to 20 megawatts, in addition to power plants that operate on wind and solar energy. The aim of the legislation is to boost sharply the contribution made by renewable energy sources to the power supply system with a view to protecting the climate and the environment.

      Our plants burn waste wood and used wood.

      Biomass, as a CO2-neutral energy source, is an organic substance produced by plants and animals. Biomass power plants are particularly suited to producing a combination of electricity and heat for low to medium energy requirements (between roughly 5 and 20 megawatt). In the German Federal Republic, there are over 150 biomass power plants. The operation of biomass power plants has become more attractive with the passing of the Biomass Decree in June 2001, since it now guarantees a fixed purchase price for the feed of electrical energy from biomass power plants, in addition to the price guaranteed up to now for solar and wind energy.

    •  I'm in the US Biomass business (2+ / 0-)
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      We're trying to get started shipping wood pellets to Europe. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? But, we're confident of our negative carbon foot print as compared to coal.

      I'd love to hear about what role you think biomass had to play in a capacity based market.

      Equality! It's what's for dinner!

      by DyspepTex on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:49:44 PM PDT

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    •  Spiegel on line article. (1+ / 0-)
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      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:49:32 PM PDT

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