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Biomass is any plant-based fuel including crops, forest waste, railway ties, surplus wood from construction and demolition projects, pulp and paper by-products, even wood-based factory discards. Every fuel option we’re studying has been proposed to us by local businesses as cleaner fuel options than coal.

Our project partners often point out that no fuel is 100% green or clean, but some fuel choices are “greener” than others. But what makes one fuel “greener” than another?
As one part of the team’s fuel research, we’re working with...

For centuries, the world has been fuelled by traditional energy sources such as wood, coal, and oil. But in recent decades, governments, scientists, environmental organizations and industry have started to explore new energy sources for the...

While researchers work to make this kind of biomass fuel more affordable, we’re considering other options, including other sourcesof clean-burning biomass fuel.When we use the word biomass, we’re talking about any plant-based fuel. Besides crops...

In 2010, we tested several forms of locally-produced biomass fuel to see if we could use it as a substitute for coal. We tested maize, millet, hemp and sorghum, among a few others. Most of these plants were annuals, or plants that are produced...

A recent experiment using biomass fuels to fire the kilns at the Lafarge cement plant in Bath was so encouraging, an energy consultant believes the facility could cut its use of fossil fuels completely by the end of the decade.

"By 2020,...

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