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Are trees more productive than wind turbines?

Tree farm assumptions: 250,000 square meters (m2) tree farm A 1 ton tree contains 1 MWh of energy Each tree takes 10 m2 of space Total energy for this farm is thus 25 GWh Wind farm assumptions: 5 ...
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Will natural gas or propane generators also run off of methane?

I'm looking at building a sustainable energy project that will convert biogas (methane) into electricity. I haven't found any biogas or methane electric generators for sale. It seems that there are ...
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How can I separate carbon monoxide from wood gas?

I am thinking about using open source wiki designs from allpowerlabs to construct a wood gas generator. The motivation came from experiencing a 10 day power outage after super storm Sandy. The ...
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Sustainability of waste incineration vs biofuel/biogas?

Should I encourage my neighbors to send their food waste to a biogas plant instead of the current incineration facility? I have Googled around and it does not seem like it is clear that it is better ...
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Is using vegetable oil for electricity generation more efficient than burning whole plants?

This question is based on the premise that using "cheap" biofuel in a diesel engine to power a generator (and not using batteries) is better than the alternatives. My understanding is that if you must ...
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Does bio jet fuel have a positive energy balance?

This article which was recently trending got me thinking about biofuels: Alaska Airlines makes first flight using jet fuel made from trees. I am not familiar with the numbers for biodiesel, but I ...
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Sources for the carbon impact of US corn ethanol?

I am struggling to find recent sources on the carbon intensity of corn ethanol. I find many sources from around 2007, but I want something a little more recent (preferably from this decade). This is a ...
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Are we running out of fuel?

It's just a matter of time, Peak-Oil will happen. There is no logical argument to assume it will not. We are doing efforts to replace petrol based products with something else, for fuel in combustion ...
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What would be the most sustainable biomass source for (100%) ethanol production?

So I have read that sugar (cane) is way more efficient than corn, (and that Brazil leads the way in taking initiative to actually bother with this advance in biofuels sustainability), and that, based ...
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What is the most environmentally-friendly fuel source (e.g. wood, coal, oils, alcohols) for campfire cooking?

When factors like emissions, renewability, and heat / energy efficiency are all taken into account, what would be the very best fuel source(s) to use for camping cooking, with sustainability and ...
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What are the risks, sustainability speaking, of halophytes as biofuel?

Halophytes that can be grown in deserts have been researched for biofuel production, among other applications, in aviation. Such biofuels would not compete with food production and not deplete fresh ...