13.04.2021

# New Publications

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Stenzel, Fabian, et al. (2021): Global scenarios of irrigation water abstractions for bioenergy production: a systematic review

Stenzel, Fabian; Gerten, Dieter; Hanasaki, Naota (2021): Global scenarios of irrigation water abstractions for bioenergy production: a systematic review. In Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 25 (4), pp. 1711–1726. DOI: 10.5194/hess-25-1711-2021.

"This paper reviews existing global assessments of freshwater abstractions for bioenergy production and puts these estimates into the context of scenarios of other water-use sectors."

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13.04.2021

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New Scientist: Carbon-negative crops may mean water shortages for 4.5 billion people

"Fabian Stenzel at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and his colleagues project that the water needed to irrigate enough energy crops to stay under the 1.5°C limit would leave 4.58 billion people experiencing high water stress by 2100 – up from 2.28 billion today. That is 300 million more people than a scenario in which BECCS isn’t used at scale and warming spirals to a devastating 3°C."

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13.04.2021

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Neues Deutschland: Tipping point for water reservoirs (German)

German article about a recently-published Nature paper by Florian Stenzel et al.

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13.04.2021

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Podcast: Radio Ecoshock: The Decade After Tomorrow

"Let’s just green the planet! We will reforest Earth to capture carbon dioxide that threatens the future. Official institutions are counting on that bio-capture and storage. But like so many big human ideas, this climate solution could make things worse. Our guest Fabian Stenzel is a PhD Student in Germany."

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12.04.2021

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Energy Live News: Bioenergy and CCS could help the UK save more than £4.5bn over the coming decade

"Achieving the net zero target without BECCS would cost the UK an additional £15 billion, according to a new report."

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07.04.2021

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Full, Johannes; et al. (2021): A New Perspective for Climate Change Mitigation—Introducing Carbon-Negative Hydrogen Production from Biomass with Carbon Capture and Storage (HyBECCS)

Full, Johannes; Merseburg, Steffen; Miehe, Robert; Sauer, Alexander (2021): A New Perspective for Climate Change Mitigation—Introducing Carbon-Negative Hydrogen Production from Biomass with Carbon Capture and Storage (HyBECCS). In Sustainability 13 (7), p. 4026. DOI: 10.3390/su13074026.

"This paper introduces for the first time a novel concept for the production of hydrogen with net negative emissions. The derived concept combines biohydrogen production using biotechnological or thermochemical processes with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage."

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06.04.2021

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Clery, Diarmaid S.; et al. (2021): The effect of biomass ashes and potassium salts on MEA degradation for BECCS

Clery, Diarmaid S.; Mason, Patrick E.; Barnes, Douglas C.; Szuhánszki, János; Akram, Muhammad; Jones, Jenny M. et al. (2021): The effect of biomass ashes and potassium salts on MEA degradation for BECCS. In International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 108, p. 103305. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2021.103305.

"This study investigates the comparative impact of inherently different biomass and coal ashes on the laboratory and pilot scale degradation of 30 wt% aqueous monoethanolamine (MEA), relevant to post-combustion CO2 capture."

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22.03.2021

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Zhou, Hewen; et al. (2021): Prospective contributions of biomass pyrolysis to China’s 2050 carbon reduction and renewable energy goals

Zhou, Hewen; Bartocci, Pietro; Fantozzi, Francesco; Mašek, Ondřej; Agblevor, Foster; Wei, Zhiyu et al. (2021): Prospective contributions of biomass pyrolysis to China’s 2050 carbon reduction and renewable energy goals. In nature communications.

"While bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) may need years to mature, this study focuses on developing a ready-to-implement biomass intermediate pyrolysis poly-generation (BIPP) technology to produce a potentially stable form of biochar, a medium for carbon storage, and to provide a significant source of valuable biofuels, especially pyrolysis gas."

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22.03.2021

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Babin, Alexandre; et al. (2021): Potential and challenges of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage as a carbon-negative energy source: A review

Babin, Alexandre; Vaneeckhaute, Céline; Iliuta, Maria C. (2021): Potential and challenges of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage as a carbon-negative energy source: A review. In Biomass and Bioenergy 146, p. 105968. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2021.105968.

"As an emerging field, active research and development over the next decades, along with strong policy support, is crucial to ensure that BECCS can be implemented in time because delaying action on climate change reduces the likelihood of successfully meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. Consequently, this critical review aims at establishing the upcoming challenges facing the implementation of BECCS and the pathways to address them, along with highlighting the advancements in the field over the last decade."

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08.03.2021

# New Publications

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Stenzel, Fabian; et al. (2021): Irrigation of biomass plantations may globally increase water stress more than climate change

Stenzel, Fabian; Greve, Peter; Lucht, Wolfgang; Tramberend, Sylvia; Wada, Yoshihide; Gerten, Dieter (2021): Irrigation of biomass plantations may globally increase water stress more than climate change. In Nat Comms 12 (1), pp. 1–9. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21640-3.

"Here we quantitatively assess potential side effects of BECCS with respect to water stress by disentangling the associated drivers (irrigated biomass plantations, climate, land use patterns) using comprehensive global model simulations."

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