13.07.2020

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ARPA-E: New Program in Carbon Optimized Bioconversion (upcoming funding announcement)

"Proposed systems of interest include, but are not limited to (1) carbon-optimized fermentation strains that avoid CO2 evolution, (2) engineered mixotrophic consortia or systems that avoid CO2 evolution, (3) biomass derived sugar or carbon oxide gas fermentation with internal CO2 utilization, (4) cell-free carbon optimized biocatalytic biomass conversion and/or CO2 utilization, (5) cross-cutting or other proposed carbon optimized bioconversion schemes."

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04.06.2020

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Palmer, James (2020): Putting Forests to Work? Enrolling Vegetal Labor in the Socioecological Fix of Bioenergy Resource Making.

Palmer, James (2020): Putting Forests to Work? Enrolling Vegetal Labor in the Socioecological Fix of Bioenergy Resource Making. In Annals of the American Association of Geographers, pp. 1–16. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2020.1749022.

"Adopting a posthumanist interpretation of the labor theory of value, this article argues that wood pellet manufacturing constitutes an attempt by energy capital to substitute the “dead labor” of prehistoric plants, embodied in fossil fuels, with the living, “vegetal labor” of forests of the present day."

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27.05.2020

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BBC Future: The remarkable power of the prickly pear

"A stalwart of the Mexican landscape is finding a second life powering up buildings in the desert, and it is proving to be an unusually sustainable biofuel."

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25.05.2020

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Biomass Magazine: DOE to fund projects that gasify a mix of coal and biomass

"The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy on May 18 announced plans to offer funding for new projects that gasify a mix of coal and biomass to generate electric power and a carbon-free hydrogen coproduct."

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23.05.2020

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Project: Carbonplan

"We're a non-profit that analyzes carbon removal opportunities based on the best available science and data. We help organizations make specific decisions towards their carbon removal goals."

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20.05.2020

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The York Press: Drax power station hosts free virtual tours

"Drax Group has launched the free online resource to support student with their studies during the Covid-19 crisis."

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08.05.2020

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Biomass: Drax Launches New Biomass Carbon Calculator

"Drax has launched the Biomass Carbon Calculator – a new tool to more accurately measure emissions in the supply chain, enabling the industry to identify where emissions reductions can be made and make a greater contribution to tackling climate change."

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27.04.2020

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BBC: Virtual protest held over Drax power station biomass

"An online protest against the burning of biomass by one of the UK's largest power stations has been held."

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22.04.2020

# New Publications

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de Oliveira Garcia, Wagner; et al. 2020: “Impacts of Enhanced Weathering on Biomass Production for Negative Emission Technologies and Soil Hydrology.”

de Oliveira Garcia, Wagner, Thorben Amann, Jens Hartmann, Kristine Karstens, Alexander Popp, Lena R. Boysen, Pete Smith, and Daniel Goll. 2020: “Impacts of Enhanced Weathering on Biomass Production for Negative Emission Technologies and Soil Hydrology.” Biogeosciences 17 (7): 2107–33. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2107-2020.

‌"Here, we investigate the deployment of enhanced weathering (EW) to supply nutrients to areas of afforestation–reforestation and naturally growing forests (AR) and bioenergy grasses (BG) that are deficient in phosphorus (P), besides the impacts on soil hydrology. Using stoichiometric ratios and biomass estimates from two established vegetation models, we calculated the nutrient demand of AR and BG."

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02.04.2020

# New Publications

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Favero, Alice; et al. 2020: “Forests: Carbon Sequestration, Biomass Energy, or Both?”

Favero, Alice, Adam Daigneault, and Brent Sohngen. 2020: “Forests: Carbon Sequestration, Biomass Energy, or Both?” Science Advances 6 (13): eaay6792. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aay6792.

"There is a continuing debate over the role that woody bioenergy plays in climate mitigation. This paper clarifies this controversy and illustrates the impacts of woody biomass demand on forest harvests, prices, timber management investments and intensity, forest area, and the resulting carbon balance under different climate mitigation policies."

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