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Sweden Now Using More Biofuel Than Oil


There's more news on the sustainable and cialis on sale renewable energy front in Europe. Not only is get viagra online in canada wind power nearly on par with natural gas in Europe, but in Sweden now, biomass has passed oil as the top source for energy generation. The most recent figures indicate that biomass energy production reached 115 terrawatt hours in 2009, representing 32% of all energy consumption. At the same time, oil-based fuels were used to produce 112 TWh.  Biofuel use is expected to generic cialis uk online pharmacy increase, while fossil fuel use should further decline in the coming years.

Biofueled combined heat and power (CHP) plants generate heat for more than half of the multifamily dwelling units in Sweden, as well as producing electricity. Sweden has a goal to have renewable energy reach 50% of all energy consumed in the country by 2020 and to be independent from imported fossil fuel for all transportation by 2030.

Wood is the source for the vast majority of the fuel used. However, the increased use of wood for energy has led to higher prices for other products requiring logs and paper pulp.

via: EERE Program News

Photo courtesy of: Mattias Hedström, wikipedia commons

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written by Jacob, June 26, 2010
Burning wood is eco-friendly now? It's one of the least energy dense sources of power we have a available!
A little confused...
written by Stephen LeBlanc, June 28, 2010
How is burning would eco friendly? Are they sustainably harvested? Is it the waste by product from other harvesting operations? I'm confused...
In Sweden
written by Peppe Bergqvist, June 29, 2010
I assume that one tree can consume equal amount of carbonmonoxid as one tree produces when it gets burned, so in this way this should be eco-friendly. Or am I wrong, can someone tell me?

In Sweden you have to plant a new tree for every one you harvest, so in the long term this should be sustanable. If you don't replant you will get a fine.

There are right now several companies in the north of cialis 100 mg Sweden that are testing, building and evalutating to use svartlut (don't know the english word, black liquor maybe?, it's a leftover from the making of paper) to make metanol or diesel (DME). There is now testing station for this and the plans to candian levitra build a production site are right now in the makings.

Volvo are right starting to sell trucks that can run on DME, so this part should be sustainable. - article in one Swedens biggest newspaper about this - the company that builds the production site
Burning wood = worse then coal
written by Bryan, June 29, 2010
This is not eco friendly. Read the only here cialis mexico article below.
written by Wintercity, July 07, 2010
There are high-efficiency wood boilers that consume all the waste from burning wood, including ashes and most of the smoke, so the pollution is the best site cialis canada generic actually quite small.
written by Brian, July 08, 2010
So far I haven't seen or heard about any biofuels that do not degrade sustainability; I'm not sure how they deal with wood soot, CO, CO2, etc. but in many areas biofuels are a poor use of water resources.
written by Quiet-Environmentalist, July 08, 2010
Of course what Sweden is doing is not an option for other Western countries (ie sparsely populated so enough space for vast forests) Although the USA could give it a go. Instead of corn ethanol subsidies that are just creating vast monocultures.

The forests of Scandanavia are so well managed that they are actually expanding! Therefore I think this a pure good news story.
written by Kristen, July 08, 2010
Biomass is more than just wood pulp. Its yard waste and plants from farms during the off-season. There are a lot of grasses that can be planted to help with crop rotation and online us cialis then its harvested for biomass fuel. Biomass also comes from algae (some places are even harvesting algae in a farm-like setting). Anything green. Trees are made into a wood pulp which has a greater surface area than a log, so it actually has more energy output.
I think its great that Sweeden is using more of other sources than oil!! Way to go Sweeden!
Another Swedish biofuel project
written by Eric, July 09, 2010
Göteborg Energi is planning a large-scale biogas plant which will utilise wood waste! More info: English_Projects_GoBiGas__Gothenburg_Biomass_Gasificati
The Long View
written by Carol, July 09, 2010
Like its neighbors, Sweden has consistently taken the long view, in social safety nets, support for education for everyone, and now in sustainable biomass for energy. I would not mind paying their tax rates with such helpful policies and practices as the result.
written by nico, July 22, 2010
the problem is in the way you obtend the wood, if you deforest prime forest to grow hight growth plants, your are more like a eco-killer... and that is order viagra from uk what is happening now in the world...The palm is a big problem for al of buy levitra cheap us us...
I can´t believe how the sweden are doing that kind of increase in so bad ecologic politic
written by nico, July 22, 2010
if you wanto to know more about it
Solar homes and Solar Collectors
written by John Canivan, August 03, 2010
Bio Fuels are great and there are solar heating applications that may be used to speed up the production of biofuels.
written by Zulfiqar Deo, August 04, 2010
I think bio fuels help to generate carbon neutral energy we can use sustainably generate. The palm oil experience is based on non sustainble use of forest as opposed to the Swedish expereince where each tree is replaced for each one used as a fuel.

It would be great to see Sweden make more use of electrical equipment at the point of usage as well. For example, electric cars, electric heating, etc. This helps to improve the efficiency of how the energy is consumed.

Look forward to your comments.
Ethanol use in Sweden
written by Daniel D Martin, August 11, 2010
The report failed to mention that Sweden in the highest user of ETHANOL (mostly sugarcane ethanol imported from Brazil) in Europe .This biofuel as well as biodiesel are cheaper to import and cleaner for the enviroment ,at the same time helping development and employment in Third World countries ,a win-win situation
Bravo for Sweden!
written by MD, August 19, 2010
You are correct "svartlut" is "black liquor"...

It is used as fuel for recovery boilers. Its a byproduct of the Kraft process.

It is about a 7:1 ratio product, 7 tonnes of liquor for 1 tonne of pulp.

...I'm from a pulp mill town, and I've known a few Swedes, plenty of them on my wife's side of the family... Wife is Swede/Finn.

Also quite familiar with Sweden's use of almost every bit of trees being used.
Brazil achieved that over a YEAR ago
written by lewis, August 19, 2010
Brazil achieved the same thing over a year ago and nobody said anything.

In fact, the country now consumes more bioethanol than gasoline.

It is amazing how badly that country sells itself.

A pity, considering it is only now cialis overnight a role model in energy conservancy...
written by TIM, January 25, 2011
Biofuel renewability
written by Lazar, August 23, 2011
Biofuel of course is a renewable fuel, but if is harvested at unsustainable rates its supply may diminish as well. In addition to this, it is produces carbon emissions when burnt. My vote is for solar and levitra sale buy wind power.
Interesting trend for biomass in Sweden
written by Ron Kirchner, October 13, 2011
Thats really an interesting trend in biomass rich Sweden.

I also heard, that they started some projects for the production of biomass-to-liquid (BtL)in Sweden. The production of this seconde generation biofuels will be a good bonus for the power production with solid biomass (wood).

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