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Roger Samson, Executive Director of REAP-Canada was invited to speak at the International Energy Farming Conference in Papenburg, Germany
Roger gave a presentation on " Developing energy crops for thermal applications: Optimizing fuel quality, energy security and GHG mitigation" The presentation was based on a recent publication from Springer Science of the same name. Abstract.
C.D. Howe Institute Releases Report Analyzing Cost-Effectiveness of Renewable Energy Programs Prepared by Roger Samson and Stephanie Bailey-Stamler of REAP-Canada
The federal and provincial governments have implemented numerous renewable energy programs, which aim primarily to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But just how cost effective are these incentive programs at abating GHGs? Combining federal and provincial subsidies, the lowest-cost government incentive programs are found to be those for renewable heat and power technologies such as wind power, solar air and hot water heating, and biomass pellet heating. In contrast, the most expensive government incentives are those for liquid biofuels: combined federal and provincial incentive costs range from $295-to-$430/tonne of CO2e for ethanol and $122-to-$175/tonne of CO2e for biodiesel. To read the full report click here http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary_282.pdf
New Canadian biofuel technology 570% more efficient than corn ethanol in reducing greenhouse gases
A study just released in a book by Springer Publishers found that commercial second-generation solid biofuel technology has set a new Canadian benchmark in greenhouse gas (GHG) displacement. The solid biofuel technology using biomass from energy crops for heat energy developed by REAP-Canada reduces GHG's by 7,600-13,100 kg CO2e /ha. By comparison soybean biodiesel and corn ethanol were found to reduce GHG's by 900 and 1,500 kg CO2e/ha respectively.
On-line seminar on grass-biofuel pellets
Roger Samson recently did a live online presentation (agriwebinar) in cooperation with the Canadian Farm Business Management Council (CFBMC) entitled: Switchgrass for Bioheat in Canada...
House of Commons Brief in Biofuels Bill C-33
On February 26, 2008, REAP - Canada addressed the house of Commons Standing committee in Agriculture on Biofuels and Bill C-33...
CBC Market Place Video - Innovative research on Switchgrass and Bioheat
DVD seminar on grass pellets for BioHeat now available
These DVD's record the proceedings of the BioHeat: A GROWING AGRI-ENERGY OPPORTUNITY seminar held Thursday, Jan 25th, 2007 in conjunction with the Guelph Organic Conference...