Another setback for biofuels from algae Foto: JH-Foto/

Biomass » 09.07.2013

Another setback for biofuels from algae

Biotech entrepreneur Craig Venter is looking into using algae to produce sustainable biofuels, but the project seems to have reached a dead end and is moving back to the beginning. read more »

The never-ending pellet boom Cigdem Büyüktokatli / pixelio

German Pellets » 27.06.2013

The never-ending pellet boom

German Pellets, the worldwide leader in wood pellets, has reported a doubling or even tripling of sales and profits. In 2012, group sales increased from 286 million to 519 million euros, while EBITDA jumped from 29.6 million to 39.6 million euros, and operating result quickly increased from 8 to 23.4 million euros. The company does not see an end to the rapid development in the foreseeable future. read more »

Austria looks into microalgae Fotolia/Patricia Usbeck

Biomass » 06.05.2013

Austria looks into microalgae

For more than a decade, researchers have been proposing microalgae farms on land not used for food crops, such as in deserts. Now, a group of researchers in Austria is joining the search for an industrial-scale process. read more »

Energy crops versus food crops Fotolia/Patricia Usbeck

Biomass » 23.04.2013

Energy crops versus food crops

German biofuels organization VDB conducted a survey to find out whether the current shift towards biomass is leading to competition between energy crops and food crops. The results may surprise you. read more »

Rising pellet prices DEPI

Biomass » 26.03.2013

Rising pellet prices

The price of wood pellets has risen in the first quarter of 2013 more than ever before in Germany according to the DEPV's Pellet Price Index. read more »

Conservative or conservationist? Not in Germany! Rainer Sturm |

Politics » 14.03.2013

Conservative or conservationist? Not in Germany!

German weekly Der Spiegel, which has made a career out of denigrating renewables, now wonders whether the environment will survive the switch to green energy. In doing so, the weekly acts as though concern about the environment among proponents of renewables is something new – and as though conservation and political conservatism were something new in Germany. read more »

Biomass bites the dust? Foto: BMU

Bioenergy » 20.02.2013

Biomass bites the dust?

In early February, the bioenergy sector met with Environmental Minister Peter Altmaier to discuss the future of biogas in Germany and in the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). 150 participants went to the discussion and by the end were all disillusioned. The Biogas Association is accusing the Environmental Minister of having a predetermined opinion. read more »

P2G takes a step forward in Germany Foto: Fraunhofer IWES/Mahler

P2G takes a step forward in Germany

In a pilot exercise, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology has succeeded in utilizing the power-to-gas process in small biogas plants. Biogas with a methane content of over 90 percent can be produced specifically for power production, with the elimination of complicated steps in the process. read more »

Selling biogas to municipals Foto: Arcanum Energy

Bioenergy » 14.01.2013

Selling biogas to municipals

German bioenergy association Fachverband Biogas says revisions to the country's Renewable Energy Act in 2012 hurt the sector more than they helped. And the situation is expected to worsen further in 2013. Arcanum Energy is apparently an exception, however. The firm's success is based on cooperation with municipal utilities and the marketing of biomethane. read more »

Fewer new units, but bigger average size Foto: JuwelTop /

Biogas » 05.12.2012

Fewer new units, but bigger average size

The German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) expects some 500 new bioenergy units to be built in 2012, a third less than last year, but a number of these projects are actually expansions of existing ones. read more »