Scientists are turning agricultural leftovers, wood and fast-growing grasses into a huge variety of biofuels

The first biofuels produced using new generations of biomass raw materials could be available in commercial volumes from 2010 at the earliest, German junior Environment Michael Mueller said on Monday.

But the exact time scale was still unclear, Mueller said at the European Biomass conference in Hamburg.

Fifty miles east of Los Angeles, a small and inconspicuous facility is using something most of us would rather not think about -- household sewage -- to create a resource we can't live without -- fuel.

New Delhi: Looking at various alternatives for the mounting waste lying at Ghazipur landfill site, a delegation from Sweden headed by the Swedish ambassador visited the area on Thursday to see whether this waste could be converted into compressed natural gas (CNG).

By Felicity Barringer,International Herald Tribune

About half of the 28 US states with renewable mandates include electricity generated by burning garbage (the District of Columbia also has a quota for renewable energy).

Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant renewable resource on earth. Lignocellulosic materials, including wood, grass, forest residues, agricultural residues, pulp and paper mill wastes, and municipal solid wastes can be used for bioethanol production. Among these resources, agricultural residues, such as sugarcane bagasse, dominate in terms of tonnage and can serve as feedstock.

The definition of renewable energy seems clear cut: The sun continues to shine, so solar energy is renewable. The wind continues to blow, so wind turbines churn out renewable power.

AHMEDABAD: One of the main clinchers for Ahmedabad being rated as the numero uno city to have implemented environment-friendly measures in its operations was cutting down on energy consumption.

Shastry V. Mallady

It will give 5 per cent of its annual budget for research in key areas

MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology has decided to allocate five per cent of its annual budget for promoting renewable energy.

In a fresh bid to strengthen the national power-grid with another 400 MWs, 159 licences have already been issued to prospective corporate stakeholders to carry on with renewable energy power generation, and interested parties are bound to complete their projects within a set timeframe of two years, a Ministry of Power and Energy press release said.