Due to its regional dominance, Saudi Arabia can play a vital role in the proliferation of solar energy in the entire Middle East. The Kingdom needs to urgently move forward with its renewable energy plans and start the production of solar energy on a large-scale. The current focus is on increasing levels of efficiency, reducing subsidy and slashing government expenditure and on doing things that truly add value
A company called Calysta has developed a technology that does more or less that, using micro-organisms that feed on methane. The gas is piped into a fermentation tank and consumed by the micro-organisms, which multiply. They are then separated from the liquid growing medium, dried and pressed into pellets. These protein pellets, called FeedKind, are then added to animal feed or fish food for aquaculture.
Biogas from crops, alongside so many other approaches to bioenergy production, deliver very little apart from the opportunity to harvest large subsidies from the public purse, which as we know is rather empty at the moment.
Maize grown specifically for Anaerobic Digesters to produce “biogas” is an increasingly common crop in England, especially in the South West. The area under Biogas Maize increased by 55% in 2016 compared to 2015, to 52000ha. The National Farmers Union set a target of 200,000ha of land under biogas Maize back in 2011, so they are 25% of the way to their target.
Maize is a very environmentally damaging crop, probably the most environmentally damaging crop grown in the UK. Why then is so much of it being grown? Because the Government pays not one, but two subsidies for it to be grown – the generous single payment (now over £200 per hectare annually) for anyone who owns farmland; and on top of this there are a range of payments including the Renewable…
View original post 537 more words
Trump in his first day took an action against climate change. What is next? Would the approval of Dakota access and Keystone XL be next? I don’t have hope in convincing Trump in the climate change cause; how can we convince him not to stop what was started?
On the 20th of January 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the as the 45th president of the United States of America. In his first day in office, climate change disappeared from White House Website. He replaced it with the energy plan. The plan says: “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.”
Reading this brought to me COP22 memories. It was a Tuesday, the second day of negotiations when Trump won the election. Four days after the Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4. At that day climate activists were shocked; some felt desperate. Others started studying the options of withdrawing from Paris agreement and the time required for the process. It will take four stable years, three years for exit and a year as a long- notice period. Since this needs between 3 to 4 years…
View original post 215 more words