Biomass and Beyond
Biomass is an organic renewable energy source - and scientists all over the world are finding new ways to make biofuels that can take the place of conventional fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Biorefineries with new technologies are being built all over the world - converting organic materials into fuel, power and bi-products like plastics, soaps and cosmetics. Many biofuels can be integrated into existing vehicles and fueling systems for diesel, gasoline, jet engines, building heat and more. But, it is not straightforward and biomass energy has a controversial and rocky history in our arid western forests.
This panel will explore the past, present, and future of biomass. We will kick off with a debate among experts highlighting the pros and cons, challenges and opportunities in biomass power. We will highlight regional biomass projects in the Northern Sierras - hearing directly from entrepreneurs and scientists in our community. And we’ll close with a look at international markets and technologies: what is coming? what is possible? what are people dreaming up for homegrown biofuels and their byproducts globally?