Future Cities Competition

CEO Daniel Tait Interviewed by WHNT at 2016 Future Cities Competition

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Three hundred and seventy-five of the best and brightest Alabama middle school students landed in the Rocket City on Saturday for the annual Future City Competition.

“They are incredibly smart,” Daniel Tait said.

The judges evaluate each team on the energy efficiency of their city.

“Where they’re getting their energy from, and how they’re using it, and they are absolutely blowing our minds away with some of the things they’re thinking of,” Tait said.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://whnt.com/2016/01/16/hundreds-of-middle-school-students-land-in-rocket-city-for-future-city-competition/

biofuels

Pros and Cons of Bioenergy

A while back I shared with you a primer on the world’s oldest source of energy – bioenergy. Today, I want to look a little deeper at the pros and cons of bioenergy.

Pros


  • Bioenergy a reliable source of renewable energy.  We will never have a shortage of waste that can be converted to energy. As long as there is garbage, manure, and crops there will be biomass to create bioenergy.
  • Bioenergy can be stored with little energy loss.
  • As long as there is agriculture there will be a constant energy source.
  • Bioenergy emits little or no greenhouse gas emissions and is carbon neutral. The carbon that is created by biomass is reabsorbed by the next crop of plants.
  • Bioenergy doubles as a waste disposal measure.
  • Bioenergy crops help stabilize soils, improve soil fertility, and reduces erosion.
  • Bioenergy is a source of clean energy, the use of which can result in tax credits from the US government.
  • Bioenergy reduces the need for landfills

 

Cons


  • Using wood from natural forests can lead to deforestation if the forests are not replanted.
  • The cost of harvesting, transporting, and handling biomass can be expensive.
  • Storing and processing of biomass requires large amounts of space.
  • Some fuel sources are seasonal.
  • May compete with food production in specific cases.

As with every energy source there are pros and cons, but as you can see the pros for bioenergy definitely outweigh the cons.  Bioenergy should be included as part of our larger energy picture that includes all types of renewable energy including solar and wind energy.

Bioenergy is best when it is created using waste materials. These are materials that are by-products of agriculture and farming, downed trees, and our garbage and waste that would be left rotting in a landfill. These waste materials can create valuable energy at a relatively low cost, and using these for energy reduces the need for landfills, and helps preserve our surroundings while creating another source of power.

 

 

Sources:

  1. Clean Energy Council 2012, Bioenergy myths and facts, Clean Energy Council, Melbourne.
  2. Australian Institute of Energy 2010, Fact sheet 8: biomass, 2004, Australian Institute of Energy, Surrey Hills, Victoria.
Sustainable Energy Madison County

New Collaborative Effort to Boost Energy Sector in Madison County

A new collaborative agreement between the Energy Huntsville Initiative, BizTech and the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy will boost efforts to grow the energy sector in Madison County.

All three organizations will work to establish and cultivate energy-based startups, create a joint operational charter and develop points of contact to coordinate objectives in the group’s memorandum of understanding.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2016/01/energy_huntsville_hopes_to_boo.html#incart_river_index