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Findings from University of Debrecen Yields New Findings on Renewable Energy

May 14, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Fresh data on Renewable Energy are presented in a new report. According to news reporting out of Debrecen, Hungary, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The increasing prices and environmental impacts of fossil fuels have made the production of biofuels to reach unprecedented volumes over the last 15 years. Given the increasing land requirement for biofuel production, the assessment of the impacts that extensive biofuel production may cause to food supply and to the environment has considerable importance."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Debrecen, "Agriculture faces some major inter-connected challenges in delivering food security at a time of increasing pressures from population growth, changing consumption patterns and dietary preferences, and post-harvest losses. At the same time, there are growing opportunities and demands for the use of biomass to provide additional renewables, energy for heat, power and fuel, pharmaceuticals and green chemical feedstocks. Biomass from cellulosic bioenergy crops is expected to play a substantial role in future energy systems. However, the worldwide potential of bioenergy is limited, because all land is multi-functional and land is also needed for food, feed, timber, and fiber production, and for nature conservation and climate protection. Furthermore, the potential of bioenergy for climate change mitigation remains unclear due to large uncertainties about future agricultural yield improvements and land availability for biomass plantations. Large-scale cultivation of dedicated biomass is likely to affect bioenergy potentials, global food prices and water scarcity. Therefore, integrated policies far energy, land use and water management are needed. As biomass contains all the elements found in fossil resources, albeit in different combinations, therefore present and developing technologies can lead to a future based on renewable, sustainable and low carbon economies."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This article presents [1] risks to food and energy security [2] estimates of bioenergy potential with regard to biofuel production, and [3] the challenges of the environmental impact."

For more information on this research see: The effect of bioenergy expansion: Food, energy, and environment. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2014;32():559-578. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/600126)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Popp, Debrecen Univ, Fac Agr & Food Sci & Environm Management, Inst Anim Sci Biotechnol & Nat Conservat, H-4032 Debrecen, Hungary. Additional authors for this research include Z. Lakner, M. Harangi-Rakos and M. Fari (see also Renewable Energy).

Keywords for this news article include: Biotechnology, Europe, Hungary, Biofuel, Debrecen, Oil & Gas, Oil and Gas, Bioengineering, Renewable Energy, Energy And Environment

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