olive prunings used to burn aside the grove. Today this has changed and several companies developed interesting business units in cooperation with farmers. Prunings are used to produce electricity in Andalucia (Spain)
Gasification may convert mesquite and juniper wood to a usable bioenergy
"Mesquite thickets like this one grow on about 10 million acres in Texas and could be a potential biofuel source." This article is about a project at Texas A & M to produce bioenergy gases from mesquite and redberry juniper. From Dr. Jim Ansley: "Right now, they're perceived as noxious plants that are detrimental to rangeland ecosystems."
The company, by the way, provides the raw material for the boiler in the form of dried sawdust and bark. And for good measure, another 1 megawatt of electricity is generated and put back onto the district's electric grid.