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March 31, 2015

EPA announces plans for cellulosic information collection request

BY EPA announces plans for cellulosic information collection request The U.S. EPA is soliciting public comments on a proposed information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding cellulosic volume projections and efficient producer reporting. Comments are due May 26. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

Solegear closes financing, begins trading on TSX Venture Exchange

BY Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. commenced trading on the TSX Venture Exchange at market open on March 31. In conjunction with the listing, Solegear also announced it completed a $4.2 million financing round. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

BETO deputy director publishes commentary on algae development

BY U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Bioenergy Technologies Office Deputy Director Valerie Sarisky-Reed's commentary, "Algal Progress Report," was published in the February edition of the bimonthly research journal Industrial Biotechnology. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

New yeast strain to enhance biofuel, biochemical production

BY The University of Texas at Austin Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

CRI licenses IH2 technology to forest products company

BY CRI Catalyst Co. A global forest products company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-1 license agreement with CRI Catalyst Co. IH2 technology is a thermal catalytic process that produces liquid fuels from forest biomass and other resources. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

EPA: Comments on pennycress GHG analysis due April 20

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has officially opened a 30-day comment period on its recently released analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of pennycress oil for use in biofuel production. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

DONG Energy to convert final unit at Avedore plant to biomass

BY DONG Energy DONG Energy has announced the last combined-heat-and-power (CHP) unit at Avedore Power Station will be converted to biomass, making it able from to use wood pellets as fuel instead of coal starting next year. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

Wheelabrator announces plans to sell Claremont EFW facility

BY Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. recently announced its Claremont energy-from-waste facility (EFW) is for sale. Stuart B. Millner & Associates is managing the sale. The plant may be sold intact and ready to operate or as separate pieces of equipment. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Nearly 8 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.25 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.93 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

ZooShare reaches $2.2 million for biogas project at Toronto Zoo

BY Katie FletcherZooShare Biogas Cooperative Inc. recently announced that it reached another milestone on its journey to implement a biogas plant at the Toronto Zoo by raising $2.2 million in community bonds, just before its goal to close bond sales on March 31. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Gevo releases 2014 results, reports progress with SBS operations

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting increased revenues when compared to 2013. During the fourth quarter, the company continued to progress with commercial production of isobutanol at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Ontario invests in Rentech pellet plants

BY Ontario Ontario is investing in two projects to help Rentech Inc., a Northern Ontario fiber company, convert two idle wood product mills into facilities that manufacture wood pellets, a sustainable energy source. The two facilities have created over 60 jobs. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

New Brunswick pellet plant to double domestic volume

BY Katie FletcherGroupe Savoie Inc., a hardwood products supplier in New Brunswick, Canada, recently announced that it plans to double the volume dedicated to the domestic side of its pellet production at its Saint-Quentin pellet plant in the coming year. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

EPA rule allows timely release of cellulosic waiver credit prices

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has introduced rulemaking that aims to clarify the data sources and methodology used to calculate the price of cellulosic waiver credits (CWC). The rule would also allow CWC prices to be announced in a more timely manner. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Drax Biomass appoints Peter Madden as U.S. CEO

BY Drax Group Drax Biomass has announced Peter Madden as its chief executive officer of U.S. operations. Madden has nearly 30 years' experience in the forestry industry and will play a critical leadership role as Drax's workforce and investment in the U.S. grows. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

SBP Framework launched in the EU

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership The Sustainable Biomass Partnership has launched the SBP Framework to representatives of the EU Institutions at an event in Brussels. The framework consists of standards and independent certification procedures. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Greenleaf to acquire Plainfield Renewable Energy from Leidos

BY Greenleaf Power Greenleaf Power recently announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Plainfield Renewable Energy. The facility, which first became operational in December 2013, uses clean biomass as fuel and has a capacity of 37.5 MW. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Bluesphere breaks ground on North Carolina project

BY Bluesphere Corp. Bluesphere Corp. recently announced that on it broke ground on both its first waste-to-energy project and new U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility will produce 5.2 MW of clean energy from uneaten food. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

UGA researchers create trees that are easier to turn into fuel

BY University of Georgia Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Saxlund, Axis Industries announce new joint biomass projects

BY Saxlund International Following their strategic partnership, biomass combustion and bulk materials handling firm Saxlund International, together with Axis Industries have announced two new biomass combustion projects to deliver combined-heat-and-power (CHP) for customers. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Air Liquide announces startup of bioliq pilot plant in Germany

BY Air Liquide Conducted in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Air Liquide's bioliq pilot plant aims at demonstrating the feasibility of a process to produce high-quality sulfur-free fuel from residual biomass. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

Gevo licenses isobutanol technology to Praj

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Praj Industries Ltd. to become a Gevo licensee for producing renewable isobutanol at sugar-based ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

Centennial Renewable Energy to build Idaho pellet plant

BY Anna SimetCentennial Renewable Energy of Idaho announced that is building a 160,000-metric-ton wood pellet plant in northern Idaho and recently signed agreements to purchase land for the project. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Commercial port, pellet plant considered for northwest Ontario

BY Katie FletcherAt the site of the former Norampac paper mill in Red Rock, Ontario, on Lake Superior's north shore, plans are in the works for a torrefied wood plant and commercial deep-water port for pellet exports. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Weltec Biopower constructing Ireland vegetable waste biogas plant

BY WELTEC BIOPOWER In January, Weltec Biopower started building an anaerobic digestion plant in Loughgall, Northern Ireland. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Phoenix seeks trash-to-energy solutions

BY Anna SimetThe city of Phoenix is calling on the private sector for responses to a request for proposals (RFP) and call for innovators (CFI) to turn trash into resources. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Groups laud biomass heat inclusion in federal GHG Executive Order

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council & Pellet Fuels Institute The Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Pellet Fuels Institute commend President Obama's commitment to expanding the use of renewable thermal energy with the issuance of Executive Order "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade." READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Report provides insight on UK bioenergy future

BY Energy Technologies Institute Bioenergy has the potential to help secure UK energy supplies, mitigate climate change, and create significant green growth opportunities if deployed effectively, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Bluesphere highlights 2014, 2015 biogas project development

BY Katie FletcherBluesphere released a letter to shareholders to inform them on waste-to-energy project development in 2014 and to date in 2015. READ MORE

March 20, 2015

Metabolix reports PHA biopolymer expansion in year-end results

BY Katie FletcherMetabolix Inc. has announced financial results for the three months and full year ended Dec. 31, reporting that in late 2014 the company decided to significantly increase the pilot production capacity for Mirel polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers. READ MORE

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