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March 06, 2015

Opinion: Here Be Dragons

BY Tim PortzOften medieval cartographers would include images of dragons outside the edges of the known world on a map, presumably to indicate beyond the areas depicted was risk. This month's issue follows projects confronting and mitigating inherent risks. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Opinion: Super Bowl of Politics: Debating the President’s Budget

BY Bob Cleaves President Obama recently released the fiscal year 2016 budget. Cleaves says as in the past, it's helpful understanding the priorities of the administration and how budget and tax issues might help the industry. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

PHG Energy lands Tennessee gasification project

BY Anna SimetPHG Energy and the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, have signed a deal to install a gasification plant at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The project will employ PHGE's downdraft gasification technology. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

REG reports progress with renewable diesel, chemical operations

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Energy Group Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $1.27 billion, down 15 percent from 2013. Net income was $82.5 million, compared to $186.37 million the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $107.8 million last year READ MORE

March 05, 2015

N.D. survey shows support for biomass tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleThe North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has published results of a statewide public opinion survey on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Biomass energy one of the renewable energy types addressed in the survey. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Stobart to supply biomass to 40 MW UK facility

BY Erin VoegeleStobart Group Ltd. recently announced it has signed a 20-year biomass supply agreement with Brite Partnership (North East) Ltd. to provide 260,000 metric tons of fuel annually to a 40 MW bioenergy facility in the U.K. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Drax acquires Billington Bioenergy

BY Drax Group Drax has announced the acquisition of Billington Bioenergy Ltd., the U.K.'s second largest wood pellet distributor. The move signals the power generator’s intention to enter the country’s growing biomass heat sector. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Startup lands grant to advance microbial fuel cell technology

BY Oregon BEST A cleantech startup that has developed a microbial fuel cell capable of cleaning wastewater at breweries and other food and beverage producers while generating electricity has been awarded a $225,000 Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I grant. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Step change for screening could boost biofuels

BY Institute of Food Research Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The technique could also aid in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Emergent Technologies Institute breaks ground

BY Leo A Daly Florida Gulf Cost University officials recently held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Emergent Technologies Institute, a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Foresight, UK GIB back 10 MW gasification plant

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Foresight Group and the U.K. Green Investment Bank plc have announced an investment in the construction of a new advanced-technology waste-to-energy gasification facility in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

UN funds biomass heating projects in Moldova

BY United Nations Development Programme The United Nations Development Programme has announced the second stage of a project in Moldova that aims to install dozens of biomass heating plants and hundreds of biomass boilers. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

In Depth: Trial By Fire

BY Katie FletcherA year after firing up a Hurst biomass combined-heat-and-power system to service two critical-use properties in Unity, New Hampshire, Sullivan County attests to the robust unit's reliability. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil facilities in 2014 results

BY Katie FletcherSolazyme Inc. released its 2014 quarter four and full-year results on Feb. 26, reporting that although 2014 was a challenging year, the company is excited about the opportunities in the coming year. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Evogene releases 2014 results, offers update of Evofuel business

BY Erin VoegeleEvogene Ltd. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenues of $14.51 million, compared to $17.58 million in 2013. Gross profit was $4.8 million, down from $7.47 million. The company reported a total comprehensive net loss of $14.75 million. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Metabolic path to improved biofuel production

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast by introducing new metabolic pathways into the yeast. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Capstone microturbines to power biogas CHP system

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Capstone Turbine Corp. recently announced that it has received an order to upgrade the Irvine Ranch Water District's Michelson Water Recycling Plant in Irvine, California, with five C200 microturbines. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Global Bioenergies produces isobutene from waste biomass

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies recently announced it has produced second generation isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources. The company originally worked with first-generation feedstocks to develop its process. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dead at age 58

BY Sue Retka SchillGuido Ghisolfi, 58, leader of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group died March 3. "He was suffering from severe depression and yesterday this resulted in his untimely passing close to his home in Tortona, Northern Italy," said a statement from the company. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

In Depth: Opportunity Still Knocks

BY Carla Harper In an industry largely focused on adding capacity in half million ton chunks, two producers acted on an opportunity they saw for far smaller pellet operations. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Opinion: Say It Ain’t So, Joe

BY Michael McAdams Renewable volume obligations have yet to be reported for 2014 and are now late for 2015. This delay has created uncertainty. McAdams calls on the industry to get involved and raise the alarm to end regulatory uncertainty. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

USDA announces $8.7 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced it is now accepting applications for research and education grants through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Approximately $8.7 million in grants are expected to be awarded through the program. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

GAIN report highlights status of U.K. pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network focuses on the U.K. wood pellet market. The report estimates the U.K. imported 4.6 million metric oven dried tons of wood pellets last year. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Total invests in Renmatix, signs joint development agreement

BY Renmatix Inc. Renmatix has announced an investment by the New Energies Division of Total, and the signing of a joint development agreement. Under the agreement, the companies will utilize Renmatix's Plantrose process with specific feedstocks. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Ontario landfill gas project celebrates milestone

BY Walker Environmental Group Walker Environmental Group's landfill gas utilization partnership company in Thorold, Ontario has eliminated the need for more than 200 meters of natural gas since 2002 by providing landfill gas to nearby Resolute Forest Products. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

OkoFEN introduces prototype cogeneration pellet boiler in Europe

BY ÖkoFEN A 5 kWe cogen pellet boiler prototype system, designed and manufactured by OkoFEN, with Qnergy's Stirling engine inside, was introduced to the market at the The World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels, Austria. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

In Depth: Eagar to Get Started

BY Tim PortzConcord Blue Eagar LLC, a unique biomass power project that began its project development journey in 2009, is finally poised to break ground this summer, giving a unique conversion technology its first North American foothold. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Opinion: Getting Woodstoves From Here To There—In Utah and US

BY John Ackerly The wood heating community recently experienced two upheavals, one in Utah with a proposed ban on wintertime stove use, and the other the release of new national stove regulations. Industry agrees with the goals of each, but not the way to get there. READ MORE

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