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September 30, 2016

Sustane Technologies to produce pellets from MSW in Canada

BY Katie FletcherSustane Technologies Inc. recently finalized a 20-year contract with the municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia, to make the commercialization of its process that converts municipal solid waste into biomass pellets a reality. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Global Bioenergies, Clariant produce isobutene from wheat straw

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies and Clariant have announced the production of isobutene from a wheat straw hydrolysate in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. This success is the result of a collaboration initiated more than 18 months ago. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Researchers develop method to separate lignin from wood

BY Washington State University Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016 addresses bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released its Annual Energy Outlook 2016, which includes projections through 2040. The outlook features forecasts for renewable energy, including bioenergy. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Novamont opens plant for production of biobased 1,4-butanediol

BY Novamont Novamont has opened a commercial-scale facility in Italy for the production of biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO), a major intermediate chemical. The Mater-Biotech plant will produce 30,000 tons of BDO per year from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Ginkgo Bioworks, Genomatica forge alliance

BY Genomatica Ginkgo Bioworks and Genomatica have announced an alliance to more rapidly deliver biology-based solutions for the world’s highest-volume intermediate and specialty chemicals. The companies will share existing technology and develop new processes. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Opinion: On Campus

BY Tim PortzCollege and university campuses are loaded with physical attributes that make them ripe for biomass deployments. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Court hears oral arguments in Clean Power Plan challenge

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The hearing, held before a panel of 10 judges, spanned nearly seven hours. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Northern Forest Center holds information session on pellet heat

BY Northern Forest Center The Northern Forest Center is offering incentives that help Vermonters switch to wood pellet boilers and furnaces. An information session about these heating systems and the incentives is scheduled to be held on Oct. 4 in West Burke, Vermont. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

GreenWood Resources licenses ORNL process to boost biofuel yield

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

SEC charges Mard, formerly KiOR, for disclosure omissions

BY U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas-based Mard Inc., formerly known as KiOR Inc., and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for failing to disclose important assumptions about the yield that KiOR claimed to achieve. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Global Bioenergies joins biobased gasoline project in Sweden

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies, Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog announced they have joined forces to develop a high-performance fuel made from forest resources. The consortium has signed a agreement to carry out a conceptual scope study for a facility in Sweden. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

Velocys: Construction complete on Oklahoma City GTL project

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys plc has announced that construction of Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is now complete. The company has also released its interim results for the first half of 2016. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

E.ON and SBI open Denmark’s largest biogas plant

BY E.ON E.ON and Sonderjysk Biogas Invest recently brought Denmark’s largest biogas plant, Sonderjysk Biogas, into operation. The facility will convert 540,000 tons of livestock manure, straw and other organic residues per year into green energy. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

UT-ORNL team hopes to ease path from vegetation to biofuel

BY University of Tennessee A University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory team led by governor’s chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel. READ MORE

September 26, 2016

299-MW UK biomass plant selects boiler supplier

BY Anna SimetMGT Teesside Ltd.’s Tees Renewable Energy Plant planned for Teesport near Middlesbrough in North East England will deploy the world's largest circulating fluidized boiler utilizing only biomass as fuel, once the facility is up and running in 2020. READ MORE

September 26, 2016

Iowa State, Chevron advance biofuel technology with pilot plant

BY Iowa State University A new pilot plant at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm is a joint project with Chevron U.S.A. University engineers are using the pilot plant to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. READ MORE

September 26, 2016

Iona Capital invests in UK biomass project

BY Iona Capital Newbridge Energy will be doubling the size of its workforce and installing three biomass generating units in North Wales after a multi-million pound investment from the independent energy and environmental investment company, Iona Capital. READ MORE

September 25, 2016

Opinion: Biomass Policy: States Doing Their Part

BY Bob Cleaves With much of the federal legislative and regulatory activity with potential to benefit biomass on hold for now, state activities can make a big difference in the future of the biomass industry. READ MORE

September 24, 2016

In Depth: Molding the Bulk Market

BY Ron KotrbaSolutions are said to be found along the fine line between order and chaos, so perhaps this is where the answer lies to expanding a nascent U.S. bulk wood pellet distribution infrastructure. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

Bill includes 2-year extension of tax credit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleIn mid-September, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., introduced legislation that aims to extend tax credits for renewable diesel and biodiesel for two years, through 2018. The credits are currently set to expire at the end of 2016. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

Weltec reveals slurry, digestate process to reduce volume by half

BY Katie FletcherWeltec Biopower announced it’s offering a slurry and digestate processing system called Kumac to livestock owners and biogas plant operators. The fully automated processing system reduces the volume of liquid manure and digestate by 50 percent. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

USDA ARS: Tapping sorghum's genetic potential

BY Dennis O'Brien, USDA Agricultural Research Service A USDA Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist has developed new genetic resources that allow the breeding of sorghum varieties with higher grain yields and greater resistance to diseases and pests. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

Opinion: Do Wood Stove Changeouts Work?

BY John Ackerly Residential wood heat in the U.S. is plagued by the same problems as Europe and scores of other cold countries: most stoves are old, obsolete and put out too much smoke. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Policy Exchange releases report on decarbonizing UK domestic heat

BY Katie FletcherThe U.K.-based Renewable Heat Association announced the renewables industry supports conclusions of the Policy Exchange’s recent report on decarbonizing the U.K. heating sector, particularly the future role of biomethane in this effort. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Snow Timber Pellets qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Snow Timber Pellets of Hurley, Wisconsin, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Biomass terminal construction celebrates milestone

BY Graham Construction Graham Construction is celebrating after recording 1 million man hours free of any RIDDOR notifiable incidents while building the biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool for its client Peel Ports. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

In Depth: Passing theTest

BY Katie FletcherAs college and university fossil fuel heating plants age and become inefficient, many are evaluating, building or have already installed biomass systems. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Energy, ag, business groups push for tax credit extensions

BY Anna SimetMore than 50 groups in the energy, agriculture, transportation and other business sectors have banded together to pressure Congress for a multiyear extension of tax provisions set to expire at the end of the year. READ MORE

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