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August 28, 2015

PHG Energy to build biomass gasification plant in Tennessee

BY PHG Energy Solid Waste in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has engaged PHG Energy to build a new biomass gasification plant capable of cleanly converting more than 30 tons of composted material daily into thermal energy while producing a valuable high-carbon biochar. READ MORE

August 28, 2015

Partnership focuses on renewable fuel sources in Missouri

BY Ameren Missouri, Enginuity Worldwide, ECAP LLC Ameren Missouri, Enginuity Worldwide and ECAP LLC partner to focus on development of renewable fuel sources that may provide a new revenue opportunity for rural businesses and help diversify power generation fuel sources in Missouri. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Hoosier Energy to build fourth landfill gas-to-energy plant

BY Anna SimetHoosier Energy and Randolph Farms Landfill have teamed up for a landfill gas-to-energy project in east central Indiana’s Randolph County. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

In Depth: The Virtuous Cycle of Biomass Supply

BY Bill Levy There are several main challenges in constructing an effective ag biomass supply chain, and they are influenced by a variety of factors. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory A microscope being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Opinion: Getting It Right

BY Tim PortzSo often in this industry, our gaze falls to the moment biomass is converted into power, thermal energy, biofuels or pellets. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

Astec Industries receives $30 million pellet plant order

BY Astec Industries Astec Industries Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement and received a related down payment to build, deliver and install the first production line of a new turnkey wood pellet production facility. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

REG completes acquisition of Imperium biodiesel plant, terminal

BY Ron KotrbaThe acquisition of Imperium Renewables Inc.’s assets by Renewable Energy Group Inc. is complete. The assets include a 100 MMgy biodiesel plant, now called REG Grays Harbor LLC, and deep-water port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

Opinion: Biomass’s Role in Clean Power Plan

BY Bob Cleaves On Aug. 3, the Obama administration released the final version of its Clean Power Plan, an ambitious state-by-state roadmap for reducing carbon emissions from all sources. READ MORE

August 25, 2015

UK releases Digest of Energy Statistics 2015

BY Katie FletcherThis summer, the Department of Energy and Climate Change released the Digest of U.K. Energy Statistics 2015 and three other key publications—U.K. Energy in Brief, Energy Flow Chart and Energy Consumption in the U.K. READ MORE

August 25, 2015

In Depth: California's Homeless Biomass Problem

BY Ron KotrbaBiomass power generation in California is threatened by expiring contracts, low energy prices and an unlevel playing field, leaving millions of tons of biomass fuel without a use. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Largest grid-connected African biogas plant comes online

BY Anna SimetTropical Power has brought online a 2.4-MW biogas power plant in Kenya, reportedly the largest grid-connected biogas plant built in Africa to date. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Butamax, Gevo settle patent dispute

BY Gevo and Butamax Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to technologies for the production of biobased isobutanol. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Opinion: Insight on Incentives

BY Bill Bell As this year’s harsh Maine winter drew to a close, pellet boiler systems benefiting from Efficiency Maine’s $5,000 rebate incentive were being installed at the rate of one per day. In June, only 15 were installed. READ MORE

August 23, 2015

In Depth: Master of Logistics

BY Katie FletcherBy securing advantageous points of distribution in the Southeast and fine-tuning its transport and storage tactics, wood pellet giant Enviva is well-positioned to satisfy growing overseas demand. READ MORE

August 22, 2015

Opinion: Localizing Energy Downsides

BY John Ackerly Too often, states export the energy impacts of their decisions to other states. This is not just an issue for U.S. states, but for countries like Germany, which ended its domestic nuclear program only to buy nuclear energy from France. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

U.K. DECC: Bioenergy generation increased during first quarter

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published updated renewable energy statistics, reporting the renewable share of electricity generation reached a record 22.3 percent during the first quarter of this year. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

FutureMetrics predicts pellet sector is poised for consolidation

BY Anna SimetA new paper from FutureMetrics predicts the U.S. wood pellet sector may be poised for consolidation due to the impact of lower heating oil prices and price pressure from domestic competition. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

EPA solicits comments on Agricultural Science Committee nominees

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is inviting public comments on the list of candidates being considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on matters related to farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

In Depth: Putting Pellets Away

BY Tim PortzMeeting thermal needs with biomass requires system designers to consider a storage solution that works for the customer, the site and the delivery company. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Viridis reports progress at Scotia Atlantic plant in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherViridis Energy Inc. recently released its financial results for its first half and second quarter ended June 30, reporting a revenue increase of 18 percent to $14.5 million during the six-month period compared to the same period in 2014. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

API announces temporary closure of Alpena biorefinery

BY Ann BaileyAmerican Products Inc. temporarily closed its Alpena Biorefinery in Alpena, Michigan. The company is currently reviewing the facility and exploring options for its restart. API is also evaluating technologies for higher-margin products. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

USDA announces incentives to establish biomass crops

BY USDA Farm Service Agency On Aug. 19, the USDA Farm Service Agency announced that enrollment has begun for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for designated project areas under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

USTDA advances development of biogas, solar at Brazil landfills

BY U.S. Trade and Development Agency The U.S. Trade and Development Agency recently provided a grant to Solvi Valorizaçao Energetica for the development of a suite of landfill energy projects in the Brazilian states of Bahia, Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Scientists reveal algal oil potential as fuel for the future

BY Scottish Association for Marine Science Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science recently announced they have unlocked a treasure chest of "super-algae" that could provide a previously untapped source of oil using a new screening technique. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

In Depth: Synthesizing Substrates

BY Anna SimetBiogas facilities taking in a wide variety of mixed organic waste have a few extra steps involved in feedstock prep. READ MORE

August 19, 2015

DOE funds 2 algae biomass projects under Carbon Capture Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced it has selected 16 projects to receive funding through its Carbon Capture Program, including two focused on algae. READ MORE

August 19, 2015

Gene Hurst, founder of Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., dies at 79

BY Hurst Boiler & Welding Company Inc. On July 22, Clifton Eugene "Gene" Hurst, founder of the Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., died. Not only did he grow Hurst Boiler into one of the world’s leading boiler companies, but he helped to transform the boiler industry through innovation. READ MORE

August 19, 2015

Saxlund takes order for biomass handling system in the U.K.

BY Saxlund International Saxlund International has received an order from Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S, Denmark, for the delivery of a state-of-the-art biomass handling system to a green energy project in Margam - Port Talbot, between Swansea and Cardiff in South Wales, U.K. READ MORE

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