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June 29, 2016

USTDA awards grant to bioenergy project in Ghana

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Trade and Development Agency recently announced it signed an $899,995 grant agreement with Village Corps Ghana Ltd. for the development of a biomass energy project in Ghana. Virginia-based Recast Energy LLC will conduct a feasibility study. READ MORE

June 29, 2016

Andritz to supply biomass boiler island to CHP project in Denmark

BY Andritz Andritz has received an order from the regional Danish municipality Helsingor Kraftvarmeaerk A/S to deliver a biomass boiler island for its combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2018. READ MORE

June 29, 2016

Ginkgo Bioworks, Amyris partner to advance biobased products

BY Amyris Inc. Ginkgo Bioworks and Amyris Inc. have announced a new partnership that will enable the companies to jointly develop products more efficiently and cost effectively, accelerating time to market. READ MORE

June 29, 2016

Opinion: A Simple Regulatory Solution for Biogenic Emissions

BY Bob Cleaves There’s a lot about the Clean Power Plan that remains unsettled, including whether it will survive legal challenges. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

DOE announces SBIR, TCF grant recipients

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $16 million for 54 projects to help commercialize promising technologies and $23 million for small businesses focused on clean energy innovations. Biomass projects were among those to receive funding. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Georgia Biomass earns qualification, reaches delivery milestone

BY Georgia Biomass Georgia Biomass has become the first industrial-scale pellet producer in North America to earn both ENplus A1 and Pellet Fuels Institute quality certifications. The company is also due to complete the loading of its 100th vessel for export to Europe. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

In Depth: Innovation Breeds Innovation

BY Tim PortzThe University of Iowa was issued the state’s first Plant-wide Applicability Limit, granting its biomass program much-needed operational flexibility. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ASABE announces standard for sustainable agriculture production

BY Erin VoegeleThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the completion of ANSI/ASABE S629, a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

PNNL, Australian university form research pact

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Queensland University of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their bioenergy research, promote education, and develop industry around and viable bioenergy solutions. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ARENA supports development of Australian biorefinery

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Australia’s first biorefinery capable of producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from plant material could become a reality in Queensland with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

Opinion: Making Marketing Moves

BY Bill Bell As pellet producers and heating equipment firms limp into the summer, there are numerous plans underway to improve the marketing of “modern wood heat,” a phrase the industry has found to be more consumer-friendly than “biomass thermal.” READ MORE

June 26, 2016

Opinion: A Unified Renewable Heating and Cooling Front

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Jarrod Petrohovich The state policy environment in the Northeast has become the epicenter of support for the idea of a unified coalition to support renewable thermal energy. READ MORE

June 25, 2016

In Depth: A Brilliant Backup Plan

BY Rachel Gibbons Having the right fire suppression system and a plan B for when fire emergencies happen are a must for biomass energy facilities. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

UK votes to leave the EU, Prime Minister Cameron to resign

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. has voted to leave the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intention to resign. The referendum, known as the Brexit, was held June 23, with 51.9 percent voting to leave the EU and 48.1 percent voting to stay. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Senators issue letter in support of strong RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 39 senators have issued a letter to the U.S. EPA advocating for a strong renewable fuel standard that will support U.S. jobs and the economy, reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and decrease dependence on foreign oil. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

NRDC releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard

BY Erin VoegeleThe National Resources Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines on the sourcing and use of biofuels. The scorecard is now in its third year. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Poet expands cover crop research in Iowa

BY Poet LLC Poet LLC is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Cleanaway powering homes with energy from landfill gas

BY Cleanaway Australia-based Cleanaway has turned landfill gas into enough renewable energy to power over 16,000 homes for a year. Last year Cleanaway collected 113 million kWh of energy from landfill gas. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Opinion: 2022: A Cliff for Clean Fuels and the RFS?

BY David Cox The year 2022 looms large over alternative and clean fuel industries participating in the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). But not for the reason one might initially think. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee

BY Katie FletcherThe 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

House hearing focuses on RFS implementation

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, biofuel supporters and other stakeholders. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Maine opens RFP for biomass energy

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 17, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the sale of energy from biomass sources. The RFP relates to a law enacted earlier this year to boost Maine’s biomass industry. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

ElectraTherm generates biomass power in the UK

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm has commissioned two Power+ Generators in the U.K utilizing biomass to generate emission-free electricity. Both sites use a combination of biomass and combined-heat-and-power to generate clean energy and increase onsite efficiency. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Two leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

In Depth: Permission to Power

BY Katie FletcherOrange County’s third landfil gas-to-energy facility began commercial operations this year, but not without meeting the region’s strict air quality standards. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

Conventional, advanced biofuel leaders gather in Milwaukee

BY Ron KotrbaThe National Biodiesel Board's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel participated in a panel with other biofuel industry leaders at the 32nd Annual International FEW and colocated National Advanced Biofuels Conference in Milwaukee June 21. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

BIO: RFS rule continues to chill advanced biofuel investment

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released an analysis that finds the U.S. EPA’s new methodology for setting annual renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes is continuing to chill investment in advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

UK GIB: Northern Irish AD plants secure investment

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank The Foresight Group LLP managed Recycling and Waste LP Fund, in which U.K. Green Investment Bank plc is a cornerstone investor, has committed GBP 10.5 million ($15.4 million) to two anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in Northern Ireland. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

Opinion: US EPA Back on Track

BY Michael McAdams The recent renewable volume obligation rule proposed by the U.S. EPA is a good step forward for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

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