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June 05, 2018

Turboden sells 300th ORC biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleItaly-based Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group company, has announced the sale of its 300th Organic Rankine Cycle biomass plant, a 5 MWe plant sold in Turkey to AGT. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

EIA: 640,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 640,000 tons during the month. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Walz Scale develops volumetric measurement systems for biomass

BY Walz Scale Illinois-based Walz Scale has developed new volumetric measurement systems for the biomass industry. The non-contact laser based measurement systems provide high accuracy volume measurement for trucks and conveyor belts. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 4, a group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Shell Aviation, SkyNRG collaborate on sustainable aviation fuel

BY SkyNRG Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have announced a long-term strategic collaboration to promote and develop the use of sustainable fuel in aviation supply chains. The effort is structurally supported by committed funding to a joint business development fund. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Farm and biofuel coalition demands EPA account for lost RVOs

BY Renewable Fuels Association A coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups have petitioned the U.S. EPA to change its regulations to account for lost volumes of renewable fuel resulting from the unprecedented number of retroactive small refinery exemptions from RFS obligations. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

King County begins RNG production at water treatment plant

BY King County, Washington King County, Washington, which has converted methane to natural gas for more than 30 years, is now producing renewable natural gas (RNG) at its South Treatment Plant in Renton. The biofuel can replace diesel in commercial vehicles. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

New machine learning approach could accelerate bioengineering

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

St1 announces biofuel projects in Sweden, Columbia

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 25, Nordic energy group St1 announced plans for two separate biofuels projects. One aims to produce biofuels from tall oil in Sweden while the other will explore a combined carbon farming and sustainable biofuels concept in Columbia. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Fortum to provide technology to bioenergy plant in Ireland

BY Fortum Corp. Fortum has signed a low-NOx combustion technology agreement with Bord na Móna in Ireland for its Edenderry peat and biomass power plant. The agreement covers the whole turnkey project for the 128-MW cofired plant. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Purdue wins $1.8 million from DOE to solve biorefinery blockages

BY Purdue University A team led by Purdue University scientists will receive a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to solve one of the biggest problems facing biorefinery operations—the flow of biomass into and throughout the facilities. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Pinnacle announces off-take contract with Japan-based Hanwa

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has entered into a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Japan-based Hanwa Co. Ltd. Under the contract, Pinnacle will supply Hanwa with 75,000 metric tons of wood pellet annually, beginning in 2022. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

EIA, NextStep sign MOU for renewable aviation fuels

BY Edmonton International Airport Edmonton International Airport and NextStep Renewable Energy Inc. announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to bring forward low-carbon, renewable fuels into the aviation and airport sectors. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Ethanol coalition sues EPA over small refinery exemptions

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA, NCGA, ACE and NFU, with support of Farmers Union Enterprises, filed suit May 29 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to challenge several waivers from the RFS that the U.S. EPA granted in secret to profitable refining companies. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Velocys discusses future plans, proposed Mississippi plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 23, Velocys plc released 2017 financial results, discussed its progress in shifting from a technology licensor to a renewable fuels company, and highlighted the commercial roll-out of its technology. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

UK government CCS team visits Drax Power Station

BY Drax Group A group of senior policymakers and government officials has visited Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, to learn more about the U.K.’s largest power station and its plans to pilot new carbon capture technology. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

UTIA wins DOE grant to advance biofuels, bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture continue to be at the forefront of the development of commercial applications for biofuels as well as biobased energy and biobased products. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Portland General Electric opens RFP for 100 MW of renewable power

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 22, Portland General Electric Co. opened a request for proposals (RFP) seeking an additional 100 average megawatts of renewable power generating resources. Eligible projects must be at least 10 MW in size. Bids are due June 15. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Senate democrats ask Trump to lower gas prices, protect the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 23, the democratic leadership of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to take action to lower gas prices ahead of Memorial Day weekend. One suggested action is to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes Marathon’s RFS waiver request

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives and supporters of the U.S. biofuels industry are criticizing Marathon Petroleum Corp. for seeking a small refiner hardship waiver for one of its refineries that would exempt that facility from meeting its RFS blending obligations. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Ontario government invests in bioplastics, AD research

BY University of Guelph Two University of Guelph research collaborations for turning waste into new products and technologies will receive more than $6 million from the Ontario government. One project focuses on plastics, while the second focuses on AD technology. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Project shows advanced biofuels can be produced very efficiently

BY Chalmers University of Technology Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology say they can see an array of new technological achievements following 10 years of energy research into biomass gasification. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: The “S” Word, Points and Counterpoints

BY Anna SimetBiomass’ carbon neutrality and forest sustainability have been two topics of heated debate, especially over the past decade, as the global wood pellet industry has flourished. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Mathematics of Demand

BY Tim PortzThe most obvious challenge the pellet industry will confront as we work to turn demand around is our lack of touchpoints with consumers when they are making home and space heating decisions. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Busy Time for ISO TC 238

BY Chris Wiberg While the efforts of ISO TC 238 are ongoing, they are greatly accelerated each year during the annual plenary and working group meetings, which are being held in Espoo, Finland, May 28 to June 1. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: The Ideological Divide

BY Ron KotrbaUnderstanding the positions of those opposed to the wood pellet industry is critical to overcoming and reconciling differences. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: Pressing for Wider Profit Margins

BY Anna SimetSwedish company Drinor has developed a machine it believes could be a game-changer for pellet production. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: Wood Pellets in the Emerging Asian Biomass Market

BY Racheal Levinson There is no doubt that Asia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly, but a big unknown is how much of a role wood pellets will play in meeting the emerging demand, and where will those pellets come from. READ MORE