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April 10, 2014

Pellet industry must become 'common and ordinary; embrace oil'

BY Anna SimetThough the biomass thermal industry is known for its progressive and forward-thinking nature, Les Otten, president of Maine Energy Systems, insists that in order to achieve its goals, the sector needs to embrace "disruptive thinking and technology." READ MORE

April 10, 2014

Biomass Power Association addresses inaccurate report

BY Biomass Power Association Rather than a scientific study, the report issued by Partnership for Policy Integrity this week should be regarded as an 81-page editorial. It showcases a fundamental misunderstanding of the science surrounding forestry and biomass. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Senate asks for industry input on RFS during biofuel hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry recently held a hearing on advanced biofuels. The event featured testimony from representatives of DuPont, the Advanced Ethanol Council and Airlines for America. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo hosts biomass boiler bus tour

BY Anna SimetThe Northeast Biomass Heating Expo being held in Portland, Maine, April 9-11, kicked off by taking a bus full of tour goers on a biomass boiler bus tour. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

2G Cenergy to provide technology to Ohio waste-to-energy facility

BY Chris Hanson2G Cenergy Power Systems Technologies Inc. announced it will supply $8 million worth of its technologies to Team Gemini LLC's Gemini Synergy Center in Grove City, Ohio. The project broke ground last year. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Rivertop Renewables raises $26 million from Cargill, others

BY Rivertop Renewables Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based producer of novel chemicals derived from natural plant sugars, has announced that it has raised $26 million from Cargill, First Green Partners and existing investors. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

EIA: US added 549 MW of biomass capacity last year

BY Erin VoegeleRecently published U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration data shows that U.S. added 549 MW of biomass-fired power plant capacity last year. According to the EIA, 511 MW of that capacity was from wood-fire or wood waste-fired facilities. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Court hears oral arguments in challenge to 2013 RFS standard

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA's final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS). The petitioners are asking the court to vacate the EPA's rulemaking. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

SBP seeks comments on 5 biomass standards

BY Erin VoegeleThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has opened a comment period on five draft biomass standards that make up its Biomass Assurance Framework. Public comments on the draft standards will be accepted through April 25. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing

BY Sue Retka SchillLanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

CRIBE announces investment in Ensyn Technologies' Ontario plant

BY Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is providing an investment of up to $1.5 million to leverage a total project value of up to $4 million to enhance Ensyn Technologies Inc.'s Renfrew, Ontario, facility. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Poplars designed for deconstruction: A major boon to biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

McCarthy addresses RFS, biogenic emissions during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA's policies with regard to the renewable fuel standard and biogenic carbon emissions were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

Enginuity moves to Mexico, Mo., to scale up eCARB process

BY Sue Retka SchillEnginuity Worldwide LLC has moved its research and development activities into the Missouri Plant Science Center in Mexico, Mo., in order to produce larger quantities of its biomass-based engineered pellets for large-scale testing. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

GeoSynFuels purchases, retrofits idle demonstration plant

BY Erin VoegeleGeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit the plant to use its proprietary 5CS Technology. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

NYSERDA funds ESF effort to boost energy value of wood chips

BY State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry A research team at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to study the use of flue gas to dry wood chips to improve their efficiency. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Energex recovers quickly after fire

BY Chris HansonAfter experiencing a fire in its Mifflintown, Pa., office and dry receiving facilities on March 29, Energex Pellet Fuel Inc.'s operation was back in full swing within two days. Old wiring appears to be the cause of the incident. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Lawrence Livermore discovery could improve biofuel production

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Resistance is not futile when it comes to a new method to more efficiently convert biomass to biofuels. New research suggests that a type of that a type of bacterial resistance may provide more efficient production of biofuels. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

First functional 'designer' chromosome in yeast is synthesized

BY NYU Langone Medical Center An international team of scientists has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for rocket fuel

BY Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10. READ MORE