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September 15, 2014

In Depth: Q&A: Many Hats for Hedrick

BY Katie FletcherThe Pellet Fuel Institute’s executive director, Jennifer Hedrick, shares insights on her many roles, as well as the challenges and prospects ahead for the pellet industry. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Opinion: Positive Horizons for US Pellets Around the Globe

BY Seth GintherLooking ahead, we see industrial wood pellets playing a large role in mitigating climate change both here at home and around the world. The U.S. stands ready to continue to provide a steady, sustainable supply to meet this growing demand. READ MORE

September 14, 2014

In Depth: The Path Ahead

BY Sue Retka SchillPFI conference speakers project cautious optimism. READ MORE

September 13, 2014

In Depth: Pellet Heat Amore

BY Lennart LjungblomItalian love affair with high-style pellet appliances drives pellet sales. READ MORE

September 13, 2014

In Depth: Microwave Technology Aids Moisture, Density Measurements

BY Paul JadotIndustrial inline and at-line methods measure core and surface moisture of wood pellets. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

Letters highlight importance of RFS to cellulosic investments

BY Erin VoegeleAs the industry continues to wait for the U.S. EPA to hand down the final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), political figures and members of the biofuel industry continue to advocate for maintaining a strong RFS program. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

N.C. power sector asks for delay in swine waste REPS requirement

BY Erin VoegeleA group of energy suppliers in North Carolina recently filed a joint motion with the N.C. Utilities Commission asking that a provision of the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio related to energy from swine waste be delayed. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock

BY PLOS ONE Comparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: Investing Upstream

BY Tim PortzUK’s Drax Group pushes to bring two production facilities and a pellet terminal online in 2015. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: How Pellets Compare to Fossil Fuels in Carbon Intensity and Cost

BY Puneet DwivediWhy doesn't the United States use wood pellets instead of coal and natural gas for electricity generation? READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Fuels America call stresses the importance of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to stress the importance of maintaining a strong renewable fuel standard. The group also plans to publish a new advertisement highlighting achievements made by cellulosic biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Genera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

SGB announces breakthrough with hybrid jatropha, closes financing

BY SGB Inc. SGB Inc. has announced success in its program to create hybrid jatropha which has both high yield and rapid time to maturity. In conjunction with these results, the company has closed an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Viaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

KiOR board member criticizes management in resignation letter

BY Erin VoegeleDocuments recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may help shed some light on the events that resulted in KiOR Inc.'s recent operational and financial challenges. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genomatica: Biotechnology platform allows accelerated development

BY Genomatica Genomatica announced it has leveraged its proprietary, integrated biotechnology platform to create microorganisms that achieved a 'titer' of over 50 grams per liter for one of their programs in less than half the time required by an earlier program. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3-D

BY NASA A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth's forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Opinion: Growing the Wood-to-Energy Sector

BY Jennifer HedrickA wood-energy checkoff would raise money for promotion, public education, new market exploration and research. All would contribute a small amount, to be administered by an industry-elected board, independent of trade associations. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Atikokan Generation Station now operating on biomass

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 10, Ontario Power Generation announced that the Aitkokan Generating Station is now operation on biomass. The facility burned its last coal two years ago on Sept. 11, 2012. Conversion of the station began in mid-2012. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Biogas CHP system powers Yuengling brewery

BY 2G Cenergy The oldest brewery in the U.S., operated by Yuengling, has installed a biogas-fired 2G Cenergy 400 kW/h combined-heat-and-power (CHP) power plant, which generates about 20 percent of the brewery's total energy needs. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Enviva to develop 2 pellet plants in North Carolina

BY Gov. Pat McCrory's office North Carolina officials have announced that Enviva plans to develop two new pellet production facilities within the state. The development was made possible, in part, by an award to Enviva from the state Job Development Investment Grant program. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Wisconsin poll finds support for expansion of bioenergy, RPS

BY Erin VoegeleA new poll published by Clean Wisconsin finds that most voters within the state support the increased use of biomass energy. Results of the poll also show the state's voters want to see Wisconsin's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) expand. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

NFR BioEnergy to develop bagasse pellet projects in Louisiana

BY Gov. Bobby Jindal's office Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, chief operating officer of NFR BioEnergy, have announced the company will make a $312 million capital investment to install bagasse pellet plants at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in Louisiana. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Virent to scale up biobased paraxylene demonstration activities

BY Virent Virent has announced that The Coca-Cola Co. is making an additional investment in the development of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormPX, that will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX at its demonstration plant. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Braskem joins Amyris, Michelin isoprene collaboration

BY Amyris Amyris, Braskem and Michelin have announced that Braskem is joining a collaboration already launched in 2011 between Michelin and Amyris. The collaboration was initiated to develop and commercialize renewable isoprene. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

Bioenergy shines in Thunder Bay

BY Anna SimetThis week, Thunder Bay celebrates openings of the Ontario Power Generation Bioenergy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College and OPG's converted Atikokan Generating Station, and also welcomes the Canadian Bioenergy Conference. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

Biomass Power Louisiana signs engagement letter for pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherBiomass Power Louisiana LLC, a subsidiary of Biomass Secure Power Inc., moves forward with the financing of its biomass wood pellet plant in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with a signature on a non-binding engagement letter. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

SwRI adds custom-designed circulating fluidized bed system

BY Southwest Research Institute Southwest Research Institute has announced the addition of a custom-designed circulating fluidized bed to convert heavy crude oils or biological feedstock into valuable, refined fuel samples that clients can assess for quality and profitability. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Amaron Energy to demonstrate pyrolysis process at Wash. DNR event

BY Erin VoegeleThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources has announced it is sponsoring a demonstration of Amaron Energy's 20-ton-per-day pyrolysis unit in October. Approximately 1,000 gallons of oil will be produced during the event. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Wind River Biomass Utility wins $200,000 grant for CHP plant

BY Katie FletcherGov. Jay Inslee recently announced a $200,000 grant to Wind River Biomass Utility LLC to support development of a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Washington. The funding will be used to purchase equipment for the proposed facility. READ MORE