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July 21, 2014

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues

BY Erin VoegeleA Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

DOE awards $3.5 million to Cellana for algae biofuel development

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced Cellana LLC, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was selected to receive $3.5 million to develop a fully integrated, high-yield algae feedstock production system at its Kona Demonstration Facility. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

E-Pellets acquires Georgia mill for wood pellet production

BY Katie FletcherE-Pellets Group LLC recently acquired the formally boarded up Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in Athens, Georgia, to convert it into a wood pellet production facility. The facility is expected to produce 450,000 metric tons annually by August 2015. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

Proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio would benefit biomass

BY Erin VoegeleA political action committee in Ohio is one step closer to getting a constitutional amendment on the state ballot that would provide funding for clean energy. Biomass energy is among the sectors that would benefit from the program. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining

BY University of British Columbia A biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Policy reform may hinder German biogas development

BY Anna SimetWhen Germany passed its Renewable Energy Resources Act in 2000, it set the stage for the huge success of the country's biogas industry, with nearly 8,000 installations currently in place. A recent change in policy, however, may limit future growth. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Report: UK independent renewables generation up significantly

BY Erin VoegeleA report by SmartestEnergy found that GBP 297 million ($509.11 million) was invested in independent commercial-scale renewable energy projects in the U.K. last year, with an estimated GBP 61.7 million invested specifically in biomass projects. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Bioenergy education program comes to SFSC this fall

BY South Florida State College Beginning this fall, South Florida State College will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. The program will focus on preparing students for technician positions. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherViaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Study: U.S. waste could power 13.8 million homes

BY Anna SimetA new report authored by Columbia University Researchers finds that if all MSW landfilled in 2011 was diverted to waste-to-energy plants, it would supply enough electricity to power 13.8 million homes. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

USDA funds state wood energy teams, wood-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states. An additional $1.25 million was awarded to nine projects under the Wood-to-Energy grant program. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Edeniq, Global Bio-chem to develop industrial sugar technology

BY Edeniq Inc. Edeniq Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Co. Ltd. to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other biobased products. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Biofuel to comprise 6% of US aviation, marine fuel market by 2024

BY Navigant Research Aviation and marine biofuels represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the global biofuels market. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, biofuels will make up 6.1 percent of the aviation and marine fuel market in the U.S. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Sue Retka SchillBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Ceres reports Q3 results, provides update on operations in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleCeres Inc. has released its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $800,000 for the three months ended May 31. The company also announced progress with its sorghum evaluations in Brazil. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

DOE awards $6 million to advance cost-competitive biofuels

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Elevance, Genting enter biorefinery collaboration

BY Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced a new collaboration with Genting Plantations Berhad through Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd, to be located in the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Court sides with Drax in challenge to DECC subsidy decision

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 14, Drax Group plc announced the U.K.'s High Court has declared that the company's second unit biomass conversion was indeed eligible for an investment contract under the Final Investment Decision Enabling mechanism. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

$5 million waste biomass processing plant planned in Michigan

BY Anna SimetBioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final financing stages. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Bluesphere biogas project receives term sheet for $15 million

BY Katie FletcherBluesphere Corp. has received a term sheet from Energy Power Partners, a private equity fund manager, for full equity financing of over $15 million for its 3.2 MW biogas project in Johnston, Rhode Island. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Drax Biomass to move headquarters to Georgia

BY Erin VoegeleDrax Biomass is moving its headquarters from Burlington, Massachusetts, to the Atlanta, Georgia, suburb of Sandy Springs. The announcement was made July 8 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Sapphire Energy selected as an EcoPartner with Sinopec

BY Erin VoegeleSapphire Energy Inc. has announced that its algae-derived renewable crude project with Sinopec, China's state-owned oil and gas conglomerate, was selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Lux Research: Lignin-derived chemicals to hit market in 2021

BY Lux Research As lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Cobalt, Andritz sign agreement for cellulosic n-butanol

BY Cobalt Technologies Inc. Cobalt Technologies Inc. signed an exclusive global cooperation and supply agreement with Andritz Inc. to integrate its proprietary lignocellulosic pretreatment process for the production of n-butanol with Andritz's customized pretreatment systems. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Viridis Energy enters strategic partnership with pellet handler

BY Katie FletcherAn already valued relationship is brought to the next level with a strategic partnership between Viridis Energy's pellet manufacturing subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Ltd., and Halifax Grain Elevator Ltd. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison A professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his collaborators have mapped out an integrated approach for processing red maple biomass into a jet fuel that costs $4.75 a gallon. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE