Inside May 2008

Features

Commercial Biorefinery Update

BY Ron KotrbaThe clock is ticking on public acceptance of ethanol as the United States' corn-based industry is under relentless attack. With cellulosic conversion technologies as the ostensible lone saving grace for ethanol, Biomass Magazine takes a look at what fruits the first-quarter 08 produced. READ MORE

Biobutanol: The Next Big Biofuel?

BY Jessica EbertIt's touted as a superior renewable fuel but challenges have stymied the industrial-scale production of biobutanol. Now, however, Dupont and BP have teamed to develop and commercialize the fuel. This comes as scientists announce advancements in the design of process technologies and the engineering of microbes aimed at improving the economics of mass-producing biobutanol. READ MORE

Gas Naturally

BY Jerry W. KramCalifornia, according to some dairy commercials, is home to happy cows. So many cows, in fact, that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. estimates that dairy manure makes up 20 percent of the state's available waste biomass for conversion into renewable fuels. The company is aggressively courting developers of anaerobic digestion and biomass gasification projects to provide biomethane for its millions of natural gas customers. READ MORE

Using Peter Rabbit to Clean Peter's Pond

BY Sarah SmithPurdue University researchers have implanted poplar trees with genetic material from rabbits. The trees are destined for a Herculean task: cleaning up a contaminated site that housed an oil storage facility. The site, called Peter's Pond, was tainted by contaminated oil stored there nearly 40 years ago. The process, called phytoremediation, allows transgenic trees to slurp up underground contaminants. READ MORE

Big Wood

BY Simon HadlingtonConstruction will start soon on a giant wood-fueled power station in Wales. But where will all that wood come from? Where will the ash go? And why not use the waste heat? READ MORE

Contributions

Coordinating Biomass Research

BY Mary-Anne FiebigResearch into all facets of biomass-supported industries is taking off at schools throughout the country. North Dakota State University is combining and coordinating its efforts to a better biobased program. READ MORE

Industry News

BP partner awards 'mega-grants'

BY Susanne Retka Schill

GE Jenbacher engines light up Japan

BY Timothy Charles Holmseth