USDA, DOE invest $41 million in 13 biofuels, biomass projects

The USDA and the U.S. DOE announced they are putting $41 million toward 13 projects focused on developing sustainable biomass feedstock sources and increasing the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products.
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Coskata shelves cellulosic ethanol, IPO plans

Coskata Inc. is shelving its plans to convert biomass into ethanol and complete an initial public offering (IPO) at this time. The company has shifted its focus to natural gas feedstock, and may proceed with IPO plans in the future.
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KiOR renewable gasoline will fuel cars this year

The U.S. EPA has granted KiOR Inc. a permit to sell renewable cellulosic gasoline in the U.S. According to Fred Cannon, the EPA's acceptance of KiOR's advanced biofuel blendstock "is a landmark" for the company and for the renewables sector.
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Areva buys biocoal technology

Areva has acquired Thermya and the rights to a biocoal technology developed by the French torrefaction company. Areva will build plants based on the technology, but will focus in the short-term on commissioning two Thermya-built facilities in Europe.
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Low natural gas costs cause dip in biomass prices

A new report by Wood Resources International shows biomass prices dropped in the U.S. South, Northeast and West during the second quarter of 2012, primarily due to the continued fall of natural gas prices, which reached a 10 year low.
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Evonik, BioAmber partner on catalysts for succinic acid chemicals

Evonik Industries' Catalysts Business Line recently agreed with U.S. based BioAmber Inc. on a long term cooperation for the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making BDO, THF and GBL from biobased succinic acid.
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ORNL installs biomass gasification system to save money, energy

A woody biomass gasification steam plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is increasing efficiency as part of the lab's Energy Savings Performance Contract. Nexterra Systems Corp., the U.S. DOE and Johnson Controls Inc. contributed to the project.
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Forest Service funds wood-to-energy initiatives

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a total of $4 million to 12 different wood-to-energy projects throughout the country. The majority of the projects will focus on using woody biomass for either power or thermal applications.
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UK releases new Renewables Obligation subsidy levels

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published levels of financial support that will be available through the Renewables Obligation for large-scale renewable electricity generators from 2013-2017.
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Petrochemical firm, biochemical developers to build biorefinery

The demand for butadiene, a material used to make rubber tires and electrical appliances, has brought together biobased chemical production companies Genomatica and Novamont with Versalis, an Italian-based petrochemical firm, under an MOU.
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Tenn. city to implement PHG Energy waste-to-energy system

PHG Energy, a Tennessee-based alternative energy company, announced today an agreement with the city of Covington, Tenn., to convert waste to energy using PHG's downdraft biomass gasification equipment and technology.
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BP to showcase biofuel, offer biomass carbon offsets at Olympics

BP is providing advanced fuels to help fuel the Olympic fleet of vehicles, including cellulosic ethanol, biomass-based diesel and biobutanol. BP also offers attendees the opportunity to offset carbon emission through biomass power and biogas projects
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Waste Management to cut 700 jobs

Waste collection, transfer and recycling company Waste Management Inc. announced is eliminating 700 jobs, or roughly 2 percent of its North American job fleet of over 40,000. WM owns and operates more than 100 landfill gas projects in North America.
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U.S.DOE's Idaho National Laboratory orders two OriginOil systems

OriginOil Inc. has received purchase orders for two test-scale units from the U.S. DOE's Idaho National Labs under its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. One unit is designed to dewater algae continuously and with very low energy.
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Algae production to be co-located with Brazilian ethanol plant

By fall, Vienna, Austria-based See Algae Technology GmbH expects to begin construction on a one hectare dual-use algae production plant co-located with a sugarcane ethanol plant in Recife, Brazil. The plant could be operational in 2013
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Metabolix, Antibioticos sign LOI for mirel biopolymer resin

Metabolix Inc. has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Antibioticos S.A. for production of Mirel biopolymer resin in Leon, Spain. Under the terms of the LOI, the companies will conduct a series of validation production runs.
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