ARA partners with Blue Sun for demonstration plant

Applied Research Associates Inc. and Blue Sun Energy Inc. are partnering to develop a demonstration-scale facility to scale-up a Biofuels Isoconversion Process (BIC) system using technology developed by ARA and Chevron Lummus Global.
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Biomass Hurst Boiler project wins engineering excellence award

Hurst Boiler is part of an award-winning installation at the University of Iowa's Oakdale Research Park. The American Council of Engineering Companies named the project as the 2013 winner of the Grand Place Award in the Energy Production category.
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Windy conditions make willow a better feedstock

A research team in England has discovered that differences in the ease with which sugars can be extracted from willow can be explained by differences in their wood composition in response to conditions that induce growth stress.
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EPA publishes 2012 RIN data

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for all 12 months of 2012. RINs are used by obligated parties to meet volume requirements of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). No cellulosic RINs were generated in December.
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BTEC board of directors elects new executive officers

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has announced its newly elected executive officers for the 2013 board of directors. The election marks the departure of Charlie Niebling, New England Wood Pellet's general manager, as BTEC Chairman.
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Japanese joint venture plans 5 MW biomass plant

Several Japanese entities have announced the formation of a joint venture company focused on biomass power development. The new company, Green Power Corp., will aim to begin operation of a 5 MW wood-fired power plant in 2015.
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Analysis points to biofuels to reduce seaborne trade emissions

Independent foundation Det Norske Veritas has published a position paper that investigates methods to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with marine shipping. The analysis found that biofuels are currently the most attractive option.
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USDA scientists develop bioplastic made of sugar beet pulp, PLA

USDA scientists and university cooperators have developed a biodegradable plastic, made of sugar beet pulp and a biodegradable polymer, that could be used in disposable food containers. The plastic, called a thermoplastic, becomes soft when heated.
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Best Buy Capital invests in Solegear Bioplastics

Solegear Bioplastics Inc., a developer of award-winning bioplastic technologies, is pleased to confirm that it has received a strategic investment from Best Buy Capital, the investment arm of Best Buy Co. Inc.
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Planning permission granted for 2 biomass CHP plants in the U.K.

U.K.-based Estover Energy Ltd. has been granted planning permission for two biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants. One facility is planned for development in Cramlington, England; the other will be located near Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Novozymes announces new CEO, releases 2012 financial results

Novozymes has appointed a new president and CEO and released its financial results for 2012. On Jan. 21, the company announced its board of directors has appointed Peder Holk Nielsen president and CEO, effective April 1.
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UK Energy and Utilities Alliance launches Biomass Heating Group

The Energy and Utilities Alliance has launched the Biomass Heating Group. The group, led by the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council and the Industrial and Commercial Energy Association, will be mutually beneficial to its members and the government.
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Metso to supply biomass-fired district heating plant in Finland

Metso will supply a biomass-fired heating plant for district heat production to Savon Voima Oyj in Leppavirta in Finland. The plant will go on stream in late 2013. The value of the order is approximately EUR 9 million.
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A biomass-solar hybrid plant begins operations in Spain

A unique 22.5 MW hybrid biomass-thermosolar power plant has begun operations in Les Borges Blanques, Spain. The facility was developed by Abantia and Comse Emte and features a MAN Diesel & Turbo SE turbo generator train.
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Ag Energy Coalition calls for Farm Bill Energy Title funding

The Agriculture Energy Coalition has urged Congress to begin work on a new five-year Farm Bill with strong mandatory funding for energy programs. The fiscal cliff bill extended the Farm Bill, but without funding for Energy Title programs.
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Nova Scotia alters renewable power plan, biomass regulations

Nova Scotia has amended its renewable electricity plan (REP) regulations to include the addition of the definition of cofiring, and a requirement for Nova Scotia Power Inc. to operate the Port Hawkesbury plant as a base-loaded unit.
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DLA-Energy to hold conference on N.Y. biomass power solicitation

The Defense Logistics Agency-Energy has announced it will hold a pre-proposal conference on Jan. 24 to answer questions with regard to a biomass power solicitation issued in December to supply power to New York-based Fort Drum.
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Sustainable energy, climate change included in inaugural address

President Barack Obama has officially kicked off the second term of his presidency. During his inaugural address on Jan. 21, Obama touched on several topics, including the economic recovery and sustainable energy.
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