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November 20, 2017

Research finds wood pellets cut home heating GHGs in half

BY Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station Using wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

California partnership to develop organics-to-energy system

BY Lystek International Ltd. Biosolids and organics solutions provider, Lystek International Ltd., recently announced that it has been awarded a $1.5 million-plus grant through the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge Program. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

Weltec to expand biogas project in Uruguay

BY Erin VoegeleWeltec Biopower recently signed a contract to expand a biogas facility in Uruguay for Estancias del Lago, a producer of powered milk. Weltec set up an initial biogas plant for EDL in 2013 and will complete the expansion project in late 2018. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

EBRD supports development of biomass district heating project

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development In a significant step forward to boost green energy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is supporting the construction in Banja Luka of a 49 MW district-heating boiler plant fired by wood biomass. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Canadian pellet exports up 46 percent from 2015 to 2016

BY Erin VoegeleCanada’s National Energy Board has announced Canadian wood pellet exports increased by 46 percent between 2015 and 2016. The growth is attributed to growing global demand for biomass-fired electricity generation to replace coal-fired generation. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Researchers reduce CO emissions from stored wood pellets

BY Clarkson University The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently announced that Clarkson University discovered a new process to eliminate the release of dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) gas from wood pellets in storage. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

EIA: 610,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which includes data for August. The report estimates total U.S. production capacity is nearly 12.71 million tons per year. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Hawaiian Electric, Pacific Biodiesel sign contract

BY Hawaiian Electric Co. Hawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies have reached a agreement for the supply of biodiesel to the 50-MW Schofield Generating Station, 8-MW Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other facilities. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Xebec announces orders from France, Italy and China

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of gas generation, purification, and filtration solutions recently announced a significant lift in its order book, driven by more than CDN $9.8 million in recent biogas orders from Europe and China. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Rentech releases third quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleRentech Inc. released third quarter financial results on Nov. 9. The results were released roughly one month after announcing its shares would be removed listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market and be moved the OTCQB market, effective Oct. 16. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Biofuel tests in Milwaukee Zoo locomotives a success

BY Coalition for Sustainable Rail Two steam locomotives at the Milwaukee County Zoo were fueled with a wood-based solid fuel last week, and the test runs were a success, according to the Coalition for Coalition for Sustainable Rail and the Natural Resources Research Institute. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

RNG Coalition adds new members

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) has announced the addition of several new members, including East Coast gas and electricity provider Duke Energy and Western U.S. gas utility Southwest Gas. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for November, providing updated bioenergy forecasts for 2017 and 2018, and updated wood heating forecasts for the 2017-’18 heating season. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Diamond Green Diesel considers expanding production capacity

BY Valero Energy Corp. Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc. recently announced that they will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to consider expanding capacity at the Diamond Green Diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana, to 550 MMgy. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Braskem, Haldor Topsoe sign partnership to develop biobased MEG

BY Braskem Braskem and Haldor Topsoe have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Opinion: Not Only, But Also

BY Tim PortzThe team at Biomass Magazine is closing out the year with an issue dedicated to installations that produce and use biomass energy on-site. We’ve included this theme for many years, and we’re always struck by the way that biomass scales so easily. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Opinion: Utilizing Ag Energy Programs to Address Climate Change

BY Lloyd Ritter Many agricultural producers are leading the charge toward renewables, irrespective of the rewards to the climate. They know that innovation increases efficiency while making them more resilient, especially when faced with economic downturns. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

BPA, ABC ask for parity in tax reform package

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biomass Power Association and American Biogas Council recently partnered with the Energy Recovery Council and National Hydropower Association to ask Congress for tax parity for all renewable technologies in tax reform. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Lawmakers ask FTC to investigate manipulation of RIN markets

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of six members of Congress wrote to the Federal Trade Commission on Nov. 7 asking the agency to investigate possible market manipulation in the renewable identification number (RIN) market. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

NRRI helps Lonza turn nuisance dust into biomass fuel source

BY June Breneman, University of Minnesota Duluth The University of Minnesota Duluth's National Resources Research Institute helps Lonza Inc. separate fines from wood chips and use the biomass coproduct to supplement its natural gas fuel source using a 200 HP biomass boiler system. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Doosan to supply turbine to biomass power plant in Denmark

BY Doosan Škoda Power In Kalundborg, Denmark, the construction of a biomass-fired power station has begun. A machine room delivered by Pilsen, Czech Republic-based Doosan Škoda Power will be the heart of DONG Energy's Asnæs Power Station. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Sweetwater Energy brings lignin-based activated carbon to market

BY Sweetwater Energy Sweetwater Energy’s biomass conversion technology has produced native lignin that can be easily carbonized and activated to make high-end powdered activated carbons for the municipal potable water and home water filters markets. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Opinion: London Calling—for Cleaner Air

BY John Ackerly Governments should not incentivize wood stoves in urban and densely populated areas. This is why London is calling in 2017, and it should be a wake-up call everywhere. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

California funds 18 dairy digester projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $35.2 million to 18 dairy digester projects. The projects are part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development program and aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy manure. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Advanced biofuel companies thank Trump for commitment to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 19 advanced biofuel companies sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 8 thanking him for his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and outlining the need to set strong advanced and cellulosic targets in the 2018 RFS rule. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

UTIA awarded FAA grant to analyze biorefinery supply chains

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture was awarded Federal Aviation Administration grant for a three-year project to perform a multitude of techno-market analyses of U.S. biorefinery supply chains from feedstock to alternative jet fuel. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

NRRI develops solid biofuel to offset coal

BY June Breneman, University of Minnesota Duluth University of Minnesota Duluth’s National Resources Research Institute has announced it is now able to produce solid biofuels that perform at comparable energy values to coal in fossil coal-burning facilities. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Mimicking giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel

BY University of Pennsylvania Two Penn researchers are collaborating to study how giant clams use sunlight in order to produce biofuels more efficiently. Their work could help improve photosynthesis in algae, enhancing the efficiency of biofuel production. READ MORE

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