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August 17, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is soliciting fiscal year 2019 applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill reaches full production capacity

BY Metsäliitto Cooperative Metsä Group has announced its next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, reached full production capacity in August. The facility produces a variety of products, including pulp, biogas and biofuel pellets. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Researchers protect yeast from damage in biofuel production

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate pretreatment chemicals used in cellulosic biofuel production. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

UK government releases 2017 renewable energy statistics

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently released updated energy statistics, reporting that electricity generation from renewable sources increased by 19 percent between 2016 and 2017, reaching 99.3 terawatt hours. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Grassley: EPA not pursuing plan to attach RINs to biofuel exports

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is no longer considering a plan would allow renewable identification numbers (RINs) to be applied to exported volumes of biofuels, according to remarks made by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, during an Aug. 15 press call. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Xebec to deploy NRU at US landfill gas project

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of clean energy solutions, recently announced that it has received a multi-million dollar landfill gas upgrading order for a nitrogen rejection unit (NRU) from a U.S. based customer. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Design-build team selected for Piscataway WRRF bioenergy plant

BY Stantec Inc. The design-build team of PC Construction, Stantec, and Hazen and Sawyer has been selected to design and construct the first phase of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s $250 million Piscataway WRRF Bio-Energy Project in Maryland. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Gevo to deploy Shockwave technology at Luverne plant

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has entered into operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process and related technology and equipment at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Report provides data on Russian wood pellet production, trade

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an update of wood pellet production in Russia, predicting continued growth in the country’s pellet industry. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Ag groups urge Congress to quickly complete work on Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleMore than 150 ag groups and businesses sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Agriculture urging them to complete work on the 2018 Farm Bill before the Agricultural Act of 2014 expires on Sept. 30. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Weltec Group to update 2.2 MW biogas plant in Germany

BY Weltec Biopower GmbH As of Aug. 1, Nordmethan GmbH, a company of the Weltec Biopower Group, has taken over an insolvent biogas plant in Südergellersen, Lower Saxony, in Germany. The company plans to fully modernize the facility. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

BioAmber moves forward with plan to liquidate its assets

BY Erin VoegeleBioAmber Inc. it has received court approval to move forward with plans to liquidate its assets, including the company’s Sarnia, Ontario-based biorefinery that produces biobased succinic acid. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

OMB reviews pre-rule related to 2015 residential wood heater rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 10, the U.S. EPA delivered a pre-rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget related to a 2015 rule that set performance standards for new residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Gain Clean Fuel, IFS open RNG fueling station in Dallas

BY Gain Clean Fuel In partnership with Independence Fuel Systems, Gain Clean Fuel announces the opening of a new public natural gas fueling station in Dallas, Texas, that will dispense premium, renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

August 13, 2018

Comment period on 2019 RFS proposal closes this week

BY Erin VoegeleThe public comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closes Aug. 17. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

CO2 captured by Drax could be used to carbonize beverages

BY Drax Group Drax is about to begin a pilot trialing the first boenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe, which could make the renewable power generated at Drax carbon negative. It could also supply CO2 for the beverage industry. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

SFW wins contract to supply boiler island for biomass power plant

BY Sumitomo SHI FW Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. for design and supply of the Daesan Biomass Power Plant boiler island. This is SFW's third biomass-fired CFB boiler unit in South Korea. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Enviva announces new contracts, discusses plans to add capacity

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP has released second quarter financial results, discussing increased demand for pellets from the Japanese market and providing an update on the development of pellet production projects. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Gevo discusses future expansion plans for Luverne plant site

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 8, reporting a 28.9 percent increase in product sales when compared to the same period of last year, and discussing the company’s future plans. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

DOE schedules meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Aug. 22-23 in Arlington Virginia. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Arensis, Green Mark Energy sign 2 MW project agreement

BY Arensis Arensis, a biomass-to-energy system provider, and Green Mark Enegy Co. Ltd., a renewable energy pellet producer, recently entered into an agreement for a 2 MW energy project in Kumamoto, Japan. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Bioplastic producer Bio-on installs Siemens technology

BY Bio-on S.p.A. Bio-on S.p.A.has chosen Siemens automation and plant control and management systems for its bioplastic production plant at Castel San Pietro Terme, near Bologna, Italy. The systems are expected to increase efficiency and eliminate errors. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

USDA solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

Pohl & Holmes switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

BY Neste US Inc. Pohl & Holmes Inc., a Hughson, California-based almond hulling and shelling services provider, recently switched their vehicles to running exclusively on Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Use of the renewable fuel improved fleet performance. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

Bruks Siwertell introduces innovative enclosed conveyor design

BY BRUKS Siwertell Bruks Siwertell has announced The Belt Conveyor, a system composed of a standard belt supported on a bed of pressurized air over a formed steel trough. This new design eliminates idlers and certain maintenance issues. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Pinnacle discusses plans for future capacity increases

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting progress with the development of new two pellet plants and discussing future plans to expand the company’s production capacity. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

EIA: Bioenergy capacity, generation to increase next year

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide more than 10 percent of electricity generation in 2018. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Velocys: Environmental milestone reached for Mississippi project

BY Velocys plc Velocys plc announced Aug. 7 that the USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

OMB reviews rule to amend 2015 residential wood heater regulation

BY Erin VoegeleThe White House OMB is reviewing a proposal that aims to amend a 2015 rule that set performance standards for new residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces that would allow retailers additional time to sell older appliances. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

DOE seeks input on needs related to biomass catalyst scale-up

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has opened a request for information (RFI) that aims to help it understand current needs related to catalyst development for the conversion of biomass and waste streams. READ MORE

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