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December 02, 2016

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

BY Washington State University Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Blue Sphere provides biogas project updates

BY Anna SimetAs of mid-November, Blue Sphere’s 5.2-MW biogas plant in Charlotte, North Carolina is connected to the grid, and all three generators are now operating, the company recently reported. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Colombo Energy becomes 17th qualified into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute On Nov. 30, the Pellet Fuels Institute qualified Colombo Energy of Greenwood, South Carolina, into its Standards Program, which now represents 17 pellet manufacturing companies, among them 29 facilities. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Out With the Old, In With the New

BY Tim PortzThe best argument our industry has going for it in the context of a Trump administration is its ability to produce jobs, and for the next four years, we’d be wise to build our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on that premise. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Active Energy scores plant funding, provides testing update

BY Active Energy Group Active Energy announced that it has achieved certain milestones in line with its strategy to commercialize its CoalSwitch technology, which utilizes low-value wood, timber, forestry and pulp mill/ saw mill byproducts to produce drop-in biomass fuel. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Trump Wins, Now What?

BY Bob Cleaves While the new administration takes shape, the Biomass Power Association is watching the key issue areas that may affect the industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Vermont launches wood, pellet stove change-out program

BY Anna SimetA new wood and pellet stove change-out program in Vermont aims to help residents update existing systems with cleaner, more efficient models. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Maximizing Decarbonization, Maintaining Grid Reliability

BY William Strauss The economics of power generation, combined with the need to keep the grid energized under all scenarios, can provide guidance for determining the least costly way to avoid carbon emissions while maintaining grid reliability. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

California’s Tajiguas Landfill to construct AD project in 2017

BY Katie FletcherIn July, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved a resource recovery project at the Tajiguas Landfill. Project developers are currently finalizing agreements between the cities it would serve and hope to begin construction in 2017. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Finland outlines energy, climate actions to 2030 and beyond

BY Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland The Finland government approved the national energy and climate strategy to 2030 on Nov. 24. The strategy will be submitted as a government report to the Parliament, where discussion on it started Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Opinion: The Difficulty of Getting Good Biomass Heating Data

BY Ben Bell-Walker Amidst what seems like a deluge of half-truths and hyperbole about biomass and its effects, it’s important for the industry not to shy away from rigorously showing the real-world benefits that this form of renewable energy can bring. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

GAO RFS reports paint incomplete picture of advanced biofuels

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding the U.S. renewable fuels sector. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

In Depth: Scandinavian Swap-Out

BY Tim PortzLeveraging sea routes that connect to vast quantities of regional biomass, combined-heat-and-power stations across Scandinavia are retooling to capitalize on the carbon-neutral fuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

In Depth: An Unconventional Conversion Facility

BY Katie FletcherChip Energy’s unique biomass recycling venture will turn waste wood into wood pellets, briquettes and more. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

New Hampshire biomass plant celebrates 10 years of operations

BY Eversource Energy After a decade of generating clean energy for customers throughout the region, the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Eversource’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, continues to be an engine for the state’s forestry industry. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

In Depth: 28 Days Later: Waste to Fuel

BY Ron KotrbaThe Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia, prepares to open a new biogas plant fed by its residents’ kitchen scraps and yard waste, the fuel from which will power its collection fleet of CNG vehicles. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

In Depth: Trial by Fire

BY Anna SimetContinuing its years-long investigation of whether torrefied biomass could extend its life, Boardman Power Station is prepping to undergo a substantive test burn. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

New chemical enhances biodiesel, ethanol production

BY Ron KotrbaBASF is introducing a new version of its Lutropur brand of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) with higher active concentration for multiple applications in biodiesel and ethanol processing. BASF's new Lutropur MSA-XP features 94 percent active concentration. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Opinion: Capturing Power Above the Dirt

BY Gus Simmons North Carolina has the potential to gain $2.7 billion in new capital investment, nearly 24,300 construction and maintenance jobs, and a multitude of related industry-service jobs, by taking advantage of biogas. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Canada announces plans for national low-carbon fuel standard

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 25, the government of Canada announced plans to develop a low-carbon fuel standard that would require reductions in the carbon footprint of fuels supplied in the nation based on lifecycle analysis. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

DOE to fund renewable energy projects on Indian land

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. DOE has announced plans to provide up to $6 million in funding to support the deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy on Indian land. Applications are due Feb. 7. An informational webinar is planned for Dec. 1. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

ISU scientists explore advantages of horticultural bioplastics

BY Iowa State University New bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Opinion: The Greenest Universities

BY John Ackerly For high school students, these 20 universities are all excellent places to immerse themselves in renewable energy technology and policy. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

Connecticut’s first food waste biogas plant nears finish

BY Anna SimetQuantum Energy plans to begin operations at a biogas plant in Connecticut by the end of the year. The fully-automated plant will take in 40,000 tons of food waste annually and generate 1.2 MW of power via low solids anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

EPA: Cellulosic RIN generation reaches 17.79 million in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 17.79 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

ETI releases UK decarbonization strategy combining bioenergy, CCS

BY Katie FletcherThe Energy Technologies Institute released a report this month highlighting the importance of combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) if the U.K. is to meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets cost-effectively. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

Vega files provisional patent for G4 torrefaction machine

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Vega Biofuels Inc. recently announced that it has filed a provisional patent application for its generation four (G4) torrefaction machine. According to the company, the machine increases manufacturing capacity by approximately 25 percent. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

Iona acquires Dryholme Biogas from Farmgen

BY Iona Iona has acquired Dryholme Biogas, a 1.8 MWe anaerobic digestion plant located near Silloth, Cumbria, U.K. The facility processes dairy by-products and agricultural feedstocks. Iona plans to refurbish the plant to improve operational performance. READ MORE

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