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December 10, 2018

NYSERDA offers $16M in funding for anaerobic digestion projects

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 4, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority announced it is making $19 million available to accelerate the use of clean energy technologies on farms. Most of that funding will support anaerobic digestion projects. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

Report: Biofuels, bioproducts required to meet GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleA report released by the Biofuture Platform states that the world’s greenhouse gas reduction goals cannot be met without greater use of biofuels and bioproducts. The report also describes several barriers impeding future progress in the sector. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

A crustacean could hold secret to making wood-based biofuels

BY University of York Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved eat wood washed into the sea. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

EIA: 760,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 760,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in August, with sales reaching 730,000 tons. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

Doosan Babcock strengthens partnership with Drax Power

BY Drax Group Doosan Babcock and Drax Power Limited have agreed a new long-term contract for the provision of maintenance and outage services to the U.K.’s largest power station. The relationship between the two companies dates back to construction of the plant. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

BIO adds 21 companies to Industrial & Environmental Section

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently announced 21 companies have joined the Industrial & Environmental Section over the past year, including Gevo, Velocys, Virent, and Agrisoma Biosciences. READ MORE

December 06, 2018

Surplus assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold at auction

BY Erin VoegeleSome of the land and equipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and associated 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, is being offered for sale via an auction with Maas Companies. READ MORE

December 06, 2018

Xebec to supply PSA units to biogas projects in Brazil, France

BY Erin VoegeleIn late November, Xebec Adsorption Inc. announced orders to supply pressure swing adsorption (PSA) units to a large landfill gas project near Sao Paulo, Brazil, and several biogas projects in France. READ MORE

December 06, 2018

Renmatix, Gevo sign joint development agreement

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. and Renmatix have announced a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

UK government publishes bioeconomy strategy for 2018-2030

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. BEIS has published a national bioeconomy strategy for 2018 to 2030. The U.K. REA spoke out in support of the strategy, noting it endorses the use of biobased resources as fundamental to U.K. goals for decarbonization and economic growth. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

DOE contest to crowdsource solutions for biobased 3D printing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is seeking new concepts in biobased materials for additive manufacturing as part of its Manufacturing Innovator Challenge, which is an effort to crowdsource solutions for next generation manufacturing. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

EPA recognizes biogas projects under PISCES program

BY Erin VoegeleIn November, the U.S. EPA recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Biogas projects were among those recognized. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

Total Corbion PLA starts-up 75,000-ton-per-year bioplastics plant

BY Total Corbion PLA Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, announced the start-up of its 75,000-ton-per-year poly lactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant has successfully produced Luminy PLA resins. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

Efficiency Vermont offers $650 rebate for wood, pellet stoves

BY Efficiency Vermont Efficiency Vermont is partnering with participating stove dealers around the state to apply a $650 discount at the point of purchase for select stove models. To qualify for the rebate the stoves must be professionally installed. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

Hearing scheduled on bill to sunset RFS, enact octane standard

BY Erin VoegeleA house subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing Dec. 11 on the recently released discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act. The bill aims to sunset the Renewable Fuels Standard and enact a national octane specification. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

ENplus launches its revision process

BY European Pellet Council The European Pellet Council, governing body of the ENplus certification for wood pellets, has announced the launch of a revision process for the scheme’s procedures and requirements. It is the third revision in the scheme's history. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

North American RNG industry celebrates new 2018 production plants

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas kicked off its annual conference by recognizing 12 companies for their development roles in eight of the RNG production facilities completed across the U.S. in 2018. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

Opinion: Ever-Evolving Markets

BY Anna Simet Undoubtedly, vast opportunity remains in Asian energy markets. It will be exciting and interesting to watch it all unfold, as the global pellet market continues to evolve, expand and, inevitably, compete. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

In Depth: Cultivating Sri Lankin Supply

BY Ron Kotrba With its quarter-century-long civil war over for a decade now, Sri Lanka is poised to enter the Asian wood pellet theater armed with Gliricidia and passionate developers. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

In Depth: Joining Forces

BY Patrick C. Miller The merger of Bruks and Siwertell has created a global bulk material handling group focused on complete, specialized solutions for customers. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

In Depth: Asian Biomass Market: Growing Despite Policy Setbacks

BY Rachael Levinson Growing biomass demand in Asia continues to capture the attention of the international wood pellet industry. READ MORE

December 03, 2018

EPA opens comment periods on residential wood heater proposals

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 30, the U.S. EPA published its recently announced proposed rule to amend new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters in the Federal Register, officially opening a 45-day comment period. READ MORE

December 03, 2018

Lockheed Martin invests in Forge Hydrocarbons

BY Lockheed Martin Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. has received a $4 million investment from Lockheed Martin that will allow the company to further development of its lipid-to-hydrocarbon technology and to construct a first-of-kind, commercial plant. READ MORE

December 03, 2018

Years-long biomass study shows promising results

BY Humboldt State University The results are in from a four-year, $5.88-million biomass study led by researchers at Humboldt State University. The research project, called Waste to Wisdom, found strong near-term potential for biochar production. READ MORE

December 02, 2018

Opinion: Charting Our Strategic Direction

BY Tim Portz Last month, the Pellet Fuels Institute’s board of directors met in Indianapolis for its final meeting of 2018. READ MORE

December 02, 2018

Opinion: Performance Despite Pests

BY Holger Streetz The performance of a pellet plant greatly depends on feedstock quality and pretreatment. READ MORE

December 01, 2018

In Depth: Maintaining Momentum

BY Anna Simet The U.S. Industrial Wood Pellet Association’s Seth Ginther discusses a decade of growth, and what’s on the horizon for the still-expanding industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2018

In Depth: Biomass Storage: Fire Suppression Using Nitrogen Inerting

BY Vipul Dholakia, Xiaoyi He and Joanna Benson A silo fire can be devastating and expensive, leading not only to the complete loss of stored material, but also to an extended production loss by the plant. Nitrogen inerting is an effective solution to mitigate risk. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

EPA finalizes 2019 RFS RVOs, fails to address waiver, eRIN issues

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 30, the U.S. EPA released a final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS. When compared to the proposed rule, the final rule increases the RVOs for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel. READ MORE

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