Biogas & Landfill Gas

July 14, 2015

Researchers from Israel and Florida awarded funding for biogas

BY American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBen-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and University of Florida researchers have been awarded a United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) grant to improve the production of biogas on farms. READ MORE

July 09, 2015

New methane bioreactor produces, stores energy

BY Natural Resources Institute Finland Found In:BiogasA new methane bioreactor, developed in the Natural Resources Institute Finland boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Viessmann Group, BIOFerm selected for Canadian AD project

BY Whitney Beadle, BioFerm Energy Systems Found In:Power, BiogasViessmann Group/BIOFerm Energy Systems' high solids anaerobic digestion technology was selected by the city of Edmonton and The University of Alberta for its new anaerobic digestion facility, which will help extract energy from organic waste. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

U.K. AD plant to convert cheese production residues into biogas

BY Clearfleau Ltd. Found In:Power, BiogasClearfleau Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of onsite anaerobic digestion-based treatment solutions for the food and beverage sector, has finished the first stage in a major sustainability project for First Milk at a U.K. cheese creamery. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

U.K. GIB announces results, plans to raise private capital

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank has announced 2014-'15 results and a plan to raise private capital. The organization also noted that after 2.5 years of operations, it has reached profitability. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Opinion: The Inevitable Battle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz reflects on the July issue and the battles faced by the entire biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Canada funds 2 projects to develop new landfill gas technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn mid-June, the Canadian government announced funding for two biogas projects. One award will support the development of a technology that converts landfill gas into renewable liquefied natural gas. The other supports purification of landfill gas. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Globally, 2014 a Good Year for Renewables

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLate last week, the Worldwatch Institute released a 2015 global status report for renewables. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

AgEC: Ag appropriations bill aims to cut Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 17, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2016 Agricultural Appropriations bill. The proposed legislation funds a variety of agricultural and food programs, including rural development and farm services programs. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

EPA renewable fuel standard management scrutinized at hearing

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. EPA Acting Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 hearing held to discuss the agency’s management of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

June 19, 2015

In Depth: Udder Confusion: Dairy Digester Development in California

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:BiogasThe Golden State has borderline personality disorder regarding promotion and discouragement of dairy biogas projects. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

BIOFerm, Viessmann selected for biogas project in New York

BY Whitney Beadle, BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group Found In:Power, BiogasNorth Elba, New York, has selected BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group as the anaerobic digester technology provider for a community organic diversion project expected to begin this year. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Wastech opens British Columbia landfill gas plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasWastech has officially commenced operations of a landfill gas-to-energy plant at the Cache Creek Landfill in British Columbia, Canada, a disposal site that serves the Metro Vancouver area. Construction of the 4.8-MW project began in last summer. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Report highlights EU progress in reaching 2020 renewables goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn June 16, the European Commission published a progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, reporting that the EU is on track to meets its 20 percent renewable energy targets. Biomass accounted for 47 percent of renewables in the EU last year. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Capstone Turbine releases fourth quarter financial results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn June 15, Capstone Turbine Corp. released its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, reporting three, big headwinds contributed to a challenging year, but the company is moving forward. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

In Depth: Crunching the Numbers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFirst- and second-generation ethanol leaders discussed challenges, priorities and successes at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Minneapolis. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

DOE initiatives launch as part of Clean Energy Investment Summit

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy has announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the administration's Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Unlocking the biofuel energy stored in plant cell walls

BY Cherie Winner, Penn State Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPenn State plant scientist Daniel Cosgrove has devoted decades to studying the cell walls that make plant matter resistant to chemical conversion. His research aims to overcome that challenge and enable greater energy production. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

REA reports increased bioenergy employment in the U.K.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently announced employment in the country’s renewable energy sector grew by 9 percent in 2013-'14, reaching 112,026 workers. Biomass heating was the highest performing renewable energy sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

GE’s AD technology selected for Idaho project

BY GE Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGE recently announced the city of Rexburg, Idaho, has selected the company's Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion and Monsal 70 technologies to treat biosolids (sewage waste) at the city's wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

USDA publishes final VAPG rule, opens comment period

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn May, USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Value-Added Producer Grant program and opened a 60-day comment period that closes on July 7. The program can support the production of E85 and biogas. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Clemson receives grant to research crops for energy use

BY Clemson University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina landowners and support the growing demand for renewable energy. READ MORE

June 03, 2015

Bluesphere breaks ground on 3.2 MW biogas plant in Rhode Island

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasOn May 28, Bluesphere Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its 3.2-MW waste-to-energy (WTE) project in Johnston, Rhode Island. Once operational, the facility will sell the electricity it generates from food waste to the national grid. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

N.Y. funds biotech accelerator, along with pellet and AD projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for the Central New York Biotech Accelerator. Separate initiatives recently announced by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will support pellet and biogas projects. READ MORE