October 13, 2014

Policy issues plague advanced biofuel industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference being held in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 13-14, McAdams recapped the struggles the industry has faced throughout the year. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Research: Water not essential to enzyme performance

BY University of Bristol Found In:Advanced FuelsNew research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology, that enzymes need water to function. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Pilot biogas project at Massachusetts landfill site complete

BY Katie FletcherFound In:BiogasA ribbon-cutting ceremony was held earlier this week at the Crapo Hill Landfill site in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, for the startup of CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation's pilot-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) project. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

MIT: New approach to boosting biofuel production

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Found In:Advanced FuelsYeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

EIA predicts higher natural gas, electricity prices this winter

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EIA has released its short-term energy and winter fuels outlook, which predicts that, albeit paying higher prices for natural gas and electricity, homeowners will enjoy overall lower heating expenditures this winter. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

EPA unveils improved RFS pathway petition process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 08, 2014

BlueFire announces EPC contract for Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 8, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced it has signed a master engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its proposed 19 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

DECC responds to criticism of Drax conversion, CfD contracts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has spoken out to criticize an article published by the U.K.-based Daily Mail that questions the environmental benefits of the Drax Group biomass conversion and the sustainability of U.S. wood pellets. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

JBEI: MaxBin offers automated sorting through metagenomes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has developed MaxBin, an automated software program for binning (sorting) the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Northeast Wood Products pellet capacity to near 350,000 tons

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsIn a span of about eight months, Northeast Wood Products LLC will have gone from no presence in the industry to possessing nearly 350,000 tons of U.S. wood pellet production capacity. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Low Carbon Fuels Coalition: Connector of industries and interests

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe most recent California legislative session concluded with policy developments spurring the launch of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The LCFC advocates for policies that facilitate the rapid deployment of low carbon fuels. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

EPA reports GHG emissions data for 2013

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe U.S. EPA has released updated data gathered through its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which details greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution trends and emissions broken down by several category types. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

RWE sells share in Italian biomass facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerRWE Innogy recently announced the sale of its stake in the Sicilian biomass power plant Enna to FriEl Green Power, Bozen. The 18.7 MW facility has been operating since mid-2013. The company is not expected to pursue additional biomass projects. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Reverdia adds licensing to Biosuccinium portfolio

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsIn addition to its production capacity of about 10,000 metric tons per year out of the Cassano, Italy, Biosuccinium plant, Reverdia announced in October at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology that it is now licensing Biosuccinium. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Cellulosic ethanol project planned in Slovak Republic

BY Biochemtex Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsBiochemtex and Beta Renewables recently announced they have signed a definitive agreement with Energochemica SE for the construction of a second generation ethanol plant and the annexed energy block for the generation of power and steam. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Gevo's isobutanol included in new line of marine, off-road fuels

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and off-road fuels. The new biofuels will meet Gulf Racing Fuels' requirement for an oxygenated off-road fuel. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

ARPA-E opens funding opportunity for feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has opened a $30 million funding opportunity that aims to increase energy crop yield through automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to biofuel crop breeding. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

AD project celebrates grand opening in Wisconsin

BY Dane County Wisconsin Found In:Power, BiogasA unique partnership is turning cow waste from farms into renewable energy. La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Gundersen Health System and Dane County are partnering with three Dane County farm families on the GL Dairy Biogas Project. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

USIPA conference wraps with impassioned producer panel

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe final panel at USIPA's Exporting Pellets conference featured producers frustrated but resigned to the fact that they will have to continue efforts to prove that their industry is sustainable. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

USDA awards loan guarantee to Cool Planet

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA has awarded a $91 million loan guarantee to Cool Planet Energy Systems to help finance the company's advanced biofuel facility, which is under development in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Anaergia busy in biogas with recent start-up and other ventures

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasAnaergia Inc. has demonstrated its active presence in the biogas space with three recent announcements, including the start-up of a anaerobic digestion system in California and agreements for proposed projects in Illinois and Arizona. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Viridis Energy announces supply agreement with Canadian producer

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Viridis Energy Inc. has announced that its subsidiary has secured an additional 45,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year over the next two years from a western Canadian manufacturer to augment the company's current production capacity. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Bioenergy projects awarded state grants in Washington

BY Gov. Jay Inslee's office Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsGov. Jay Inslee recently visited the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia Community College where he announced a $20,000 grant to support efforts to transform woody biomass into fuel-grade heating oil and charcoal. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Velocys achieves commercialization milestones

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsIn the span of one week, Velocys plc won a patent case, announced that it has raised GBP 52 ($85 million) million through an oversubscribed equity placing, and was awarded a $70 million construction grant from Red Rock Biofuels. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

UK DECC: Bioenergy generation reached record 5.6 TWh in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerNew energy statistics released by the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change indicate that bioenergy generated increased 8.8 percent in the second quarter when compared to the same period of 2013. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Ensyn, Memorial Hospital commission RFO heating operations

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsA ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire, to celebrate the commissioning of a new heating system that utilizes Ensyn Corp.'s renewable liquid fuel, known as RFO. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Republic Services opens 2 landfill gas-to-energy projects

BY Republic Services Inc. Found In:PowerRepublic Services Inc. has announced its latest landfill gas-to-energy projects involving its Forward and Vasco Road Landfills, both located in the Bay Area of California. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Agrisoma closes $8 million Series A financing round

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgrisoma Biosciences Inc. has announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. The funding round was led by Cycle Capital Management and included participation of BDC Venture Capital. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Andritz rolls out OEM option wireless heat sensor for pelletizers

BY Andritz Inc. Found In:PelletsAndritz Inc. and SST Wireless Inc. announced that the companies are collaborating to produce a customized version of SST's wireless heat sensor technology for deployment on Andritz's wood pelletizers as an OEM option. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

USIPA conference opens with blend of optimism and caution

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe fourth annual Exporting Pellets Conference, hosted and produced the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, opened with a blend of reported progress and urged caution. READ MORE