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May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

Hekotek announces pellet plant orders in Lativa, Belarus

BY Erin VoegeleEstonia-based Hekotek has made two announcements regarding the development of pellet plants in recent months, including the development of a new pellet plant in Latvia and a pellet plant expansion in Belarus. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

INL successfully tests oxidation catalyst in torrefaction system

BY Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC has collaborated with the Idaho National Laboratory to test a catalytic oxidation technology designed by ATS to address problems that have hampered the development of large-scale torrefaction plants. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Small-scale biomass gasification plant progressing in California

BY Anna SimetA 2-MW biomass gasification plant in North Fork, California, will break ground later this year. The project is the result of a public-private partnership between North Fork Community Development Council and Phoenix Energy. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Lynemouth conversion progresses, Doosan Babcock awarded contract

BY Erin VoegeleIn mid-May, the owner of U.K.-based Lynemouth Power Ltd. issued a brief statement confirming plans to convert the power station to biomass are proceeding according to schedule. Doosan Babcock has been awarded a contract to convert the facility. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Brigg Renewable Energy Plant opens in UK

BY Brigg Renewable Energy Plant The Brigg Renewable Energy Plant was officially opened May 26. The renewable energy plant, which is the largest dedicated straw-fired biomass plant in the U.K., generates 40 MW of electricity every hour. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Purdue workshop to explore AD for livestock operations

BY Purdue University The Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group will offer a workshop at Fair Oaks Farms on management of wastes from large-scale livestock operations, including anaerobic digestion, a mechanism for transforming biological waste into bioenergy. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Britcon wins contract for ReFood AD project

BY Britcon Britcon has secured a GBP 13.5 million ($19.81 million) contract to deliver the construction works on a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham for food waste recycler ReFood (UK) Ltd. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Wageningen UR launches development of durable bio-PBS compounds

BY Wageningen UR A joint development program on biobased PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection molding has been launched by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research in cooperation with Reverdia. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2016 conservation grants

BY Enviva Holdings LP The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia, has announced the recipients of its 2016 grants. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal, registrations due May 31

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing June 9 in Kansas City, Missouri, on its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuels standard (RFS). Parties wishing to testify at the hearing must contact the EPA by May 31. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Ethanol plant digester to send 5 MW to California grid

BY Anna SimetNot only does Tulare County, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC manufacture renewable transportation fuel and utilize renewable energy to power its operations, but starting next month, the plant will also send electricity to the grid. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Metabolix considers sale of biopolymer, Yield10 businesses

BY Erin VoegeleMassachusetts-based Metabolix has announced it is exploring strategic alternatives for its specialty biopolymer business and its Yield10 crop science program, including the possibility of selling one or both business segments. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Southern states lead growth in biomass electricity generation

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatthours (TWh) in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Duke Energy inks second swine waste power deal in 2016

BY Duke Energy Duke Energy recently announced it has finalized a second deal in 2016 to buy captured methane gas derived from swine waste. The planned project will be at farms in Kenansville, North Carolina. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

California biofuel industry calls on state to allocate funding

BY BIODICO California’s biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane industries are calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

DVO announces first anaerobic digester installation in China

BY DVO Inc. Installation and commissioning are complete on a DVO Inc. anaerobic digester at Austasia Modern Dairy Farm in Xianhe, Shandong Province, China. This is DVO’s first installation in China, and the country’s first modern, operational anaerobic digester. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Opinion: The Tip of the Industry’s Spear

BY Tim PortzHeavy logging equipment is the epitome of the tip of the spear when it comes to biomass harvesting, the area of focus of the June issue of Biomass Magazine. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Former NBB CEO Joe Jobe launches new business consulting firm

BY Ron KotrbaFor a generation, Joe Jobe, the former CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, has fostered the U.S. biodiesel industry from its fledgling infancy to bountiful maturation. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

USDA announces application periods for BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Farm Service Agency has announced incentives will resume this month through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the USDA, $3 million is available for BCAP during fiscal year 2016. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

WesTech, Cleanergy partner to bring GasBox to US

BY WesTech WesTech is partnering with Cleanergy to bring the Cleanergy GasBox biogas generator to the U.S. The GasBox generates electricity and heat from biogas using a Stirling engine. It can run on biogas with a methane concentration as low as 18 percent. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Toronto selects Anaergia technology for organics processing plant

BY Anaergia Inc. Anaergia Inc. recently announced that it is part of a team led that was selected by the city of Toronto, Ontario, to design, build, and operate the upgraded and expanded Dufferin Organics Processing Facility. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

DOE BETO hosts workshop on algal biology

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a two-day workshop, titled “Sharpening Our Tools: Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop,” gathering lead experts in the field of algal biology from May 24–25. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Advanced Flow Systems, Greenlane Biogas sign agreement

BY Advanced Flow Systems Inc. Advanced Flow Systems Inc., a subsidiary of AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc., recently added Greenlane Biogas Ltd. to its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by signing a two-year contract manufacturing agreement. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Opinion: Dirigo: Maine Lives Up to Motto

BY Bob Cleaves Hopefully, other states like California and Michigan will emulate Maine’s good example and support the biomass industry and its many partners through the challenges experienced in so many markets. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

EPA: Nearly 17 million cellulosic RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for April, reporting more than 1.511 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first four months of the year to nearly 5.88 billion RINs. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

Study: Chance finding could transform plant production

BY University of Guelph An almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland. The researchers doubled the plant’s growth and increased seed production by 400 percent. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

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