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February 09, 2016

Researchers ‘explode’ sugar beet cells for faster fermentation

BY Wageningen University The European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a technology that explodes cell walls to create faster and cheaper fermentation. The process uses Betaprocess technology in which vacuum extrusion is used to explode cell walls. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Resolute Forest Products releases fourth quarter results

BY Katie FletcherResolute Forest Products Inc. recently released its fourth quarter financial results, reporting its wood products segment generated an operating loss of $8 million in the quarter, but shipments rose 6 percent due to capacity enhancement initiatives. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Ensyn receives key regulatory approvals from CARB

BY Ensyn Corp. Ensyn Corp. has been granted key regulatory approvals by California’s Air Resources Board related to the application of its Renewable Fuel Oil as a renewable feedstock for refineries in California for the production of renewable gasoline and diesel. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Algae raceway paves path from lab to real-world applications

BY DOE/Sandia National Laboratories In a twist of geometry, an oval can make a line. The new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories may be oval in shape, but it paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy. READ MORE

February 05, 2016

FERC: US added 305 MW of biomass capacity in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects has released its energy infrastructure update for December, reporting the U.S. added 305 MW of biomass capacity last year, up from 270 MW in 2014. READ MORE

February 05, 2016

Chinese group to invest nearly $3 billion in 2 UK biomass plants

BY Katie FletcherChinese investment group SinoFortone recently confirmed £2 billion ($2.9 billion) to back two biomass plants and associated food production centers in Wales, England. The food stations will use waste heat from the biomass plants to grow food. READ MORE

February 05, 2016

EPA rulemaking aims to update GHG reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, including some provisions related to biogas and ethanol. Comments are due Feb. 29. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

Drax: Further details of EU investigation now available

BY Erin VoegeleThe EU recently published additional details pertaining to its in-depth investigation to assess whether the U.K.’s plans to support the conversion of an additional unit of the Drax power plant to operate on biomass are in line with state aid rules. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

EBA promotes further use of biogas in EU heating, cooling sector

BY Katie FletcherLast month, the European Biogas Association released a position paper that strongly supports the European Commission’s plans to establish a common EU strategy for the heating and cooling sector. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

Making waste products more powerful at OSU

BY Oklahoma State University Ajay Kumar, associate professor in Oklahoma State University's Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, is leading a team of researchers in a project to use local biomass materials to create portable power. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

Sustane Technologies wins seed investment from Innovacorp

BY Innovacorp Sustane Technologies, a Chester, Nova Scotia-based company that turns municipal waste into fuel pellets and biofuels is receiving a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp to take its technology to market. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

AVA Biochem adds biobased FDCA to its product portfolio

BY AVA Biochem AVA Biochem is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid). Furan derivatives produced from renewable carbohydrates are some of the most important next-generation platform chemicals. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

Energy Bill amendments aim to impede biofuels, benefit bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate is currently considering the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. To date, lawmakers have introduced more than 275 amendments to the bill, including several that would impact biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

New report reveals how Clean Power Plan can reduce electric bills

BY Katie FletcherSynapse Energy Economics Inc., a research and consulting firm, recently released a new report that reveals how EPA’s Clean Power Plan can reduce emissions and consumer electric bills. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

Brigg Renewable Energy Plant completed ahead of schedule

BY Brigg Renewable Energy Plant The commissioning phase of the U.K.-based Brigg Renewable Energy Plant has recently been completed and the renewable energy plant has been handed over to the owners for the operational phase to commence. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

UK Green Investment Bank to establish a special share

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank The U.K. government recently announced that the U.K. Green Investment Bank will create a “special share” in the company as part of the process to introduce private capital to the organization. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

Study: Increased switchgrass acreage could improve water quality

BY U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory has released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin. READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Biofuels industry speaks out following results of Iowa caucus

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus officially kicked off the primary election season. Twelve of the 14 candidates who participated in the Iowa caucus are supportive of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

February 02, 2016

European Biogas Association releases biogas, biomethane report

BY Katie FletcherThe European Biogas Association published its Biogas and Biomethane Report 2015, the fifth edition of this annual statistical report. The report reflects the record-high growth in the number of plants and production in Europe. READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Gevo signs licensing, joint development agreements with Porta

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock. READ MORE

February 01, 2016

Kingdom Pellet plans Vermont plant

BY Anna SimetVermont-based Kingdom Pellet plans to build a 30,000-ton-per-year pellet plant at the site of a former paper mill in the state’s Northeast Kingdom. The project was awarded some tax incentives through the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program. READ MORE

February 01, 2016

Virent announces strategic collaboration with Tesoro

BY Virent Inc. Virent has entered into a new strategic relationship with Tesoro to accelerate the development and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology to produce cost effective, low-carbon, drop-in, biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

February 01, 2016

EBRD helps Ukrainian city launch biogas production

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development The West Ukrainian city of Lviv is installing a biogas plant for the generation of heat and power with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and several other organizations. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

CARB accepts innovative Trestle Energy coproduct pathway

BY Sue Retka SchillTrestle Energy LLC has received a favorable carbon intensity rating from the California Air Resources Board for a pathway approach that creates a new coproduct credit from using corn stover for electric generation. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Researchers discover cheaper way to make algae biofuels

BY University of Melbourne Chemical and Biomolecular Engineers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, which in turn, can be harvested to make renewable fuels such as biodiesel. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

DOE funds 10 MW biomass project on military installation

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 27, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $2.85 million in funding to support four projects that aim to advanced development of renewable energy technologies facilities across the federal government. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Aker Solutions captures CO2 at waste-to-energy project in Norway

BY Aker Solutions Aker Solutions recently started a five-month test program to capture carbon emissions from the municipality-operated waste-to-energy Klemetsrud plant in Oslo, Norway. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Tradition celebrates the launch of new environmental markets hub

BY Tradition Tradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub thst brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Opinion: Bullish on the Baltics

BY Tim PortzPellet Mill Magazine's first issue of 2016 takes a deep dive into pellet markets ascending in eastern Europe. The Baltic States and Russia are increasing pellet production and exports to surrounding European countries. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

EPA sets date for Clean Power Plan biomass workshop

BY Anna SimetThe U.S. EPA has set a date for its previously announced biomass workshop regarding its role in the Clean Power Plan. The workshop will be held on April 7 at the EPA William J Clinton East building in Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. READ MORE

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