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July 31, 2015

Opinion: Opportunity to Showcase Bioenergy

BY Carrie Annand Oct. 21 will mark the third annual National Bioenergy Day, a day that helps those involved in bioenergy educate their communities on the need to support energy—power, heating, cooling and fuels—from organic materials. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

3 bioenergy-related House bills introduced in late July

BY Erin VoegeleIn late July, several pieces of legislation were introduced that aim to impact the biorefining industry. Two of the bills aim to benefit bioenergy technologies, while a third would limit the U.S. EPA's ability to set cellulosic mandates. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

DOE solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting applications for up to $4 billion in loan guarantees to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Wisconsin program offers funding for small-scale farm AD systems

BY Erin VoegeleWisconsin-based Focus on Energy, a statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently announced it is soliciting proposals for a program focused on small, farm-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) systems. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

MSU research could improve cyanobacteria use in biofuel

BY Michigan State University Overexposure to sunlight, which is damaging to natural photosynthetic systems of green plants and cyanobacteria, is also expected to be damaging to artificial photosynthetic systems. Michigan State University researchers aim to overcome that hurdle. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

USDA scientist helps Texas sorghum growers reduce water use

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Susan O'Shaughnessy, an agricultural engineer with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Bushland, Texas, is providing guidance to sorghum farmers in the Texas High Plains who are trying to save water by using less-than-optimal amounts of it. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

TerraVerdae BioWorks reaches milestone in PHA process scale-up

BY Alberta Innovates—Bio Solutions TerraVerdae BioWorks Inc. recently announced that it has reached a major milestone: creation of its proprietary technology at a commercial scale. It has completed the scale-up optimization of its process to produce PHA bioplastics from methanol. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Reproducible research for biofuels and biogas

BY Gigascience New research in the open access journal GigaScience presents a virtual package of data for biogas production, made reusable in a containerized form to allow scientists to better understand the production of biofuels. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Opinion: Well-Equipped

BY Tim PortzWhile bioenergy facilities are not built to optimize development of their components, this issue of Biomass Magazine makes clear that they are great incubators of innovation. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Enviva provides second quarter earnings, development update

BY Katie FletcherOn July 30, Enviva Partners LP released its second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $109.7 million, an increase of 60 percent over the corresponding quarter in 2014, on sales of 560,000 metric tons of pellets. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

In Depth: Advancing Alongside Ag

BY Anna SimetCognizant of rapidly evolving farming and biomass sectors, New Holland aims to stay ahead of the game. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Gevo announces first pump sales of isobutanol-blended gasoline

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo's renewable isobutanol at the pump. Express Lube has been selling the fuel at over a 50 percent premium to E10. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Argonne National Lab finds butanol is good for boats

BY U.S. DOE/Argonne National Laboratory Argonne National Laboratory recently teamed with industry to investigate alternative fuels for recreational marine applications. Research has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Amec Foster Wheeler wins second CFB CHP plant contract in Poland

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Amec Foster Wheeler has announced the award of a contract by Fortum Zabrze S.A. for the design, supply, construction and commissioning for a multi-fuel circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generating combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Poland. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Andigestion officially opens Bishops Cleeve biogas plant

BY Andigestion Andigestion's new anaerobic digestion facility in Bishop's Cleeve near Cheltenham, U.K., has officially opened. The facility processes food waste into renewable energy and an organic liquid fertilizer coproduct. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Energy bill includes language benefiting bioenergy, algae

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources introduced a bipartisan energy bill, titled the "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015." The committee was scheduled to hold business meetings on the bill on July 28 and July 30. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

UPS announces agreements with three renewable fuels suppliers

BY UPS UPS has announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

BTEC to release draft of thermal efficiency test method

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has announced plans to release a draft of the first thermal efficiency test method designed specifically for commercial-sized boilers that utilize solid biomass as a fuel stock. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Aston University bioenergy technology embarks on European tour

BY Aston University Pre-testing of waste materials using prototype Pyrofab technology was recently underway ahead of a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste in Europe. The Pyrofab is based on technology developed at Aston University. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Viaspace completes design, engineering of biogas plant

BY Viaspace Inc. Viaspace Inc. recently announced that it has completed the engineering and design work for a 2 MW biogas power plant in Papua New Guinea for Salt Lake City, Utah-based Clean Energy Solutions Pacific. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Opinion: Debunking So-Called Wood Pellet Facts

BY William Strauss Two highly inaccurate statements are often made about using wood pellets as a substitute for coal in power generation: READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Drax discusses recent regulation changes in half-year results

BY Katie FletcherOn July 28, Drax Group plc released its half-year results for the six months ended June 30, delivering Europe's largest decarbonization project, on time and on budget, while also producing 8 percent of the U.K.'s electricity. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

DuPont: Iowa cellulosic biorefinery mechanically complete

BY Erin VoegeleDuPont has released second quarter financial results, reporting an 11 percent drop in sales and a slight increase in earnings per share. The company also noted its cellulosic refinery in Iowa is now mechanically complete. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Covanta reports on Q2 earnings, acquisitions, project activity

BY Anna SimetCovanta Energy reported strong operational performance in its core business, achieved record quarterly special waste revenue, and provided several updates on acquisition and commissioning activities during its Q2 2015 earnings call. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

WBA releases thermochemical gasification of biomass factsheet

BY Katie FletcherIn June, World Bioenergy Association launched a factsheet on thermochemical gasification biomass, the eighth in a series of publications. The factsheet overviews the technology, basics of gasification, feedstock and current global use. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

RNG purchase, injection project approved in Quebec

BY Gaz Metro The Regie de l'energie du Quebec has authorized Gaz Metro to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) produced by the city of Saint-Hyacinthe and build the infrastructure required to connect the output to its distribution network. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

EnviClear purifies contaminated wastewater at biogas plants

BY EnviTec Biogas AG A3 Water Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of EnviTec Biogas AG, has just developed an innovative and environmentally friendly membrane bioreactor process in conjunction with EnviClear that purifies contaminated surface waters for biogas plant operators. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

MassCEC awards $1.1 million to biogas projects

BY Massachusetts Clean Energy Center The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently announced $1.1 million in funding for three anaerobic digestion projects across Massachusetts that will convert organic materials into energy. The projects are located in Bourne, Freetown and Hadley. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Densifying Dynamos

BY Tim PortzFuel log, puck and briquette production equipment manufacturers are expanding customers’ feedstock options and extending their market reach. READ MORE

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