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August 18, 2017

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting more than 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

SynTech Bioenergy announces distributorship in Japan

BY SynTech Bioenergy Denver-based SynTech Bioenergy has announced the formation of its Japanese distributorship in Tokyo under the name SynTech Japan Co. LTD. SynTech Japan is now the exclusive distributor of BioMax units in Japan. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Colorado approves waste diversion goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission has approved statewide waste division goals, aiming to achieve a 45 percent diversion rate by 2036. Waste diversion is defined to include recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels

BY Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently, in days instead of weeks, and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

RNG Coalition welcomes federal affairs manager

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gashas added Sanjay Srikantiah as its new federal affairs manager in Washington, D.C. He will further strengthen the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the North American RNG industry. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

FutureMetrics publishes analysis of Japanese pellet market

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has published a new white paper on the Japanese industrial wood pellet market. The report predicts most of demand growth for industrial wood pellets after 2019 will come from Japan and South Korea. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Study to measure impact of biofuels on climate

BY Clemson University Clemson University scientists have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change.The research will quantify the impact that growing feedstock has on local temperature and carbon sequestration. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Project turns state roadways into a renewable energy source

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). READ MORE

August 15, 2017

RWE discusses plans to cofire biomass at 2 Dutch power plants

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 14, Germany-based RWE AG released second quarter financial results. A quarterly financial report released by the company briefly discusses plans to cofire biomass at two coal-fired power plants. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

BioAmber reports record quarterly revenue

BY Erin VoegeleBioAmber Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, announcing quarterly revenue of $4.1 million. The company also discussed plans to develop a second biorefinery in North America. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

A new chloroplast role for making biofuels

BY Michigan State University Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

Report provides updated EU pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network notes wood pellet production in the EU reached approximately 14.8 million metric tons in 2016, accounting for about half of global production. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

DOE, AGH launch fourth wood stove design challenge

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the launch of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge in partnership with the Alliance for Green Heat. Teams from around the world will compete for up to $25,000 in prizes. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

BTEC: Testing of boiler efficiency test method to begin soon

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council The Biomass Thermal Energy Council recently announced that validation testing of its biomass boiler efficiency protocol will begin in September at ClearStak LLC, a Connecticut-based testing laboratory. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Rentech: Challenges continue in second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 10, Rentech released second quarter financial results, reporting the quarter continued to be challenging. During an investor call, Keith Forman, president and CEO of Rentech, discussed factors resulting in lower quarterly revenues. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Sandia tests Salton Sea-grown algae as new fuel source

BY Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable using algae. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

IWI to build Ontario sawmill paired with pellet plant

BY Anna SimetInternational Wood Industries is moving forward with a plan to build a sawmill and colocated wood pellet mill in northeastern Ontario. The target construction date is in the spring 2018, with startup in January 2019. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Researchers help Idaho find a use for tainted alfalfa

BY Idaho National Laboratory A collaboration between the state of Idaho and Idaho National Laboratory could help turn 6,000 tons of alfalfa containing elevated levels of bromide into biopower used for industrial heat and electricity. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Sierra Institute biomass heating project to break ground

BY Anna SimetA biomass heating project in Plumas County, California, is set to break ground within the next two weeks after a multiyear development process. The system will provide heat to the Plumas County Health and Human Services Building in Quincy. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in August STEO

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting electricity generation from renewable sources will reach 1.857 million MWh per day in 2017, falling to 1.836 MWh per day in 2018. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Construction begins on New York pellet heating project

BY New York Department of Environmental Conservation The New York Power Authority, Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, and Adirondack Park Agency recently announced the start of construction on a wood pellet biomass boiler heating loop in Essex County, New York. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Neste reports record quarterly renewable diesel sales

BY Erin VoegeleNeste has released financial results for the second quarter of 2017, reporting record-high sales volumes of renewable fuels. The company sold 674,000 tons of renewable diesel during the three-month period. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Benefits of advanced wood-burning stoves greater than thought

BY North Carolina State University A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

REG: Geismar plant continues to run above nameplate capacity

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Energy Group Inc. has releases second quarter financial results, providing an update on operations at the company’s renewable diesel plant and briefly discussing the strategic review of its Life Sciences division. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

Corbion announces ‘stalking horse’ bid to buy TerraVia

BY Erin VoegeleCorbion has entered into a “stalking horse” stock and asset purchase agreement with TerraVia Holding Inc., a company previously known as Solazyme Inc., following an announcement by TerraVia that it had filed for a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Gevo discusses Luverne operations, Praj agreement

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery exclusively produced ethanol during the period. The facility is expected to transition to isobutanol production following a future expansion. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Lignin can make building materials less toxic

BY Michigan State University A collaborative study led by a Michigan State University researcher proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Enviva reports increased productivity from modified plants

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 3, Enviva Partners LP released second quarter financial results, providing an update on efforts to modify it pellet production process to improve pellet quality. READ MORE

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