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March 04, 2015

DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil facilities in 2014 results

BY Katie FletcherSolazyme Inc. released its 2014 quarter four and full-year results on Feb. 26, reporting that although 2014 was a challenging year, the company is excited about the opportunities in the coming year. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Evogene releases 2014 results, offers update of Evofuel business

BY Erin VoegeleEvogene Ltd. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenues of $14.51 million, compared to $17.58 million in 2013. Gross profit was $4.8 million, down from $7.47 million. The company reported a total comprehensive net loss of $14.75 million. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Metabolic path to improved biofuel production

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast by introducing new metabolic pathways into the yeast. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Capstone microturbines to power biogas CHP system

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Capstone Turbine Corp. recently announced that it has received an order to upgrade the Irvine Ranch Water District's Michelson Water Recycling Plant in Irvine, California, with five C200 microturbines. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Global Bioenergies produces isobutene from waste biomass

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies recently announced it has produced second generation isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources. The company originally worked with first-generation feedstocks to develop its process. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dead at age 58

BY Sue Retka SchillGuido Ghisolfi, 58, leader of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group died March 3. "He was suffering from severe depression and yesterday this resulted in his untimely passing close to his home in Tortona, Northern Italy," said a statement from the company. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

In Depth: Opportunity Still Knocks

BY Carla Harper In an industry largely focused on adding capacity in half million ton chunks, two producers acted on an opportunity they saw for far smaller pellet operations. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Opinion: Say It Ain’t So, Joe

BY Michael McAdams Renewable volume obligations have yet to be reported for 2014 and are now late for 2015. This delay has created uncertainty. McAdams calls on the industry to get involved and raise the alarm to end regulatory uncertainty. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

USDA announces $8.7 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced it is now accepting applications for research and education grants through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Approximately $8.7 million in grants are expected to be awarded through the program. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

GAIN report highlights status of U.K. pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network focuses on the U.K. wood pellet market. The report estimates the U.K. imported 4.6 million metric oven dried tons of wood pellets last year. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Total invests in Renmatix, signs joint development agreement

BY Renmatix Inc. Renmatix has announced an investment by the New Energies Division of Total, and the signing of a joint development agreement. Under the agreement, the companies will utilize Renmatix's Plantrose process with specific feedstocks. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Ontario landfill gas project celebrates milestone

BY Walker Environmental Group Walker Environmental Group's landfill gas utilization partnership company in Thorold, Ontario has eliminated the need for more than 200 meters of natural gas since 2002 by providing landfill gas to nearby Resolute Forest Products. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

OkoFEN introduces prototype cogeneration pellet boiler in Europe

BY ÖkoFEN A 5 kWe cogen pellet boiler prototype system, designed and manufactured by OkoFEN, with Qnergy's Stirling engine inside, was introduced to the market at the The World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels, Austria. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

In Depth: Eagar to Get Started

BY Tim PortzConcord Blue Eagar LLC, a unique biomass power project that began its project development journey in 2009, is finally poised to break ground this summer, giving a unique conversion technology its first North American foothold. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Opinion: Getting Woodstoves From Here To There—In Utah and US

BY John Ackerly The wood heating community recently experienced two upheavals, one in Utah with a proposed ban on wintertime stove use, and the other the release of new national stove regulations. Industry agrees with the goals of each, but not the way to get there. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

USDA publishes final BCAP rule

BY Anna SimetThe USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

Stobart highlights biomass growth in 2014 annual report

BY Erin VoegeleThe Stobart Group has published its 2014 annual report, announcing that its biomass division supplied 900,000 metric tons of biomass last year, up 42 percent from 650,000 metric tons supplied in 2013. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

GLBRC files 100th patent application

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy, recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

In Depth: The Cellulosic-RIN Revolution

BY Katie FletcherExpanded cellulosic fuel pathways have led to a surge of biogas-based fuel credits, and producers are taking advantage of a significant boost to project economics. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

U.K. AD industry doubles in three years

BY Anna SimetThe U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released its third and final annual report on the 2011 anaerobic digestion strategy and action plan, which highlights progress made by the U.K. government and industry. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

U.K. awards CfDs to 2 energy-from-waste projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced the results of its first green energy auction for Contracts for Difference. Among the 27 projects selected for contracts are two energy-from-waste projects with combined-heat-and-power. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Oberon DME earns approval in California

BY Oberon Fuels Inc. Oberon Fuels Inc. has announced that dimethyl ether (DME) is now approved for use as vehicle fuel in the state of California following approval by the Division of Measurement Standards at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Australia funds pilot-scale biomass pyrolysis project

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency The Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $5.2 million funding for Renergi to design and construct an innovative pilot scale biofuel production facility Perth. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

In Depth: Pellet Plant VOCs: Best Practices In Control

BY Malcolm Swanson Since the EPA decided many years ago that volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions must be controlled, state agencies and pellet plant operations, along with many others, have gone about the task of making it happen. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

In Depth: Constructing a Full-Service Vision

BY Ron KotrbaIn the early stages of project development, startup company SG Preston has big plans for renewable diesel and its brand. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Biofuel industry criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 26, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., aims to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

February 26, 2015

EEA: Renewables successfully reducing European GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently published by the European Environment Agency stresses that the deployment of renewable technologies in Europe has been an important force driving the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Conn., Mass., R.I. launch multistate clean energy initiative

BY Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Office Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have initiated a coordinated process that will lead to a three-state request for proposals (RFP) for clean energy resources. READ MORE

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