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October 31, 2016

New discovery offers potential for algae biofuel production

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Donald Danforth Plant Science Center researchers have identified a mutation in Chlamydomonas that substantially removes a constraint that is widely observed in micro-algae where the highest yields of oil can only be obtained from starving cultures. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Stobart aims to supply 2 million metric tons of biomass annually

BY Erin VoegeleStobart Group Ltd. has released interim results for the six months ended Aug. 31, reporting strong growth in its biomass business is expected over the next two years. The company aims to deliver 2 million metric tons of biomass annually by 2018. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Biomass research and development committee to meet in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has been scheduled to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Researchers reproduce evolutionary path with designer lignin

BY Krista Eastman, University of Wisconsin – Madison A study led by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has shown poplar trees and many other plants have evolved to naturally produce zip-lignin, which readily breaks down under simple chemical conditions. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

EPA: 1.67 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for September, announcing 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 17.14 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs and 99,563 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

CSPC announces equity raise, corn stover field trial

BY Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative has initiated an equity campaign to develop a corn stover and wheat straw to dextrose supply chain in southwestern Ontario. CSPC will engage with growers in the region to supply feedstock to Comet Biorefining. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

SEAT, Aqualia develop alternative fuel from waste water

BY SEAT SEAT and Aqualia have joined forces to develop the innovative SMART Green Gas project, which aims to obtain 100 percent Spanish origin, renewable biofuel from waste water to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

Opinion: A Shot in the Arm

BY Tim PortzEnergy revenues alone are not enough right now.The open question is whether or not coproduct markets can grow enough to make a difference. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

Covanta provides plant project updates

BY Anna SimetCovanta’s waste-to-energy plant under construction in Dublin, Ireland, is on track to undergo first fire by the end of Q1, CEO and President Stephen Jones said during the company’s Q3 financial earnings call. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

NEB report illustrates Canadian renewable power landscape

BY Erin VoegeleIn mid-October, the National Energy Board released a report, noting Canada generates almost two-thirds of its electricity from renewable resources. Hydro is the dominant source of renewable power in the country, followed by wind, biomass and solar. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

First biomass test burn begins at Salt River Project’s CGS

BY Salt River Project Salt River Project is beginning a three-week test burn of more than 3,900 tons of forest debris biomass at its Coronado Generating Station. The first scheduled test at CGS Unit 1 in St. Johns will be a one-day, two-load burn on Oct. 26. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

New Hampshire officials open new wood biomass heating plant

BY New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services New Hampshire state officials recently celebrated National Bioenergy Day by holding an open house to recognize the completion of a new wood biomass boiler that will heat a major state building in Concord. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

EPFL: Turning biofuel waste into wealth in a single step

BY EPFL Lignin is a bulky chain of molecules found in wood and is usually discarded during biofuel production. But in a new method by EPFL chemists, the simple addition of formaldehyde could turn it into the main focus. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?

BY Michael McAdams As for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

USDA awards $327 million in REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses adopt renewable energy sources or implement more efficient energy options. The investment includes $327 million in Rural Energy for America Program funding. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

State partnerships can promote increased bioenergy production

BY University of Missouri Researchers at the University of Missouri have identified the most effective ways for various Midwest states to partner and share resources in order to increase the amount of renewable energy they produce through burning woody biomass. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

Bruel & Kjaer Vibro wins monitoring order for Tilbury plant

BY Bruel & Kjaer Vibro The Danish engineering and contracting company Aalborg Energie Technik has selected a Bruel & Kjaer Vibro online condition monitoring solution for machine condition monitoring of the 40 MW Tilbury Green Power biomass power plant in the London area. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

Opinion: The United Kingdom's New Path

BY Frank Aaskov Over the past six months, the political landscape in the United Kingdom has changed significantly. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

In Depth: Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior

BY Anna SimetProduction and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

European Biomass Association releases 2016 bioenergy outlook

BY Katie FletcherAEBIOM releases its annual statistical report, providing an in-depth look at the European bioenergy sector. Recent editions have included analysis of support schemes for biomass heating, electricity and transport, and market forecasts. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

White Dog Labs advances in $20 million Carbon Xprize contest

BY Sue Retka SchillNew technology developer White Dog Labs has been selected as a semifinalist in the $20 million Carbon Xprize, announced shortly after its peer-reviewed research paper was published in the journal Nature Communications. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

ANL analysis shows GHG reduction potential of algae fractionation

BY U.S. Department of Energy A new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with 63–68 percent lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than conventional diesel. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Fortum and Taaleri invest in Chempolis

BY Chempolis Oy Fortum and Taaleri Kiertotalous Ky recently signed an agreement with Chempolis Oy to invest in the company. The deal is part of a restructuring of Chempolis Oy’s ownership and financing, in order to strengthen the balance sheet and operations. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

BY BioPilotsUK On Oct. 19, five established R&D centers across the U.K. announced a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and biobased product manufacture. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Opinion: Upcoming Biomass Politics

BY Bill Bell The outcome of Maine's Biomass Study Commission’s work depends on politics. READ MORE

October 23, 2016

Opinion: CHP from Biomass: The Next Generation

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Aaron Aber BTEC has taken a lead in promoting biomass CHP. The organization’s CHP Working Group is preparing to release a factsheet and whitepaper on the topic. READ MORE

October 22, 2016

In Depth: Cooking Up Higher Margins

BY Tim PortzAs another heating season approaches, low heat market margins have pellet producers looking toward other end uses for greater market stability and increased profits. READ MORE

October 21, 2016

Biomass gasification project to break ground

BY Anna SimetNorth Fork Community Power, a 2-MW biomass gasification plant in North Fork, California, is set to break ground next month.The Yosemite Sequoia RC&D Council and Phoenix Energy will host a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 3. READ MORE

October 21, 2016

USDA to invest in expanding wood energy markets

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced it will invest up to $7 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. READ MORE