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October 04, 2017

Wärtsilä to acquire Puregas Solutions

BY Wärtsilä The technology group Wärtsilä has reached an agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions, the Sweden-based provider of turnkey biogas upgrading solutions. Puregas utilizes a unique process to convert biogas to biomethane and renewable natural gas. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

CSU shares in project to advance algae for better biofuels

BY Colorado State University Colorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Grant to help beef up biofuels using evolutionary approaches

BY Michigan State University Researchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fight disease in switchgrass by identifying regions of the genome that cause disease resistance. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

DONG Energy to change name to Orsted

BY Anna SimetDONG Energy, a Danish energy company heavily involved in renewables, is changing its name to Orsted. DONG stands for Danish Oil and Natural Gas and no longer accurately reflects who the company is. The name change is effective Nov. 6. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Biofuel groups ask Trump to continue to grow the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 3, a group of biofuel supporters sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern over the U.S. EPA’s recent proposal that could reduce 2018 and 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Gevo to supply jet fuel to Virgin Australia at Brisbane Airport

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that it expects to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to the Virgin Australia Group. The Virgin Australia Group will be responsible for coordinating the purchase, supply and blending of the ATJ . READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy CEO wins award

BY EY Rob McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., the longest-established wood pellet producer in Western Canada, is this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Pacific winner. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

MSU research to harness algae to contain power plant emissions

BY Michigan State University Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project is funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Drax appoints new chief executive

BY Erin VoegeleDrax Group plc recently announced that Will Gardiner will be appointed as group chief executive, effective Jan. 1. His appointment follows Dorothy Thompson’s decision to step down from the position at the end of the year. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels

BY Alexa M. Schmitz, Cornell University Researchers from the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: algal droplet bioreactors on a chip. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Opinion: Forestry Sector Supports Wood Energy

BY Bill Bell When the pellet industry in Maine started up eight years ago, other forest product sectors were less than enthusiastic, but wood energy now has support from the entire forestry sector. READ MORE

September 30, 2017

In Depth: Pressing for a Good Season

BY Anna Simet Fall has arrived, and pellets are moving off the shelves. Meanwhile, producers play the annual wait-and-see game. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

New papers examine coal, wood pellet cofiring at US power plants

BY Anna SimetIf the U.S. wants to begin replacing coal with wood pellets at power plants, the government must provide incentives similar to the ones that solar and wind currently receive, according to University of Georgia researchers. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

Scientists explore eucalyptus as an alternative to dense jet fuel

BY Washington State University Washington State University researchers have developed a process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants.The research is helping to make high-energy density biofuels affordable in the aviation industry. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

Brookhaven Lab: With extra sugar, leaves get fat too

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory In a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists show that retaining sugars in plant leaves can make them get fat. That extra fat could help turn plants into factories for making biofuels and chemicals. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

Opinion: Bringing More Volumes to the Market

BY Hannes Lechner The global wood pellet market has a high level of fragmentation on the supply side, a problem that could be resolved through market participates that can effectively aggregate smaller volumes. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

FERC: US adds biomass power capacity in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its Energy Infrastructure Update for July, reporting that 206 MW of biomass power capacity were installed during the first seven months of 2017, up from 50 MW during the same period of 2016. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

DOE publishes report on algae cultivation for carbon capture

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently published the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report. This summary report shares the results of stakeholder discussions held in May. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Grassley floor speech criticizes EPA proposal to reduce RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 and 2019 renewable volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

DOE funds project to improve algal biomass yield

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

WE&RF awards research contract to support co-digestion

BY Water Environment & Reuse Foundation The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has awarded a contract to the Environmental Law Institute to support a project that aims to develop alternative sustainable business cases for wastewater resource recovery facilities to co-digest food waste. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

In Depth: Port Investments in Pellet Handling

BY Ron Kotrba Various North American ports have recently completed or will soon begin major investments in wood pellet storage, handling and loading capabilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

EPA considers reductions to 2018, 2019 RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a NODA concerning potential reductions in RVOs for 2018 and 2019 under the RFS. The reductions primarily concern RVOs for biomass-based diesel, but could result in corresponding reductions in advanced and total biofuels. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

P&G, Constellation complete 50 MW biomass CHP plant

BY Constellation The Procter & Gamble Co. and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. recently announced the completion of a 50-MW biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

Froling Energy installs biomass boiler at corrections facility

BY Froling Energy Froling Energy of Peterborough, New Hampshire, recently completed the installation of a biomass boiler system at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections facility in Boscawen, in partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

In Depth: To Market, To Market

BY Tim Portz Over two decades, Pacific Northwest retailer Coastal Farm and Ranch has grown its pellet appliance and fuel business from a seasonal offering to a year-round, vital aspect of what it provides its customers. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Ontario biogas projects earn FIT contracts

BY Erin VoegeleOntario’s Independent Electricity System Operator recently announced it will offer contracts for 390 projects representing approximately 150 MW of small-scale renewable generation, including eight biogas projects. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

MSU: DOE grant to help boost camelina oilseed yield

BY Michigan State University Michigan State University has announced it will lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore ways to boost the yield of camelina, a crop that shows potential as a feedstock for biobased jet fuel. READ MORE