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April 21, 2015

In Depth: Making Haste To Zero Waste

BY Ron KotrbaNew regulations in Scotland foster a circular economy and biogas development. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetBiomass Magazine and the International Biomass Conference & Expo have announced this year’s recipients of its annual industry awards, which were distributed during a ceremony prior to the April 21 general session. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Drax Biomass' first vessel sails from Port of Baton Rouge

BY Katie FletcherOn April 7, the first vessel sailed away from Drax Biomass' Baton Rouge port facilities to the Port of Tyne located on the U.K.'s East Coast. The MV TBC Princess was loaded with pellets from Drax Biomass’ southern pellet mills for power generation. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Iowa bill aims to create tax credit for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation pending in Iowa aims to create a 5 cent per pound renewable chemical production tax credit. The legislation was introduced in March and is currently awaiting review in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Renew Biomass acquires MFA Oil Biomass assets

BY Renew Biomass Renew Biomass, a newly formed investor-owned company based in Springfield, Missouri, has announced the purchase of MFA Oil Biomass assets, effective April 15. MFA Oil Biomass was formed in 2010 between MFA Oil and Aloterra Energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

BioAmber enters technology license with JM Davy

BY BioAmber Inc. BioAmber Inc. has entered into a technology license with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies. The licensing package will enable BioAmber to construct and operate a plant that converts bio-succinic acid to 1,4-butanediol and tetrahydrofuran. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

2015 Heating the Midwest conference commences in Minnesota

BY Katie FletcherCollocated with the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Heating the Midwest conference began with a discussion on overcoming obstacles to speed up the deployment of biomass thermal solutions. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

In Depth: Profit in Plug and Play

BY Katie FletcherA cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Opinion: Washington Update: Carbon And Tax Policy

BY Bob Cleaves Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves discusses ongoing policy and regulatory discussions affecting the industry. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Bill aims to alter RVO process, definition for cellulosic biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Jeff Flake, R, Ariz., has introduced legislation that aims to amend the renewable fuel standard to require the cellulosic requirement to be based on actual production and alter the statutory definition of cellulosic biofuels to exclude biogas. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability April 22

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to host a webinar on biofuel sustainability on April 22, titled "Biofuels for the Environment and Communities." READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Gov. Shumlin announces investment in wood heat program

BY Gov. Peter Shumlin's office Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced new clean energy investments in Windham County totaling $1.9 million, with $1.6 million of that investment supporting the installation of wood pellet/chip heating systems for schools and municipal buildings. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Timbervest provides insight on pellet production, export activity

BY Katie FletcherTimbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timberland assets and investments, has been actively selling and purchasing timberland acreage in a variety of states. The company provides insight on pellet feedstock and export activity. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Total to convert oil refinery to renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaTo curb financial losses, French oil company Total announced plans to invest $216 million to convert its La Mede oil refinery in southern France to a renewable diesel facility that will produce up to 500,000 tons per year (more than 160 MMgy). READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Report outlines roadmap for industrial biotechnology

BY Erin VoegeleThe National Research Council of the National Academies recently published a report outlining goals and recommendations to expand industrial biotechnology. The report was prepared at the request of the U.S. DOE and National Science Foundation. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker

BY University of Manchester Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

NexSteppe demonstrates biomass crops at commercial scale

BY NexSteppe NexSteppe has announced that it sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Leaf Resources announces cellulosic sugar patent application

BY Leaf Resources Ltd. Leaf Resources Ltd. has launched its new Hybritech platform for the pulp and paper industry following the lodgment of a patent application for the process last month. The Hybritech platform utilizes Leaf Resources' Glycell process. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

HZI BioMethan to construct biogas upgrading plant in Germany

BY Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan GmbH Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan GmbH has secured an order to construct a new biogas upgrading plant in Wittenburg in northern Germany. The project comprises a plant with capacity to upgrade 700 normal cubic meters per hour (Nm3/h) of raw biogas. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

EIA annual outlook predicts bioenergy growth

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015, which presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040 based on six different scenarios. The outlook includes bioenergy forecasts. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane

BY The University of Manchester Researchers at the University of Manchester have made a breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane.This study provides new insight to the development of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

Discovery of plant switch could boost crop, biofuel production

BY Michigan State University A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis, the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

EnviTec commissions biogas plant in Japan

BY EnviTec Together with Renagen Inc., a Japanese biogas company, EnviTec Biogas has successfully commissioned its first biogas plant in Osaka Prefecture in Japan. The 250 kW plant is the pilot project for the strategic partnership between the two companies. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Northeast Wood Products begins retrofit of third pellet plant

BY Anna SimetNortheast Wood Products has begun retrofitting its third pellet manufacturing plant, a Jasper, Tennessee, facility that will be capable of producing up to 125,000 tons of pellets annually. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

ASABE: 2 ISO standards approved for solid biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the international community has approved two International Organization for Standardization standards for solid biofuels, including ISO 16993 and ISO 16994. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

European Parliament committee votes to approve biofuel agreement

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 14, the environment committee of the European Parliament voted 51-12 to endorse a deal struck by legislators earlier this year that aims to cap the use of first-generation biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Cascades invests in biorefinery project at Cabano plant

BY Cascades Inc. Cascades Inc. has announced an investment in a new technology at its Norampac - Cabano facility. This innovative new process is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Viaspace announces EPC agreement for power plant in Nicaragua

BY Viaspace Inc. Viaspace Inc. announced that Energia Reino Verde has signed an agreement for the engineering procurement and construction supervision of the 12 MW biomass power plant that will be colocated with the Giant King Grass plantation project in Nicaragua. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Vencor International to test hemp as bioenergy feedstock

BY Vencor International Inc. Vencor International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an agreement to begin testing industrial hemp as a feedstock used to manufacture various torrefied products, including bio-coal, a renewable energy product. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Portland treatment plant to produce renewable natural gas

BY City of Portland The Portland City Council has approved a contract for final design of a facility at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant to convert biogas into compressed natural gas vehicle fuel. Biogas is a byproduct of solids treatment. READ MORE