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September 19, 2016

Lux: Biobased materials, chemicals offer performance advantages

BY Lux Research Despite a checkered past, biobased materials and chemicals (BBMC) today offer a clear value proposition when compared with their petro-based counterparts, but smart business execution is critical to eventual success, according to Lux Research. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Boardman Power Station to perform 24-hour biomass test

BY Anna SimetBoardman Power Station’s decade-long investigation of whether torrefied biomass is a suitable replacement for coal is taking a major step forward with a planned 24-hour test burn, which is scheduled to take place sometime in November. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Several bioenergy projects receive SBIR funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program. The USDA also indicated the SBIR program is currently accepting Phase I grant applications. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass boiler to project in Sweden

BY Valmet Corp. Valmet will supply a biofuel-fired power plant and related flue gas cleaning and condensing systems to Boras Energi och Miljo's new energy and environmental center in Sobacken, Boras, Sweden. Heat production is scheduled to start in 2019. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Website now available for wood-to-energy checkoff program

BY Katie FletcherThe wood-to-energy checkoff initiative that’s been in the works for the past few years recently launched a website to provide updated information about the program as well as a way to ask questions about the initiative. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Report details biomass heat, power production in Japan

BY Anna SimetThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan’s renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

API calls for RFS repeal rather than point of obligation change

BY Erin VoegeleThe American Petroleum Institute recently spoke out against efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Rather that changes to the point of obligation, the API is calling for repeal or major reform of the RFS. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Strategic consortium to commercialize Virent’s Bioforming process

BY Virent Inc. Virent recently announced that it has established a strategic consortium with Tesoro, Toray, Johnson Matthey and The Coca-Cola Co. focused on completing the development and scale-up of Virent’s BioForming technology. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Renmatix secures $14 million investment from Bill Gates and Total

BY Renmatix Inc. Renmatix recently announced a $14 million investment, led by Bill Gates, to support the commercialization of its Plantrose process. The investment will help drive towards the first wave of Renmatix licensees building Plantrose-enabled biorefineries. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

LanzaTech produces jet fuel from waste gases for Virgin Atlantic

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech has announced it has produced 1,500 gallons of renewable jet fuel through its partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Since 2011, the partnership has been committed to producing jet fuel derived waste industrial gases via a fermentation process. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Finnvera to provide financing for MGT Teesside biomass plant

BY Finnvera Finnvera is contributing GBP 100 million ($132.37 million), or roughly EUR 120 million, in financing for MGT Teesside's 299 MW biomass power plant under development in the U.K. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2020. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

California governor signs bill benefiting biomass power

BY Erin VoegeleCalifornia Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed a bill that will support biomass plants within the state by calling on electricity retailers to enter into five-year contracts for 125 MW of biomass capacity with facilities using certain feedstocks. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

DOE’s BETO hosts alternative aviation fuel workshop

BY U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a 2-day workshop gathering lead experts in the field of aviation biofuels on Sept. 14–15. More than 100 stakeholders are expected to attend the event. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

Clarkson University researcher to study energy from waste

BY Clarkson University Stefan J. Grimberg, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, has been selected as a Scholar-in-Residence at McGill University where he will collaborate on a project to divert organic waste from landfills. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Report details the economic, employment impact of Drax conversion

BY Erin VoegeleOxford Economics recently released a report that details the total impact of Drax Group on the U.K. economy, reporting that Drax contributed approximately GBP 1.2 billion ($1.58 billion) to the U.K.’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Gatwick Airport to heat terminal with waste-derived fuel

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based Gatwick Airport has announced it is partnering with DNL to dispose of category 1 waste onsite, converting it into renewable energy used to heat the north terminal of the airport. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

NIB provides loan to biomass CHP plant in Stockholm

BY Nordic Investment Bank The Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 10-year loan of SEK 600 million ($70.31 million) with Fortum Varme Holding to finance the recently inaugurated biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vartan, Stockholm of Sweden. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Advanced Biofuels USA wins grant for beet-to-jet fuel project

BY Advanced Biofuels USA The USDA has provided $16,893 to Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization, for a feasibility study of producing bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

UK ECCC releases 2020 heat, transport targets report

BY Katie FletcherThe Energy and Climate Change Select Committee released its 2020 renewable heat and transport targets report, calling for changes to the proposed RHI reforms, as the report concluded tariffs for biomethane and biomass boilers were too low. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

EPA grants Pacific Ethanol pathway approval for Edeniq technology

BY Erin VoegeleEdeniq Inc. has announced the U.S. EPA has approved a cellulosic fuel pathway for Pacific Ethanol Inc.’s Stockton, California, plant using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology, allowing the facility to generate D3 cellulosic renewable identification numbers. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

UPM wood-based biofuel successfully tested in marine applications

BY UPM Biofuels Boskalis and GoodFuels Marine recently performed successful tests using UPM BioVerno, a sustainable wood-based drop-in biofuel. The tests were conducted on a vessel working on the Dutch Marker Wadden nature restoration project on Markermeer lake. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

CBD delivers pneumatic fuel conveying system to Lynemouth plant

BY Clyde Bergemann Clyde Bergemann has been chosen to deliver the pneumatic conveying systems for the U.K.-based Lynemouth biomass conversion. The 420 MW power plant burnt its last coal in December 2015 and will reopen burning wood pellets early in 2018. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

RSB EU RED re-recognized by the European Commission

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for five years. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: The Business End of the Supply Chain

BY Tim PortzOne of the stories in this issue tells the story of wood pellet retailer Squier Lumber's history in distributing wood pellets; the journey they took building their business to where it's at today and the foreseen challenges for the future. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: Private Labeling Provisions

BY Chris WibergPFI's Standards Program has recently made private labeling provisions for issuing additional registration numbers to qualified producers who are selling wood pellets to retailers or distributors who require anonymity on behalf of the producer. READ MORE

September 11, 2016

Opinion: What Next for the Atlantic Pellet Market?

BY Hannes LechnerAlthough there is currently an overcapacity in the Atlantic pellet market, it's expected to clear up slowly, and as the three major European biomass conversion projects come online, they may help bring the market back to balance. READ MORE

September 10, 2016

Opinion: Distribution Model Cost Savings

BY Michele RebiereRebiere highlights three major distribution models in the pellet industry today and how short-term potential savings can be realized in these costs for pellet producers to build long-term efficiencies. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

In Depth: Riding the Wave

BY Ron KotrbaSquier Lumber & Hardware Inc., a longtime staple in Monson, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, more recently has evolved into one of the premier independent pellet retailers in the U.S. Northeast. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

BPA, ABC advocate for tax credit extensions

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biomass Power Association and American Biogas Council are among four renewable energy trade groups that sent a letter to congressional leaders on Sept. 6 advocating for the extension of expiring renewable energy tax incentives. READ MORE