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November 29, 2016

In Depth: 28 Days Later: Waste to Fuel

BY Ron KotrbaThe Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia, prepares to open a new biogas plant fed by its residents’ kitchen scraps and yard waste, the fuel from which will power its collection fleet of CNG vehicles. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

In Depth: Trial by Fire

BY Anna SimetContinuing its years-long investigation of whether torrefied biomass could extend its life, Boardman Power Station is prepping to undergo a substantive test burn. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

New chemical enhances biodiesel, ethanol production

BY Ron KotrbaBASF is introducing a new version of its Lutropur brand of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) with higher active concentration for multiple applications in biodiesel and ethanol processing. BASF's new Lutropur MSA-XP features 94 percent active concentration. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Opinion: Capturing Power Above the Dirt

BY Gus Simmons North Carolina has the potential to gain $2.7 billion in new capital investment, nearly 24,300 construction and maintenance jobs, and a multitude of related industry-service jobs, by taking advantage of biogas. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Canada announces plans for national low-carbon fuel standard

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 25, the government of Canada announced plans to develop a low-carbon fuel standard that would require reductions in the carbon footprint of fuels supplied in the nation based on lifecycle analysis. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

DOE to fund renewable energy projects on Indian land

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. DOE has announced plans to provide up to $6 million in funding to support the deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy on Indian land. Applications are due Feb. 7. An informational webinar is planned for Dec. 1. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

ISU scientists explore advantages of horticultural bioplastics

BY Iowa State University New bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Opinion: The Greenest Universities

BY John Ackerly For high school students, these 20 universities are all excellent places to immerse themselves in renewable energy technology and policy. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

Connecticut’s first food waste biogas plant nears finish

BY Anna SimetQuantum Biopower plans to begin operations at a biogas plant in Connecticut by the end of the year. The fully-automated plant will take in 40,000 tons of food waste annually and generate 1.2 MW of power via low solids anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

EPA: Cellulosic RIN generation reaches 17.79 million in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 17.79 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

ETI releases UK decarbonization strategy combining bioenergy, CCS

BY Katie FletcherThe Energy Technologies Institute released a report this month highlighting the importance of combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) if the U.K. is to meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets cost-effectively. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

Vega files provisional patent for G4 torrefaction machine

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Vega Biofuels Inc. recently announced that it has filed a provisional patent application for its generation four (G4) torrefaction machine. According to the company, the machine increases manufacturing capacity by approximately 25 percent. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

Iona acquires Dryholme Biogas from Farmgen

BY Iona Iona has acquired Dryholme Biogas, a 1.8 MWe anaerobic digestion plant located near Silloth, Cumbria, U.K. The facility processes dairy by-products and agricultural feedstocks. Iona plans to refurbish the plant to improve operational performance. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

EPA finalizes 2017 RFS RVOs, biofuels industry applauds rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 23, the U.S. EPA released its final rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel. Several of the RVOs represent increases over proposed volumes. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Plans unveiled for waste-to-energy system in Indiana

BY Kroger Co. The Kroger Co.'s K.B. Specialty Foods recently broke ground on a new anaerobic wastewater treatment system at its facility in Greensburg, Indiana. The modification will turn food production byproducts into energy. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Survey identifies more than 100 million dead trees in California

BY USDA The USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Scientists study how biofuel crop reflectivity impacts climate

BY DOE/ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have conducted a detailed study of the reflectivity effects of converting land to grow biofuel crops. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Reverdia, Xinfu sign Biosuccinium supply, collaboration agreement

BY Reverdia Reverdia has signed a strategic partnership with Hangzhou Xinfu Science & Technology Co. Ltd. The partnership represents a collaboration to adopt Biosuccinium in biobased polymers and co-polymers and a long-term supply agreement. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

EPA: Comment period open on proposed point of obligation ruling

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to deny several petitions requesting the agency redefine the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), officially opening a 60-day public comment period. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

CWS to buy Western Biodiesel plant, convert to renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaCielo Waste Solutions has agreed to buy the former Western Biodiesel plant in High River, Alberta, near Calgary. Once the purchase is complete, CWS plans to scale up its thermal catalytic depolymerization technology there to produce renewable diesel. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Renewable diesel powers Hamburg airport's heavy-duty ground fleet

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel will power heavy-duty vehicles in Hamburg airport’s ground fleet, complementing other alternative energies used on-site, making it the first major international airport to replace all fossil fuels with renewables in its entire fleet. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Engineering firm warns biomass builders on cutting costs

BY Axiom Engineering Associates Moves to make green energy more cost-effective, by cutting corners to reduce up-front costs cheaper, can prove to be an expensive mistake, Axiom Engineering Associates, a U.K. materials engineering company, warns. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs, reduce emissions

BY WILEY A new article looks at the potential benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a vision to enable a sustainable market for producing and converting a billion tons of U.S. biomass to biobased energy, fuels, and products by 2030. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

Comment period opens on EPA rule to update RFS, fuel regulations

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are due Jan. 17. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

Mission Innovation launches sustainable biofuel challenge

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 14, Mission Innovation Partners came together at the UN climate change conference, known as COP22, to report on developments one year from its launch. The global effort aims to double clean energy research and development. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

REG to conduct strategic review of REG Life Sciences activities

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group's board of directors recently authorized a review of strategic alternatives for its Life Sciences subsidiary, which is developing renewable chemicals and fuels using a proprietary microbial fermentation process. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

UK trade groups REA, WHA launch biomass heat campaign

BY Katie FletcherThe Renewable Energy Association and Wood Heat Association recently launched a campaign to urge government to support the continued use of biomass as it makes its final decisions around how renewable heat technologies will be funded to 2021. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

Northgate Markets, Emerson partner on food waste-to-energy

BY Emerson Northgate Markets is using Grind2Energy, Emerson’s system to turn food waste into energy. The system grids food waste into a slurry onsite. The slurry is then transferred to an offsite anaerobic digester, where it is used to generate energy. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

NextCoal International plans bio-coal, bio-oil plant in New York

BY NextCoal International Inc. NextCoal International Inc. plans to build a facility in New York to produce bio-coal for export to Japanese power plants and bio-oil for domestic industrial applications. Japanese strategic and institutional investors are involved with the project. READ MORE