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August 04, 2017

Lignin can make building materials less toxic

BY Michigan State University A collaborative study led by a Michigan State University researcher proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Enviva reports increased productivity from modified plants

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 3, Enviva Partners LP released second quarter financial results, providing an update on efforts to modify it pellet production process to improve pellet quality. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Researcher turns dirty tinfoil into biofuel catalyst

BY Queen's University Belfast A researcher at Queen's University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminum foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

University of Northampton installs biomass heating system

BY University of Northampton Northampton has had a recent addition to its skyline in the shape of a 26-metre flue shaft, complete with LED screen, which is part of the University of Northampton’s new energy center located on its Waterside Campus. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

U.K. releases 2016 energy statistics

BY Anna SimetThe United Kingdom is currently ahead of its renewable energy targets laid out in the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, according to the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Covanta provides updates of Dublin, Fairfax EfW facilities

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting its Dublin energy-from-waste (EfW) facility is on track to begin commercial operations before the end of the year. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

DOE announces additional MEGA-BIO award

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a fourth project up to $1.8 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. The new project will optimize a process for deconstruction of biomass into sugars and lignin. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Biofuel stakeholders speak out at hearing on 2018 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA held a hearing Aug. 1 on its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representatives of the biofuels industry criticized the agency's proposed cuts to the cellulosic RVO. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Fiber costs for North American pellet plants trend downward

BY North American Wood Fiber Review With the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Canadian government invests $2.6 million in Sustane Technologies

BY Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Canadians will benefit from well-paying jobs and business opportunities created by a Halifax-based company that turns landfill waste into clean-burning fuel, thanks to a $2.6-million investment by the government of Canada. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EPA offers listen-only call-in number for Aug. 1 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is offering a listen-only call-in number for its Aug. 1 hearing the proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

Verdezyne breaks ground on biobased DDDA plant

BY Verdezyne Inc. Verdezyne Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 30 for its VerdePalm plant, the company's first commercial-scale renewable chemicals manufacturing facility. The plant, located in Malaysia, is designed to produce biobased long-chain diacids. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EnviTec partners with Bauer to enter CNG market

BY Erin VoegeleEnviTec Biogas has announced it is partnering with Germany-based Bauer Kompressoren GmbH to add compressed natural gas to (CNG) its portfolio. READ MORE

July 28, 2017

Report shows more demand for wood fiber leads to forest growth

BY Forest2Market A new Forest2Market report shows that growth in demand for forest products (i.e., lumber, paper, packaging and wood pellets) has led to greater forest productivity and a significant increase in forest inventory available for storing carbon. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Preliminary agenda announced for biofuels financial conference

BY BBI International This week, the preliminary agenda for the 13th annual Biofuels Financial Conference & Expo was announced. The event is being produced by Christianson PLLP, on Sept. 27-28, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Utah biogas project to use DMT Clear Gas Solutions technology

BY DMT Clear Gas Solutions DMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced it is providing biogas upgrading technology to an anaerobic digestion project in Utah that will produce enough power from food waste to power 15,000 homes. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Changes Coming to PFI Standards Program

BY Chris Wiberg Some upcoming changes are coming to the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Self-Reflection and Realities

BY Tim PortzProducers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EBRD loan helps Ukrainian poultry producer install biomass boiler

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is providing a $5 million loan to the Ukrainian poultry producer Dniprovska Agri Group for the construction of a biomass boiler that will improve its operational and environment performance. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

BY University of Massachusetts at Amherst Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues have discovered that Basidiomycota brown rot fungi uses a non-enzymatic, chelator-mediated biocatalysis method to digest and recycle wood. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

In Depth: Mitigating Pellet Silo Fires

BY Ron KotrbaSilo fires cost time, money and sometimes even lives. Minimizing the risk of, and damage from, fires should be mission-critical for responsible pellet producers. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Technology could transform microalgae into biobased chemicals

BY Purdue University Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into biobased chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Praj-Gevo development agreement to enter commercialization phase

BY Gevo Inc. and Praj Ltd. Praj Industries Ltd. and Gevo Inc. have announced that Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology will be available for licensing to processors of sugarcane juice and molasses. The two companies entered development and licensing agreements in 2015. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Sea-Tac moves a step closer to funding aviation biofuels

BY Rocky Mountain Institute Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuels. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Study on photoprotection may benefit biofuel feedstock yield

BY Anne Trafton , MIT Researchers from MIT and the University of Verona have discovered how the key protein in the photoprotection process allows moss and green algae to protect themselves from too much sun. The findings could benefit biofuel feedstock development. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

In Depth: Powering Up New Feedstock Demand

BY Tim PortzOn-site biomass power production is the latest chapter in a decades-long story of the Linkletter family adding value to Maine’s robust wood fiber resource. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Sumitomo buys stake in Canadian wood pellet producer

BY Anna SimetWordwide general trading company Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 48 percent stake in Canadian wood pellet producer Pacific BioEnergy Corp. The company said that is is seeking to establish a steady wood pellet supply for the long-term. READ MORE