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October 16, 2014

AECOM awarded contract to design, build N.Y. biogas project

BY AECOM AECOM recently announced that it has been awarded a design-build contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the Newtown Creek Renewable Natural Gas Project in New York City. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Cranfield University opens AD pilot plant

BY Cranfield University A new anaerobic digestion pilot plant facility was opened Oct. 16 at Cranfield University in the U.K. The bio-thermal RED project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and supported by Shanks Waste Management. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances biofuel research

BY Michigan State University The discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour

BY Katie FletcherA sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16

BY Erin VoegeleThe recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Vega Biofuels breaks ground on pilot torrefaction plant

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Vega Biofuels Inc. recently announced that its joint venture with Agri-Tech Producers LLC has broken ground on its Allendale, South Carolina, pilot torrefaction plant. The facility is expected to be complete during the first quarter of 2015. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Fire reported at British Columbia pellet plant

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.'s pellet plant in Burns Lake, British Columbia, experienced a fire on Oct. 9. The incident occurred in one of the facility's large drying units. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Research aims to help dairy farmers generate sustainable energy

BY University of Nevada, Reno A new, collaborative grant at the University of Nevada, Reno will further research into biomass conversion by developing a cost-effective process for large-scale dairy farmers to generate energy from manure. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Biogas producers finding opportunity in advanced biofuel markets

BY Katie FletcherDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference held in Minneapolis on Oct. 13-14, professionals in the biogas space reviewed the continued momentum and implications biogas producers are experiencing in advanced biofuel markets. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

USDA report highlights potential of the biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently published a report that synthesizes current literature and explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. The report, titled "Why Biobased?" is a precursor to a more comprehensive economic study expected to be released soon. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

Landfill gas-to-energy project begins production in California

BY DTE Biomass Energy Sunshine Gas Producers has started generating electricity from landfill gas at its recently constructed renewable energy facility at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

DOE awards $$13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass. READ MORE

October 13, 2014

Policy issues plague advanced biofuel industry

BY Anna SimetDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference being held in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 13-14, McAdams recapped the struggles the industry has faced throughout the year. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Research: Water not essential to enzyme performance

BY University of Bristol New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology, that enzymes need water to function. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Pilot biogas project at Massachusetts landfill site complete

BY Katie FletcherA ribbon-cutting ceremony was held earlier this week at the Crapo Hill Landfill site in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, for the startup of CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation's pilot-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) project. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

MIT: New approach to boosting biofuel production

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

EIA predicts higher natural gas, electricity prices this winter

BY Anna SimetThe U.S. EIA has released its short-term energy and winter fuels outlook, which predicts that, albeit paying higher prices for natural gas and electricity, homeowners will enjoy overall lower heating expenditures this winter. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

EPA unveils improved RFS pathway petition process

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 08, 2014

BlueFire announces EPC contract for Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 8, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced it has signed a master engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its proposed 19 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

DECC responds to criticism of Drax conversion, CfD contracts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has spoken out to criticize an article published by the U.K.-based Daily Mail that questions the environmental benefits of the Drax Group biomass conversion and the sustainability of U.S. wood pellets. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

JBEI: MaxBin offers automated sorting through metagenomes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute The U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has developed MaxBin, an automated software program for binning (sorting) the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Northeast Wood Products pellet capacity to near 350,000 tons

BY Anna SimetIn a span of about eight months, Northeast Wood Products LLC will have gone from no presence in the industry to possessing nearly 350,000 tons of U.S. wood pellet production capacity. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Low Carbon Fuels Coalition: Connector of industries and interests

BY Katie FletcherThe most recent California legislative session concluded with policy developments spurring the launch of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The LCFC advocates for policies that facilitate the rapid deployment of low carbon fuels. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

EPA reports GHG emissions data for 2013

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated data gathered through its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which details greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution trends and emissions broken down by several category types. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

RWE sells share in Italian biomass facility

BY Erin VoegeleRWE Innogy recently announced the sale of its stake in the Sicilian biomass power plant Enna to FriEl Green Power, Bozen. The 18.7 MW facility has been operating since mid-2013. The company is not expected to pursue additional biomass projects. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Reverdia adds licensing to Biosuccinium portfolio

BY Reverdia In addition to its production capacity of about 10,000 metric tons per year out of the Cassano, Italy, Biosuccinium plant, Reverdia announced in October at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology that it is now licensing Biosuccinium. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Cellulosic ethanol project planned in Slovak Republic

BY Biochemtex Biochemtex and Beta Renewables recently announced they have signed a definitive agreement with Energochemica SE for the construction of a second generation ethanol plant and the annexed energy block for the generation of power and steam. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Gevo's isobutanol included in new line of marine, off-road fuels

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and off-road fuels. The new biofuels will meet Gulf Racing Fuels' requirement for an oxygenated off-road fuel. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

ARPA-E opens funding opportunity for feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has opened a $30 million funding opportunity that aims to increase energy crop yield through automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to biofuel crop breeding. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

AD project celebrates grand opening in Wisconsin

BY Dane County Wisconsin A unique partnership is turning cow waste from farms into renewable energy. La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Gundersen Health System and Dane County are partnering with three Dane County farm families on the GL Dairy Biogas Project. READ MORE