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December 03, 2014

Census Bureau releases biomass power plant data

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Census Bureau recently released new economic census statistics on renewable energy, reporting that revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources increased 49 percent from 2007 to 2012. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

USDA announces advanced biofuel payments, bioenergy grants

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 2, the USDA announced it is making more than $5.6 million grant payments to 220 producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. An additional $4 million in grants are being awarded though three programs supporting bioenergy initiatives. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

Volvo Trucks' assembly plant in Virginia powered by landfill gas

BY Volvo Trucks The electric power used by Volvo's New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia, is now carbon neutral. As of November, 100 percent of the plant's electricity is generated by methane gas produced at 13 landfills in the region. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

Boeing conducts flight with green diesel

BY Boeing Boeing has completed the world's first flight using green diesel. The company recently powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

Tanac announces plans to construct pellet mill in Brazil

BY Tanac S.A. Tanac S.A. has announced plans to construct a wood pellet manufacturing plant at its Rio Grande port site, in the south of Brazil. Construction of the 400,000-metric-ton-per-year plant commenced in October and is scheduled to complete in early 2016. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Wartsila to provide 50 MW plant to bioenergy project in Hawaii

BY Erin VoegeleWartsila Corp. recently announced it will supply a 50 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to Hawaiian Electric Co. on the island of Oahu. The facility, located at the Schofield Barracks Army Base, is expected to run a biofuel blend. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline

BY KU Leuven Researchers at KU Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Edeniq, Global Bio-chem announce joint development agreement

BY Edeniq Inc. Edeniq Inc. has announced a joint development agreement with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Ltd. The companies will cooperate on the development of technology to convert corn stover to cellulosic sugars for use in the production of biochemicals. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

BPA submits comments on Clean Power Plan to EPA

BY Biomass Power Association Biomass Power Association has submitted its comments to the U.S. EPA on the Clean Power Plan, the agency's strategy for reducing carbon emissions in each state. The comments highlight the significant environmental benefits provided by biomass power. READ MORE

December 01, 2014

Ameresco announces Q3 results, opens Calif. landfill gas project

BY Katie FletcherA grand opening celebration was held last month for Ameresco's 4.3 MW landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project at the Foothill Landfill in Linden, California. The project is expected to generate clean energy to power nearly 2,600 local homes annually. READ MORE

December 01, 2014

Bioasphalt made with lignin under development in the Netherlands

BY Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research Bioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil (NL). READ MORE

November 28, 2014

Comment period on EPA's Clean Power Plan to close Dec. 1

BY Erin VoegeleThe public comment period on the U.S. EPA's proposed rule for the Clean Power Plan is set to close Dec. 1. The proposal aims to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030, when compared to 2005 emissions. READ MORE

November 28, 2014

NDSU: New plastic disappears when you want it to

BY North Dakota State University Researchers at North Dakota State University have made a discovery that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be reduced back to molecules exposed to a specific type of light. The molecules could then be used to produce new plastic. READ MORE

November 28, 2014

Navy scientists convert agricultural waste to silicon carbide

BY U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Around the globe, billions of pounds of agricultural waste are generated every year. Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are exploring ways to convert this waste into high-value silicon carbide. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

Comments due Dec. 8 on draft California energy report

BY Erin VoegeleThe California Energy Commission is accepting public comments on its Draft 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update through Dec. 8. The report outlines the commission's assessments of a variety of energy issues currently impacting the state. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

Iona Capital invests in U.K. AD plant

BY Iona Capital Iona Capital, a leading environmental investor, has financed its twelfth anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, Leeming Biogas Ltd., which is located adjacent to RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire and will be one of the largest gas-to-grid AD plants in the UK. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

Helsingin Energia, Vapo agree on pellet deliveries in Finland

BY Helsingin Energia Helsingin Energia and Vapo have agreed on wood pellet deliveries to the Salmisaari and Hanasaari combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants. The delivery amounts are significant on the Finnish scale. Pellets are used for replacing imported coal. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

ISU researchers develop bioplastic adhesives

BY Iowa State University Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

BY University of Florida At t NASA's request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste into rocket fuel. Like so many other things developed for the space program, the process could well turn up on Earth. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

E2: Nearly 850 advanced biofuel jobs announced during Q3

BY Erin VoegeleEnvironmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its third quarter clean energy jobs report, reporting that more than 18,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in 23 states during the quarter. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Drax commissions study on relative cost of biomass, offshore wind

BY Erin VoegeleDrax Power Ltd. recently commissioned a study from Frontier Economics that addresses the relative system cost of biomass and offshore wind in the U.K. The study determined the relative cost of offshore wind is significantly higher than biomass. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Report charts path to development of cellulosic nanomaterials

BY USDA The U.S. Forest Service has released a report that details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees. The report is the result of a workshop held earlier this year. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

DOE: Report assesses value of cofiring biomass with coal

BY U.S. Department of Energy A joint Idaho National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report presents results of an evaluation funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the effects of substituting up to 20 percent renewable biomass for coal. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

SAS signs agreement for regular biofuel powered flights

BY SAS SAS has, along with the Lufthansa Group and KLM, signed an agreement with Statoil Aviation for a regular supply of 2.5 million liters )660,430 gallons) of biofuel at Oslo Airport, allowing the airport to offer a regular supply of biobased fuel. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Highland EnviroFuels to license Gevo technology for Florida plant

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced that Highlands EnviroFuels LLC has signed a letter of intent to become a Gevo licensee to produce renewable isobutanol. Highlands plans to build a facility in Florida that wold produce up to 25 MMgy of the biobased fuel. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Opinion: Partners in Profit

BY Tim PortzIn the midst of producing the final issue of Biomass Magazine in 2014, dedicated to biomass integrations, conversions and colocations, the International Panel on Climate Change released a report urging a phase-out of fossil fuel energy this century. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

In Depth: A Dot on the Map

BY Anna SimetOntario Power Generation’s Atikokan and Thunder Bay generating station conversions mark a turning point in Canadian power generation. READ MORE