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June 02, 2017

In Depth: Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America

BY Ron KotrbaThe Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need for intercontinental collaboration. READ MORE

June 01, 2017

EPA grant supports development of California biomass project

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has awarded $56.8 million in fiscal year 2017 brownfields funding through its assessment and cleanup grants. A portion of that funding will benefit a bioenergy project in California. READ MORE

June 01, 2017

Airbus offers regular customer delivery flights with biofuel

BY Airbus Showing its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new jets using a blend of sustainable jet fuel. READ MORE

June 01, 2017

Covestro produces biobased aniline

BY Covestro Covestro has scored a research breakthrough for the use of plant-based raw materials in plastics production: aniline, an important basic chemical, can now be derived from biomass. READ MORE

June 01, 2017

In Depth: A New Level of Transparency

BY Anna SimetEnviva's new Track & Trace system is unprecedented when it comes to documenting and sharing feedstock sourcing data. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

Republic Services expands RNG agreement with Clean Energy

BY Republic Services Inc. Republic Services Inc. recently announced that the company will increase its usage of renewable natural gas (RNG) by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

Georgia-Pacific mill completes boiler upgrade

BY Anna SimetGeorgia Pacific has finished a $388 million boiler system overhaul at its Brewton, Alabama, containerboard mill. The project has enabled the mill to generate all of its own energy by burning a mix of biomass and natural gas. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

UK ADBA: RHI reform delays expected to impact biomethane projects

BY Erin VoegeleIn the U.K., the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association has lowered its forecast for new biomethane plants expected to be commissioned this year, citing a delay with Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

Anellotech announces successful performance test of pilot plant

BY Anellotech Anellotech has completed a successful continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas. The test involved continuous injection of MinFree woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

Study evaluates camelina’s varied response to location

BY American Society of Agronomy A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains. The goal is to find the variety that performs best in each location. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

In Depth: Maintaining the Fiber Flow

BY Tim PortzProducers outline their philosophies and strategies for feedstock procurement, illustrating the critical importance of developing strong and long-lasting relationships. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

DTE acquires two renewable natural gas facilities

BY Anna SimetDTE Biomass Energy has acquired two renewable natural gas projects in Texas. Ford Bend Power Producers LLC, located near Rosenberg, is currently operating, while the Seabreeze project in Angleton, Texas, is expected to begin construction in June. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

UPM earns RSB certification for wood-based liquid biofuels

BY UPM Biofuels UPM Biofuels has received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production side streams turpentine and pitch. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs

BY Los Alamos National Laboratory A Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

In Depth: Feedstock Sustainability Regulations in the EU

BY Hannes Lechner and John Dawson-Nowak Sustainability of biomass supply is already a well-monitored, efficiently managed issue in some European countries, regarding supply chains for industrial-scale power and heat generation. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

BETO announces 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge winners

BY U.S. Department of Energy The Bioenergy Technologies Office recently announced the winner of the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge, titled “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae,” was created by two students from Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

UW technology converts biomass into 3 high-value chemicals

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their collaborators have developed a new process for obtaining three high-value products from biomass in one fell swoop using gamma valerolactone (GVL), a solvent that is derived from plant material. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

MSEA video opposes efforts to move RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleThe Main Street Energy Alliance recently released a video outlining some of the negative impacts associated with shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

U.S. Forest Service grants expand wood energy markets

BY U.S. Forest Service U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

UC collaboration unlocks a key to biofuel

BY University of California Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Renewable energy jobs push 10 million globally

BY Anna SimetThe renewable energy industry directly and indirectly employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s newly released annual jobs report. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegelePresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

U of M startup enVerde to commercialize WtE technology

BY University of Minnesota The Minneapolis-based clean tech startup company enVerde has signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota to develop a technology that converts organic waste materials into synthetic gas (syngas). READ MORE

May 24, 2017

UMaine converts biomass to fuels, chemicals at pilot plant

BY University of Maine A pilot plant capable of processing up to 1 ton of woody biomass per day into chemicals that can be used to manufacture bioproducts will be demonstrated in 100 hours of continuous operation at the University of Maine’s Technology Research Center. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

SkyNRG, AEG Fuels deliver aviation biofuel to EBACE

BY SkyNRG SkyNRG and AEG Fuels recently delivered sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

EPA to reconsider rules to reduce methane emissions at landfills

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 23, the U.S. EPA announced a 90-day administrative stay of two final rules announced in mid-2016 that aim to reduce methane emissions from MSW landfills. The stay will allow the agency to reconsider certain aspects of these regulations. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Lignetics acquires the Marth Companies

BY Lignetics Inc. Lignetics Inc. recently announced the acquisition of the Marth Companies LLC, which includes manufacturing plants in Marathon, Athens, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, as well as the Marth Transportation trucking assets. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Gevo’s isobutanol cleared for use in on-road vehicles in Arizona

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that a bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will let gas stations sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, enabling higher performing finished fuels with renewable content for drivers in the state. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Dalhousie University to update biomass energy plant

BY Dalhousie University, Mary Jane Webber Nova Scotia-based Dalhousie University has announced plans to update its 30-year old biomass energy plant and steam distribution system. The $24.2 million project is expected to be complete by May 2018. READ MORE