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December 31, 2016

Opinion: Lean Manufacturing, Wood Supply Chain Optimization

BY Stan Parton The wood fiber supply chain involves much more than moving raw materials from point A to point B; it is a complex system that is constantly affected by a number of variables between point A and point B. READ MORE

December 30, 2016

In Depth: Bearing Down

BY Tim PortzProducers seeking to drive down overall operating expenses must find ways to prolong roller and roller bearing life. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

Hawaii releases annual energy report

BY Anna SimetHawaii has released its annual energy report documenting progress toward its renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, particularly its renewable portfolio standard goal of 100 percent by 2045. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

DOE opens FOA for algae-based biofuels, selects 6 projects

BY Katie FletcherU.S. DOE announces a funding opportunity of up to $8 million to develop algae-based biofuels and selects six projects for up to $12.9 million in funding for the manufacturing of biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

In Depth: North Country Knowhow

BY Anna SimetAcclimated to the brutal winter conditions in its Adirondack Mountain location, a New York boarding school is mastering its heating fuel logistics. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Enviva begins exports at Port of Wilmington

BY North Carolina State Ports Authority, Enviva The Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and began loading the first export shipment to Europe last week. The ship is expected to depart before year-end. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Ontario cooperative releases biomass agronomy guides, videos

BY Katie FletcherOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently released biomass agronomy guides and videos for switchgrass and miscanthus production. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Velocys releases strategy update with market focus

BY Katie FletcherVelocys plc recently announced results of its strategy review with mention that construction of its commercial reference gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City is complete, and commissioning is ongoing. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Advanced Biofuels USA gets grant to study energy beets

BY Ann BaileyMaryland-based Advanced Biofuels USA has been awarded a $16,893 grant by USDA to study the feasibility of making bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Construction of Quebec biomethane project underway

BY Infrastructure Canada & Government of Quebec Officials of the governments of Canada and Quebec visited the city of Varennes on Dec. 19 to break ground for construction of the biomethanation facilities of the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS). READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Michigan beefs up state renewable policy, raises RPS

BY Anna SimetEarly this week, Michigan legislators overhauled state energy policy, approving a 234-page plan that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 21. READ MORE

December 26, 2016

Wood pellet trade doubles over 5 years, driven by biomass power

BY RISI A new study from RISI focuses on how the European pellet supply stream may evolve. READ MORE

December 26, 2016

USDA GAIN report highlights Latvian pellet expansion

BY Katie FletcherThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network reports that pellet production will continue to moderately expand in Latvia. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

EPA: 1.66 billion RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 16.54 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new institute

BY Iowa State University Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute, which is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

UK RHI reform met with mixed feelings for biomass

BY Katie FletcherThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently announced new tariffs for biomass boilers and other renewable heat technologies under the Renewable Heat Incentive in its response to the consultation that closed in April. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Wartsila to supply Germany with groundbreaking biohybrid plant

BY Wärtsilä Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a biohybrid production plant to the German energy company, Erdgas Südwest GmbH. The new plant will produce both bioLNG (liquefied biogas) and LNG. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

BE&E equipment supplied to New York bioenergy plant goes online

BY Biomass Engineering and Equipment Biomass Engineering and Equipment recently announced that equipment supplied to Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York, bioenergy plant has gone online. The system transforms wood and other feedstocks into electricity through the process of gasification. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Scientists find how a bacterium reduces CO2 in biofuel production

BY Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University A paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor at Boise State University, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels while decreasing CO2 released as byproduct. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

North Carolina renewable natural gas project breaks ground

BY Anna SimetColorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy recently broke ground on a $100 million, swine waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) project near Warsaw in southeastern North Carolina. The project was first unveiled in March. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 20, 2016

MassCEC releases 2016 report on job growth in clean energy sector

BY Katie FletcherThe Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently released its 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing steady growth in the clean energy industry with an additional 6,300 employed during the past year, a growth of 6 percent. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

BioAmber, CJCJ plan joint venture in Asia

BY BioAmber Inc. BioAmber Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent with South Korean-based CJ CheilJedang Corp. (CJCJ). Under the terms of the agreement, BioAmber and CJCJ plan to establish a joint venture (JV) in China to produce bio-succinic acid. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

SEFA funds preparation of Uganda biomass gasification project

BY Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has approved a $993,000 grant to the Earth Energy Company Ltd. to prepare the first-ever biomass gasification project in Uganda, expected to add 20 MW of baseload power to the national grid. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

EC approves state aid for third Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 19, The European Commission announced it has determined that U.K. support for the conversion of the third generating unit of Drax Power Station from coal to biomass complies with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Anellotech announces breakthrough in extending catalyst lifetime

BY Anellotech Anellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

NREL releases 2015 renewable energy data book

BY Katie FletcherThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. The report includes data on bioenergy capacity and electricity generation, along with data on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE