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February 11, 2015

A ray of sunshine for bioenergy

BY University of Minnesota A new University of Minnesota study examining the financial viability of solar-heated biomass gasification technologies that produce a natural gas substitute product concludes that combining these renewable resources can make economic sense. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

USDA ARS scientists develop higher yielding sorghum plants

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Sharon Durham A new sorghum plant developed by scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Cropping Systems Research Laboratory can produce 30 to 40 percent more seeds than conventional varieties currently grown by farmers. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

Report: European pellet demand could increase U.S. forest area

BY U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station A recently released study led by U.S. Forest Service scientists finds that demand for U.S. pellets in Europe and other areas could provide new markets for U.S. timber exports, increase wood prices, and lead to increases in forestland area. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

USDA holds media call on $280 million REAP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 10, the USDA hosted a media call announcing more than $280 million is being made available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted recent improvements made to REAP. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

University of Maine at Farmington to build biomass heating plant

BY Katie FletcherAt the end of January, the University of Maine at Farmington received approval from the University of Maine System Board Of Trustees to move forward with plans to construct an $11 million biomass heat plant on campus. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

DECC publishes 12th survey on renewable energy public attitudes

BY Katie FletcherThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently published its findings from an updated survey that tracks public attitudes towards renewable energy. The results include information on public attitudes towards biomass heating. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

Thunder Bay Generating Station now fueled by advanced biomass

BY Ontario Power Generation Ontario Power Generation's Thunder Bay Generating Station is now in service and is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean and dispatchable fuel. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

Algenol closes on internal equity financing

BY Algenol Algenol has closed on a $25 million dollar investment from BioFields, a Mexican business group devoted to the development of renewable and clean energy projects. This new investment follows a $40 million investment made by BioFields last year. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

Paper considers the future of biomass heating in the U.K.

BY Katie FletcherCPL Industries, a distributor of wood pellet heating solutions in the U.K., has published a paper exploring the benefits of incorporating biomass into long-term heating strategies for 2020 and beyond. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

Neste Oil reports increased sales volume for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleNeste Oil has released financial results for 2014, reporting comparable operating project of EUR 583 million ($669.09 million), including comparable operating profit of EUR 254 million during the fourth quarter. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

North American pellet exports reached a new record high in Q3

BY Wood Resources International LLC Asia has become a new market for wood pellet exporters in Western Canada with shipments having increased for six consecutive quarters, while Canadian exports to Europe have fallen during 2014, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

University of Missouri prototype AD system processes pig manure

BY University of Missouri The University of Missouri has unveiled a prototype small-scale anaerobic digestion system that produces biogas from pig manure. The biogas can be used to heat a farm and create electricity. The device also reduces odor from swine operations. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Enviva acquires Green Circle, orders equipment for N.C. plants

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva is moving forward with its expansion plans. The company has closed on its acquisition of Green Circle Energy Inc., and the Andritz Group has announced an order from Enviva to supply equipment and services for two proposed pellet plants. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

FERC: U.S. added 254 MW of biomass capacity in 2014

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects has released the December edition of its Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting the U.S. added 254 MW of biomass energy capacity last year. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

E3 releases report on decarbonizing pipeline gas in California

BY Katie FletcherEnergy and Environmental Economics Inc. has released a study that investigates the potential role decarbonized pipeline gas and existing gas pipeline infrastructure can have in California to help meet the state's 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Resolute Forest Products highlights pellet plant in 2014 results

BY Erin VoegeleResolute Forest Products Inc. has released 2014 financial results and reported that the company's Thunder Bay pellet plant, which began operations late last year, has already generated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

RSB solicits public comments on its principles and criteria

BY Erin VoegeleThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has opened a 60-day comment period on a revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria. Comments gathered will inform discussions among RSB members over the forthcoming Version 3.0 of the P&Cs. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Understanding air pollution from biomass burners used for heating

BY American Chemical Society Researchers studying fine particulate emissions from a biomass burner found that emissions varied as the fuel went through different stages of combustion. The findings could help industry design better wood burning units. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Cyanobacterium found in algae collection holds biotech promise

BY Washington University in St. Louis Cyanobacteria, bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis, are of considerable interest as biofactories. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have identified a fast growing strain that may hold potential for biorefining. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Opinion: Legal Issues for Biomass Thermal Offtake Contracts

BY Todd Taylor Biomass thermal projects are becoming increasingly popular. Taylor says thermal energy offtake agreements are an important component and complex. He advises to take care, plan early and consult experienced advisors before getting started. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Opinion: Taking Root

BY Tim PortzResearch continues in nearly every sector of the biomass industry to make use of the yield advantages offered by dedicated energy crops. The February issue highlights projects and R&D efforts across the gamut for developing end markets. READ MORE

February 05, 2015

In Depth: Pioneering Perennials in Iowa Soil

BY Katie FletcherThe University of Iowa is searching for the right biomass feedstock to cofire with coal at its power plant, and miscanthus is one option a few early adopters are testing. READ MORE

February 05, 2015

Opinion: Data and Tools to Better Evaluate Biogas Potential

BY Amanda Bilek Variations among biogas projects make it difficult to adequately access resource potential. Bilek says it is essential to continue to use data and visual tools, like the Iowa Biogas Assessment Model, to better evaluate the biogas resource. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

EPA finalizes NSPS for residential wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule establishing new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. The rules limit the amount of pollution that wood heaters manufactured and sold in the future can emit. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

House bills aim to alter, eliminate the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 4, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced the introduction of two bills that aim to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS), including the RFS Elimination Act, H.R. 703, and the RFS Reform Act, H.R. 704. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Landfill gas-to-energy project planned in Maine

BY Aria Energy Aria Energy recently announced that it will partner with Casella Waste Systems to develop, construct, own and operate a 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy project located at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Toward the next biofuel: Secrets of Fistulifera solaris

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Researchers have identified a microalga that is a species of diatom called Fistulifera solaris, which is emerging as a promising candidate for next-generation biofuel technology. It grows quickly and produces high levels of oil at the same time. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Global Bioenergies hits first milestone in BioMA+ project

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies announced it has reached the first milestone of the BioMA+ project, which aims to develop a renewable value chain for methacrylic acid. The company has developed a process to convert renewable resources into isobutene. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Opinion: Biomass, Oil and Gas

BY Bob Cleaves The oil-and-gas association launched its annual report on the role of oil and gas in American energy. This time the report recognized renewable energy sources, which Cleaves says is an interesting development in the biomass sector. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

In Depth: Invasive Plants as Pellet Feedstock

BY Gregory Zimmerman Harvesting cattails and other wetland plants may control their presence in the landscape and serve as a biomass source too. READ MORE