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February 04, 2015

Business Briefs

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February 03, 2015

PHI Group partners with AG Materials on Florida pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherPHI Group Inc., a company focused on energy and natural resources, announced in late January it has signed an agreement with AG Materials LLC to jointly establish a 200,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Live Oak, Florida. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Oregon bills aim to remove sunset date from Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleEfforts are underway in Oregon to repeal the Dec. 31 sunset date under the state's Clean Fuels Program. Several bills pending in the Oregon legislature aim to remove the sunset date, allowing the program to be implemented past the end of this year. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Enerpellets announces plans to develop pellet plant in Florida

BY Enerpellets Group Enerpellets Group took the decision to internationalize its biomass pellets production activity by building a state-of-the-art unit in Florida with a real production output capacity of 250,000 tons per year. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Clarkson University, SUNY Canton research wood heating systems

BY Clarkson University Clarkson University and State University of New York Canton researchers are evaluating a new generation of wood pellet boilers that were developed in Austria and now are being manufactured in New York State. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

IU biologists use bacterium, nitrogen gas to produce ethanol

BY Indiana University Indiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

In Depth: Grass to Gas

BY Katie FletcherGrassland and perennial biomass streams are being tapped for conversion as supplemental feedstock in anaerobic digesters. These streams are considered in the biogas market for their environmental benefits, high-yielding rates and reliability. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Fire suppressant provider targets biomass industry

BY Katie FletcherGelTech Solutions Inc., the creator of the patent-pending fire suppressant compound called FireIce, recently began working in the agriculture industry and is now initiating outreach to some biomass producers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Margam Green Energy Plant to be operational in early 2017

BY Erin VoegeleEco2 Ltd. recently announced the sale of a proposed 40 MW biomass power project to Glennmont Partners. The project, known as the Margam Green Energy Plant, is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 20147. Engineering is currently underway. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Energycane varieties look promising for north Louisiana

BY Louisiana State University AgCenter Louisiana State University AgCenter researchers continue to evaluate energycane varieties planted in north Louisiana as a possible new crop for producers to grow as a biofuel feedstock. Energycane is a cross between sugarcane and its wild relatives. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Opinion: Handwriting on the Wall

BY Bill Bell The most resounding, and most expected, election victory was achieved by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, who received almost 70 percent of the vote in Maine. Bell shares Collins' efforts in the biomass industry and other legislative impacts. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Opinion: Low Oil Price Won't Put Brakes on Biomass Future

BY Matt Carr The recent fall in oil prices has everybody talking about the prospects for advanced biofuels. Carr says many of today's ventures no longer solely depend on revenue from fuels or energy sales, but instead are looking to attack multiple markets. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleA group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

NHWEC releases video on modern wood heating

BY New Hampshire Wood Energy Council The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, one of 16 state wood energy teams funded in part by the USDA, has released a 5 minute video overview of heating commercial and institutional buildings with advanced wood chip and wood pellet heating systems. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

In Depth: Dangerously Smart Farm Boys

BY Tim PortzLong before farmers are ready to buy the implements required to grow and harvest energy crops, leading OEMs leverage robust research and development organizations to get them engineered. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Louisiana solid waste to expand biogas-to-fuel operation capacity

BY Katie FletcherLouisiana's St. Landry Parish Solid Waste District anticipates completion of expansion to its landfill-gas-to-fuel operation in October. The decision to add capacity coincides with a fuel purchase contract that the district recently received. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Vencor acquires bio-coal purchase order, anticipates expansion

BY Katie FletcherVencor International Inc. recently announced an agreement to acquire the exclusive rights to torrefaction equipment and technology from Torretherm Inc. The company has also announced a purchase order from Vega Biofuels Inc. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Reports illustrate European biogas, energy-from-waste industries

BY Erin VoegeleEurObserv'ER recently released updated Biogas Barometer and Renewable Municipal Waste Barometer reports that show energy production from both biogas and municipal waste has continued to expand across the European Union in recent years. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Researchers produce two biofuels from a single algae

BY Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study. The research exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Biomass-fired CHP, district heating project planned in U.K.

BY University of East Anglia Homes and businesses in Norwich, England, were recently offered a double energy boost with a proposal to create straw pellet-fired project that would supply heat and power to the community. The project would include a district heating system. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

York scientists shed further new light on biomass breakdown

BY University of York Scientists at the University of York are part of a research team which has found that a recently discovered family of enzymes, lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, can degrade resistant forms of starch. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

U.K. DECC increases CfD budget for less established technologies

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate change has increased the budget for new Contracts for Difference. The extra funding will increase the amount available for less established technologies, such as offshore wind and some biomass technologies. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Researchers in Spain develop prototype biogas-fueled fuel cell

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Converting the waste to heat and power is a three-part process that begins with the production of biogas via anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel processing

BY University of Minnesota Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Virginia county approves organic waste processing facility

BY Prince William County, Virginia At its Jan. 20 meeting, the board of county supervisors in Prince William County, Virginia, authorized an agreement with Freestate Farms LLC to construct and operate a new facility that will include an anaerobic digestion system. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Zilkha closes on last land purchase for Arkansas pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherZilkha Biomass Energy has closed on the purchase of the last parcel of land to be acquired for its proposed 450,000 metric-ton-per-year pellet plant in Monticello, Arkansas. The 80.99 acres were purchased from a university for $80,500. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

OriginOil, INL collaborate on proposed algae biofuel project

BY OriginOil Inc. OriginOil Inc. has announced that it is collaborating with the Idaho National Laboratory. A proposed project focuses on development and implementation of novel approaches to improve efficiency in algal biofuel production. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Genera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE