Showing the latest 90 - 120 articles

July 11, 2017

Alliance Bio-Products gains USDA approval to buy Ineos Bio plant

BY Staff Report Alliance Bio-Products Inc. has received approval from the USDA to purchase an existing cellulosic ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Florida. The purchase includes the 8 MMgy plant, about 143 acres, equipment and vehicles. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Grants help maple syrup makers install pellet, wood chip systems

BY Erin VoegeleIn Vermont, The Clean Energy Development Fund at the state’s Public Service Department is offering grant funding of up to $20,000 to help sugar makers install evaporators fueled with wood pellets or wood chips. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

DOE awards $8 million to support algae-based biofuel development

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Oh resigns from REG, Howard appointed interim president, CEO

BY Ron KotrbaLongtime leader of Renewable Energy Group Inc., Daniel J. Oh, resigned from his position as president and CEO July 3. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with newly appointed interim president and CEO Randy Howard on Oh's departure and REG's new leadership. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals

BY Arizona State University Arizona State University scientists are harnessing the trial-and-error power of evolution to coax nature into revealing how to convert biomass into biobased products by test-tube evolving bacteria to ferment biomass sugars. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: It’s Settled: Biomass is a Carbon-Saving Fuel

BY Bob Cleaves In May, the Biomass Power Association completed and released a yearlong study of the carbon emissions of biomass power. The results were decisive in proving the carbon benefits of biomass. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: Our Ever-Present Danger

BY Tim PortzAs the biomass and wood pellet industries grow, so too must our commitment to better understand and manage combustible dust hazards. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: Are We Ready for the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Movement?

BY John Ackerly Many in the biomass heating movement bemoan warm winters, low fossil fuel prices and the slow pace of conversions to biomass heat. But systems to adopt renewable heating are being put in place, and though we could be, we aren't a part of them. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: An Innovative, Cost-Effective Approach to Fire Safety

BY Chuck Auger With the high price of fire suppression systems, the skyrocketing cost of insurance, and an overall industry focus on safety, utilization of fabric structures for storage and processing of biomass products is a cost-effective and practical solution. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

In Depth: The Standard in Risk Abatement

BY Tim PortzThe National Fire Protection Association has advised facilities about the risks associated with combustible dust for nearly 100 years. NFPA 652 is its latest effort to mitigate risks and prevent catastrophe. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

IEA Bioenergy Task 40 updates report on pellet industry, trade

BY Erin VoegeleIEA Bioenergy Task 40, an initiative established by the International Energy Agency in 2003 to focus on international bioenergy technology, recently published a new report on the global wood pellet industry and trade. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Valmet to supply biomass plant, automation system to DONG Energy

BY Valmet Corp. Valmet Corp. will supply a biomass power plant to DONG Energy's Asnaes Power Station located in Kalundborg, Denmark. The delivery consists of a 140 MWth biomass-fired HYBEX power boiler plant featuring bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

SynTech Bioenergy opens Hawaii office

BY SynTech Bioenergy SynTech Bioenergy, a Denver-based renewable energy technology company, has opened its first Hawaii office for sales and field service in Honolulu. The office will support local installations of SynTech Bioenergy’s technology. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Opinion: Farm Bill Energy Programs: All-of-the-Above Value

BY Lloyd Ritter The all-of-the-above energy approach of the Farm Bill energy programs enables investment in rural America, supports innovation and new manufacturing industries, and generates economic opportunities and jobs. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetMore than 800 attendees and 160-plus producers of biomass power, heat, pellets biogas and advanced biofuels met in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: Fielding Stover Logistics

BY Anna Simet AGCO Corp.’s latest large-scale crop residue endeavor is utilizing and adding to the company’s well-established harvesting knowledge base. READ MORE

July 09, 2017

Opinion: Time for a change in the RFS

BY Michael McAdams , for the first time in four years, Congress has stepped up its work to explore the possibility of reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard program. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Vermont report on clean energy addresses bioenergy employment

BY Erin VoegeleIn June, the Vermont Department of Public Service released its 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report, revealing the number of Vermonters engaged in the clean energy industry has grown 29 percent since 2013. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Research progressing on how to spur wide use of aviation biofuels

BY Penn State Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation's aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher at Penn State. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Sustainable Biomass Program responds to NRDC paper

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Carsten Huljus, CEO of the Sustainable Biomass Partnership, has issued a response to s recent issue paper by the Dogwood Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council that criticizes the SBP's certification system. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Velocys to focus on biofuels, announces progress at Envia plant

BY Erin VoegeleVeloycs plc has announced the production of the first finished saleable products from Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City. The company also recently stated it plans to focus on the conversion of woody biomass to fuels. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Zeolite catalysts pave the road to decentralized biorefining

BY Technical University of Munich Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process to convert organic waste into fuel using zeolite crystals. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Evoqua acquires ADI Systems

BY Evoqua Evoqua recently announced it has acquired ADI Systems, Lange Containment and Geomembrane Technologies from ADI Group Inc. The three businesses are leaders in wastewater solutions for industrial and manufacturing applications. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

EPA releases proposed 2018 RFS volume requirements

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 5, the U.S. released its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume standards (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. Overall, the proposed RVOs require 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2018. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Maine Woods Pellet qualified under PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Maine Woods Pellet Co. of Athens, Maine, to the PFI Standards Program as the 25th pellet manufacturer and 38th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

UPM tests Carinata sequential cropping concept

BY UPM Biofuels UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuel feedstock and protein for animal feed. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

BTU Act reintroduced, biomass thermal, power could benefit

BY Anna SimetSeveral legislators have again introduced an act that would level the playing field for biomass heating technologies—and potentially, some biomass power facilities. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

ABC praises House intro of Ag Environmental Stewardship Act

BY American Biogas Council The American Biogas Council praises the recent introduction of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 2853), which will increase agricultural viability by helping to deploy new nutrient recovery and biogas systems. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

Opinion: Wood Energy Financial App Needs Updated Data

BY David Bancroft The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has been collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and University of Minnesota to update the Wood Energy Financial Calculator. READ MORE