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September 14, 2017

DOE funding helps commercialize promising energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from the DOE’s national laboratories to the marketplace. Several bioenergy projects were among those that received funding. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Switchgrass could help China’s air quality

BY University of Illinois ACES Researchers from the have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists who say switchgrass could help stop erosion loss while displacing coal use at power plants. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Researchers evaluate use of electron transport in furfural biogas

BY Springer Furfural is a promising candidate in the quest for alternative biofuels. The combustion industries are very interested in what could become a potential new type of fuel derived from atmospheric-plasma treatment of biomass. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Modular fuel technology to boost bio-share of oil refineries

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland EU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive biobased fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The project aims to achieve production costs of up to 35 percent less than alternative routes. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

RNG industry bands together in response to proposed 2018 RFS

BY Marcus Gillette As the predominate supplier of cellulosic biofuel to the Renewable Fuel Standard, renewable natural gas (RNG) is experiencing a growth rate unprecedented in the sector. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for electricity production and generation capacity from wood and waste biomass. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Vermont PUC approves RNG program for Vermont Gas customers

BY Vermont Public Utility Commission The Vermont Public Utility Commission has approved a program for Vermont Gas Systems Inc. that allows retail customers to buy renewable natural gas in amounts equal to 10 percent, 25 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent of their monthly requirements. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

BY University of Delaware A University of Delaware research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste. The feedstock could serve as a substitute for petroleum used in consumer goods. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

UK awards CfDs to 2 dedicated biomass with CHP projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced Contracts for Difference (CfD) have been awarded to 11 new projects, including two dedicated biomass power plants with combined-heat-and-power (CHP). READ MORE

September 12, 2017

Researchers announce promising new feedstock for bio-jet fuel

BY University of Illinois A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

DOE announces up to $8.8 million for algae technologies

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. Funding for the initiative now totals over $16 million. READ MORE

September 11, 2017

Opinion: California’s Best Bet

BY Tim PortzThe correlation between forest health and strong markets for forest products is crystal clear to stakeholders but is it for policymakers in California trying to manage the specter of massive wildfires? READ MORE

September 09, 2017

Opinion: Emphasizing Biomass Benefits on State Levels

BY Bob Cleaves As always, we in the industry must remain alert for state changes that can negatively—or positively—affect our businesses. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Report: Italian wood pellet consumption expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleItaly recently filed a report on its wood pellet market with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting its use of wood pellets will reach 5 million metric tons in 2020. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Södra to produce biobased methanol in Sweden

BY Erin VoegeleIn Europe, international forestry group Södra has announced plans to produce biobased methanol from forest biomass at its mill in Mönsterås, Sweden. The company said construction will begin this fall, with production scheduled to begin in 2019. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Opinion: Solar Panels, Electric Cars and Yes—Pellet Stoves

BY John Ackerly We want homes and communities that can be resilient in the face of climate change, power outages, etc., and we need to do it all with renewable energy. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

Saxlund provides fuel handling systems to 2 UK bioenergy plants

BY Erin VoegeleIn the U.K., Saxlund International recently announced it is supplying fuel handling systems to the Tansterne Advanced Biomass Project and a green gas generation plant under construction by Advanced Power and Cadent. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

UK government opens competition to develop waste-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government is offering funding to support the development of waste-based fuels for planes and trucks through its Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Completion. The program is expected to support the development of five new fuel plants. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

PA Pellets qualifies under PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of PA Pellets of Ulysses, Pennsylvania, to the PFI Standards Program as the 38th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

Opinion: Proposed Appropriations Could Set Back Ag Energy

BY Lloyd Ritter Congress’s proposed cuts for 2018 set back progress in ag energy, progress that serves every state and every sector. These programs merit reauthorization and continued, stable funding. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

Stobart impacted by commissioning delays at biomass plants

BY Erin VoegeleStobart Group Ltd. has released interim results for the first half of 2017, reporting that its energy division has been impacted by commissioning delays at third-party biomass power plants. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

DMT to supply desulfurization process to California AD facility

BY Erin VoegeleDMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced that Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC is going to install DMT’s desulfurization technology, Sulfurex BR. The anaerobic digestion facility is located adjacent to Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC, a 55 MMgy ethanol plant. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

Weir restores valves as part of Lynemouth biomass conversion

BY Weir Engineering Services Weir Engineering Services has partnered with Lynemouth Power Station to contribute to the project that will convert the plant from a coal fired to a biomass fired power station, including the overhaul of eleven butterfly valves and gearboxes. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

Opinion: Risk on the Horizon for RFS Advanced Pool?

BY Michael McAdams The time is now to make sure policymakers in Washington, D.C., understand the importance of staying the course on fuels of the future. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Tooke sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service

BY Erin VoegeleTony Tooke was sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Sept. 1. Tooke replaced former Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement in August. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

BY Erin VoegelePresident Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

In Depth: The Changing Pellet Storage Landscape

BY Ron KotrbaStructural design, dust management and fire safety features are making domes a popular choice for large-scale wood pellet storage. READ MORE

September 04, 2017

In Depth: From High Hazard to Bioenergy Boost

BY Anna SimetIn California, several large-scale biomass power plants have new leases on life via five-year power purchase agreements and stipulations to use high-hazard forest material. Meanwhile, a new wave of small-scale plants continues to navigate developme READ MORE

September 01, 2017

RFS comment period closes, more than 44,000 comments submitted

BY Erin VoegeleThe comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closed Aug. 31. More than 44,000 comments were filed. READ MORE