Montpelier, Vt., district heating plant awarded funding

The district heating project in Montpelier, Vt., has been awarded $1.75 million in grants and loans from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program.
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Eucalyptus developer begins final field trial

FuturaGene, a genetic research and development firm focused on enhancing the eucalyptus tree, has been granted approval to begin a fourth field trial of its genetically modified eucalyptus tree in Brazil.
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Poultry farmer, EERC partner on poultry litter syngas technology

An Iowa-based turkey farmer has partnered with the U.S. DOE and the University of North Dakota's EERC to test and further develop a fixed bed, downdraft gasifier intended to produce syngas from poultry litter.
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UK investment firm adds biomass to portfolio

Ludgate Environmental Fund Ltd. has invested more than $5 million in U.K. biomass firm Ignis Biomass Ltd., helping to fund the construction of a biomass plant in Wick, Scotland.
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NTE gets patent for biomass hybrid renewable energy technology

NTE Energy has been awarded a patent for its proprietary biomass technology that it says will allow the simultaneous operation of a biomass energy cycle and a traditional power plant.
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BPA comments on Mass. regulations

Bob Cleaves, president and CEO of the Biomass Power Association, said the BPA is extremely disappointed with the recently released Massachusetts regulations, which dictate parameters for the qualification of biomass under the state's RPS.
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Grand opening held for N.Y.'s largest on-farm biogas plant

New York State's largest on-farm biogas power project drew state and local officials May 1 for its official grand opening. The facility produces 1.4 MW of power, enough for nearly 1,000 homes.
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DOE funds biomass cookstove research

The U.S. DOE has announced up to $2.5 million in funding available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove technologies for use in developing countries.
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Singapore energy provider opens biomass steam plant

Off the coast of Singapore, the Jurong Island woody biomass steam production plant can generate roughly 22 tons of process steam per hour.
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