Canadian biofuel industry benefits from bioclusters

Murray McLaughlin, executive director of the Bioindustrial Innovation Center believes that "the ability to learn faster than the competition is often the only sustainable competitive advantage," a company might have.
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Coalition launches to help Conn. biomass project score PPA

A coalition has been launched in Montville, Conn., in order to demonstrate support for a biomass repowering project proposed by NRG Energy Inc. Specifically, the group is focused on helping the project score a long-term power purchase agreement.
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Novozymes develops fungus to produce biochemical

Novozymes has succeeded in developing a fungus that enables production of malic acid from renewable raw materials instead of oil, and is out-licensing the technology to partners who are interested in producing and commercializing the biochemical.
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Enzyme maker's outlook altered by Big Oil's exit

The near-term financial outlook of enzyme maker Codexis Inc., has been significantly altered by Royal Dutch Shell and the big oil company's announcement that it will reduce and end funding to the California-based company by October.
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Canadian bioplastic firm closes Series A financing

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has secured Series A financing, led by Yaletown Venture Partners and joined by a number of leading angel investors. The funding will support the expansion of Solegear's business.
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AdvanceBio supplies SuPR2G reactor to Brazilian laboratory

AdvanceBio Systems LLC recently announced that CTBE, the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory selected AdvanceBio Systems' SuPR2G Laboratory Scale Pretreatment Reactor to conduct basic research and development work.
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Ence signs finance, EPC contracts for new biomass plant in Spain

Madrid, Spain-based Ence recently signed the project finance and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for its Merida biomass power plant project. The 20 MW plant is scheduled to begin operations in the third quarter 2014.
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U.S.-India collaboration awarded funding for energy crop work

A U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center grant will enable University of Missouri agroforestry researchers conduct a five-year testing program on crops suitable for marginal land, including switchgrass, sorghum and some trees.
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Covanta energy-from-waste plants win awards

Covanta Energy has scored excellence awards for three of its U.S. energy-from-waste (EfW) plants from the Solid Waste Association of North America, recognition which was given at the annual WASTECON conference held in Washington, D.C. Aug. 14-17.
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ZeroPoint brings second biomass gasification project online

ZeroPoint Clean Tech Inc. recently announced that the biomass gasification plant it developed in Newry, Ireland, is now operational. The installation is the second commercial-scale biomass gasification plant that the company has brought online.
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USDA announces REAP funding, 5 biomass projects benefit

On Aug. 14 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 106 projects have been awarded funding under the USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program, including five biomass-related projects.
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New research technique to benefit biomass, biofuel research

Pioneering mass spectrometry methods developed at the U.S. DOE's Ames Laboratory are helping plant biologists get their first glimpses of never-before-seen plant tissue structures. The new method opens up new realms of study.
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TDA Research wins EPA award for biogas purification system

The U.S. EPA has awarded Colorado-based TDA Research Inc. a $300,000 contract under its Small Business Innovation Research program competition to support the demonstration of proprietary biogas purification technology.
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