Nexterra, UBC and GE celebrate opening of biomass CHP system

Nexterra Systems Corp., the University of British Columbia and GE recently celebrated the successful completion of an energy-from-renewable-waste combined-heat-and-power system located at UBC's Vancouver campus.
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Research aims to introduce drought tolerance into woody biomass

Putting the water-use-efficient and turbo-charged photosynthesis from plants such as agave into woody biomass plants such as poplar can hedge against predicted long-term increases in temperatures and reduced precipitation.
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N.M. town approves memorandum of understanding for biomass plant

Clovis, N.M could soon be home to a new biomass power plant. The Clovis City Commission recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the City of Clovis and Vancouver, British Columbia-based Small Scale Power LLC.
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Colo. governor to deliver keynote address at Algae Biomass Summit

The Algae Biomass Organization announced that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will deliver the keynote address at the 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, when the event convenes in Denver on Sept. 24. A panel discussion by industry leaders will follow.
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Northern Ireland opens funding program for biomass heat, power

Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reopening the EU co-financed Biomass Processing Challenge Fund, which can contribute up to 40 percent of the cost of an eligible project, up to a $515,000 per project.
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Northern Ireland-based biomass power plant now operational

Kedco plc announced that its plant in Newry, Northern Ireland, which will produce a total of 4 MW, has commenced the exportation of power to the grid from its biomass plant. Electricity produced by the facility is being sold to Bord Gais Eireann.
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Agrisoma Biosciences, U.S. military contribute to biojet project

Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global are partnering with the National Research Council of Canada, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. to evaluate CLG and ARA's 100 percent drop-in ReadiJet fuel.
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European Bioplastics publishes communications guide

European Bioplastics, the association serving the European bioplastics industry, recently published a 32-page communication guide, titled "Accountability Is Key: Environmental Communications Guide for Bioplastics."
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Patented process could improve biofuel production

Biofuel production can be an expensive process that requires considerable use of fossil fuels, but a Missouri University of Science and Technology microbiologist's process could reduce costs, reliance on fossil fuels, and streamline production.
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U.K. opens consultation on Renewable Obligation proposal

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently opened a consultation on its proposed changes to the biomass sustainability criteria set under the Renewables Obligation and proposed measures to ensure affordability and value.
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Envirotherm, ZeroPoint partner to build biomass power plants

Envirotherm GmbH, an Allied Technologies company, and ZeroPoint Clean Tech Inc., the world's leading biomass gasification technology company, have announced they will join forces to build turn-key, biomass power plants.
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Arizona State University wins DOE award for algae project

The U.S. DOE has selected the Arizona State University-led Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) for a $15 million award for its Advancements in Sustainable Algal Production opportunity to support an an algae national testbed.
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Study evaluates potential algae production sites in Australia

Researchers at two Australia universities have identified a number of sites in Western Australia that are suitable for producing algae on a commercial scale for conversion into biofuels using geographical information systems technology.
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E2 report estimates advanced biofuel production through 2015

A report recently published by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that the advanced and cellulosic biofuel industries are well-positioned to meet demand under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and federal renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Maryland launches wood, pellet stove rebate program

The Maryland Energy Administration has launched a pilot rebate program for new wood and pellet stoves, which offers a $400 rebate for wood stoves and a $600 rebate for pellet stoves. Only U.S. EPA certified stoves that meet emissions levels qualify.
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Biobased plastic developer going global

A U.S.-based bioplastics developer is heading overseas. Cereplast Inc. has opened a corporate office in India to better serve current and future clients in the Southeast Asia markets. The company recently held a press conference to announce the move.
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MGP to launch new line of biobased biodegradable resins

MGP Ingredients Inc. has announced the development of Terratek BD, a new line of biodegradable composite resins. Terratek BD is produced from a proprietary blend of wheat- and corn-based products, as well as other compostable materials.
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LS9 announces startup of Fla. plant

LS9 Inc. recently announced the successful start-up of its Florida operations with an initial production run of fatty alcohols. The company completed the retrofit of the demonstration facility in Okeechobee, Fla. in May of this year.
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GCube secures more biomass construction underwriting capacity

GCube Insurance Services Inc., a renewable energy insurance provider, has secured $175 million in additional construction underwriting capacity to assist the development and evolution of the international biomass and geothermal energy markets.
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Terrabon files for bankruptcy

Houston-based Terrabon Inc. has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Under Chapter 7 proceedings, the company's operations will cease and a trustee will be tasked with liquidating the company's assets for the benefit of creditors.
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