Wisc. engineering firm calls biogas a top growth area

The waste-to-energy market is the single biggest driver of growth for Wisconsin-based engineering and consulting firm, Symbiont Inc. The company's $18.6 million project in the Forest County Potawatomi Community in Wisconsin demonstrates why.
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Biomass can offset petroleum in $100 billion worth of polymers

Biobased polymers have been largely limited to specialized niche applications, but a new analysis from Lux Research finds that the top markets for biobased materials are largely the same ones currently dominated by petroleum-based materials.
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Nickel Institute publishes guide on stainless steel

The Nickel Institute has published a guide, "Stainless Steels: Cost-Efficient materials for the Global Biofuels Industries," to help ethanol, biodiesel, biogas producers and others realize economic benefits of selecting the correct grade of material.
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Senators voice support of DOD's ability to purchase biofuels

A group of 38 senators have signed a letter opposing two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that, if passed, would hinder the U.S. Department of Defense's ability to purchase and use alternative fuels.
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Airbus, EADS, ENN partner on biojet in China

Airbus and EADS Innovation Works have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese bioenergy company ENN. Under the MOU, the companies intend to explore innovative solutions for alternative aviation fuels, focusing on algae-based jet fuels.
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Microsoft data center to install biogas fuel cell power plant

FuelCell Energy Inc. has announced a project utilizing a stationary fuel cell power plant to support Microsoft's latest data center research project in Wyoming. The power plant will utilize renewable biogas to produce electricity.
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European, Indian governments team for biomass initiative

The European Commission and Indian government have partnered for a research and development initiative that will focus on finding solutions for existing challenges and needs in biotechnological research activities involving biomass production.
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Minn. pellet plant equipment to be sold at auction

The former Deer River, Minn.-based BioPellet Plant will liquidate its assets at auction on Nov. 29. The plant equipment is capable of producing 80 tons of wood pellets per day. Maas Companies Inc. will handle the auction.
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JBEI scientists discover better route to xylan

After cellulose, xylan is the most abundant biomass material on Earth, and therefore represents an enormous potential source of stored solar energy for the production of advance biofuels. A major roadblock has been extracting xylan from cell walls.
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USDA announces payments to pellet, biogas producers

On Nov. 16 the USDA announced more than $15.7 million in payments to 189 companies under USDA Rural Development's Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
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Wisconsin researchers develop cost-saving biofuel process

Using a biomass-derived solvent, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological engineers have streamlined the process for converting lignocellulosic biomass into high-demand chemicals or energy-dense liquid transportation fuel.
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REA responds to anti-biomass power report

The Renewable Energy Association has responded to a report published by RSPB, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace that claims biomass power is more polluting than coal-fired power. The REA response points out flaws in the carbon accounting method.
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