Drax mulls fourth unit conversion, evaluates U.S. East Coast

Drax has released management statements consistent with its interim report from July 1 to Nov. 3, which includes details on the company's continued conversion of its U.K.-based power station and potential expansion of operations in the U.S.
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Abengoa to develop 215 MW biomass power plant in Belgium

Abengoa has been selected by Belgian Eco Energy to develop a 215 MW biomass power plant in Belgium that will be fueled by wood chips and agricultural residues. The system will also provide thermal energy to a district heating project.
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Industry remembers contributions of Rosenthal

The Algae Biomass Organization has announced that Mary Rosenthal, ABO's first executive director, passed away on Nov. 1 after a battle with cancer.
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Comment period on Oregon Clean Fuels Program closes Nov. 7

A public comment period on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program is set to end Nov. 7. The program, which is similar to California's Low Carbon Fuels Standard, requires a 10 percent reduction of greenhouse gases from transportation fuels by 2025.
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Amyris reports record revenue from renewable products

Amyris Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting record renewable product revenue of $11.5 million. Record revenue and lowered production cost resulted in the first quarter of positive product gross margin.
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Metabolix outlines new strategic plan in Q3 investor call

Metabolix Inc. has released third quarter financial results and reported it is implementing a strategic plan to reshape the company into an operation more focused on specialty biopolymers.
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Rentech closes on sale of alternative energy technologies

On Nov. 4, Rentech Inc. announced it has closed on the sale of its alternative energy technologies to Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co. Ltd. for a total of $15.3 million. The transaction was first announced in March.
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Solayzyme shifts focus to lower-volume, higher-value products

Solazyme Inc. recently released third quarter earnings, anticipating total revenue for the year just north of $60 million, up more than 50 percent from 2013.
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SMUD seeks project developer for Calif. bioenergy project

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has released a request for statements of interest (RSOI) in the development of a biomass gasification project for combined-heat-and-power (CHP) application in Sacramento, California.
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UW, Microsoft celebrate opening of biogas project

The University of Wyoming and Microsoft are celebrating their collaboration in developing a zero-emission green data center that is fueled by methane biogas and allows the university to run high-performance computing and modeling applications.
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Forest Service opens $5 million funding opportunity

The U.S. Forest Service has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking proposals for projects that substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the U.S. to support forest management needs.
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Andgar to separate AD division under new name, expand territory

Leaders of Ferndale, Washington-based Andgar recently announced today they are splitting off their digester division under the new name Regenis and expanding their project reach into California.
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LBNL startup Afingen uses precision method to enhance plants

By manipulating a plant's metabolic pathways, two scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression.
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Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory planned in Illinois

University, state, and industry officials came together on Oct. 22 to celebrate the announcement of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, a unique facility coming to the University of Illinois campus.
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NREL: Reviving algae from the (almost) dead

Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again, and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide biofuel for a clean energy future.
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Webinar explores biogas considerations, challenges and financing

Caterpillar Inc. installed its first biogas systems in the early 1980s beginning with landfill sites, and since then, the company has seen business soar with installation of over 1.5 gigawatts of capacity worldwide.
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DuPont reports growth for Industrial Biosciences division

DuPont recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 20 percent increase in operating earnings per share. The company's Industrial Biosciences segment experienced a 4 percent increase in operating earnings for the quarter.
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Biosuccinium earns USDA certified biobased product label

Reverdia has earned the USDA certified biobased product label for its Biosuccinium bio-succinic acid. The label verifies that the product's amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA.
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Corbion Purac to construct PLA plant in Thailand

Corbion Purac has announced plans to take the next step in the bioplastics value chain by becoming a polylactic acid (PLA) producer with the development of a proposed 75,000 ton-per-year plant in Thailand.
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NatureWorks announces $2.5 million DOE grant

The U.S. Energy Department recently announced a grant of up to $2.5 million to NatureWorks in support of an ongoing program that aims to sequester and use methane as a feedstock for the company's Ingeo biopolymers and intermediates.
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New Bedford Waste to manufacture fuel briquette from recyclables

New Bedford Waste Services LLC, a sister company of ABC Disposal Service Inc., is building a commodity, municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling and Eco-Tac briquette manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
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New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have disclosed a new method to convert lignin into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials.
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Pellet exports from U.S. South continue to grow

Pellet shipments from the U.S. and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the U.S. South increasing and Canadian volumes declining, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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EIA: Generation from wood-derived fuels increased in August

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently published the October issue of its Electric Power Monthly, which includes data through August. The report indicates the U.S. added 219.6 MW of bioenergy capacity during the month.
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Officials celebrate ReEnergy's Fort Drum contract

On Oct. 30, Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., joined with Army officials for a signing ceremony at Fort Drum celebrating the recent awarding of a 20-year contract, worth up to $289 million, to ReEnergy Holdings.
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Muradel produces crude oil from algae at demonstration plant

Renewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia's first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude. The $10.7 million demonstration plant was officially opened Oct. 31.
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ABO announces new board chair, vice chair

The Algae Biomass Organization has announced that Tim Burns, cofounder and board member of BioProcess Algae LLC, has been appointed chair and Martin Sabarsky, CEO of Cellana Inc. has been appointed vice chair of the organization's board of directors.
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