Rentech reports pellet plants' progress, earnings

Rentech Inc. is seeing robust activity in its fiber business, particularly in Canada, CEO Hunt Ramsbottom reported in a Nov. 6 quarterly earnings conference call. The company's Atikokan and Wawa, Ontario, pellet plants are nearly complete.
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BioAmber's Sarnia facility nears mechanical completion

BioAmber Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting development of the company's biorefinery in Sarnia, Ontario, is progressing on time and on budget. The facility is expected to be mechanically complete in early 2015.
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U.K. DECC annual energy statement addresses bioenergy

U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey recently delivered his annual energy statement to Parliament. Bioenergy investments were among those discussed in the statement and addressed in a complimentary report.
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Montana DNRC awards Bridger Bowl a $20,000 grant for boiler

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has announced the distribution of $110,000 in grants to three wood energy projects. Troy Public Schools, Bridger Bowl Ski Area and SmartLam Technologies Group were the recipients.
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Gevo reports progress at ethanol, isobutanol plant

Exciting progress is being made at Gevo Inc.'s Luverne, Minnesota, renewable fuel plant, and also within the company's recent commercial activities, Gevo CEO Pat Gruber reported during the company's third quarter conference call.
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EIA: More wood to be used in heating, power applications in 2015

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for the use of wood and biomass fuels in U.S. heat and power production.
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Novus Pacific to build full-scale Oregon renewable energy plant

Novus Pacific LLC will soon break ground on an approximately $20 million renewable energy plant at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon, upon finalizing its financial package. Once operational, the facility will process onion and potato waste.
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Biome provides Q3 update on bioplastics development

U.K.-based bioplastics company Biome Technologies plc has released financial results for the first nine months of the year, reporting an 85 percent increase in revenues compared to the same period of 2013.
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UN report outlines growing biofuels role in developing economies

Biofuels now account for 1 percent of global energy use, a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds. The document provides a sweeping global overview of the development of liquid biofuels.
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REG discusses renewable diesel, chemicals during Q3 call

Renewable Energy Group Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting revenues of $384.3 million. In addition to producing biodiesel, the company has expanded its operations into renewable diesel and biobased chemicals.
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KiOR files for bankruptcy, plans to refocus on R&D

KiOR Inc. has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's idle biorefinery in Columbus, Mississippi, which is owned KiOR Columbus LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of KiOR, is not included in the filing.
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ABO expands carbon utilization campaign

The Algae Biomass Organization has unveiled a new website as part of its campaign to persuade the U.S. EPA to recognize carbon capture and utilization technologies as approved emissions reduction strategies under its new power plant regulations.
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Ag groups advocate for the RFS in letter to Obama

A group of agriculture organizations recently issued a letter to President Obama asking him to intervene in the U.S. EPA's proposed cuts to the 2014 renewable fuel standard volume obligations. The final 2014 rule is expected to be released soon.
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ElectraTherm Green Machine generates power from biomass in Italy

ElectraTherm commissioned a Green Machine to generate emission-free electricity from biomass in Badia Prataglia, Italy. The facility operates a biomass boiler burning a mix of sawdust and ground up waste wood from a saw mill.
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Waste Management debuts new renewable natural gas facility

Waste Management celebrated the opening of a unique renewable natural gas facility creating pipeline-ready natural gas from the landfill gas produced at its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Illinois.
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New versatile process efficiently converts biomass to liquid fuel

Purdue University researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants. The new method is called fast-hydropyrolysis-hydrodeoxygenation.
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Xylome, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation reach deal on yeast

Xylome Corp. has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals.
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Digestion strategy in shipworms holds potential for biofuels

An international research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University, has discovered a novel digestive strategy in shipworms that could benefit biofuel development.
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Bioenergy helps Wisconsin health system gain energy independence

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, recently achieved its first days of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. Bioenergy and biomass projects have aided in the achievement.
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Enerkem, AkzoNobel partner to explore development in Europe

Enerkem Inc. recently announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.
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Perstorp steps up investment in bioplastics market

Perstorp is stepping up its investment into the fast growing bioplastics market. World demand is expected to continue to grow at over 20 percent per year for the foreseeable future, said the company. The investments include a pilot plant in the U.K.
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German Pellets, ZG Raiffeisen Energie form joint venture

The pellet producer German Pellets GmbH and ZG Raiffeisen Energie GmbH, a Baden, Germany-based trading and service company organized as a cooperative, have founded a joint venture for the sale of wood pellets.
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Air Liquide announces the acquisition of FordonsGas in Sweden

Air Liquide announces the signature of an agreement for the acquisition of FordonsGas, a company that distributes compressed biogas (CBG) for the Swedish transportation market. FordonsGas owns and operates more than 40 CBG stations in Sweden.
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Ensyn initiates generation, sale of cellulosic RINs

Ensyn Corp. has initiated the generation and sale of its first renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The company also announced its RINs have also been quality assurance plan certified.
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Community energy partnership qualified by OPA to submit proposals

GIME Energya team made up of Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., and a number of equity partners, has been qualified by the Ontario Power Authority to submit proposals for renewable energy biomass projects.
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