USDA accepting applications for loan guarantee program

The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees to eligible biorefining projects.
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Aurora Wood Pellets making headway on proposed plant in Canada

Four years ago, Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. began the development of a 200,000-metric-ton pellet plant in the Northwest Territories of Canada. With two Forestry Management Agreements in hand, CEO Brad Mapes hopes to purchase the site's land this month.
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Amendments to UK renewable heat incentive submitted to parliament

Lord Bourne, parliamentary undersecretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, announced proposed amendments to U.K.’s renewable heat incentive (RHI) schemes, which he said are essential to the smooth-running of both.
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White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

On July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year.
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Biofuels industry, farmers advocate against Loudermilk amendment

A group of two dozen biofuel trade groups and companies recently issued a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to reject an proposals that amend, repeal, or defund the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
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Grontmij converts power plant from natural gas to biomass

Grontmij has been appointed by Helsingor Utilities to convert the Helsingør combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Denmark from natural gas to biomass. Helsingor aims to reduce its CO2 emissions through the conversion.
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U.K. AD plant to convert cheese production residues into biogas

Clearfleau Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of onsite anaerobic digestion-based treatment solutions for the food and beverage sector, has finished the first stage in a major sustainability project for First Milk at a U.K. cheese creamery.
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FutureMetrics rebuts wood pellet myths

In a recent report, FutureMetrics aims to debunk two common myths regarding the use of wood pellets as a substitution for coal: that they release more carbon dioxide during combustion, and that they create a carbon debt that takes decades to repay.
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U.K. removes tax exemption benefiting renewable electricity

The U.K. government has announced it will remove the Climate Change Levy exemption for renewable electricity generated after Aug. 1. The move is expected to impact Drax and other renewable energy producers in the country.
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Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn

Converting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater.
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Vecoplan to build feedstock processing system for Fulcrum

Vecoplan LLC announced that it has executed a fixed-price contract with Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. to design, engineer, install and commission a state-of-the-art municipal solid waste (MSW) feedstock processing system for Fulcrum's Sierra BioFuels Plant.
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New methane bioreactor produces, stores energy

A new methane bioreactor, developed in the Natural Resources Institute Finland boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency.
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Viessmann Group, BIOFerm selected for Canadian AD project

Viessmann Group/BIOFerm Energy Systems' high solids anaerobic digestion technology was selected by the city of Edmonton and The University of Alberta for its new anaerobic digestion facility, which will help extract energy from organic waste.
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Finding an off switch in wood formation

The same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found. The discovery improves scientists' understanding of how lignin is formed and can be altered.
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Producing biodegradable plastic just got cheaper and greener

Researchers from the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have presented a way to make the polylactic acid (PLA) production process more simple and waste-free. Their findings were published in Science.
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Ecoprofile for 2014 Ingeo biopolymers production published

NatureWorks has updated the ecoprofile data, a life cycle assessment of energy, water, and other resource used together with air and water emissions and solid waste, for producing 150,000 metric tons per year of its Ingeo polylactide biopolymers.
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Bacterial boost makes biofuel production more efficient

A team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic for the organisms that convert cellulosic biomass into bioproducts.
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ORNL: Unlocking lignin for sustainable biofuel

Using high-performance computing, a group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided insight into how the tightly wound network of molecules that make up the cell wall of plants for easier biofuel processing.
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England's National Trust invests in biomass, other renewables

The National Trust, an independent charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, recently announced its largest-ever investment: £30 million ($46.5 million) in renewable energy to provide heat and power to more of its historic places.
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US DOE sinks $18 million into algae technology development

The U.S. DOE announced July 9 that six projects will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019.
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