Study suggets residential pellet offgassing a nonissue

A new study, indoor storage of pellets in homes using the fuel for heat does not pose a risk of generating carbon monoxide (CO) levels above recommended thresholds.
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Rentech reports delays at Atikokan, Wawa pellet plants

On Aug. 11, Rentech Inc. released its financial earnings for the three and six months ended June 30, reporting a revenue increase compared to the prior year period, but combined output, losses for its Canadian pellet plants worse than expected.
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Metabolix Q2 results focus on future commercial development

On Aug. 12, Metabolix Inc. released its second quarter financial results, emphasizing its focus on commercial development and biopolymer production with its pivot to a new business strategy focused on specialties.
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GAO report addresses DOD alternative fuels investments

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report focused on U.S. Department of Defense investments in alternative fuels. From 2007 through 2014, the DOD purchased about 2 million gallons of alternative fuels for testing purposes.
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USDA GAIN report highlights EU pellet, biogas markets

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union's bioenergy sector, including data on the use of wood pellets and biogas.
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Biomass Research and Development Committee to meet in August

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Committee. The event is scheduled to be held Aug. 27-28 in Washington, D.C.
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Waste heat from biogas system to heat C&D facility in Wisconsin

Since ground break in late June, progress has been made on a construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facility addition to the Dane County, Wisconsin, landfill site. The foundation is in place, the walls are going up and the equipment is ordered.
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Propel brings Neste renewable diesel to Southern California

Propel Fuels began offering Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel Aug. 12 at 13 Southern California locations serving Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire. Marketed as Diesel HPR, the fuel consists of 98.5 percent NExBTL.
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Neste increases renewable fuel sales to North America

Neste has released second quarter financial results, reporting comparable operating project of EUR 78 million ($84.94 million), down from EUR 86 million during the same period of 2014. Net cash from operations totaled EUR 227 million.
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Capstone reports revenue growth, significant orders in Q1 results

Capstone Turbine Corp. recently released its quarter one financial results, reporting a total revenue increase of 16 percent to $27 million, compared with $23.3 million for the same period in the prior year.
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EIA short-term outlook highlights bioenergy production forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power generation sector will decrease by 2.6 percent this year.
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NREL: Ethylene production via sunlight opens door to future

Jianping Yu, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has proven a certain cyanobacterium can be genetically engineered to produce ethylene. Now it's time to take the research outside of the laboratory.
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CPI to produce biogas from seaweed using anaerobic digestion

The U.K.-based Centre for Process Innovation has announced that it is leading a three-year project to produce biomethane from seaweed through anaerobic digestion. The project will initiate the development of a viable seaweed supply chain.
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Viaspace Giant King Grass converted to coal replacement

Viaspace Inc. has announced that PCS Biofuels Inc. of Vancouver, Canada, has converted Giant King Grass into a high-energy, carbon neutral, drop-in replacement for coal using its patented polymer carbon solid (PCS) thermal catalytic process.
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Forest Concepts awarded SBIR contract to improve biomass drying

Forest Concepts LLC was recently notified that it has been awarded a two-year $499,997 Small Business Innovation Research contract from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve biomass drying efficiency.
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NYSERDA makes wood heating systems more affordable

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced increased levels of support through Renewable Heat NY for high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems to improve the return-on-investment for homeowners and businesses.
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Abengoa selected to build world’s largest biomass CHP plant

Abengoa and Toshiba Corp. have been selected as preferred bidders to build the Tees Renewable Energy Plant. The project is owned by MGT Teesside and will have a capacity of 299 MW of electricity and steam.
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PHI Group completes land acquisition for Florida pellet project

PHI Group recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of 10 acres of land from Klausner Holding U.S.A., a Georgia corporation, for the Cornerstone Biomass Corp. 200,000 metric ton wood pellet project in Live Oak, Florida.
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Alliance BioEnergy Plus announces plant development agreement

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that it entered into a non-exclusive development agreement with Renewable Resources Development of America LLC for the construction and operation of up to 56 cellulose conversion plants.
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USDA announces $63 million in REAP awards

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program.
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