US Navy launches Great Green Fleet with 2016 kickoff event

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack kicked off the U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet initiative with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island.
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Navy to deploy Great Green Fleet in San Diego this week

On Jan. 20, the U.S. Department of the Navy will launch the first vessels of its Great Green Fleet at the San Diego Naval Air Station North Island, Carrier Pier. The carrier strike group will deploy using alternative fuels.
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Court rejects request to delay implementation of Clean Power Plan

On Jan. 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia denied a request for a stay that would have prevented the U.S. EPA from implementing the Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved.
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Construction begins on England biomass plant

Construction has begun on a previously announced 40-MWe biomass cogeneration facility at Port Clarence. Eco2 partnered with Babcock Wilcox Lagan to construct the plant. Glennmont Partners is providing funding.
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Novozymes reports drop in bioenergy sales for 2015

Novozymes has released financial results for 2015, reporting sales grew by 4 percent organically last year. Bioenergy sales dropped 5 percent organically. EBIT grew by 15 percent and the EBIT margin was 27.7 percent. Net profit grew by 12 percent.
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Report: Iowa well positioned for biobased chemical development

A white paper published by Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor and the Iowa Biotechnology Association shows that Iowa is better positioned that many domestic competitors to capitalize on the next frontier of bioprocessing in the U.S.
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Eni rolls out renewable diesel blend to 3,500 stations in Italy

Eni, the Italian oil major that converted its Venice oil refinery to a renewable diesel manufacturing plant, is rolling out its renewable blended product to 3,500 fuel stations across Italy this month. The fuel contains 15 percent renewable diesel.
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Hawaii Gas seeks proposals for the supply of biogas

Hawaii Gas, the state’s regulated gas utility, has opened a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase raw biogas and/or renewable natural gas (RNG). The company is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers that can provide RNG.
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DOE opens funding opportunity for algae technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications for up to $15 million in funding to develop algae technologies. Concept papers are due Feb. 12, with full applications due March 25.
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Anellotech selects operating partner for testing facility

On Jan. 20, Anellotech announced the selection of South Hampton Resources as the operating partner and site host for its fully integrated development and testing facility (TCAT-8), which will be located in Silsbee, Texas.
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Tesoro to support development of biocrude for its refineries

Tesoro Corp. has announced plans to foster the development of biocrude, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil. The company is working with Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc., Virent Inc. and Ensyn Corp.
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Partner collaborations advanced Elevance technology

In collaboration with several partners, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has successfully completed scale-up of a second-generation biorefinery technology of the company’s olefin metathesis technology, utilizing ethylene and natural oil feedstocks.
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BioAmber announces 4 certifications for Sarnia facility

BioAmber Inc. recently announced that its Sarnia, Ontario, production plant, jointly owned with Mitsui & Co., has received ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and FSSC 22000 certifications.
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Joule completes acquisition of Red Rock Biofuels

Joule, a developer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, has announced the formal completion of its acquisition of Red Rock Biofuels, a project development company of renewable jet and diesel fuel based on waste from biomass or other sources.
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Clariant’s sunliquid technology wins German award

Clariant was recently honored for its innovative sunliquid technology for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues as part of the 2015 German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment.
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Neste biofuel to fuel Super Bowl fan village, fan charter buses

Neste will deliver renewable diesel to San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee for the electricity production at the Super Bowl City fan village. The Host Committee's Fan Express will also fueled by Neste's renewable diesel.
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JBEI researchers develop one-pot process for cellulosic ethanol

Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal.
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NDC Technologies delivers moisture measurement system to Zilkha

NDC Technologies has delivered a comprehensive, in-process near-infrared (NIR) moisture monitoring system to one of the world’s largest producers of advanced black pellet fuel, Zilkha Biomass Energy.
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DuPont, ADM announce platform technology for FDME

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Co. have announced a new breakthrough process for producing furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) from fructose. FDME is a high-purity derivative of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA).
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Renewable hydrogen included under California LCFS

FuelCell Energy Inc. has received contingent certification for a prospective pathway for its renewable hydrogen generation solution using fuel cells at wastewater treatment facilities under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
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USDA: Insurance for new biofuel crop carinata now available

USDA’s Risk Management Agency recently announced that producers in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota can insure carinata by written agreement under the canola and rapeseed insurance plans. Producers must submit a request by March 15.
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Study seeks nature's best biocatalysts for biofuel production

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels.
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Amyris launches Pathways Program

Amyris Inc. recently announced the availability of its Pathways Program, a program that provides partners a low-cost, low-risk opportunity to access Amyris’s industry-leading synthetic biology technology.
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KPA Unicon to supply a biomass boiler to Stora Enso sawmill

Stora Enso Timber Ab and KPA Unicon Oy have signed a contract of a biomass-fired hot water boiler plant delivery to Stora Enso sawmill Ala in Ljusne, Sweden. The new Unicon Biograte 15 MWth boiler plant will utilize bark and wood residues.
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USDA ARS scientists advance pyrolysis process

The idea of replacing fossil-based fuel with a renewable source of sustainable energy is enough to get any environmentalist excited. USDA scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste.
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