Convergen Energy purchases Michigan biomass plant

Traxys Power Group’s 20-MW biomass cogeneration plant in L’Anse, Michigan, has been purchased by Convergen Energy, formerly known as Greenwood Fuels. The plant was originally fueled with coal, but began operating using biomass in 2009.
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White House decarbonization report addresses biofuels, biomass

The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change under the Paris climate deal.
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2017 IBCE opens call for presentation ideas

BBI International has announced its call for presentation ideas for the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline to submit presentation ideas is Dec. 2.
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UK trade groups REA, WHA launch biomass heat campaign

The Renewable Energy Association and Wood Heat Association recently launched a campaign to urge government to support the continued use of biomass as it makes its final decisions around how renewable heat technologies will be funded to 2021.
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Gevo: Cellulosic ATJ fuels flight, isobutanol blend sold in Texas

On Nov. 14, Gevo Inc. announced Alaska Airlines flew a flight using its cellulosic jet fuel. The company also recently announced that gasoline blended with its isobutanol is now being sold in Houston, Texas.
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DONG Energy provides update of bioenergy projects

DONG Energy recently released third quarter financial results, reporting operating profit increased by 7 percent, reaching DKK 4.5 billion ($650.83 million). The company also discussed several bioenergy projects in its quarterly investor call.
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More than half of UK electricity sourced from low-carbon sources

A recent report authored by researchers from Imperial College London, in collaboration with Drax, determined that for the first time ever more than half of Britain’s electricity came from low-carbon sources during the third quarter.
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Gevo provides update of operations at Luverne facility

On Nov. 14, Gevo Inc. released third quarter financial results, reporting the company produced approximately 145,000 gallons of isobutanol during the quarter, with approximately 240,000 gallons produced during the first nine months of the year.
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USDA announces fiscal year 2017 BCAP funding

USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced Nov. 10 that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy.
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Corbion begins construction of PLA plant in Thailand

On Nov. 9, Corbion celebrated the groundbreaking of a new polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics polymerization plant at its existing site in Rayong, Thailand. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2018.
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Groups celebrate Navy’s first ‘net-zero’ energy base

Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $170 million, 23-year energy savings performance contract to Constellation for an energy conservation and distributed generation project that will enable a base in Georgia to reduce its energy use.
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Northgate Markets, Emerson partner on food waste-to-energy

Northgate Markets is using Grind2Energy, Emerson’s system to turn food waste into energy. The system grids food waste into a slurry onsite. The slurry is then transferred to an offsite anaerobic digester, where it is used to generate energy.
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NextCoal International plans bio-coal, bio-oil plant in New York

NextCoal International Inc. plans to build a facility in New York to produce bio-coal for export to Japanese power plants and bio-oil for domestic industrial applications. Japanese strategic and institutional investors are involved with the project.
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Global Bioenergies completes construction of demo plant

Global Bioenergies recently announced that the construction of its demo plant, started mid-2015, is now completed. The 100-ton-per-year plant will convert various biomass feedstocks into into high-purity isobutene.
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ADBA releases map of more than 500 UK AD plants

The U.K. anaerobic digestion industry now has over 500 operational plants, and following the launch of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s interactive map they’re easier to see and find than ever.
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DuPont Industrial Biosciences, MIAVIT to supply biogas enzymes

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and MIAVIT GmbH recently announced a supply agreement where DuPont will supply enzymes for incorporation in biogas-boosting products distributed by MIAVIT.
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Total, Corbion form a joint venture in bioplastics

Total and Corbion are joining forces to develop bioplastics by creating a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers. The two partners plan to build a PLA polymerization plant with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year.
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UPM joins below50 coalition to scale up sustainable fuels

UPM Biofuels has joined the below50 coalition to promote the most sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions and scale up their development and use.
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World Biogas Association launches at COP22

The World Biogas Association has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. The association is dedicated to supporting the growth of biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies.
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St1 plans 50 MMly Cellunolix ethanol plant at UPM site in Finland

Acting on behalf of North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB), St1 has begun the analysis and signed letters of intent with Alholmens Kraft and UPM on a sawdust-based ethanol plant in the Alholma industrial area in Pietarsaari, Finland.
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Changing cell behavior could boost biofuels, medicine

A computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances, which could be useful for stem cell research, gene therapy and biofuel production.
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RSB revises principles and criteria

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has announced that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised principles and criteria, which will provide users with streamlined and easier to follow requirements.
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ICM: Flight powered by biofuel made from residual wood

ICM Inc. contributed to the successful production of renewable biojet fuel from woody biomass used on a commercial Alaska Airlines flight on Nov. 14 as part of the USDA-sponsored Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project.
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