D3MAX signs contract for design of first commercial plant

Pilot testing of D3Max LLC's patented corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful and is allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment, the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol LLC.
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GNT to purchase, upgrade Scotia Atlantic Biomass facility

Great Northern Timber Group has signed a tentative agreement to purchase the Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plant, pending due diligence and court approval, said Thor Olesen, CEO of GNT. The facility is expected to restart operations later this year.
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Comment period on EPA’s 2018 RFS proposal closes Aug. 31

Those who wish to file written comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard have until midnight on Aug. 31 to do so. To date, more than 30,000 comments have already been filed.
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EPA posts materials for SAB review of biogenic CO2 framework

The U.S. EPA has posted new materials related to a quality review scheduled to be conducted by the Scientific Advisory Board on the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources.
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Report: Japanese imports of pellets, biomass expected to increase

Japan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the country imported a record 347,000 metric tons of wood pellets last year for thermal power generation.
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Report shows reduced carbon intensity of UK grid

In the U.K., the latest Electric Insights report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Drax, found that renewables accounted for 25 percent of Britain’s electricity during the second quarter.
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Air Liquide enters the Norwegian biogas market

Air Liquide has announced its acquisition of a majority equity in Norwegian company Skagerak Naturgass AS, a subsidiary of Skagerak Energi that belongs to Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, Statkraft.
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GE’s biogas engine technology to power 3 landfill sites in Turkey

GE’s Distributed Power has announced that it is providing its Jenbacher biogas engine technology and myPlant Asset Performance Management solution for three new landfill power production sites in Turkey.
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NATO-funded Serbian researchers develop biofuel from algae

Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program.
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Researchers: Landfill sites aid in search for new enzymes

Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production.
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Domtar inaugurates biomass generating unit at Windsor Mill

Domtar has inaugurated its second biomass generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor Mill in Quebec. The facility now has a production capacity of nearly 50 MW, making it a major producer of renewable energy in the region.
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Turboden to supply 2.3 MW plant to bioenergy project in Turkey

Turboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has signed an order with Güres for a new ORC unit to be installed at its main egg production site in Manisa, Turkey. The system will generate electricity and hot water from chicken litter.
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DOE: Artificial intelligence helps improve biomass preprocessing

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s bioenergy program have successfully tested an adaptive, intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment by more than 50 percent.
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SoCalGas streamlines process to support renewable gas projects

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) recently announced new initiatives that will make it easier for renewable gas production facilities to connect to the company's natural gas pipeline system.
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DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication.
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