UK awards CfDs to 2 dedicated biomass with CHP projects

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced Contracts for Difference (CfD) have been awarded to 11 new projects, including two dedicated biomass power plants with combined-heat-and-power (CHP).
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PA Pellets qualifies under PFI Standards Program

The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of PA Pellets of Ulysses, Pennsylvania, to the PFI Standards Program as the 38th facility qualified for the program.
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Report: Italian wood pellet consumption expected to grow

Italy recently filed a report on its wood pellet market with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting its use of wood pellets will reach 5 million metric tons in 2020.
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EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for electricity production and generation capacity from wood and waste biomass.
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Saxlund provides fuel handling systems to 2 UK bioenergy plants

In the U.K., Saxlund International recently announced it is supplying fuel handling systems to the Tansterne Advanced Biomass Project and a green gas generation plant under construction by Advanced Power and Cadent.
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UK government opens competition to develop waste-based fuels

The U.K. government is offering funding to support the development of waste-based fuels for planes and trucks through its Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Completion. The program is expected to support the development of five new fuel plants.
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Södra to produce biobased methanol in Sweden

In Europe, international forestry group Södra has announced plans to produce biobased methanol from forest biomass at its mill in Mönsterås, Sweden. The company said construction will begin this fall, with production scheduled to begin in 2019.
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Vermont PUC approves RNG program for Vermont Gas customers

The Vermont Public Utility Commission has approved a program for Vermont Gas Systems Inc. that allows retail customers to buy renewable natural gas in amounts equal to 10 percent, 25 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent of their monthly requirements.
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Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

A University of Delaware research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste. The feedstock could serve as a substitute for petroleum used in consumer goods.
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Researchers announce promising new feedstock for bio-jet fuel

A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane.
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DOE announces up to $8.8 million for algae technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. Funding for the initiative now totals over $16 million.
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