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January 16, 2018

Velocys: Envia seeks EPA approval to generate D7 RINs

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

January 16, 2018

FuelCell Energy: Project using biogas earns CARB certification

BY FuelCell Energy Inc. FuelCell Energy Inc. recently announced that the SureSource 3000 fuel cell power plant operating on anaerobic digester gas has received the California Air Resources Board’s Distributed Generation Certification to the 2013 Waste Gas Standard. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Alkol BioTech to supply cane feedstock to BRD

BY Erin VoegeleBio Refinery Development BV has signed a letter of intent with Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tons of EUnergyCane annually for use in a proposed biorefinery. EUnergyCane is a naturally occurring cold-resistant variety of sugarcane. READ MORE

January 15, 2018

PPCR seeks strategic partner for biomass CHP project in Greece

BY Erin VoegelePPC Renewables S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Power Corp. S.A., has announced it is seeking a strategic partner to develop, finance, construct and operate a biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Greece. READ MORE

January 15, 2018

UPM biofuels earns RSB sustainability certification for feedstock

BY UPM Biofuels UPM Biofuels has received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification for the cultivation of brassica carinata in Uruguay. Brassica carinata is an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels. READ MORE

January 15, 2018

PES: New combustions systems benefit 2 Toronto-area paper mills

BY Precision Energy Services Inc. Precision Energy Services Inc. has supplied sludge-to-energy systems for facilities owned by Atlantic Packaging. Most recently, PES received a contract to supply a complete biomass energy system incorporating its fluid bed combustion system. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

Veolia acquires Hungary-based Ajka power plant

BY Erin VoegeleVeolia recently acquired Bakonyi Erőmű Zrt., which operates the Hungary-based Ajka power plant. The facility fires biomass and coal to produce electricity, residential district heat and industrial steam. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

Biochar could benefit anaerobic digestion of animal manure

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research New research by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists shows biochar has potential to make anaerobic digestion of animal manure a more efficient method to rid farms of waste while producing methane for energy. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

USDA awards Attis $3 million grant for lignin technology

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. has announced the USDA awarded its subsidiary, Attis Innovations, a $3 million grant to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

NV Energy opens RFP for 330 MW of renewable power capacity

BY Erin VoegeleNV Energy is seeking proposals for up to 330 MW of new renewable energy projects to be built in Nevada. Eligible technologies include biomass, biogas, solar, geothermal and wind. Bids must be submitted by Feb. 2. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

WM sustainability report highlights waste-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleWaste Management recently published its 2017 Sustainability Report, which provides a brief overview of the company’s landfill gas-to-energy operations and waste-to-energy goals. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

Char Technologies acquires Altech Group, develops biocoal

BY Erin VoegeleChar Technologies recently acquired the Altech Group, which is comprised of Altech Environmental Consulting Ltd. and Altech Technologies Systems Inc. According to Char, the joint enterprise plans to commercialize a biocoal fuel branded as CleanFyre. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

Foresight acquires AD, composting assets

BY Foresight Group LLP Foresight Group LLP has acquired of an operational portfolio of two large scale anaerobic digestion plants and seven composting assets in the U.K. for an undisclosed sum. The AD plants have a combined 2.8 MW of capacity. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

ADM partners with PNNL to produce biobased propylene glycol

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy success story where Archer Daniels Midland partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to become a leading producer of biobased propylene glycol. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

EIA revises bioenergy, wood heat forecasts in January report

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, noting electrical generation from nonhydropower renewables is expected to be steady this year, and increase next year. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

Aries Clean Energy issues new equity, obtains capital commitments

BY Aries Clean Energy Aries Clean Energy, designer of the Lebanon gasification project in Tennessee, has issued new equity led by existing investors and received additional capital commitments from Spring Lane Capital for equity in future gasification projects. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

Researchers make grasses more digestible

BY Rothamsted Research An international team of researchers has uncovered a way to make grasses more digestible. The achievement promises improved feed for ruminants and better biomass for biofuel production, with economic and environmental benefits for both. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

NYC to study the feasibility of fueling ferries with biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation that requires a two-year feasibility study to be conducted regarding the use of renewable fuels and technologies to power the city’s ferries. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

GALT partners with LLNL to improve biofuel production

BY General Automation Lab Technologies Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a 3 year $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Researchers map magnetic fields of bacterial cells, nano-objects

BY Ames Laboratory A research team led by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

UK confirms plan to phase-out unabated coal generation by 2025

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government has confirmed how it intends to phase-out unabated coal-fired power generation by 2025. In response to the news, the U.K. Renewable Energy Association is calling on the government to support additional coal-to-biomass conversions. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

RWE reorganizes its conventional generation business

BY RWE RWE has reorganized its business. The company's gas, hard coal, hydroelectric power and biomass generation business is now pooled within RWE Generation SE, while lignite and nuclear energy are housed under RWE Power. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

Anellotech commences key R&D program at TCat-8

BY Anellotech With successful completion of TCat-8 pilot plant commissioning, Anellotech has announced an intensive process development and testing program has begun to confirm process economics and collect data for commercial plant design. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Active Energy Group commissions Utah plant

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based Active Energy Group has announced initial testing of its 5-ton-per-hour CoalSwitch plant in Utah was successfully completed on Dec. 29. The company also indicated the plant is currently undergoing commissioning. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Gevo issues corporate update, reduces staff

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. recently issued a corporate update, reaffirming the company’s focus on the commercial development of renewable jet fuel, isooctane, isobutanol and related products. The company also announced plans to reduce staff at its Colorado offices. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

USDA NIFA invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program

BY USDA The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program. The award was made to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Canada increases biomass capacity, generation

BY Erin VoegeleA report issued by Canada’s National Energy Board shows that the country’s non-hydro renewable power capacity grew by more than 8 percent in 2016, adding nearly 1,300 MW of solar, biomass and wind-generated power. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

PFI welcomes Tim Portz as executive director

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced that it has hired Tim Portz to serve as the organization’s executive director. Portz, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, previously served as executive editor of Biomass Magazine and Pellet Mill Magazine. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Opinion: Every Last Drop

BY Anna SimetOne of the most common deterrents to investment in equipment and technology that will ultimately save bioenergy plants money is exactly that—money. READ MORE

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