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July 21, 2018

Opinion: Explosion Protection for Biomass, Wood Processing Plants

BY Geffrey Mitchell Industrial explosions present serious risk to any wood- or cellulose-processing facility, such as a biomass plant, that handles combustible dusts and vapors. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Hawaii Gas issues RFP for supply of RNG

BY Erin VoegeleHawaii Gas is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide up to 80,000 therms per day of renewable natural gas (RNG), which can be in the form of raw biogas and/or biomethane. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Attis announces site for biorefinery, selects feedstock provider

BY Erin VoegeleIn mid-July Attis Industries announced plans to purchase a site in Georgia to locate its first commercial-scale biorefinery and said it has executed a letter of intent with a timber company to provide feedstock for the proposed facility. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Bioenergy facility to install microgrid through California grant

BY California Energy Commission The California Energy Commission awarded grants July 11 to demonstrate how a microgrid can keep a bioenergy plant online and to study how the 21st century grid can help low-income and disadvantaged communities. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

In Depth: Dissecting a DHA

BY Patrick C. Miller Combustible dust fire and explosion expert Jason Krbec discusses the critical role dust hazard analyses play in incident prevention. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

Report explores future of Vietnam pellet industry

BY Erin VoegelePellet exports from Vietnam grew from nearly zero to approximately 2.75 million metric tons per year over the past seven years, according to FutureMetrics. The organization has published a new white paper exploring the country’s pellet export sector. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

Biobased car created using Luminy from Total Corbion PLA

BY Total Corbion PLA The world’s first biobased, circular car has been successfully designed and built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven. The car is made, in part, with Luminy PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

DOE launches new lab partnering service

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Representatives of the biofuel industry testify at RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleMembers of the biofuels industry testified at a July 18 hearing held by the EPA on its 2019 RFS proposal. Many discussed the misuse of waivers and expressed hope that the EPA’s new leadership will hold up the administration’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

SHI to supply pellet-fueled power plant to customer in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleSumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. has established a joint enterprise with Nippon Steel and Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd. and announced an order from Kanda Biomass Energy K.K. for a 75,000 kW biomass power plant to be located in Kanda-machi, Japan. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

AEBIOM rebrands to Bioenergy Europe

BY Bioenergy Europe AEBIOM has revealed its new corporate identity, Bioenergy Europe, which aims at giving a clearer, more united voice to Europe’s first source of renewable energy. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

ABFA asks Congress to halt RFS small refinery exemptions

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 17, Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, sent a letter to several congressional leaders regarding small refinery exemptions recently granted under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

EPA posts call-in number for July 18 hearing on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released call-in information for the July 18 hearing on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Sumitomo SHI FW wins contract for biomass CFB boiler island

BY Sumitomo SHI FW Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) announced July 10 that it has been awarded a contract by GS Engineering and Construction for design and supply of the Dangjin Biomass No. 2 Power Plant Project Boiler Island in South Korea. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

In Depth: Seller Beware

BY Anna SimetCalifornia’s notorious Prop 65 has cost wood product manufacturers around the country millions of dollars, and an upcoming requirement could exacerbate the issue. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

In Depth: Growing and Grilling: The Annual PFI Conference in Review

BY Ron KotrbaMembers of the Pellet Fuels Institute gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC, to discuss growing the market for residential pellet stoves, policies to help achieve growth, and the mainstream approach of grilling to expose pellets to a wider audience. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

California reaches GHG reduction goal

BY Erin VoegeleThe California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biofuels helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Cities in California, New York make switch to Redeem RNG

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced that Brookhaven, New York, has become its first customer in New York to begin using Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG). The city of Beverly Hills, California, has also signed a RNG contract with the company. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Outotec to build 35 MW biomass power plant in Turkey

BY Outotec Outotec has signed a contract for the delivery of a 35 MW biomass power plant to be built in Turkey. Outotec is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction of the plant. The facility is expected to be operational by 2020. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

In Depth: Protecting the Process

BY Jeff Nichols Proper analysis, design, engineering and administrative controls, training, and housekeeping will ensure your plant is safe as possible. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

Spanner RE2 supplies 10 biomass CHP plants to company in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleSpanner RE2 has announced it will install 10 biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants, including peripherals, at a major corporation in Nagano, Japan, later this year. The plants will have a combined capacity for 490 kWe and 1.1 MWth. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced a supply agreement July 11 with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, a leading adventure travel company. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

California awards $69.9 million for dairy digester projects

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $69.9 million in grant funding to 40 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

ElectraTherm installs waste heat-to-power generator in California

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm commissioned its first Power-plus generator in California to generate fuel-free power from a biomass boiler. The Organic Rankine Cycle generator is part of a California Energy Commission grant for CHP/prime power generation from biomass. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted so far for 2017. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Cherokee Freight Lines switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

BY Neste Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The company is reporting significant reductions in fuel and maintenance costs. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets

BY International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis A new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

FERC: US adds 50 MW of biomass capacity in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has released its Energy Infrastructure Update for May, reporting that the U.S. added 50 MW of biomass power capacity during the month. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

NYC councilmembers ask mayor to adopt biomethane

BY Erin VoegeleA dozen New York City councilmembers recently sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to explore the use of biomethane fuel, which could be used by both NYC surface transit and in city fleets. READ MORE

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