Biogas & Landfill Gas

June 10, 2016

Chemists settle debate on how methane is made biologically

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChemists study two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas. The winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

EIA revises short-term bioenergy forecasts in June outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase 13 percent this year and 3.3 percent next year. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Research assesses AD’s ability to remove drugs, germs from manure

BY Charlotte Hsu, University at Buffalo Found In:BiogasResearchers from four U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria an antibiotic residues. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

UK government proposes cuts to feed-in-tariffs for AD

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Energy and Climate Change recently proposed completely cutting the feed-in tariff for larger 500 kWe anaerobic digestion (AD) sites, and severely removing the tariffs for small and medium plants. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year. The report includes data on bioenergy employment. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

RIT, Synergy Biogas partner in algae biogas project

BY Rochester Institute of Technology Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. A three-month pilot program is growing microalgae on digested biomass. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Crash Course on Contributions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, I have been contacted a lot about how to get articles published in Biomass Magazine, so today I’m going to give a quick crash course on submitting contributions. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Ontario slates $100 million toward renewable natural gas

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOntario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province. The Canadian Gas Association has also outlined new targets for country’s natural gas sector. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

REA report shows food waste collected separately will save money

BY Katie FletcherFound In:BiogasA recent report released by U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association shows that food waste collected separately in a majority of situations can reduce costs for businesses and local authorities. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

GE’s gas engine, biosolids technology selected for UK project

BY GE Found In:Power, BiogasGE recently announced that M+W group has selected its Jenbacher gas engines and Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion system for Surrey County Council’s new Eco Park waste treatment and biogas-to-energy facility. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Impact Bioenergy’s microdigester testing waste at Seattle brewery

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasSeattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic digestion technology, deployed its first microdigester at the Fremont Brewery Co. in Seattle in April. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Purdue workshop to explore AD for livestock operations

BY Purdue University Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group will offer a workshop at Fair Oaks Farms on management of wastes from large-scale livestock operations, including anaerobic digestion, a mechanism for transforming biological waste into bioenergy. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Britcon wins contract for ReFood AD project

BY Britcon Found In:BiogasBritcon has secured a GBP 13.5 million ($19.81 million) contract to deliver the construction works on a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham for food waste recycler ReFood (UK) Ltd. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal, registrations due May 31

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing June 9 in Kansas City, Missouri, on its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuels standard (RFS). Parties wishing to testify at the hearing must contact the EPA by May 31. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Ethanol plant digester to send 5 MW to California grid

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasNot only does Tulare County, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC manufacture renewable transportation fuel and utilize renewable energy to power its operations, but starting next month, the plant will also send electricity to the grid. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Duke Energy inks second swine waste power deal in 2016

BY Duke Energy Found In:Power, BiogasDuke Energy recently announced it has finalized a second deal in 2016 to buy captured methane gas derived from swine waste. The planned project will be at farms in Kenansville, North Carolina. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

California biofuel industry calls on state to allocate funding

BY BIODICO Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia’s biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane industries are calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

DVO announces first anaerobic digester installation in China

BY DVO Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasInstallation and commissioning are complete on a DVO Inc. anaerobic digester at Austasia Modern Dairy Farm in Xianhe, Shandong Province, China. This is DVO’s first installation in China, and the country’s first modern, operational anaerobic digester. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Opinion: The Tip of the Industry’s Spear

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHeavy logging equipment is the epitome of the tip of the spear when it comes to biomass harvesting, the area of focus of the June issue of Biomass Magazine. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

WesTech, Cleanergy partner to bring GasBox to US

BY WesTech Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWesTech is partnering with Cleanergy to bring the Cleanergy GasBox biogas generator to the U.S. The GasBox generates electricity and heat from biogas using a Stirling engine. It can run on biogas with a methane concentration as low as 18 percent. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Toronto selects Anaergia technology for organics processing plant

BY Anaergia Inc. Found In:BiogasAnaergia Inc. recently announced that it is part of a team led that was selected by the city of Toronto, Ontario, to design, build, and operate the upgraded and expanded Dufferin Organics Processing Facility. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Advanced Flow Systems, Greenlane Biogas sign agreement

BY Advanced Flow Systems Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAdvanced Flow Systems Inc., a subsidiary of AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc., recently added Greenlane Biogas Ltd. to its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by signing a two-year contract manufacturing agreement. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

California RNG bill could open door to pipeline injection

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA proposed bill in California may serve to greatly benefit the state’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry. It would modify current siloxane requirements and essentially break down the barrier for RNG producers to access the natural gas pipeline. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Zero-net-energy farm project receives $1.2 million CEC grant

BY Biodico Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Energy Commission is lending major financial support to Biodico's Zero-Net-Energy Farms concept, which would enable ag operations to generate all of their energy needs from on-site renewables such as solar, wind, and AD-based CHP. READ MORE