October 02, 2014

Agrisoma closes $8 million Series A financing round

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgrisoma Biosciences Inc. has announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. The funding round was led by Cycle Capital Management and included participation of BDC Venture Capital. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Andritz rolls out OEM option wireless heat sensor for pelletizers

BY Andritz Inc. Found In:PelletsAndritz Inc. and SST Wireless Inc. announced that the companies are collaborating to produce a customized version of SST's wireless heat sensor technology for deployment on Andritz's wood pelletizers as an OEM option. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

USIPA conference opens with blend of optimism and caution

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe fourth annual Exporting Pellets Conference, hosted and produced the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, opened with a blend of reported progress and urged caution. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Greenpoint awaits city approval for Connecticut AD project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasGreenpoint Energy Partners LLC is developing an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility near the wastewater treatment plant and transfer facility in Ansonia, Connecticut. The project aims to convert food waste to energy. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Genscape suggests 75 million cellulosic RINs possible in 2014

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, while biogas could contribute another 67.5 million D3 RINs, suggests a new white paper from Genscape. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Governors' Biofuels Coalition calls for amended RFS proposal

BY Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Found In:Advanced FuelsIllinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, have sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to amend the 2014 renewable fuels standard proposal. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Bill would alter tax credit for open-loop biomass, MSW facilities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerSen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., recently introduced legislation that aims to alter the Section 45 tax credit for renewable energy produced from certain open-loop biomass and trash facilities. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Forest Energy Corp. qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:PelletsThe Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Forest Energy Corp. into the PFI Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for algae biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has opened a $25 million funding opportunity for algae biofuels. The initiative aims to reduce the cost of algae biofuel to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

The Earth Partners acquire South Dakota pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsLand restoration and bioenergy development company The Earth Partners LP has acquired Deadwood Biofuels, a 71,000-ton wood pellet plant in Deadwood, South Dakota. The company plans to develop additional pellet projects in other regions of the U.S. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

ReEnergy awarded contract to provide power to Fort Drum

BY ReEnergy Holdings LLC Found In:PowerThe U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a 20-year contract to ReEnergy Black River. Under the terms of this renewable energy supply agreement, ReEnergy Black River will provide secure, renewable electricity to Fort Drum. READ MORE

September 29, 2014

GE launches AnMBR technology, announces collaboration

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasOn Sept. 29, GE made two announcements regarding the introduction of its anaerobic membrane bioreactor technology, a membrane-based wastewater treatment technology that combines anaerobic digestion technology with GE's ZeeWeed 500 membranes. READ MORE

September 29, 2014

Anaergia announces startup of Omnivore biogas project

BY Anaergia Inc. Found In:Power, BiogasThe Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sept. 26 to mark the successful start-up of the operation of its new Omnivore biogas production system, supplied by Anaergia Inc. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

EPA: 3.5 million cellulosic biogas RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for August, reporting that nearly 3.5 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month. More than 1.44 billion RINs were produced across all five biofuel categories. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

Canfor to add pellet production to 2 sawmill sites in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsCanfor Corp. plans to collocate a pellet plant at each of the company's sawmill sites at Chetwynd and Fort St. John in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two facilities combined will have a capacity of 175,000 metric tons of pellets per year. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

EIA: Bioenergy capacity continues to increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating total in-service bioenergy capacity equaled 13,431.4 MW as of the close of July, up from 13,368.4 MW at the close of June. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

USDA grant supports bioenergy project at Tarleton's dairy center

BY Tarleton State University Found In:Power, BiogasTexas A&M AgriLife Research has been awarded a USDA grant to support a two-year project that will demonstrate technologies for water purification, treatment and recycling and power generation using biomass at Tarleton State University's dairy center. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of cellulosic biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Maverick Synfuels introduces modular methane-to-methanol system

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, ChemicalsMaverick Synfuels recently announced the development of its Maverick Oasis system for methanol production. The company says the system provides producers with another way to monetize biogas reserves and natural gas. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

BIO: EPA inaction on RFS proposal has increased GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA new report published by the Biotechnology Industry Organization indicates U.S. EPA inaction on finalizing the 2014 renewable fuel standard has resulted in a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Vega Biofuels' pilot torrefaction joint venture wins USDA grant

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. has announced that its Allendale, South Carolina, joint venture project with Agri-Tech Producers LLC has been awarded a Value-Added Producer Grant from the USDA in the amount of $200,000. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Coalition examines effective alternative fuel policies

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsLocal policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are among the most effective, a recent study by the Clean Energy Coalition finds. The study compares the number of alternative fuel vehicles in each state to the types of policies. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

NexSteppe raises $22 million in series C financing

BY NexSteppe Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNexSteppe recently announced it has raised $22 million in its third round of funding. New investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding GmbH join existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, CYM Ventures, DuPont Ventures and others. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down to make biofuels. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Schott, Algatechnologies agree to continue partnership

BY Algatechnologies Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSchott AG and Algatechnologies Ltd. have signed a research and development agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Opinion: Stewards of Sustainability

BY Tim Portz