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May 2009

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Lignol awarded $3.4 million to produce cellulosic ethanol

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Barges laden with rubbish-filled containers destined for landfills elsewhere are a common sight on the Thames River in London./PHOTO: MATT SEPPINGS

Her Majesty's Biogas

By Ryan C. Christiansen

With natural gas production and landfill capacity declining, the U.K. is looking at converting waste to biogas and synthesis gas for heat, power, and fuels on a large scale

Ontario, Canada-based StormFisher Biogas is ready to cause a whirlwind of activity with its plans to develop up to 30 anaerobic digestion plants in North America within the next five years.

What started as a light bulb idea is now trademarked by EnerTech as the SlurryCarb Process and could become the future of biosolids management.

In addition to typical produce wastes, the ORRS also accepts meat and dairy products, flower shop wastes, liquid beverages, waste fats and drippings from in-store food preparation./PHOTO: ORGANIC RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INC.

The Value of Waste

By Khalila Hammond

In 2007, only 2.6 percent of the nearly 29.2 million metric tons of organic waste generated in North America was recovered, due to inefficient collection processes. Organic Resource Management in Ontario, Canada, is on a mission to make sure that waste doesn't go to waste.

As biodiesel production trends more toward smaller-scale units and variable feedstock supplies, the idea of using smaller sized modular production units placed very close to feedstock sources becomes more attractive. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with modular unit manufacturers to learn more about this emerging arm of the industry.

Long-term storage and aviation applications require stable biodiesel. To meet those needs, researchers are developing new antioxidant technologies.

James Garton, head of corporate finance

Mission: Jatropha

By Susanne Retka Schill

High-tech meets traditional agriculture in Mission NewEnergy's extensive feedstock procurement program, which goes deep and local among India's small farms.

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Ken's Foods' upgraded wastewater treatment facility efficiently reduces chemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids in challenging food processing wastewaters, and supplies 200,000-plus cubic feet of biogas per day, providing 100 percent of the heat required for the treatment plant's operation.

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