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June 2011

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Dennis V. McGinn, a strong advocate and promoter of clean energy, has been named president of ACORE.

Business Briefs

By Staff

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ON THE POLICY FRONT: The leaders of several renewable energy industry groups formed a plenary panel at the International Biomass Conference & Expo to talk about their key policy goals and how Congress and the administration perceive their industries.

Gateway to Biomass

By Lisa Gibson and Erin Voegele

From well-rounded industry tours to a jam-packed expo hall and intriguing panel discussions, the 2011 International Biomass Conference & Expo in St. Louis lived up to its reputation as the largest and most comprehensive biomass event in the world.

Recent events in Japan may fuel a new push toward renewable energy as the country reevaluates its energy portfolio.

BIG ON BIOGAS: Ameresco says it is seeing a resurgence of interest in biogas production at wastewater treatment plants.

Maximizing Efficiency

By Anna Austin

Cities around the nation are finding ways to squeeze every drop of value out of biogas generated at their wastewater treatment plants.

Out with the Old

By Lisa Gibson

With expired power purchase agreements and no interested buyers, four New Hampshire biomass power plants face possible shutdowns that would impact more than just the facilities themselves.

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Advanced Biofuels

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It's a major award-winning process—so where is it?

How replacing natural gas with biomass as feedstock for methanol production can improve biodiesel's already good environmental footing

Sodium or potassium methylate and sulfuric acid serve their purposes well, but going multifeedstock may require deeper considerations

Contributions

Boilers: Economic Change From Coal to Biomass

By James Wise and Gareth Jones

Torrefaction, pelletization and gasification can offer viable and economic means to convert coal- or oil-fired boilers to biomass.

Cost of Operations: ULSD vs. B20

By David M. Nelson, Mark Vonderembse, S. Subba Rao and Stephen Atkinson

Toledo's transportation authority and a local university compare costs of using biodiesel and conventional diesel

A qualitative and quantitative comparison of biodiesel separation equipment

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