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Biomass Supply Contract Activity Picking Up
Posted August 20, 2010



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Cobalt Technologies goes global

Big dreams are coming true in California, just ask biobutanol developer Cobalt Technologies. After signing a partnership agreement with the global engineering and project manager Fluor Corp., the Mountain View-based company now has the chance to move that advanced biofuel dream from its small-scale testing facility to large-scale commercialization. The two companies decided to partner during a re-engineering exercise of Cobalt's technology, performed by Fluor, that reduced Cobalt's energy costs by 40 percent and capital costs by 25 percentREAD MORE

BlueFire rebrands, changes name

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. has changed its name to BlueFire Renewables Inc. According to the company, the new name and rebranding more clearly illustrates its capability to produce a variety of biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, bio jet fuel and drop-in fuels. BlueFire Renewables will continue to trade under the ticker symbol BRFE.OB.READ MORE

FT demonstration plant opens in Austria

A biomass-to-liquids demonstration plant featuring a Fischer Tropsch (FT) microchannel reactor is now operating in Gussing, Austria. Compared to conventional units, the reactor is estimated to be four to eight times more productive. A joint-venture between the U.K.-based Oxford Catalysts Group and the Portuguese company SGC Energia, along with the help of U.S.-based Velocys Inc., the demonstration facility is using wood chips in "a range of operating conditions," according to Jeff McDaniel, business development director at Velocys.READ MORE

Range Fuels produces cellulosic methanol

Broomfield, Colo.-based cellulosic ethanol and biochemical company Range Fuels Inc. has successfully produced the first batches of cellulosic methanol at its facility near Soperton, Ga. using non-food biomass. The Soperton plant is currently in its initial phase of development.READ MORE

Loan guarantee application deadline extended

The U.S. DOE is giving renewable energy projects six more weeks to apply for loan guarantees by extending its application deadline for the July 2009 energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced transmission and distribution technologies solicitation, to Oct. 5.READ MORE

Adage secures biomass supply in Washington

Washington-based Green Diamond Resource Co. has signed a long-term supply contract with Adage, a biopower joint venture between Areva and Duke Energy, for a proposed 55-megawatt woody biomass power plant in Mason County, Wash.READ MORE

Utilities interested in corn stover pellets

Several utilities are in discussions with Nebraska-based Next Step Biofuels Inc., interested in cofiring the company's corn stover PowerPellets with coal. The corn stover pellets are attractive because they pulverize and process like coal, and ship and store like grain, according to Will Gardenswartz, Next Step Biofuels spokesman.READ MORE

Nexterra debuts new biomass CHP system

The University of British Columbia will soon be home to the first installation of a new biomass combined heat and power system developed by Nexterra Systems Corp. and GE's Jenbacher gas engine division.READ MORE

GPI study: Policy hinders Midwest biogas development

Significant potential exists for biogas-related projects in the Midwest U.S. but current policy at the state and federal levels does not recognize the immense resource potential from biogas, according to "Spotlight on Biogas: Policies for Utilization and Deployment in the Midwest," a recently-released Great Plains Institute study.READ MORE

NC passes CHP investment tax credit law

North Carolina is a step ahead of the U.S. federal government in making the installation of clean and efficient combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems more economically feasible through a CHP or cogeneration investment tax credit recently signed into law by Gov. Beverly Perdue.READ MORE