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Will high grain prices bring land into production?
Posted August 15, 2008



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DSE A/S receives Spain CHP contract

DSE A/S, a technology company based in Horsens, Denmark, announced it has been awarded a major contract by a Spanish combined heat and power (CHP) plant to supply six complete moisture measurement systems.READ MORE

U.K. company develops new Fischer-Tropsch catalyst

Oxford Catalysts Ltd. in the United Kingdom has developed a new metal carbide Fischer-Tropsch catalyst that can be used in microchannel reactors to make second-generation biofuel production environmentally and economically viable. The catalysts can convert synthesis gas to liquid sulfur-free diesel fuel, jet fuel, or naphtha, according to Derek Atkinson, business development director for the company.READ MORE

Metabolix creates bioplastic from switchgrass

Massachusetts-based Metabolix Inc. has created a variety of switchgrass that produces significant amounts of polyhydroxyalkanolate (PHA) bioplastics in leaf tissues. The company incorporated multiple genes into the switchgrass genome resulting in a new functional multi-gene pathway in switchgrass. Metabolix recently completed greenhouse trials showing that economically significant amounts of PHA and biomass could be produced by its new varieties.READ MORE

Biomass energy may be China's answer to pollution

According to a study published in AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, scientists say China could reduce pollution by as much as 45 to 60 percent by using biomass energy. Despite passing ambitious and aggressive environmental measures, China's pollution and increasing fuel demand, as well as decreasing resources, are of great concern.READ MORE

Nanoscale catalyst converts syngas to ethanol

Researchers from the U.S. DOE's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University are using nanoscale porous catalysts to ferment gasified waste into ethanol. The scientists hope to use the technology to create ethanol from a wide range of biomass, including corn stover, grass, wood pulp, as well as animal and municipal waste.READ MORE

Denmark firm to build biomass power plants in Italy

Denmark-based Babcock & Wilcox V°lund A/S recently announced it has reached an agreement with Italy-based Advanced Renewable Energy Ltd. to supply up to 25 small biomass plants over the next 10 years. The company plans to construct all of the plants in Italy, utilizing the company's combined cycle gasification technology.READ MORE

Idaho PUC approves power purchase agreement

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has approved Idaho Power Co.'s application to purchase electricity from Big Sky West Dairy Digester Generation Facility, which is being built at Big Sky Dairy near Gooding, Idaho. The facility will be owned and operated by Dean Foods Co. and AgPower Partners LLC.READ MORE

New York council to fund heating system conversions

New York's Watershed Agricultural Council is looking for interested businesses or public institutions in its region to apply for funding to convert their heating systems to biomass-based systems.READ MORE

BBI requests Biomass '09 Conference abstracts

Abstracts are being accepted through Oct. 3 for the International Biomass '09 Conference and Trade Show. The conference, which is sponsored by BBI International, will be held in Portland Ore., April 28-30, 2009.READ MORE

Poet to build pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol facility

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Poet LLC announced August 13 that construction on a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol production facility in Scotland, S.D., will be completed by the end of the year. The $4 million facility will be adjacent to Poet's corn ethanol pilot-scale facility and a 9 MMgy ethanol facility. The new facility, which will produce 20,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually, will allow Poet to make final improvements in technology before construction begins next year on Project Liberty, a commercial cellulosic production facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa.READ MORE