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Posted September 10, 2010



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DOE awards $16.5 million for biomass initiatives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the investment of up to $16.5 million for two major research and development (R&D) initiatives that will support the expansion of renewable transportation fuels production. The first initiative will invest up to $12 million over three years for four projects to advance technologies for the thermochemical conversion of biomass into advanced biofuels that are compatible with existing fueling infrastructure.READ MORE

Biomass conference panel explores biodiesel from waste and low-value feedstocks

Over the past couple of years the biodiesel industry has trended toward utilizing fewer virgin oils, largely due to economic factors such as dependence on more expensive refined materials and reliance on low-value waste oils such as used cooking oil. Interest in securing and processing even lower-valued materials, such as trap grease and sewer grease, is also on the rise. BBI International's Southeast Biomass Conference & Trade Show,Nov. 2-4 in Atlanta, will feature a panel on this very topic, titled, "Biodiesel from Waste and Low-Value Feedstocks."READ MORE

USDA seeks applicants for bioenergy feasibility study grants

The USDA has announced an availability of $3 million in funding under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems for agriculture producers and rural small businesses.READ MORE

Veteran affairs medical center plans biomass CHP system

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is planning to install a biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) system at Veteran Affairs Medical Hospital in Canandaigua, N.Y., and has selected Lockheed Martin and Whiting Turner as winner of the $15 million contract.READ MORE

Professor develops water-saving AD process

A Colorado State University professor is developing an anaerobic digester that uses less water than conventional systems, making it ideal and economically feasible for use at feedlots and dairies in the western states.READ MORE

Company develops algae/wood-to-methane system

A Columbia Falls, Mont.-based company is working to further develop a greenhouse-based algae growth/anaerobic biodigester system that transforms algae and wood waste into methane for heat and power production, as well as an organic fertilizer. Algae Aqua-Culture Technology was formed about two years ago, according to CEO Michael Smith, with initial research focusing on growing algae in geothermal water.READ MORE

EERC, Cummins partner for waste-to-energy

Over the next year, researchers at the University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) will test multiple types of high-moisture feedstocks during a demonstration of the partnership between its gasifier and a Cummins Power Generation Inc. generator.READ MORE