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Posted September 25, 2008



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Alabama partners to study MSW-to-diesel conversion

The city of Bay Minette, Ala., has been awarded $195,000 to work with Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and Cello Energy in Bay Minette, Ala., to explore the feasibility of converting the city's municipal solid waste into a synthetic fuel that is similar to No. 2 diesel (ASTM D396 specification) fuel oil.READ MORE

Mitsubishi expands wood pellet holdings

Mitsubishi Corp., Japan's largest general trading company, has acquired a 45 percent stake in Vis Nova Trading GmbH, a manufacturer in Bremen, Germany, that produces wood pellets from waste wood. Mitsubishi invested $8.2 million in VNT and intends to be actively involved in the company's management, Mitsubishi said.READ MORE

Oglethorpe Power to develop three Georgia plants

Olgethorpe Power Corp., the nation's largest power supply cooperative, has announced a massive woody biomass power plant project that will serve nearly half of Georgia's population with electricity. Initial plans include building up to three, 100 megawatt carbon-neutral facilities which will be designed to use woody biomass.READ MORE

Areva, Duke Energy to build biomass power plants

Areva, a Bethesda, Md.-based energy products and services vendor, and Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy announced the formation of a joint venture Sept. 24. Adage, the joint venture company, will be headquartered in Chadds Ford, Pa., and facilitate the development of biomass power plants in the United States.READ MORE

Catalyst Renewables, Atlantic Power to build plant

Catalyst Renewables Corp., through its biomass energy subsidiary Syracuse, N.Y.-based CRC Renewables, is partnering with Atlantic Power Corp. to convert the Onondaga Cogeneration plant in Geddes, N.Y., to a biomass facility that will produce power for central New York and steam for local businesses.READ MORE

Researchers develop cellulose conversion catalyst

Researchers in the United States and China have developed a new catalyst that directly converts cellulose into ethylene glycol, an intermediate product for the chemical industry. The technology uses heat, pressure, and a catalyst made of tungsten carbide and nickel on a carbon support to produce a mixture of polyalcohols from cellulosic biomass.READ MORE

Forest products industry studies biomass impact

RISI, an information provider for the forest products industry, has released a report examining the emerging biomass industry and how it could potentially affect U.S. timber supply and prices.READ MORE

EPA creates renewable energy potential site map

The U.S. EPA, with the assistance of the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has identified and released comprehensive data listing thousands of previously contaminated sites throughout the United States that hold potential to become renewable energy production sites.READ MORE

Aviation group forms to support sustainable biofuels

The Boeing Co. and UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, have joined forces with aviation leaders to accelerate the development and availability of sustainable biofuels. With support and advice from the World Wildlife Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group wants to make commercial aviation the first global transportation sector to voluntarily drive sustainability practices into its fuel supply chain.READ MORE

U.S. Senate extends renewable energy tax credits

The U.S. Senate passed the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 by a vote of 93 to 2 on Sept. 23. If passed by the U.S House of Representatives and signed into law, the $18 million package would extend renewable tax credits for biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and renewable fuel producers.READ MORE