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The hierarchy of biomass uses
Posted October 3, 2008



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Welsh Power plans biomass power plant in U.K.

Cec Generation Ltd., a subsidiary of United Kingdom-based Welsh Power Group Ltd., has announced plans for its first 100 percent green power plant in the town of Newport in South Wales, United Kingdom.READ MORE

Xcel Energy plans to convert coal unit to biomass

Xcel Energy plans to spend $55 million to $70 million to convert the last remaining coal-fired unit at its Bay Front Power Plant in Ashland, Wis., to a biomass gasification system. The conversion will allow the facility to use 100 percent biomass in all three boilers.READ MORE

Premier Cooperative to study biomass pelletization

Premier Cooperative, a 3,000-member agricultural cooperative in Mount Horeb, Wis., has been awarded a $25,000 Agriculture Development and Diversity grant from the state of Wisconsin to evaluate the feasibility of collecting biomass from its members and then pelletizing it.READ MORE

Laidlaw, PSNH reach power purchase agreement

Laidlaw Berlin BioPower LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Laidlaw Energy Group Inc., announced Sept. 29 it has agreed to the material terms of a contemplated 20-year power purchase agreement with Public Service Company of New Hampshire. Under the agreement, PSNH will purchase 100 percent of the electricity generated at Laidlaw's Berlin, N.H., biomass power plant.READ MORE

RWE Innogy announces biomass, biogas projects

RWE Innogy UK recently announced two separate European power plant ventures. RWE Innogy plans to build a 6.5 megawatt biogas power plant in Germany and has aquired the development and operation rights to Helius Energy PLC's 65 megawatt biomass power plant to be built in the United Kingdom.READ MORE

EIA: Ten percent of U.S. energy from renewables

During the first six months of 2008, renewable energy accounted for more than ten percent of domestic U.S. energy production, according to the latest "Monthly Energy Review" issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.READ MORE

Virginia landfill turns gas into energy

A ceremonial ribbon was recently cut in Stafford County, Va., for a new landfill gas-to-energy facility. Previously, the gas generated from the decomposition of trash was extracted and flared off. Now the gas is routed to the new facility and turned into 2.14 megawatts of electricity.READ MORE

USDA converts manure to energy

Researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center in Florence, S.C., are studying various ways to convert livestock manure into energy. Using wet gasification and pyrolysis, the scientists are converting manure into synthesis gas, liquid fuels, and charcoal.READ MORE

Lignol, Weyerhaeuser explore lignin-based products

Lignol Energy Corp. of Burnaby, British Columbia, has agreed to work with Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser Co. to explore developing commercial cellulose fiber and biochemical applications for products that are produced using Lignol's biorefining process.READ MORE

ABW: Industry races to develop advanced biofuels

An ardent effort is underway across North America in what seemingly appears to be a race for the development of commercially viable advanced biofuels. Industry leaders told attendees at the 2008 Advanced Biofuels Workshop and Trade Show held in Minneapolis on Sept. 28-30 that the acceleration of advanced biofuels production will build upon and optimize the success of existing starch and oil-based ethanol and biodiesel industries.READ MORE