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Posted October 24, 2008



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Sugarcane bagasse could benefit Brazil power

An analysis completed by researchers at Frost & Sullivan has found that Brazil may possess the capabilities to experience considerable benefits from the use of sugarcane bagasse for power generation, reducing its dependence on hydropower. Biomass currently represents approximately 4.1 percent of the total installed energy capacity in Brazil, the majority of which is derived from sugarcane bagasse.READ MORE

Companies plan three U.K. biomass power plants

Drax Group PLC, the parent company for Drax Power Ltd. and its 4,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the United Kingdom, has signed a $3.2 billion joint development agreement with Germany-based Siemens Project Ventures GmbH to build, own, and operate three, 300-megawatt dedicated biomass-fired power plants in the U.K.READ MORE National Ethanol Conference

Intrinergy to build Germany CHP, wood pellet plant

Virginia-based Intrinergy LLC has closed on $47 million in debt financing from German bank NORD/LB to begin the construction of a biomass energy project in Belgium. The project includes a combined heat and power plant to produce steam and electricity, and the collocation of a wood pellet manufacturing facility.READ MORE

BioCentric Energy to implement algal technology

BioCentric Energy Inc. recently released details of five proposed projects that will occur over the next three years, most of which are centered on the development and use of algae as an emissions absorption agent, electricity generator and biodiesel feedstock.READ MORE

MSU to build waste-to-energy research center

With more than $3 million in state and foundation grants, Michigan State University will construct an anaerobic digestion research and education center which will serve as a home for the research and development of technology for small-scale farms to turn animal waste into heat, electricity, and other products.READ MORE

Pennsylvania awards biomass energy project funding

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority has approved more than $2.2 million in Alternative Energy Investment Fund grants to develop and expand biomass energy-related operations in Pennsylvania.READ MORE

Global Green: Biomass project steams ahead

Global Green Solutions Inc. has annouced it will focus on its Greensteam project, a biomass combustion system that could be used by any industry using fossil fuels. The company is selling 50 percent of its stake in Vertigro, an algae-to-oil technology, to its partner Valcent Products Inc. to immediately fund the Greensteam project.READ MORE

Collaborative meets to discuss biomass projects

The Biorefinery Deployment Collaborative recently held its semi-annual fall meeting in western Minnesota. Members discussed a variety of topics, including the 2008 Farm Bill, American Forest & Paper Association's recent biomass workshop and an update on two renewable energy projects that received U.S. DOE grants NewPage Corp.'s Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., plant and Flambeau River Biofuels LLC in Park Falls, Wis.READ MORE

Cobalt Biofuels raises funds to produce biobutanol

Mountain View, Calif.-based Cobalt Biofuels has raised $25 million to accelerate the commercialization of biobutanol an advanced biofuel derived from non-food based sources. The funding was raised through a Series C Equity Finance Round.READ MORE

EnerTech starts up California E-Fuel plant

Atlanta, Ga.-based EnerTech Environmental Inc. has completed the first phase of mechanical testing and accepted its first truckload of biosolids (sewage sludge) at its Rialto Regional Biosolids Processing facility in Rialto, Calif. Once fully operational, the Rialto facility will utilize EnerTech's patented SlurryCarb process technology to convert biosolids into approximately 170 tons of renewable fuel daily.READ MORE
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