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Posted October 30, 2008



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British report: Use kelp to produce energy

The brown seaweed Laminaria hyperborean, more commonly referred to as kelp, could be farmed off the coast of Scotland as biomass for the production of methane and ethanol, according to the Scottish Association for Marine Science in a report that was published for The Crown Estate, the property-holding organization for the British monarchy.READ MORE

Biomass contributes to world energy sustainability

The European Renewable Energy Council and Greenpeace International recently released an updated second edition of "Energy (R)evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook" as a blueprint for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and moving the world towards more sustainable energy practices. Biomass is one of the attractive options highlighted in the report to accomplish this outcome.READ MORE

Auburn University to use PureVision technology

PureVision Technology Inc. made its first equipment sale and technology transfer agreement in mid-October to Alabama's Auburn University Natural Resources Management & Development Institute. The rapid biomass fractionation unit converts cellulosic biomass into sugars and lignin for making biofuels and chemicals.READ MORE

Progress Energy Carolinas seeks energy proposals

Raleigh, N.C.-based Progress Energy Carolinas, which serves 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida, is seeking proposals for potential renewable energy projects and alternative energy providers. The submission deadline for renewable and alternative energy proposals is Nov. 11 to be considered in the company's 2009 planning period.READ MORE

Xethanol changes name, energy focus

The self-proclaimed discredited cellulosic ethanol company Xethanol Corp. relaunched itself on Oct. 28 on the New York Stock Exchange as Global Energy Holdings Group Inc. David Ames, the company's chief executive officer, said it will now work towards becoming a "diversified energy company" focusing on various waste feedstocks for the production of energy and natural gas.READ MORE

Forest Guild releases woody biomass removal study

The Forest Guild, an organization of ecologically-minded foresters based in New Mexico, recently released a report titled "Synthesis of Knowledge from Woody Biomass Removal Case Studies," which covers lessons learned and strategies for success.READ MORE

Japan wood-gas-to-energy power plant wins award

Japan-based Yamagata Green Power, an electricity distribution company which runs the country's most powerful wood gas-to-energy power plant, has been awarded the Asian Power magazine's Gold Award for the Best Renewable Energy Power Plant of the year.READ MORE

QuestAir plans to focus on biogas market

British Columbia, Canada-based QuestAir Technologies Inc., a developer and supplier of gas purification systems, recently announced it plans to focus largely on the biogas market, as well as further its success and presence in emerging energy markets.READ MORE

California utility buys Iberdrola's biomass energy

Iberdrola Renewables recently announced that the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in California has purchased the total output from a 55 megawatt biomass cogeneration plant currently under construction at a Tacoma, Wash., pulp and paper mill.READ MORE

CVEC demonstrates cob harvesting

Benson, Minn.-based Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company LLLP held the last of three corn cob harvesting demonstrations on Oct. 28 near Holloway, Minn. CVEC plans to use a Frontline BioEnergy gasifier to convert cobs to syngas that will replace natural gas at its 45 MMgy ethanol plant.READ MORE