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Posted November 14, 2008



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W2 Energy to sell new biomass-to-energy product

W2 Energy Inc., a U.S.-based green energy company, announced Nov. 11 it's beginning to market small-scale biomass-to-energy systems. The modular systems, which are capable of producing both liquid fuels and electricity, will cost $2.25 million.READ MORE

Researchers test biomass gasification pretreatment

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are developing a biomass pretreatment method to help optimize the gasification of biomass. Using a hot pressurized water hydrothermal process followed by a hot nitrogen torrefaction process, the researchers are converting biomass into a carbon-neutral black, crumbly char, similar in shape and size to coal.READ MORE

U.K. anaerobic digestion companies merge

Two anaerobic digestion technology companies in the United Kingdom Biogen Ltd. and Greenfinch Ltd. will merge to form BiogenGreenfinch. The newly formed company will be supported by a $28 million investment from Bedfordia Group PLC, the parent company of Biogen, according to Dan Poulson, chief executive officer of BiogenGreenfinch.READ MORE

ILSR report: Most states can be energy independent

The Minneapolis-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently released a report suggesting that at least half of the 50 states could meet all their internal energy needs from renewable energy produced within their borders. The report, "Energy Self-Reliant States: Homegrown Renewable Power" estimated on a state-by-state basis, the amount of electricity and transportation fuels that could be generated by biomass, wind and solar energy.READ MORE

USA Biomass becomes more 'power(ful)'

USA Biomass, an organization devoted solely to the growth and long-term viability of biomass-powered electric generation, has changed its name to the Biomass Power Association. The name change is meant to more accurately portray the dedication of the association members to generate biomass-based power.READ MORE

Noble Foundation receives funds to study switchgrass

The National Science Foundation and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have awarded more than $1.2 million to scientists at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla., an independent, nonprofit institute conducting plant science research. The funding will enable the foundation to continue studies to improve varieties of switchgrass for the production of cellulosic ethanol.READ MORE

PSCW denies coal power plant proposal

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin rejected a proposal by Wisconsin Power and Light Co., a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., to expand its existing Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville, Wis. Initially the circulating fluidized bed plant was designed to burn coal and petroleum coke, but Alliant Energy later committed up to 20 percent biomass.READ MORE

Poet's first commercial corn cob harvest set for 2009

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based ethanol producer Poet LLC plans to conduct its first commercial harvest of corn cobs in the fall of 2009, according to Jim Sturdevant, director of Poet's Project Liberty in Emmetsburg, Iowa, which will include an integrated corn-to-ethanol and cellulose-to-ethanol biorefinery that will produce 125 MMgy of ethanol, 25 MMgy from corn cobs.READ MORE

Minnesota governor unveils green job growth plan

During a Nov. 10 news conference, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., unveiled his plan to spur the creation of green jobs and investments to Minnesota's economy. The plan includes incentives to expand the production and infrastructure for methane projects as well as expansion of landfill waste-to-energy projects.READ MORE

Minnesota funds biomass projects

The state of Minnesota recently granted nearly $3 million dollars to eight next generation energy and biofuel-related projects across the state. The grants were awarded through the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, established to help develop renewable energy and biofuel policies in Minnesota.READ MORE