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Posted November 20, 2008



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U.S. industrial hemp development continues

Developers and farmers continue to pave the way for hemp as a biomass crop in the United States. In Massachusetts, Jim Pillsbury has sourced the hemp he used for product evaluation from Canada where the crop is legally grown. Pillsbury is developing hemp for heating pellets.READ MORE

U.S. DOE extends renewable energy grant deadline

Citing "extensive interest" in the program, the U.S. DOE has extended the application deadline for its Title XVII Loan Guarantee Program for renewable energy projects. The deadline, originally set for Dec. 31, has been extended to Feb. 26, 2009.READ MORE

EERC forms InEnergy to provide consulting services

The Grand Forks, N.D.-based Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation announced the launch of InEnergy Inc., a for-profit consulting corporation, Nov. 18. InEnergy was created to provide expert due diligence services to financial investors who are analyzing risks and opportunities in new energy technologies and emerging energy industry trends.READ MORE

N-Viro venture to produce biomass-based fuel

N-Viro International Corp., an environmental and materials handling company, has formed a joint venture with SouthSide Environmental Group, a subsidiary of Ohio-based Schimley's Excavating Inc., to jointly construct, manage and operate an N-Viro Fuel manufacturing facility in Mahoning Valley, Ohio. The facility will manufacture a biomass-based coal substitute fuel that will be known as N-Viro Fuel.READ MORE

Kruger Products to use Nexterra gasification system

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Nexterra Energy announced Nov. 19 that the company has been selected by Kruger Products Ltd., a Canadian tissue manufacturer, to supply a biomass gasification system to its tissue mill in New Westminster, British Columbia. The system will utilize local wood waste and displace the use of approximately 445,000 gigajoules (124,000 megawatt-hours) of natural gas annually.READ MORE

Indeck Energy breaks ground on Mississippi plant

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Indeck Energy Services Inc., a privately held developer, owner and operator of renewable and conventional energy projects, broke ground Nov. 20 on a wood pellet production plant in Magnolia, Miss. The company expects the Indeck Magnolia Biofuel Center to be operational by September 2009.READ MORE

Intrinergy to expand wood pellet, CHP projects

Intrinergy LLC, a United States-based builder, owner and operator of renewable energy facilities, has announced that due to increased demand its German subsidiary is doubling its wood pellet production capacity. The company also has several projects underway in the United States to provide energy for industrial companies through its combined heat and power facilities.READ MORE

Koda Energy biomass facility to begin final testing

Koda Energy LLC will conduct a steam blow the first week of December as it prepares to start up its biomass facility on the Rahr Malting Co. campus in Shakopee, Minn. Koda Energy is a joint venture between Rahr and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.READ MORE

BioEnergy to build biogas distribution network

California-based BioEnergy Solutions announced Nov. 18 that the Kern County Board of Supervisors has approved the construction of a biogas distribution network in eastern Kern County, Calif. BioEnergy will construct an underground pipeline to carry methane gas from as many as nine dairy farms to a purification facility. The upgraded gas will then be sent to a nearby natural gas pipeline.READ MORE

Minnesota utility harvests cobs for test burn

Willmar Municipal Utilities, the electric utility for the city of Willmar, Minn., harvested 450 tons of corn cobs from a local farmer this fall and will test burn cobs with coal at its power plant this winter. If the test burn is successful, the utility plans to apply for a permit to permanently burn 20 to 30 percent cobs with 70 to 80 percent coal at its 16-megawatt power plant, said Bruce Gomm, general manager for Willmar Municipal Utilities.READ MORE