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Company to manufacture fuel pellets in Thailand

Through its wholly owned subsidiary Natural Fuels Industries and its Thailand-based affiliate Natural Fuels Industries Co. Inc., Vega Promotional Systems Inc. recently announced it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire a manufacturing facility in Thailand. NFI plans to retrofit the facility to produce fire logs and fuel pellets manufactured from agricultural waste products.READ MORE

WRQ releases wood pellet stats

According to Wood Resources Quarterly's recent global wood pellet production numbers for 2008, close to 10 million tons of pellets were produced last year. WRQ projects that this number will double over the next four to five years.READ MORE

Scientists modify corn to bulk up its sugary biomass

Scientists at the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have genetically modified corn so that it grows larger with fewer grains, more leaves, and a bigger stalk full of sugars. The genetic modification might help scientists to engineer corn and its relatives to produce bulkier, more sugary biomass for energy crops.READ MORE

Race horse waste-to-energy project receives grant

The Florida Energy and Climate Commission has awarded $2.5 million to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association to build a gasification plant to convert stall waste, as well as wood and organic waste, to syngas for the production of electricity.READ MORE

Pennsylvania town to become energy self-sufficient

The borough of Smethport, Pa., plans to implement a community-wide woody-biomass powered combined heat and power system. The Pittsburgh-based Richard King Mellon Foundation recently awarded the community a $50,000 planning and engineering grant to support the Smethport Woody Biomass Demonstration Project.READ MORE

Researchers study corn stover for heat, power

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering have determined that densified corn stover, when used as a fuel for heat and power applications, produces 15 times less life cycle greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas and 25 times less than coal.READ MORE