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Posted March 13, 2009



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Australia agency calls for more biochar research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia's national science agency, has published a new report titled "Biochar, climate change and soil: A review to guide future research," which states that more research should be completed before biochar, a byproduct of biomass gasification or pyrolysis, should be applied to soils to sequester carbon.READ MORE

Alliant Energy cancels proposed Iowa plant

Interstate Power and Light Co., a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., has cancelled plans to construct a proposed 649-megawatt Sutherland Generating Station Unit 4 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Alliant Energy said it intended to co-fire the plant with an estimated 110,000 tons of biomass annually.READ MORE

Maine legislators review wood pellet regulations

A Maine legislative committee recently rejected a bill that would have required wood pellet manufacturers to label their product, identifying whether the fuel met state Department of Environmental Protection standards. By a majority vote, the natural resources committee recommended that the legislation be sent to the full state house and senate with a "do not pass" recommendation.READ MORE

HPBA: Pellet stove sales are hot

According to Arlington, Va.-based Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, which represents manufacturers and retailers of pellet stoves, the number of stoves shipped from manufacturers to retailers jumped 161 percent in 2008. The industry expects the interest in pellet stoves to continue increasing in 2009.READ MORE

Biomass companies form thermal energy council

Nine leading biomass companies recently formed the Biomass Thermal Energy Council with a mission to advocate the use of biomass for heat and other thermal applications. In the U.S., thermal energy accounts for about a third of the total energy consumption.READ MORE

Canadian foundation funds biomass projects

Sustainable Development Technology Canada recently announced funding for 16 new clean energy projects, three of which involve biomass technologies. Kingston, Ontario-based Performance Plants Inc. received funds to improve cellulosic conversion; Alterna Energy Inc. in British Columbia will develop a commercial-scale woody biomass to biocarbon production facility; and Toronto-based Greenfield Ethanol Inc. received funds to support a biochemical lignocellulosic ethanol demonstration plant.READ MORE