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Co-firing Disappointment
Posted March 20, 2009



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Researchers use methane, hemp to create wood

Researchers at Stanford University are using hemp fibers fused with a biodegradable plastic resin called polyhydroxy-butyrate (PHB) to develop a synthetic wood substitute that can be recycled to produce more of the same. According to Craig Criddle, a project collaborator, researchers determined that there are microbes that can make PHB from methane.READ MORE

Genesis Energy interested in biomass energy project

Hong Kong-based oil and gas company Genesis Energy Holdings Ltd. recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with China Grand Forestry Green Resources Group Ltd. regarding a possible joint investment in a 30-megawatt biomass to energy project in the Hubei Province of China.READ MORE

UM-Morris to offer gasification course in May

The University of Minnesota-Morris Continuing Education Department is developing a new curriculum in biomass gasification technology. UM-Morris is planning an intensive three-week course that is being developed by several partners and will be offered in May.READ MORE

NREL: Use public land to produce energy

At a recent U.S. Senate Energy Committee hearing, U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Director Dan Arvizu testified that the potential for renewable energy produced on public lands is "significant" and recommended moving forward with developing such projects.READ MORE

Georgia Power plant conversion moves forward

The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved Georgia Power to move forward with the conversion of its 164-megawatt coal-fired Power Plant Mitchell Unit 3, located near Albany, Ga., to a 96-megawatt, 100-percent wood-fired biomass plant.READ MORE

North Carolina funds biomass projects

In an effort to promote North Carolina's renewable fuels standard, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina has awarded a total of more than $580,000 to three biomass-to-liquid fuel-related projects within the state. The state RFS mandates that by 2017, 10 percent of the liquid fuels sold in North Carolina should come from locally grown and produced biofuels.READ MORE