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Posted May 15, 2009



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Green Plains to install photobioreactor

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. and BioProcessAlgae LLC recently announced they have executed a grant award agreement with the Iowa Office of Energy Independence for a $2.1 million research and development grant with the Iowa Power Fund to build an algae pilot project at Green Plains' Shenandoah, Iowa, ethanol plant. The Iowa Power Fund grant provides matching funds that will support the installation of a series of photobioreactor units at the ethanol plant.READ MORE

Carbon Green to reduce carbon footprint

The future owners of the former VeraSun Energy Corp. 40 MMgy ethanol plant in Woodbury, Mich., plan to increase energy efficiency at the plant and to replace the fossil fuels used to power the plant with renewable energy sources. Carbon Green Bioenergy, a partnership between Chicago-based Carbon Green LLC and Energetix LLC, plans to leverage Carbon Green's experience in carbon credit management, as well as the experience of the new Carbon Green Bioenergy leadership, to improve the carbon footprint at the plant.READ MORE

Center to benefit renewable energy developers

More than 140 people attended the May 5 grand opening of San Diego Gas & Electric's Renewable Energy Resource Center in California's Imperial County, including many renewable energy project developers, according to the company. The new center, staffed full time by SDG&E personnel in El Centro, Calif., is designed to assist renewable energy developers in launching their projects in Imperial County. SDG&E, which serves San Diego and southern Orange County, hopes the center will be a "one-stop-shop" for developers to navigate the procurement process and research local energy issues.READ MORE

SG Biofuels grows jatropha in Latin, Central America

SG Biofuels, Encinitas, Calif., is growing Jatropha curcas in greenhouses and on plantations in Latin and Central America for biofuel and biodiesel production, while researching to develop strains that can sustain colder temperatures for growth in the U.S. The plant has been growing successfully in tropical and subtropical locations for years and has been cited as one of the best candidates for biodiesel production because of its high oil content-30 to 40 percent.READ MORE

Rentech to build renewable diesel, green power plant

Rentech Inc. recently unveiled plans to build a plant in Rialto, Calif., for the production of synthetic fuels such as renewable diesel and electric power from waste biomass feedstocks. The Rialto Renewable Energy Center will use urban woody green waste and processed sewage sludge to produce about 25,000 gallons of synthetic fuels per day and export approximately 35 megawatts of electricity, enough to power roughly 30,000 homes in the region.READ MORE

Oglethorpe purchases acreage for biomass plant

Oglethorpe Power Corp. recently purchased a 355-acre site in Warren County, Ga., for a planned 100-megawatt biomass electric generating plant. The site is one of five considered last fall as potential sites for two, possibly three, facilities. Each plant will use about 1 million tons of woody biomass-wood from sawmills, forest residue, whole tree chips and chopped pulpwood-per year, according to Greg Jones, director of public relations for Oglethorpe.READ MORE

Dynamotive, BlueLeaf release biochar test results

Vancouver, Canada-based biomass-to-fuel company Dynamotive Energy Systems Corp. and BlueLeaf Inc., a Canadian private applied environmental research company, have released the results of a year-long test applying Dynamotive's CQuest Biochar in commercial farming test plots. The tests revealed an overall increase in crop yield from 6 percent to 17 percent in plots where biochar was applied versus the control plots.READ MORE

Algae project removes toxins, produces biomass

A pilot project for growing algae in a wastewater treatment plant in St. Paul, Minn., will serve two functions: removing nitrogen and phosphorus from the water before it's flushed into the Mississippi River and flows into the Gulf of Mexico; and producing algal biomass for future use in the manufacturing of biofuels. In addition, the extracted nitrogen and phosphorus will be used to produce fertilizers.READ MORE