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It's Hard Being Green
Posted May 28, 2009



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Neste starts construction on renewable fuels plant

Finland's Neste Oil held the official groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for a $940 million renewable diesel plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This facility, with a production capacity of approximately 240 MMgy, will be dedicated to producing the company's proprietary NExBTL fuel. It is slated to be the largest renewable fuels plant in Europe.READ MORE

Texas company offers ethanol mini-refineries

From beer and soda makers to fruit growers, Dallas-based Allard Research and Development LLC has designed ethanol production systems that provide "mini-refinery" capabilities to business, municipalities, farms and ranches, as well as commercial markets.READ MORE

Scientific society forms to inform policy debate

The Global Biorenewables Research Society (GBR Society) was launched May 20 by scientists from eight countries, aiming to become the independent standard for science-based knowledge for sustainable biorenewables. "This effort will be of great value to policymakers who will be facing a world transitioning from nonsustainable technologies to biobased economies," said the chair of the new society Luuk van der Wielen from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.READ MORE

EIA: Energy demand, biofuels use expected to grow

Worldwide demand for energy is expected to nearly double by 2030 and will be driven largely by developing countries, according to the Energy Information Administration. The agency's recently released annual International Energy Outlook reported that while short-term energy demand is dampened due to economic recession, long-term consumption is expected to return to levels anticipated prior to the recession.READ MORE

Direct baling system may benefit biomass industry

Australia-based agriculture technology company Glenvar has developed a direct baling system which it said could be beneficial to the biomass and cellulosic ethanol industries.READ MORE

Canada contributes to anaerobic digestion project

The Canadian government recently announced it would provide a federal repayable contribution of up to $1.6 million for a $6 million waste-to-energy project in Ontario. The funds will be distributed through the Agri-Opportunities Program, a $134 million initiative launched in January 2007 and designed to increase market opportunities for the Canadian agriculture industry. The program provides a maximum repayable contribution of $10 million per project and per recipient regardless of the number of projects over the life of the program, which ends in March 2011.READ MORE

RISI and BTEC form partnership

A new partnership between RISI and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council will allow BTEC members to contribute to RISI's Wood Biomass Market Report, a comprehensive source of market information and wood biomass feedstock pricing in North America.READ MORE

Waste Management partners for biomass projects

Waste collection, transfer and recycling company Waste Management Inc. has recently unveiled plans for two waste-to-energy initiatives, which will be added to its current portfolio of more than 100 landfill gas projects across North America.READ MORE

Interior Department invests in biomass projects

The U.S. Department of Interior recently announced it will invest $15 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to fund 55 projects in 12 states that will reduce hazardous fuels on federal land, in order to protect at-risk communities from wild land fires, support local economies and rehabilitate ecosystems damaged by wildfires.READ MORE

BC plant to use trees killed by pine beetles

A proposed biomass power plant near Hanceville, British Columbia, Canada, will run on trees killed by mountain pine beetles, if the plan is selected as a project for Phase II of BC Hydro's Bioenergy Call for Power. Plans for the $260 million 60-megawatt plant in the Cariboo Chilcotin were developed through a partnership between Western Biomass Power Corp. and Tsilhqot'in National Government.READ MORE