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Posted June 11, 2009



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Hereford Biofuels ethanol plant to be �mothballed'

Competitive Power Ventures Holdings LLC, a North American power industry development and asset management company headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., announced it has been retained by Ethanol Acquisition LLC, a group of lenders led by French financial services giant Soci�t� G�n�rale Group, to manage the former 115 MMgy Hereford Biofuels LP ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas, which Ethanol Acquisition acquired in April from Panda Ethanol Inc. for a $25 million credit bid in bankruptcy court.READ MORE

Shell, Iogen announce cellulosic advancements

On June 10, Royal Dutch Shell plc announced one of its Ottawa service stations would provide cellulosic E10 produced by Iogen Corp.; a day later, Shell announced it's blending the same fuel into the company's Shell V-Power race fuel at the 24 Hours of LeMans Race in France on June 13.READ MORE

Mantria, CDI develop commercial biochar plant

Green community development company, Mantria Industries LLC, and partner company, Carbon Diversion Inc., will soon have an industrial-scale biochar production facility on line in Sequatchie County, Tennessee. The companies have formed a joint venture to develop biorefineries that transform biomass waste into biochar through a pressurized partially pyrolytic gasification system.READ MORE

New company to grow miscanthus in US

In the spring of 2010, Georgia will join the growing list of U.S. states that will be producing miscanthus as an energy crop. BiUS, a company established for the development of miscanthus in the U.S., will progress from its propagation crops and begin planting thousands of acres for cane production.READ MORE

German city constructs biogas network

The city of L�nen, Germany, will soon be home to an underground biogas network, which will generate heat and electricity for nearly one-third of the city's 90,000 residents. Work on the project began in the spring of this year, according to Peter Kindt, chairman of local heat and power provider Alfagy Ltd. The total project will cost �15 million ($21 million), he said. The biogas will be distributed to the city through an underground biogas pipeline network.READ MORE

PNNL develops one-step cellulose-to-HMF conversion

Scientists with the U.S. DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered a way to convert cellulose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in one step using ionic liquid and chloride catalysts under low temperatures. HMF is an important component of biofuels, plastics and other materials.READ MORE

Brazil: Sugarcane residue as a biofuel feedstock

Brazil could produce 4.6 billion to 8.2 billion liters of biofuel from sugarcane residue by 2020, in addition to that made from sugar itself, according to a recently released Novozymes report. Development, however, will depend on the industry's ability to attract investments and political support.READ MORE

Landfill gas piped to businesses in Pennsylvania

Four thousand standard cubic feet of landfill gas per minute is now being pumped from Conestoga Landfill to seven businesses in Lancaster and Berks counties in Pennsylvania, providing green energy. The project is a collaborative effort among Republic Services Inc., a waste and environmental services provider, UGI Utilities, a natural gas utility company, and Granger, a renewable energy company.READ MORE

Defra funds UK anaerobic digestion projects

Five U.K.-based anaerobic digestion projects have been awarded ₤10 million in grants under the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs Anaerobic Digestion Program. The program aims to maximize the cost-effective production and environmental benefits of biogas production, maximize the potential of biogas to reduce carbon emissions and the opportunities for injection of methane into the gas grid, and to maximize the potential of biogas to help to reduce the carbon footprint of water treatment infrastructure.READ MORE

Aerobic bioreactor to power Georgia poultry farms

A newly patented bioreactor technology developed by American Technologies Inc. Petroleum will be used on poultry farms in Georgia to decompose waste, with the resulting methane being used to produce electricity for use on the farms. The aerobic bioreactor technology uses less odorous components than anaerobic digestion and decreases sludge, according to Alicia McDonald, director of research for ATI's Clean Energy Division.READ MORE