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Posted August 7, 2009



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BG&E division to grow biomass for Florida power plant

Georgia-based Biomass Gas & Electric plans to grow 50 percent of the feedstock that will be required to power its soon-to-be-constructed biomass facility, Northwest Florida Renewable Energy Center in Port St. Joe, Fla., at its subsidiary AgTech Renewable Fuels LLC.READ MORE

SGT discovers green algae ‘lipid trigger'

California-based Sustainable Green Technologies has found the elusive "lipid trigger" allowing for increased production of green algae oil for biodiesel production, according to the company.READ MORE

Chinese technology converts biomass directly to fuel

Researchers with China-based Ji Zhong Wei New Energy Technical Development Ltd. have discovered a way to convert biomass directly to regular gasoline and diesel, according to the company. The same international standard fuels many of us put in our automobiles every day. Researchers call their new process "complexogeneous" catalytic thermal decomposition, as it combines aspects of both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.READ MORE

$10 million algae contest soon to launch

Algae-to-fuel technology research and development will literally become a race for a $10 million purse when the Algae Fuel Prize is launched in the next few months. Matt Peak, director of technology ventures for Prize Capital LLC, said the company is closing on sponsorships now. The draft outline of the contest calls for a $10 million award to the team that produces the most finished renewable diesel fuel per acre of land between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013, with a minimum of 3,000 net-gallons produced at a cost of no more than $3 per gallon.READ MORE

Plankton Power unveils algae-based biodiesel plans

Algae-based biofuel developer Plankton Power and the Regional Technology Development Corp. of Cape Cod, Mass., announced a collaboration to construct a pilot-scale algae-based biodiesel production facility in Bourne, Mass. Together with the Massachusetts National Guard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory and Cape Cod Commission, the groups recently submitted a $20 million project proposal to the U.S. DOE that would leverage $4 million in private funding to construct the facility.READ MORE

Mantria opens biochar plant

Green community development company Mantria Industries LLC has officially opened an industrial-scale biochar production facility in Dunlap, Tenn., after weeks of testing and a smooth "first burning." The company has been working for the past eight months to develop biorefineries that transform biomass waste into biochar through a pressurized partially pyrolytic gasification system.READ MORE

Applications being accepted for USDA's BCAP

The USDA Farm Service Agency announced July 29 that biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The program, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, was created to support the production of eligible crops for the conversion to biofuels or bioenergy. BCAP accomplishes this by providing financial assistance to collect, harvest, store and transport eligible materials.READ MORE

Aquentium studies waste-to-energy plant feasibility

California-based Aquentium, a public company that acts as a partner to assist its subsidiaries in securing capital, market share and revenues, recently began a feasibility study for implementation of a waste-to-energy plant in South Korea. The company expects the study will yield positive results and open the door for the development of a facility in the country, according to Mark Taggatz, Aquentium president and CEO.READ MORE