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Has Algae's Time Come?
Posted August 14, 2009



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Trillium FiberFuels gets grant for cellulosic technology

Trillium FiberFuels has been awarded a $750,000 grant to commercialize its technology for creating fuel-grade ethanol from straw and other biomass. The U.S. DOE announced the award, which is a part of the Small Business Innovation Research Program. This award is a phase II continuation that follows Trillium's successful completion of phase I during 2008 and early 2009.READ MORE

Ohio Edison opts for 100 percent biomass power

Four years after being issued an ultimatum to shut down, install a scrubber or repower with natural gas, First Energy Corp. a subsidiary Ohio Edison has negotiated with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. EPA to repower one of its coal-fired power plants with at least 80 percent biomass, 100 percent if all goes as planned.READ MORE Fredrikson & Byron

Virgin Islands to develop two waste-to-energy plants

The U.S. Virgin Islands will soon become home to two waste-to-energy facilities that will collectively process 146,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year for the production of fuel, steam and electricity. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority signed two 20-year power purchase agreements and the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority signed two 20-year solid waste management services agreements with Alpine Energy Group LLC, an alternative energy facility constructor/operator based in Denver.READ MORE

BP invests $10 million in Martek algae collaboration

BP Amoco Plc is collaborating with Martek Biosciences Corp., a company with more than 20 years of experience growing algae for the nutritional supplement market, in the latest bid to bring large-scale algae biofuels to commercialization. Under the terms of the multiyear agreement, the two firms will work together to establish proof of concept for large-scale, cost-effective microbial biodiesel production through fermentation, according to the joint announcement.READ MORE

Algae biofuels developer uses natural process

LiveFuels Inc., a developer of renewable algae-based biofuels, will begin pilot operations at its test facility in Brownsville, Texas, using its natural process to optimize algal productivity and increase rates of conversion of biomass to renewable oils.READ MORE

MGT plans second enormous biomass power plant in U.K.

Britain-based MGT Power Ltd. announced on Aug. 10 its plans to build another 295-megawatt biomass power plant in the U.K. It will be the company's second plant and ties with the first as the largest biomass power plant in the world.READ MORE

Smethport moves closer to biomass-fueled CHP facility

The borough of Smethport, Pa., is getting closer to realizing its plans for a combined-heat-and-power demonstration plant that would run on woody biomass from neighboring forests. The town, nestled in the Alleghany Mountains of north-central Pennsylvania, would be the first in the U.S. with such a system. The city selected the engineering firm for the project out of a pool of 12 applicants, according to Mayor Ross Porter. Germany-based Lahmeyer International will be the team leader, focusing on biomass combustion, electric transmission and economic aspects.READ MORE

PFI seeks research partners

The Pellet Fuels Institute is seeking partnerships with research institutions to assist the organization in research aimed to facilitate the development of the North American pelletized fuel industry.READ MORE
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