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It's all about feedstocks . . .
Posted July 10, 2008



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Biomass Gas & Electric, USC form partnership

Biomass Gas & Electric LLC announced July 8 it has formed a Biomass Fuels Division to commercialize a patented micropropagation technology for use with a wide range of perennial grasses used as feedstock which was developed by scientists at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.READ MORE

ITC releases biotechnology report

The U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent, nonpartisan, fact-finding federal agency, released a report on July 15 which analyzed innovation and research effects on the development and future productivity of U.S. biotechnology.READ MORE

Pratt & Whitney Canada to test aircraft biofuels

Pratt & Whitney Canada is leading a four-year project to investigate the use of second generation biofuels for use in small and medium-size engine applications. Biofuels derived from jatropha and algae, as well as biobutanol and first generation ethanol are being considered to power aircraft engines.READ MORE

Biomass digester to use dairy waste

Several years after a biomass digester was first proposed to help consume waste from local dairy operations and prevent runoff into local salmon streams, work crews have begun building a plant in the Tualco Valley located in the Skykomish River and Snoqualmie River floodplains south of Monroe, Wash. The digester will be complete and ready to accept manure feedstock by the end of October.READ MORE

Iogen, Shell expand partnership

Ottawa-based biotechnology firm Iogen Corp. and petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC recently announced they will continue their partnership to accelerate the development and production of cellulosic ethanol. The companies began working together in 2002, when Shell acquired an equity stake in Iogen. Shell said the collaboration with Iogen is a key part of Shell's strategic investment and development program in next-generation biofuels.READ MORE

Biofuel partnership forms in Canada

Canadian Green Fuels Inc. has formed a partnership with the University of Regina and the Saskatchewan Forest Center to support biofuels and bioenergy production in Saskatchewan.READ MORE

Verenium receives DOE grant

The U.S. DOE recently announced two recipients of up to $40 million in funding as part of its small-scale biorefinery project that is expected to help make cellulosic ethanol cost competitive by 2012. Verenium Corp.'s demonstration-scale cellulosic facility in Jennings, La. and Park Falls, Wis.-based Flambeau River Biofuels LLC will receive funds.READ MORE

EPA delays RFS2 rule

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a subcommittee hearing July 10 to discuss the renewable fuels standard (RFS) enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and how the U.S. EPA plans to implement the second stage of the RFS enacted in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007.READ MORE

EERC hosts biomass technical workshop

The Biomass '08 Technical Workshop, sponsored by the Energy & Environmental Research Center, highlighted power, fuels and chemicals in the biomass process. The sixth annual workshop was held July 15-16 in Grand Forks, N.D.READ MORE

Biomass Workshop: Diversify feedstock options

The need to diversify feedstock options and the feasibility of using crop residues to produce biofuels were central topics of discussion July 16 at the Biomass '08 Technical Workshop in Grand Forks, N.D.READ MORE