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Posted November 13, 2009



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Verenium, GPRE report third quarter financial results

Cambridge, Mass.-based Verenium Corp. and Omaha, Neb.-based Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. have released their financial results for the third quarter 2009.READ MORE

Ants may provide cellulosic solution

At the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison, Wis., researchers are looking to leafcutter ants for new enzymatic processes that will further progress to commercialize cellulosic ethanol. Leafcutter ants, which are found in tropical climates and live in enormous colonies that can number in the millions, have evolved several features over time that make their particular cocktail of enzymes attractive to researchers.READ MORE

California biomass plant to supply local utility

When operational in 2010, the Buena Vista Biomass Power facility near Ione, Calif., will supply the Sacramento Municipal Utility District with 16 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 14,000 homes. The 20-year contract was reached Monday and complements SMUD's goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020, according to Buena Vista Biomass Power LLC.READ MORE

London firm raises money for Scotland biomass plants

London-based Invicta Capital, a company that offers investment opportunities to private and institutional investors, is working to raise 300 million pounds ($498 million) for the development of nine biomass power plants in Scotland that will together produce up to 90 megawatts of electricity, enough to power up to 140,000 homes.READ MORE

DOE to accelerate algae-based biofuel development

Valerie Reed of the U.S. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy talked about the direction the DOE is taking to accelerate the development of algae-based biofuels at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy held this week in Honolulu, Hawaii. She said the agency intends to develop advanced biofuels-hydrocarbons and other high-density fuels that can be drop in replacements for diesel and gasoline-in a more accelerated fashion than cellulosic ethanol.READ MORE

Study: Proper cap-and-trade system to benefit agriculture

A study released by the University of Tennessee's Bio-based Energy Analysis Group indicated that net returns for U.S. agriculture would be positive, with the passage of a properly constructed national cap-and-trade regulatory system. "Properly constructed" was defined in the study as allowing for multiple offset practices such as energy crop production, reduced soil tillage, methane capture, efficient fertilizer application, the planting of perennial grasses or trees on marginal land and keeping good farmland in crop production.READ MORE