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UK waste disposal company proposes biomass power plant

U.K.-based Bronzeoak Thermal has proposed a 12.7 megawatt biomass power plant on its former special waste disposal site at Castle Cary, Somerset. The facility would use about 136,000 metric tons of waste wood, virgin wood, energy crops and waste biomass per year, according to the company, and would create 20 jobs.READ MORE

Fiberight to produce MSW-based cellulosic ethanol

The former Xethanol LLC ethanol production facility in Blairstown, Iowa, has been purchased by Fiberight LLC and will soon be producing cellulosic ethanol at a demonstration scale. The company recently acquired the shuttered plant for $1.65 million and is in the process of converting it to become municipal solid waste (MSW)-to-ethanol capable, marking another milestone in U.S. cellulosic ethanol achievements.READ MORE

Purdue to lead second-generation biofuels impact analysis

Purdue University has been awarded a $933,000 USDA grant to conduct analysis of the global impacts of second-generation biofuels. According to Tom Hertel, ag economics professor at Purdue University and project co-investigator, the team's research will be a continuation of previous work conducted on policy alternatives and global land use impacts of first-generation biofuels.READ MORE

NC utility accepting proposals for electricity from woody biomass

Progress Energy Carolinas has issued a request for proposals for electricity generated from woody biomass in North Carolina, open until Dec. 15. The utility is seeking between 40 and 75 megawatts (MW) starting in 2013, as it looks to contribute to North Carolina's renewable portfolio standard of 12.5 percent by 2020.READ MORE

Study confirms logistical capacity for Wisconsin cellulosic ethanol plant

Phase two of a two-part Resource Analytics study commissioned by northeast Wisconsin consortium New North Inc. recently concluded that the logistical resources for a woody biomass supply chain exist to support a cellulosic ethanol plant in Niagara, Wis. Previously, phase one had concluded that enough woody biomass is available to support a plant, along with existing paper mills in the area. The new cellulosic ethanol plant would be on the site of a closed paper mill.READ MORE

Georgia company to sell exclusively licensed miscanthus rhizomes

Georgia-based SunBelt Biofuels LLC is prepared to sell registered and certified rhizomes of its Foundation Freedom giant miscanthus to several hundred licensed growers in the Southeast U.S. starting in the spring. The plant was selected as the company's main biofuels crop after about 12 years of investigations by Mississippi State University researchers and named Freedom because they believe it can reduce the U.S.'s dependence on foreign oil.READ MORE

EDI to unveil biomass digester system

California-based Environmental Developers Inc. plans to showcase a new biomass digestion system for the first time at Biomass Magazine's Pacific West Biomass Conference & Expo Jan. 11-13 in Sacramento, Calif. The company believes the process is three to 10 times faster than other digestion designs on the market.READ MORE