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Posted December 11, 2009



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Opposition to biomass power in Mass. spurs study, suspension of RPS approval

Broad opposition to biomass power in Massachusetts has prompted the state to commission a study to determine woody biomass's sustainability and carbon neutrality as an energy generating feedstock. Furthermore, the state Department of Energy Resources has suspended all consideration of new biomass power for participation in the state's renewable portfolio standard program until the study is concluded.READ MORE

OriginOil signs MOU with Japanese researchers

OriginOil Inc.will be collaborating with Japan's Research Institute of Tsukuba Bio-Tech to develop algae-to-jet fuel technologies. RITB recently received funding to develop algae-to-jet fuel applications from the Japan Science and Technology Agency.READ MORE 2010 BIOMASS Conference

Inbicon advances US cellulosic plan

Inbicon A/S recently announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with two U.S. companies to collaborate on the licensing, development and construction of a biomass refinery that will produce 20 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol at the Spiritwood development park in Jamestown, N.D. Inbicon will serve as the technology provider and will provide support and quality assurance through the facility's projected 2012 start-up date. Renewable energy company Otoka Energy will be owner/operator of the facility, which will be co-located with a 62 megawatt coal-fired power plant owned and operated by Great River Energy.READ MORE

Groundbreaking cellulosic biofuel technology moves toward commercialization

The Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation and Whole Energy Fuels Corp., headquartered in Bellingham, Wash., are poised to commercialize a novel and groundbreaking cellulosic biofuel technology developed at the EERC at the University of North Dakota. Whole Energy is receiving global, exclusive licensing rights to EERC Foundation's technology, which converts biomass and other recycled material into liquid biofuels.READ MORE

EPA determines GHGs threaten public health

The U.S. EPA announced this week that, after a thorough examination of available scientific evidence and consideration of public comments, it has determined greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has the authority to regulate GHGs. The ruling, which may lead to more stringent EPA rules for emissions, could affect ethanol and biodiesel plants as well as vehicle manufacturers, power companies and refiners.READ MORE

Biochar company Mantria charged with investor fraud

A Pennsylvania-based company that has made claims of being the largest producer of biochar in the world is being charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with fraud. The SEC alleges that since about September 2007, Mantria Corp. principals Troy Wragg and Amanda Knorr raised approximately $30 million from more than 300 investors in approximately 12 fraudulent and unregistered securities offerings to investors, totaling at least $122 million.READ MORE

California company sees potential in its miscanthus trials

California-based Mendel Biotechnology Inc. has more than 2,000 varieties of miscanthus under development on several different plots and hopes to have significant plantings for biomass power generation in the next two to four years.READ MORE

Next Step debuts corn stover pellets

After a series of rigorous operational and burn characteristic assessments, Nebraska-based Next Step Biofuels is ready to move their corn stover pellets into marketplace, and told Biomass Magazine negotiations are underway with several Midwest power utilities for supply contracts to begin next year.READ MORE
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