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Mapping Out the Biomass Power Market
Posted February 19, 2010



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Novozymes: enzyme cost drops to 50 cents

Novozymes Inc. unveiled a new commercial grade enzyme capable of producing cellulosic ethanol during the 15th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 15-17. The Cellic enzyme, when combined with the HTec2, will reduce current enzyme costs for cellulosic production down to approximately 50 cents per gallon according to Novozymes.READ MORE

Biodiesel out as jobs bill episode continues

Republicans may feel like they fell for the classic "bait and switch"-a political maneuver where one party agrees to a deal simply to ascertain the wishes or motivations of an opponent, then once obtaining this information, backs out-regarding the recent actions of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., while negotiating a job creation bill that no longer includes an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive.READ MORE

British Airways teams for waste-to-jet fuel plant

British Airways and Washington, D.C.-based Solena Group Inc. have entered a joint venture to build a 16 MMgy waste-to-jet fuel plant in eastern London.READ MORE

UBC to install biomass gasifier

A combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass gasification system to be installed on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver will generate 2 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1,500 homes. The UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Project is a partnership with Vancouver-based Nexterra Systems Corp. and GE Energy.READ MORE

ZeaChem creates cellulosic building block

ZeaChem Inc. has developed a commercial grade bio-based acetic acid at the purity concentration level. Using a broth created from a front end fermentation process, ZeaChem's acid was created by a solvent extraction process. The end result for the company is a salable, highly pure, glacial acetic acid to be used for cellulosic ethanol production and other bio-based chemicals.READ MORE

New York to host biomass power plant

Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y., will soon host a 9.6-megawatt biomass-fueled cogeneration plant, following the approval of up to $35 million in financing from the New York State Public Service Commission.READ MORE

USDA to tweak BCAP

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program proposed rule is finally out, and seems to have revived some interest and enthusiasm in the program. At the same time, however, many are anxious for the proposed changes to be finalized, for further clarifications and for the current freeze on the program to cease.READ MORE

RINs improved as part of RFS2

The U.S. EPA has come up with a new system for renewable identification number (RINs) that should be easier to use as well as cut down on the possibility of human error. A group of hearty conference-goers learned about RINs during a 7 a.m. sunrise session Feb. 17 at the National Ethanol Conference in Florida. "This is very important for this industry," said Jim Redding, vice president of industry relations for the Renewable Fuels Association. "I think it will simplify the process."READ MORE