Monitoring of opportunities for collaboration and funding in renewable energies. This section presents the latest opportunities about call for proposal, partner research, funds, projects, etc. related to the main fields of renewable energies.
  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    New catalyst paves way for biobased plastics, chemicals

    New catalyst paves way for biobased plastics, chemicals By Tina Hilding, Washington State University | December 17, 2015 Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts biobased ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, biobased plastics and products. The researchers have published a paper online describing the catalyst in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and have been granted a U.S. patent....
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  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    Seattle-Tacoma airport aims to power all flights with biofuel

    Seattle-Tacoma airport aims to power all flights with biofuel By Boeing | December 17, 2015 The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac is the first U.S. airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner. At the Sea-Tac fuel farm...
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  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    Gevo provides update on alcohol-to-jet certification process

    Gevo provides update on alcohol-to-jet certification process By Gevo Inc. | December 17, 2015 Gevo Inc. announced an update on the certification process related to its alcohol to jet product. A meeting of the ASTM D02.J6 subcommittee was held on Dec. 9 to discuss the revision of ASTM D7566 to include alcohol to jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK).  The data is being revised based on the feedback from the ATJ-SPK Taskforce.  A motion was passed to concurrently ballot the revised ATJ-SPK...
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  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    St. Landry Parish opens expanded BioCNG fuel facility

    St. Landry Parish opens expanded BioCNG fuel facility By St. Landry Parish | December 18, 2015 St. Landry Parish has officially opened its expanded BioCNG Vehicle Fuel Facility at its sanitary landfill, which is now fueling Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. refuse vehicles collecting residential trash in St. Landry Parish. It is the only one of its kind in the state of Louisiana. The expansion of the existing fueling facility was initiated by a fuel purchase agreement between St. Landry Solid...
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  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    DOE: Ethanol-to-hydrocarbon technology moves forward

    DOE: Ethanol-to-hydrocarbon technology moves forward By U.S. Department of Energy | December 18, 2015 Oak Ridge National Laboratory published an  article in Scientific Reports  on its new method to directly convert biomass-derived ethanol to a hydrocarbon blendstock and is continuing work with Vertimass LLC to commercialize it. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office provided funding for the Oak Ridge research beginning in 2011. Oak Ridge licensed the technology to Vertimass, which...
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  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    Congress passes spending bill, tax extenders legislation

    By Erin Voegele | December 18, 2015 Members of Congress have passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders that includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that benefit the bioenergy sector. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law. On the morning of Dec. 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the spending bill by a vote of 316 to 113. A short time later, the U.S. Senate voted 36 to 33 in favor of the legislation. The tax...
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  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    Report illustrates growing pellet market in Italy

    By Erin Voegele | December 17, 2015 A report recently filed with the USDA’s Global Agricultural Information Network addresses the Italian wood pellet market, noting Italy consumed 3.4 million tons of wood pellets last year. Italy’s use of wood pellets is expected to reach 3.3 million metric tons this year and 5 million metric tons next year. According to the report, pellets in Italy are main used in small-scale private residential and industrial boilers for heating. Approximately 96 percent of Italian...
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  • Saturday, 19 December 2015

    Pacific Ethanol produces cellulosic ethanol at Stockton plant

    Pacific Ethanol produces cellulosic ethanol at Stockton plant By Pacific Ethanol Inc. | December 17, 2015 Pacific Ethanol Inc., a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, announced it is now producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, California, facility using Edeniq Inc.’s pathway technology. Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated, “We are now commercially producing cellulosic ethanol using Edeniq’s Pathway enzyme at our Stockton facility....
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  • Friday, 18 December 2015

    Legislation aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

    By Erin Voegele | December 16, 2015 Federal lawmakers have released the text of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through October 2016. An accompanying legislative package of tax extenders aims to extend certain bioenergy tax incentives for two years. The tax package extends the second generation biofuel production credit through Jan. 1, 2017. The credit is currently scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit is also extended...
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  • Friday, 18 December 2015

    Shell: IH2 technology demonstration plant to be built

    Shell: IH2 technology demonstration plant to be built By Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd. | December 16, 2015 Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd. will proceed with the installation of a 5 metric ton per day IH2technology demonstration plant on the site of SIMPL’s new Technology Centre in Bangalore, India. SIMPL will build, operate and own the demonstration scale IH2 plant. IH2 technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process which converts a broad range of forestry/agricultural residues and municipal...
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  • Friday, 18 December 2015

    DOE, USDA, EPA release update of biogas activities

    By Erin Voegele | December 16, 2015 The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. EPA and USDA have released a report providing an update of the federal government’s progress to reduce methane emissions through biogas systems since the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap was completed by the three agencies in July 2014. The updated report, titled Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report, highlights actions taken by the agencies to date, along with a description of challenges and opportunities. It also identifies...
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  • Friday, 18 December 2015

    HeidelbergCement, Joule announce partnership

    HeidelbergCement, Joule announce partnership By Joule Unlimited Inc. | December 16, 2015 Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled carbon dioxide, and HeidelbergCement, a German multinational building material company, recently announced a partnership designed to explore application of Joule’s technology to mitigate carbon emissions in cement manufacturing. This initial relationship fits well with Joule’s strategy of turning waste carbon dioxide into liquid fuel. A successful partnership...
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  • Friday, 18 December 2015

    Chempolis, Avantha partner to offer cellulosic technology

    Chempolis, Avantha partner to offer cellulosic technology By Chempolis Ltd. | December 16, 2015 Chempolis Ltd., a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with Avantha Group’s research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues for blending with petrol. India is a leading agricultural country producing large amounts of bagasse, cane trash, rice and wheat straw...
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  • Thursday, 17 December 2015

    Metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria could yield better biofuels

    Metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria could yield better biofuels By National Renewable Energy Laboratory | December 15, 2015 Scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. The discovery shines new light on the complex metabolic network for carbon utilization...
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  • Thursday, 17 December 2015

    New Hampshire biomass plant celebrates 9 years of operation

    New Hampshire biomass plant celebrates 9 years of operation By Eversource | December 15, 2015 Imagine a “Made in New Hampshire” story that supports hundreds of jobs in our state’s forestry industry. Eversource is celebrating the ninth anniversary of the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Schiller Station; and, over that time it has received more than 151,000 deliveries of wood chips from local foresters—enough wood to support 150 to 200 forestry-related jobs. And, that is in addition to the scores...
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  • Thursday, 17 December 2015

    Enviva Partners acquires Southampton pellet plant

    By Erin Voegele | December 15, 2015 Enviva Partners recently announced it has acquired a 510,000-ton-per-year pellet plant located in Southampton County, Virginia. The facility was developed by its sponsor, Enviva Holdings LP, under a joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. According to information published by Enviva, the Southampton facility began operations in November 2013. It is one of five pellet plants owned by Enviva prior to the initial public offering filed by Enviva...
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  • Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    University of Illinois awarded grant to support sorghum research

    University of Illinois awarded grant to support sorghum research By University of Illinois | December 14, 2015 The University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative (ARPA-E OPEN). Under Principal Investigator Andrew Leakey, Associate Professor of Plant Biology, the interdisciplinary and multi-institutional team intends to increase the water use efficiency (WUE) of sorghum, a valuable...
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  • Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    NREL’s 2014 Data Book features bioenergy statistics

    By Erin Voegele | December 14, 2015 The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2014 Data Book, showcasing increased use of renewable energy. According to the report, renewables accounted for approximately 11.1 percent of U.S. energy production in 2014. U.S. energy production totaled approximately 87 quadrillion Btu (quad) in 2014, with renewables accounting for 9.7 quad of that amount. Natural gas accounted for 35 percent of U.S. energy production in 2014, with coal accounting for...
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  • Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    Saxlund to deliver biomass handling system to UK project

    Saxlund to deliver biomass handling system to UK project By Saxlund Group | December 14, 2015 The Saxlund Group, has received yet another high profile order from Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S, Denmark. The order is for the delivery of a state-of-the-art biomass handling system to the Templeborough Biomass Power Plant in Sheffield, U.K. The scope of Saxlund’s order is the design, manufacturing, delivery and commissioning of a dual automatic fuel handling system with reception and transport lines to...
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  • Saturday, 12 December 2015

    Veolia appointed operator of biomass CHP plant in Nottingham

    Veolia appointed operator of biomass CHP plant in Nottingham By Veolia | December 10, 2015 Veolia has further strengthened its position in generating energy from biomass by securing a £50 million ($75.79 million) contract from Equitix ESI CHP, to operate the Sherwood Biomass Plant in Nottingham. The 20 year contract highlights the growing U.K. commitment to this type of energy project, and adds to the £500 million of biomass energy managed by Veolia in the U.K. and Ireland. Located in Widmerpool,...
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  • Saturday, 12 December 2015

    DuPont, Dow plan to merge then split into 3 independent companies

    DuPont, Dow plan to merge then split into 3 independent companies By The Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont | December 11, 2015 DuPont and The Dow Chemical Co. have announced that their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The combined company will be named DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies through tax-free spin-offs....
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  • Saturday, 12 December 2015

    USDA announces loan guarantee for Ensyn RFO project

    By Erin Voegele | December 10, 2015 The USDA has announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a 20 MMgy cellulosic biorefinery under development by an affiliate of Ensyn Corp. in Georgia.  The facility will produce a renewable fuel oil (RFO) product. "There is a clear consumer demand for clean, American-made, renewable fuels, which our rural communities stand ready to meet," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "USDA is proud to support environmentally and...
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  • Saturday, 12 December 2015

    Laurel Biocomposite earns USDA biobased label for 3 products

    Laurel Biocomposite earns USDA biobased label for 3 products By Laurel BioComposite LLC | December 10, 2015 Laurel BioComposite LLC has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PLA with 97 percent biobased content;  Bio-Res PE with 62 percent biobased content and Bio-Res powder with 100 percent biobased content.  The company first introduced the biomaterial in 2011 as a cost-effective, green replacement with improved performance properties for traditional petroleum-based...
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  • Saturday, 12 December 2015

    UMass Amherst chemist wins NSF grant for biofuel technology

    UMass Amherst chemist wins NSF grant for biofuel technology By University of Massachusetts Amherst | December 10, 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst computational chemist Scott Auerbach has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve basic understanding and optimize the process of producing fuels such as gasoline from plant biomass instead of from petroleum. For more than 50 years, Auerbach explains, chemists and chemical engineers have refined...
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  • Saturday, 12 December 2015

    Food waste legislation includes AD provisions

    By Erin Voegele | December 11, 2015 On Dec. 7, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, introduced the Food Recovery Act of 2015. The bill, which aims to reduce the amount of food waste in the U.S., also contains provisions related to waste-to-energy development. The bill outlines several policies that aim to reduce waste at various levels, including the consumer level, at farms, in grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and throughout the federal government. It includes several provisions aimed to accomplish...
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  • Saturday, 12 December 2015

    REA: UK supports high-carbon power at expense of renewables

    REA: UK supports high-carbon power at expense of renewables By U.K. Renewable Energy Association | December 11, 2015 The winners of the government’s second Capacity Market Auction were released Dec. 11 and reveal the continued subsidization of polluting energy forms, side-tracking the renewable energy transition, according to the U.K. Renewable Energy Association. State investment in more expensive, polluting forms of energy have come at the expense of low-carbon baseload technologies and show...
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  • Friday, 11 December 2015

    Enviva launches $5 million forest conservation fund

    Enviva launches $5 million forest conservation fund By Enviva Holdings LP | December 10, 2015 Enviva Holdings LP, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, recently announced it is establishing the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia. The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, will award...
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  • Friday, 11 December 2015

    Schmack Biogas builds biomethane plant in France

    Schmack Biogas builds biomethane plant in France By Schmack Biogas | December 10, 2015 Schmack Biogas, a Viessmann Group company, has been awarded a contract for the construction of a biomethane plant in Épaux-Bézu (Picardy) in northern France.  France is the biggest agricultural producer in the European Union and therefore offers one of the largest biomass potential markets for the production of biogas. Since the feed-in tariff for biogas was revised in 2011, there has been greater demand for the...
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  • Friday, 11 December 2015

    Bill would delay CPP implementation until additional nations act

    By Erin Voegele | December 09, 2015 Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., recently introduce legislation that aims to prevent the Clean Power Plan for taking effect until countries accounting for at least 80 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions enact similar regulations. The bill, titled “Fighting Against Imbalanced Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015,” or H.R. 4169, was introduced Dec. 3 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Finance. To date, 10 cosponsors have signed on to support the measure,...
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  • Friday, 11 December 2015

    New educational opportunity for biomass heating technology

    By Katie Fletcher | December 10, 2015 Next month, a textbook is scheduled for release, written to show readers how to design and construct practical systems that supply space heating and domestic hot water using renewable energy heat sources such as solar thermal collectors, heat pumps and wood-fired boilers. It uses modern hydronics as the enabling technology for these systems. John Siegenthaler, principal with Appropriate Designs, authored “Heating with Renewable Energy.” This text adds to the...
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  • Friday, 11 December 2015

    Visible development underway on UK-based biomass power plant

    By Katie Fletcher | December 09, 2015 Visible progress has been made with the construction of the 41 MW Templeborough Biomass Power Plant located in Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. The company recently launched a website dedicated to the project, including a time lapse camera of developments on site. At the end of 2014, the final planning permissions required to start construction at Firth Rixson Ickles Works Sheffield Road Templeborough Rotherham were received from the Rotherham Metropolitan...
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  • Friday, 11 December 2015

    Volvo Trucks approves use of renewable diesel fuel

    Volvo Trucks approves use of renewable diesel fuel By John Mies, Volvo Trucks North America | December 09, 2015 Volvo Trucks North America, after concluding truck and engine lab testing, recently approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines, offering environmental and cost-savings benefits to customers. Volvo is the first OEM to endorse the use of advanced hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel. “Environmental care is a core value of Volvo Trucks, and we are pleased...
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  • Thursday, 10 December 2015

    New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

    New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels By University of Wisconsin-Madison | December 09, 2015 The makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with, thanks to a new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab. About 500 years ago, the accidental natural hybridization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the yeast responsible for things like ale, wine and bread, and a distant yeast...
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  • Thursday, 10 December 2015

    EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

    By Erin Voegele | December 08, 2015 The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will decrease by 2 percent this year. Hydropower generation is expected to be down 8.6 percent, with nonhydropower renewables up 4.4 percent. Wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 115,000 MWh per day of electricity per day this year, increasing to 116,000 MWh per day next year. Waste...
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  • Thursday, 10 December 2015

    Biomethane injected into grid at project in Netherlands

    Biomethane injected into grid at project in Netherlands By HoSt Bio-energy Installations | December 08, 2015 At a dairy farm in Den Bommel, Netherlands, the gas meter recently passed the first 10,000 cubic meters of biomethane injected into the grid. Since October, the plant is up and running and producing biomethane out of 100 percent cattle manure with direct injection into the national gas grid of the Netherlands. In a Microferm digestion plant built by HoSt, 8,000 metric tons of cattle manure...
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  • Thursday, 10 December 2015

    New dual-purpose bioenergy, forage crop set for release

    New dual-purpose bioenergy, forage crop set for release By Kay Ledbette, Texas A&M AgriLife | December 09, 2015 A downturn in the bioenergy industry has led one Texas A&M AgriLife Researcher to reach to new heights in the forage biomass arena. Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes and other sterile triploid crops.” Jessup is utilizing...
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  • Thursday, 10 December 2015

    Weltec Biopower erects second biogas plant in South Korea

    Weltec Biopower erects second biogas plant in South Korea By Weltec Biopower GmbH | December 08, 2015 In October, the construction work for an anaerobic digestion plant from German manufacturer Weltec Biopower started in South Korea. The plant site is located about 80 km north of the capital Seoul, in Gyeonggi-do province. The 450-kilowatt biogas plant is to go live in the early summer of 2016. The highly developed technology with smart control will ensure a high level of efficiency of the second...
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  • Thursday, 10 December 2015

    FutureMetrics responds to report criticizing wood pellets

    By Erin Voegele | December 08, 2015 A new white paper published by FutureMetrics offers a critique of Climate Central’s recent story “Pulp Fiction,” a three-part special report by John Upton that criticizes the use of wood pellets. In the paper, William Strauss, president of FutureMetrics, notes that a few non-governmental organizations have used flawed analysis regarding the carbon benefits associated with the use of wood pellets for power generation. He says the claims fall into two basic categories....
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  • Thursday, 10 December 2015

    ICPB applies for patent for biobased MEG manufacturing process

    ICPB applies for patent for biobased MEG manufacturing process By Iowa Corn Promotion Board | December 08, 2015 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a patent application (U.S. 2015/0329449) from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a production method using corn in the industrial manufacturing of a raw material called monoethylene glycol (MEG). “Patenting this research will lead to advances in the production processes for corn based bio-MEG eliminating the need for the petroleum...
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  • Wednesday, 9 December 2015

    Europe opens antitrust investigation on 3 ethanol producers

    By Erin Voegele | December 07, 2015 On Dec. 7, the European Commission announced it is opening a formal antitrust investigation to determine whether or not three ethanol producers have manipulated ethanol benchmarks published by a price reporting agency, which is a breach of European Union antitrust rules. The three companies being investigated include Spain-based Agengoa S.A., Belgium-based Alcogroup SA, and Sweden-based Lantmännen ek för, along with their relevant subsidiaries. The commission’s...
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  • Wednesday, 9 December 2015

    BPA supports amendment passed by house that boosts biomass

    By Katie Fletcher | December 07, 2015 Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt an amendment offered by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, to the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, or H.R. 8. The amendment clarifies the eligibility of biomass for Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act contracts.   In response to the announcement, Biomass Power Association issued a statement thanking Poliquin for the amendment, which BPA said benefits biomass. “We profoundly...
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  • Wednesday, 9 December 2015

    Discovery advances biowaste-to-jet fuel research

    Discovery advances biowaste-to-jet fuel research By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities | December 07, 2015 Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel. Bin Yang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering, said the hydrocarbons from his new procedure could eventually replace the need for petroleum-based fuel sources. The work of Yang’s team will be on...
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  • Saturday, 5 December 2015

    European Commission adopts Circular Economy Package

    By Erin Voegele | December 03, 2015 The European Commission has announced the adoption of a new Circular Economy Package that aims to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy. The effort is expected to boost global competitiveness, foster economic growth and generate new jobs. According to the EC, the proposed actions contribute to “closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and reuse, bringing benefits to both the economy and the environment. The proposals...
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  • Saturday, 5 December 2015

    Abengoa reportedly lays off staff at Hugoton, other US locations

    By Erin Voegele | December 03, 2015 Abengoa has reportedly laid off staff at its Hugoton, Kansas, cellulosic ethanol plant and other facilities and offices worldwide. A former Abengoa employee told Biomass Magazin that the company cited financial difficulties as the reason for its actions. In late November, Spain-based Abengoa announced that it is filing for preliminary creditor protection. At that time, the company indicated its intent to “continue to operate its ethanol plants in a normal course...
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  • Saturday, 5 December 2015

    DOE to host bioenergy webinar for educators

    By Erin Voegele | December 04, 2015 The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold a live webinar titled “Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th-12th Grade Classroom,” on Dec. 10. According to the DOE, the webinar is part of the BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar series. It is designed to support high school educators and administrators in planning activities for their classrooms that integrate bioenergy topics with the life sciences, physical sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering...
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  • Saturday, 5 December 2015

    EPA challenge aims to recycle nutrients from manure

    By Erin Voegele | December 04, 2015 The U.S. EPA has opened a competition for technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock manure on Challenge.gov. The competition is being held in partnership with the USDA. The American Biogas Council is among the project’s partners. According to the EPA, it is partnering with pork and dairy producers, the USDA, and environmental and scientific experts to host a competition to find technologies that can recycle nutrients from livestock waste and create valuable...
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  • Saturday, 5 December 2015

    Boeing, Canadian organizations launch aviation biofuel project

    Boeing, Canadian organizations launch aviation biofuel project By Boeing | December 04, 2015 Boeing, the University of British Columbia and SkyNRG, with support from Canada's aviation industry and other stakeholders, are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel. Canada, which has extensive sustainably certified forests, has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets that are used to generate electricity. A consortium...
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  • Saturday, 5 December 2015

    Ontario passes bill banning coal-fired electricity generation

    By Katie Fletcher | December 03, 2015 In the days leading up to the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties on global climate change, which is now underway in Paris, Ontario passed legislation to permanently ban coal-fired electricity generation in the province. Ontario is the first to do so in North America. Passed last week, Bill 9, Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act amends the Environmental Protection Act adding a new Part VI.1 to require the cessation of coal use to generate electricity at generation...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Ontario program to boost industrial bioproduct development

    Ontario program to boost industrial bioproduct development By Ontario Centres of Excellence | November 25, 2015 Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Agricultural Adaptation Council are fostering innovation in the province’s growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector. Through the $3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts R&D Challenge launched Nov. 9, OCE and AAC will partner with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, academia and the bioproducts industry to fund approximately...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    E.ON to close Ironbridge Power Station

    By Erin Voegele | November 24, 2015 E.ON has announced plans to close the Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire, U.K, following 46 years of service. The facility, previously coal-fired, was converted to run on biomass in 2012. The facility was constructed in 1962. Originally designed to run on coal, the plant was capable of generating up to 1,000 MW from two 500 MW units. In 2012, the facility was converted biomass, with electrical output reduced to 740 MW. Only one of the two units has been operating...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    BPA urges Congress to preserve tax credits for biomass

    BPA urges Congress to preserve tax credits for biomass By Biomass Power Association | November 25, 2015 The Biomass Power Association has strongly urged Congress to preserve Section 45 Production Tax Credits for the biomass industry, rather than phasing out all renewable tax credits. Biomass power facilities are eligible for only half the 2.3-cent-per-kilowatt-hour credit awarded to wind projects—a discrepancy which has made it difficult for biomass projects to compete for funding. “Because of...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    House votes to block Clean Power Plan

    By Anna Simet | December 02, 2015 In a vote of 242-180, the U.S. House has voted to repeal the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan , and through another vote of 235-188, to block EPA rules governing emissions from new power plants. The vote follows a recent Senate vote on two similar resolutions. On Nov. 17, the U.S. Senate approved two resolutions that aim to block the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, in a close vote of 52-46. President Obama has stated he plans to veto the measures if presented with them....
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    EPA sets 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS RVOs

    By Erin Voegele | November 30, 2015 The U.S. EPA has released its long-anticipated final rule setting the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel. While the rulemaking increases volume requirements above levels proposed in May and takes a small step in overcoming the E10 blend wall in 2016, the RVOs fall below statutory levels. The EPA has set 2014 and 2015 RVOs at levels reflecting actual biofuel...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    UK announces plans to extend, reform Renewable Heat Incentive

    By Erin Voegele | November 25, 2015 On Nov. 25, the U.K. government published its spending review, which includes details of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s budget for the next four years.  The budget includes seed funding for renewable energy technologies and funding for the Renewable Heat Incentive. According to information published by the DECC, the government will extend RHI funding to £1.15 billion ($1.74 billion) in 2021 and reform the program to improve value for money. In his...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Drax provides update of biomass operations

    By Erin Voegele | November 24, 2015 Drax Group plc released a trading update on Nov. 24, reporting that trading conditions in the markets in which the company operates have remained challenging. Biomass operations, however, are continuing in line with expectations. According to Drax, further weakness has been experienced in power prices, but the company continues to benefit from good operational performance and has strengthened its 2015 and 2016 hedges for power sales at prices significantly above...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    DOE announces expanded GREET model

    DOE announces expanded GREET model By U.S. Department of Energy | December 01, 2015 The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. Argonne National Laboratory recently released a new version of GREET, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. In this update, Argonne expanded...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Ensyn receives key regulatory approval for its renewable gasoline

    Ensyn receives key regulatory approval for its renewable gasoline By Ensyn Corp. | November 25, 2015 Robert Graham, chairman of Ensyn Corp., is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. EPA for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. This approval, pursuant to Title 40 CFR Part 79 promulgated under the Clean Air Act, is required for the sale of RFGasoline into U.S. commerce. This approval follows the recently announced Part 79 approval of Ensyn's...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    BTEC summit: Encouraging signs for the biomass thermal industry

    BTEC summit: Encouraging signs for the biomass thermal industry By Meghan Martin, Biomass Thermal Energy Council Policy Fellow | December 02, 2015 Renewable energy has not been a popular topic on Capitol Hill for some time, and while states have been active in expanding their renewable energy portfolio every year, it remains a vital task for associations like the Biomass Thermal Energy Council to make sure that biomass thermal energy is better understood by policy makers and represented fairly...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Rentech restarts Wawa plant, achieves record week at Atikokan

    By Erin Voegele | November 25, 2015 Rentech Inc. has released operational updates on its Canadian pellets plants. According to the company, the Wawa, Ontario, plant is back online, while the Atikokan, Ontario, facility recently achieved record weekly production volumes. According to Rentech, the Wawa plant resumed pellet production on Nov. 13. Pellet shipments to the port of Quebec for delivery to Drax were resumed the following day. The Wawa plant had been taken offline for improvements. During...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    REA: Top 10 things UK Green CSR would do to support renewables

    REA: Top 10 things UK Green CSR would do to support renewables By Renewable Energy Association | November 24, 2015 On Nov. 25, the U.K. government will announce the contents of its long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review. This document effectively sets the budgets of many departments and agencies, including the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Supportive policies are required to ensure that renewables such as solar, biomass, and energy storage are continued to be installed in the U.K....
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Energex qualifies as eighth member of PFI standards program

    Energex qualifies as eighth member of PFI standards program By Pellet Fuels Institute | November 25, 2015 The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Energex into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel. Energex has qualified its Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, and Lac-Megantic, Quebec, facilities, becoming the eighth company to join the PFI...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Sequencing algae’s genome may aid biofuel production

    Sequencing algae’s genome may aid biofuel production By University of Washington | November 27, 2015 There’s an ancient group of algae that evolved in the world’s oceans before our backboned ancestors crawled onto land. They are so numerous that their gigantic blooms can affect the weather, and they account for 30 to 40 percent of all photosynthesis in the world’s oceans. But until recently, scientists interested in these single-celled creatures knew next to nothing about their genes. University...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Green Biologics starts construction of renewable chemical plant

    Green Biologics starts construction of renewable chemical plant By Green Biologics Inc. | December 02, 2015 Green Biologics Ltd., a U.K. based industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals company, is moving forward with the construction of its 100 percent renewable, biobased n-butanol and acetone manufacturing facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. The existing manufacturing site, formerly known as The Central MN Ethanol Cooperative, was acquired by Green Biologics in December 2014 and re-named...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Roadside gumweed could be used as jet fuel for the military

    Roadside gumweed could be used as jet fuel for the military By University of Nevada, Reno | December 01, 2015 Glenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of Nevada, Reno to convert roadside gumweed into biofuel, which could help contribute to fuel supplies for the military. "The plant grindelia squarosa, known as curly top gumweed, has extractable hydrocarbons with the potential use as a biodiesel or biomaterials crop," Miller, a professor in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Renewable fuel associations express mixed reactions to final rule

    Renewable fuel associations express mixed reactions to final rule By Sue Retka-Schill and Holly Jessen | November 30, 2015 Positive aspects were found in the U.S. EPA’s final rule establishing the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS), but the overall tone from industry associations responding immediately after the EPA announcement was negative. Growth Energy co-chairs Jeff Broin and Tom Buis emphasized the progress made in piercing the blend...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    BBI International announces Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit

    BBI International announces Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit By BBI International | November 30, 2015 BBI International has announced the Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit as a pre-conference seminar for the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo. The event will take place April 11 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. The  Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit will offer attendees a one-day, intensive exploration of the biomass industry’s most dynamic market...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Solvay Epicerol earns RSB certification

    Solvay Epicerol earns RSB certification By Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials | December 02, 2015 Solvay subsidiary Advanced Biochemical Thailand Co. Ltd. has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials for the production of Epicerol, a biobased building block for renewable chemicals and resins. The certificate covers the manufacture of biobased epichlorohydrin (ECH), using Solvay’s innovative technology, from vegetable glycerol derived from biodiesel and oleochemical...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Agreement to address climate change under negotiation in Paris

    By Katie Fletcher | December 01, 2015 This week, President Obama traveled to Paris to join nearly 200 nations for the COP21 conference on climate change, stating that it's an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our oldest ally, just two weeks removed from the barbaric attacks there, and reaffirm our commitment to protect our people and our way of life from terrorist threats. He adds that it's also an opportunity for the world to stand as one and show that we will not be deterred from building...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    EPA: 1.54 billion RINs generated in October

    By Erin Voegele | November 27, 2015 The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that more than 1.54 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first 10 months of the year to net total of nearly 14.79 billion RINs. Nearly 12.04 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in October, bringing the year-to-date net total to more than 99.98 million. During the first the first 10 months of the year, nearly 1.88...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    European Commission approves state aid for Lynemouth conversion

    By Erin Voegele | December 02, 2015 The European Commission has announced that U.K. support for the conversion of the Lynemouth power station from coal to biomass complies with EU state aid rules. The U.K. informed the EC of plans to support the conversion project in Dec. 2014. The Lynemouth conversion is one of eight renewable energy projects selected for the first contracts under the U.K.’s electric market reforms. In 2013, the U.K. Department of Climate Changed announced that the government had ...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Opinion: Sitting Pretty?

    Chemicals Sitting Pretty? For 2015’s final installment of Biomass Magazine, our team dug into stories of technology deployment reinvigorating, reimagining or resurrecting existing industrial sites. By Tim Portz | November 25, 2015 For 2015’s final installment of Biomass Magazine, our team dug into stories of technology deployment reinvigorating, reimagining or resurrecting existing industrial sites. Converting fossil fuel assets into renewable ones is trending in the energy business, and for good...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Camco reaches agreement to sell 2 Idaho biogas projects

    By Erin Voegele | November 27, 2015 On Nov. 17, Camco Clean Energy announced a conditional agreement to sell U.S. biogas assets to Clean Power Holdings LLC for an initial cost consideration of $4.6 million and an additional $1 million of deferred consideration dependent on the fulfilment of certain conditions. Under the terms of the transaction, Camco has conditionally agreed to sell its entire interests in AG Power Jerome LLC and AG Power DCD LLC. AG Power Jerome is a 4.5 MW biogas power plant located...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Bioenergy projects receive DOE ARPA-E grants

    By Anna Simet | December 01, 2015 U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects , four of which involve bioenergy or biomass. According to program criteria, the projects selected for funding will pursue novel approaches to energy innovation across the full spectrum of energy applications. Approximately 36 percent are being led by universities, 39 percent by small businesses, 10...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Invista, LanzaTech sign agreement for biobased butadiene

    Invista, LanzaTech sign agreement for biobased butadiene By LanzaTech | December 02, 2015 World-leading nylon producer Invista and biotechnology firm LanzaTech signed a joint development agreement focused on biobased butadiene. According to the agreement, Invista and LanzaTech will collaborate on projects to develop one-step and two-step technologies to convert industrial waste gas carbon monoxide into butadiene. Initial commercialization is expected in 2016. The collaboration will initially focus...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    SaraRasa signs wood pellet off-take agreement

    SaraRasa signs wood pellet off-take agreement By SaraRasa Bioindo | December 02, 2015 Dovre Group Plc’s associate SaraRasa Bioindo has signed an off-take agreement with CellMark Energy. Specialized in renewable energy production and logistics, CellMark Energy is part of Swedish CellMark AB. According to the agreement, Cellmark Energy will purchase a majority portion of the wood pellets produced by SaraRasa. The end users of the pellets are in South Korea and Japan. The value of the agreement is...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Abengoa to file for preliminary creditor protection

    By Erin Voegele | December 01, 2015 Spain-based Abengoa recently announced that it is filing for preliminary creditor protection. The company, however, said it “currently intends to continue to operate its ethanol plants in a normal course of business.” This includes the cellulosic plant in Kansas. In late November, Abengoa published a notice indicating its previously announced framework agreement with Gonvarri Corporación Financiera, a company belonging to Gonvarri Steel Industries, was terminated,...
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  • Friday, 4 December 2015

    Export of wood pellets more environmentally friendly than coal

    Export of wood pellets more environmentally friendly than coal By University of Illinois | November 25, 2015 As the export of wood pellets from the U.S. to the European Union has increased six-fold since 2008, questions have been raised about the environmental impact of the practice. According to a new paper from a University of Illinois expert in environmental economics, even after accounting for factors ranging from harvesting to transportation across the Atlantic Ocean, wood pellets still trump...
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  • Tuesday, 27 October 2015

    EnAlgae Close Out Conference

    EnAlgae Close Out Conference: a hundred experts for the European Algae economy   EnAlgae project closed its 5 years adventure with a great Final Conference. This "Algae-day" took place in Brussels on the 29th of September 2015. It has been organized by EUBIA, in cooperation with Swansea University and all other EnAlgae Partners. About 95 participants, representatives of all market forces influencing the development of algae economy in Europe. attended the event. Not only presentations, but also lively...
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  • Sunday, 20 September 2015

    Algal Information Network

    www.algae-network.eu The Algal Information Network (AIN), developed and supported by EnAlgae in the framework of Interreg IVB Programme, aims to support the development of algae sector in Europe by improving the cooperation and knowledge of market forces, research organizations, policy and decision makers. The AIN role will be to develop productive and active initiatives which are able to contribute to the algae sector scale up in Europe. Among the wide set of information, news and documents available,...
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  • Friday, 11 September 2015

    Minera Toro joins EUBIA!

    MINERA TORO SpA.: EXTENSIVE USE OF BIOMASS IN THE SOUTH OF CHILE   EUBIA is glad to introduce its new Chilean member Minera Toro! Located between Constitucion and Chanco in the VII Region of Chile, Minera Toro's main activity is sand processing, in particular washing and drying of siliceous sand for the glass container industry. Minera Toro keeps its activity sustainabilie and environmentally friendly by using biofuels in its plants. A brilliant example is La Flora plant, including facilities for...
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  • Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    EUBIA New Member - SIBELCO!

    EUBIA announces a new Member: SIBELCO Europe!     SIBELCO is a leading provider of industrial minerals we transform natural raw materials into quality products that bring value to customers across a wide range of industries.  The company's vast mineral portfolio and extensive customisation abilities mean customers get the right mineral for every job. And with specialist technical support and local customer service, we ensure you always get the most from our minerals wherever you are in the world....
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  • Wednesday, 13 May 2015

    European Biomass Residues

    The Crucial Role of  Biomass Residues in Europe: 269 MTOE of green Energy for a sustainable Biobased Economy   There is a general consensus in Europe that a biobased sector development is strongly related to the sustainability challenge. The environmental sustainability of biomass feedstock has a huge impact on the whole value chain from land to bio-products; at the same time, European and global biomass resources represent the raw material for a wide range of industry sectors, all of them expecting...
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  • Thursday, 7 May 2015

    European Biomass Residues: 269 Million TOE of green energy for a sustainable Biobased economy

    European Biomass Residues: 269 Million TOE of green energy for a sustainable Biobased economy   The Crucial Role of  Biomass Residues in Europe: 269 MTOE of green Energy for a sustainable Biobased Economy   There is a general consensus in Europe that a biobased sector development is strongly related to the sustainability challenge. The environmental sustainability of biomass feedstock has a huge impact on the whole value chain from land to bio-products; at the same time, European and global biomass...
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    GDF SUEZ and Cyberzone Properties Inc. announce the development of a district cooling system in Manila in the Philippines

    Articles News GDF SUEZ and Cyberzone Properties Inc. announce the development of a district cooling system in Manila in the Philippines GDF SUEZ via its subsidiary Cofely Philippines and Cyberzone Properties Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of Filinvest Land.Inc. formalized their intention to pursue together, through a joint venture company, the development of a district cooling system at Northgate Cyberzone, the Information Technology park (*) at Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Manila. This agreement was signed...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    The EC presents its Communication on Biomass sustainability

    The EC presents its Communication on Biomass sustainability The Communication aims at analyzing the sustainability of biomass feedstock and the possible risks More action is needed from Member States but differences in national standards can be addressed The document foresees a bright future for the growth of the biomass for heating, cooling and electricity The Commission published during August a new report on the sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass used for electricity, heating and...
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Marubeni to install biomass power plant in western Japan

    Articles News Marubeni to install biomass power plant in western Japan Japanese trading firm Marubeni Corp. is reportedly set to build a 37MW biomass power station in Fukui prefecture, western Japan. Work is expected to begin on the facility in November 2015 with the scope to have it completed and running in summer 2017. According to a statement from the company earlier this month, the plant will run on wood chips and will have the capacity to generate enough power for some 70,000 local households
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA @ EUBC&E 2014

    Since the very beginning of its activity, EUBIA has been an active supporter of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. This year, as always, we’ll attend this important event, in order to represent the European Biomass Industry sector Join us at our stand We’ll be more than glad to welcome you and to introduce you the association profile. We’ll share with you the following topics An overview of our EU co-funded projects (information material and posters at our stand) - An overview...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA stand available at EU BC&E 2014

    EUBIA stand available at EU BC&E 2014 Share a booth with EUBIA at the 22nd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition 2014 EUBIA, in collaboration with EUBC&E, is organizing a Members Pavilion at the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition that will take place in Hamburg, Germany - 23-26 June 2014 Presentation opportunities are also available! For members requiring onlya limited presence at the event we offe the opportunity to exhibit in a shared space with a banner and printed material
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA new member!

    Welcome to Kohinoor Mills Limited The Company is principally engaged in the business of textile manufacturing covering weaving, bleaching, dyeing, buying and selling and otherwise dealing in yarn, cloth and other goods and fabrics made from raw cotton and synthetic fiber. Moreover, Kohinoor generates, distributes, supplies and sells electricity. In line with the growing energy gap in Pakistan, Kohinoor has ventured in the field of Biomass-based fuels and is the first textile company in the country...
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    USDA - $8.7 million in funding for bioenergy research and education efforts

    Articles News USDA - $8.7 million in funding for bioenergy research and education efforts US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of up to $8.7 million in funding for bioenergy research and education efforts as well as publishing the final rule for a program that provides incentives for farmers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. Both programs are made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. The Secretary made the announcements...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    NEWAPP - EUBIA is coordinating a new project on organic waste

    NEWAPP - EUBIA is coordinating a new project on organic waste EUBIA is coordinating a consortium of 8 partners working on the FP7 NEWAPP project As part of the ‘NEWAPP’ project, eight partners from four different EU countries will work together for the next 30 months to focus on the application of HTC processes. NEWAPP said that it considers HTC a cost- and resource-efficient as well as environmentally sound way to reduce waste and substitute primary fuels at the same time. In an HTC process, biomass...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA's new member: Lancaster Environment Centre

    EUBIA's new member: Lancaster Environment Centre A warm welcome to Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is the largest single academic department within Lancaster University and spans the physical, biological and social environmental sciences. A total of £35M in capital investment since 2004 has provided LEC with state-of-the-art controlled environment facilities, specialised laboratories and cutting-edge equipment to allow integrative studies of terrestrial
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Foresight and the UK Green Investment Bank back new £60m 10MWe gasification plant in Hertfordshire

    Articles News Foresight and the UK Green Investment Bank back new £60m 10MWe gasification plant in Hertfordshire Foresight Group (Foresight) and the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) have announced a £30m investment in the construction of a new £60m advanced-technology Waste to Energy (WtE) gasification facility in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The project represents a new phase in the development of the UK waste market with advanced technology combined with a merchant waste supply. It will be the first...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    NEWAPP Questionnaires Online

    News NEWAPP Questionnaires Online NEWAPP is a research project founded by the European Commission under FP7 program, aiming to develop a new valorization pathway for wet biomass waste streams, such as the organic fraction of municipal waste, sewage sludge or other industrial biodegradable waste like waste from food industry, vegetable or agricultural waste, sludge from waste or wastewater treatment through HTC technology. The HTC process converts wet biomass waste streams into carbon. Instead of...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    New EUBIA newsletter - Ready to download

    New EUBIA newsletter - Ready to download Dear friends, It is finally available the last 2013 newsletter from EUBIA! Please read or download it for free here European Biomass Industry Association - Scotland House - Rond Point Schuman 6 - B-1040 Brussels | Copyright EUBIA 2012 | Developed by Altitude
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Business Secretary announces £60m boost for UK community-scale renewable energy projects

    Articles News Business Secretary announces £60m boost for UK community-scale renewable energy projects The UK Business Secretary Vince Cable announced a new investment of £60m by the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and the Strathclyde Pension Fund (SPF) in UK community-scale renewable energy projects, through Albion Community Power plc (ACP). ACP is a power generation company that builds, controls and operates community-scale renewable energy projects across the UK. It has already identified a substantial...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    Latest developments in EU policy

    Latest developments in EU policy The European Parliament approves its position on the ILUC Directive and the mandate to negotiate with the Council Mandatory ambitious goals for advanced biofuels are included The European Commission presented the Energy Union Communication New initiatives in the field of renewable energies are expected for the next years ILUC DIRECTIVE After months of intense debate in the Parliament, the ENVI Committe approved its position on the revision of the Renewable Energy...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    RecOil project launches its online guide

    RecOil project launches its online guide RecOil, one of EUBIA's EU funded projects has recently launched online Guide. This tool is based on the good practices identified during the project lifetime and offers guidance on the implementation and optimization of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) to biodiesel chain. The guide focuses on UCO collection systems, transformation methods, legal framewrok and several useful tips related to communication, maintenace, safety, promotional campaigns and operators
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Romania: EU Grants for Biomass and Biogas become a reality

    Articles News Romania: EU Grants for Biomass and Biogas become a reality The Romanian Association of Biogas and Biomass will play a key role in the country’s Large Infrastructure Operational Programme. During the Inauguration of ARBIO, different opportunities of financing for Biomass and Biogas projects were presented in front of 224 participants, 68 of which potential investors. Now, the Ministry of Energy, Small and Medium Enterprises and Business Environment advances in the implementation of all...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    Germany reform on renewables enters into force

    Germany reform on renewables enters into force The reform entered into force during the month of August It aims at addapting the German norm to the EU rules and adjust the renewables growth to the national expansion A new bidding sytem will substitute feed-in-tariffs The revision of the German Renewable Energy Act approved in June by 454 votes against 123 (mainly the Greens and the Left) entered into force during August. This new reform shall try control the expansion of green energy so the...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    Biochemtex becomes a new EUBIA member

    Biochemtex becomes a new EUBIA member Welcome to Biochemtex Biochemtex is a global leader in the development and engineering of technologies and bio-chemical processes based on the exclusive use of non-food biomass, as an alternative to oil. Biochemtex has a strong focus on innovation and technology development in the green chemicals. Thanks to a partnership with Beta Renewables - company owned as majority shareholder in Joint Venture with the American private equity firm, TPG (Texas Pacific...
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Electricity from Paddy Straw in India

    Articles News Electricity from Paddy Straw in India The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is promoting generation of electricity from various agro-residues including paddy straw. A target of 400 megawatt biomass power projects for the 12th Plan period and 100 megawatt during the current financial year i.e. 2014-15 have been set by MNRE. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    Geronimo II-Biogas: Documents availables

    Geronimo II-Biogas: Documents availables EUBIA is pleased to announce the IEE co-founded project GERONIMO II-Biogas is successfully concluded. Thanks to the great job of all the partners involved in the project, and to a well planned job, it is general consensus that GERONIMO II strongly contributed to the development of anaerobic digestion technology and biogas utilization in European countries. Geronimo II operated specifically to improve the deployment of biogas plants among European farms
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA report on the market potential for sustainable biomass production

    EUBIA report on the market potential for sustainable biomass production The report aims at analyzing the sustainability of biomass feedstock and the possible risks More action is needed from Member States and the EU in order to address the sustainability of biomass of possible market bottlenecks EUBIA makes now public its report on the sustainability of biomass for electricity and heating generation. It is partly based on the recently published European Commission document on the sustainability...
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Africa’s First Grid-Connected Biogas Plant to Start in Kenya

    Articles News Africa’s First Grid-Connected Biogas Plant to Start in Kenya Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant started supplying power on March 1, according to Johnnie McMillan, managing director of Tropical Power Kenya Ltd. The $6.5 million Gorge Farm Energy Park anaerobic digester in Kenya will consume an annual 50,000 tons of organic waste sourced from a neighbouring 800-hectare (1,977-acre) farm owned by VegPro Group, one of Tropical’s investment partners. “We expect to achieve a 5 1/2-year...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    Rokwood project publishes its Joint Action Plant

    Rokwood project publishes its Joint Action Plant ROKWOOD, one of EUBIA's EU funded projects has recently published its Joint Action Plan (JAP). It aims at fostering the production of woody biomass and the cooperation among regional clusters. As the project main policy document, the JAP summarizes the future joint activities, research areas and project ideas aimed at increasing research and technology development. Moreover, it enumerates the necessary market uptake actions and investments in...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA partecipation to the Intergroup Meeting 'The Future of Biofuels as Alternative Fuel for the Transport Sector'

    News EUBIA partecipation to the Intergroup Meeting 'The Future of Biofuels as Alternative Fuel for the Transport Sector THE FUTURE OF BIOFUELS AS ALTERNATIVE FUEL FOR THE TRANSPORT SECTOR INTERGROUP MEETING Wednesday, 16th of October 2013, European Parliament, Brussels On 16 October 2013, the chair of the Transport & Tourism Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch hosted a workshop to discuss the...
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Sembcorp's First Power Plant in India Commences First Phase of Commercial Operation

    Articles News Sembcorp's First Power Plant in India Commences First Phase of Commercial Operation Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) is pleased to announce that its first power project in India, Thermal Powertech Corporation India (TPCIL), has successfully commenced commercial operation with the completion of its first 660-megawatt unit. The 1,320-megawatt coal-fired power plant comprises two units of 660 megawatts each, with the second unit expected to begin commercial operation in the third quarter...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA at the launch of the Malaysian Biomass Industry Action Plan 2020

    EUBIA at the launch of the Malaysian Biomass Industry Action Plan 2020 Biomass Industry Action Plan 2020 launched The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) has handed over the Malaysian Biomass Industry Action Plan 2020 to Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Malaysia Luc Vandebon, to mark the launch of the plan recently. The plan aims to provide a concerted strategy and action plan in developing local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as key players...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA China

    EUBIA China EUBIA has longlasting contacts with Chinese stakeholders in the renewable energy field. Energy strategy proposals and biomass supply chain development programmes are currently under evaluation. We want to promote the Chinese biomass sector in order to disclose the biomass industry potential in the whole country. A new website section will be available soon to keep up to date with the latest development of our cooperation with China! Please find here below our brochure translated into...
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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Clean Energy Co-Operation Between India and USA

    Clean Energy Co-Operation Between India and USA India and USA have undertaken new initiatives to enhance clean energy cooperation as follows: i. Launched “Innovative Finance Forum”. ii. Established “PACESetter Funds” to support innovative clean energy access projects. iii. Both the countries desire to expand current Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Development (PACE-D). iv. Renewed commitment to expanding Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R). A Joint Indo-US PACESetter Fund has...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    EUBIA AWARD 2014

    The Biomass History told by its main actors Since 2000 EUBIA, the European Biomass Industry Association, gives its annual prize tothe European company which demonstrated an high effort in supporting biomass development at commercial and industrial level. According to the tradition, the Award Ceremony is hosted and supported by the European Biomass Conference & Exhibition. This year, the 12th EUBIA Award edition ceremony will take place at the Congress Centre of Hamburg, during the Conference...
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  • Thursday, 16 April 2015

    ENCO new EUBIA member

    Welcome ENCO engineering & consulting Enco Srl - Engineering & Consulting is a Naples-based consulting firm that operates since 1987 in the areas of consulting on research and innovation and technical assitance to businesses. Throughout the years it has expanded its range of activities, enriched its expertise and has opened two new offices in Brussels and Rio de Janeiro. In particular, ENCO supports its clients in approaching European funds, thanks to its strong and long experience developing and...
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