Enerkem gets $1.1 million to develop fuel products
May 14, 2013, Montreal - Enerkem Inc. has received a federal grant to expand the range of drop-in products that can be made from its bio-conversion process.
Nova Scotia biomass power plant starting soon
April 25, 2013, Point Tupper, NS - Nova Scotia Power says its new biomass-powered plant in Cape Breton is expected to start generating electricity this coming May.
Biofuels can play role in reducing CO2 emissions
April 17, 2013, Toronto - According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), biofuel production needs to double to meet carbon reduction targets by 2020.
Moisture analyzer from Metso
April 12, 2013, Helsinki, FI – New technology from Metso efficiently analyzes moisture of any bulk materials to enhance productivity at biofuel power plants.
Discovery may allow fuel to be made from C02
April 3, 2013, Athens, GA – Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.
Virginia Tech unveils portable biomass power plant
April 3, 2013, Blacksburg, VA – Thirty visitors from as far away as New York and Guatemala recently journeyed to Virginia Tech to see demonstrations of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ new portable biomass power plant.
From Slime to Dollar Signs?
The biomass world has high hopes for algae, and rightfully so: some of the thousands of strains of the slimy substance have great potential to become a sustainable source of biomass and the next big biofuel.
Coal power to be priced out of UK market?
March 21, 2013, London - The UK tax on carbon emissions for 2015-16 has been set £6.02/MWh (€7/MWh) above the indicative level announced last year, to offset the sharp fall in prices on the European market.
CRFA's new committee to advance Canadian biofuels
March 19, 2013, Ottawa - The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) has announced a new committee and classification of membership in hopes of promoting next generation biofuels in Canada.
Opportunities appearing in Polish biomass market
February 25, 2013, Cologne, DE – With Polish lawmakers considering what to leave out and what to include in a pending renewable energy bill, a new study suggests that they have good reason to support the proliferation of smaller mono-incinerators and the use of CHP biomass technology.
Greenfield's Next Generation of Ethanol
With the ethanol fuel industry in high gear, some are looking ahead to the next generation of biofuel and at GreenField that means cellulosic ethanol.
Greenfield's Ethanol Dry Run
Renewable fuels have come a long way over the past 20 years as rising energy prices have increased the demand for clean alternatives to oil, such as ethanol. GreenField Ethanol has certainly seen it all in its journey to becoming Canada’s leading producer.
Coal power generation surges ahead in US
February 12, 2013, Louisville, KY – According to energy monitoring company Genscape, coal-based power generation surged ahead in the first month of 2013 versus last year, a result of higher gas prices, lower renewable use and higher demand.
Court says EPA overestimated production of biofuels
January 29, 2013, Washington, DC - A federal appeals court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency is overestimating the amount of fuel that can be produced from grasses, wood and other nonfood plants in an effort to promote a fledgling biofuels industry.
$36M biomass plant to be built in Nova Scotia
January 29, 2013, Sydney, NS – Cape Breton Explorations Ltd. will break ground this summer to build a $36-million biomass plant at Harbourside Commercial Park.
Alter NRG biomass gasifier commissioned in China
January 29, 2013, Calgary, AB – Alter NRG Corp. announced that Wuhan Kaidi which purchased a Westinghouse Plasma gasifier design, and plasma torch systems from Alter NRG in 2010, has successfully completed the commissioning of the unit at its demonstration facility in Wuhan, China.
Guardian buys distressed Minnesota ethanol plant
January 25, 2013, Houston, TX — Guardian Energy Heron Lake is acquiring a Janesville, Minnesota, ethanol production facility from Heron Lake BioEnergy for $55 million.
UK's Estover wins approval for biomass CHP plants
January 24, 2013, London, UK — UK biomass developer Estover Energy has received planning approval for two 25MW dedicated biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland, in northern England, and Aberdeen, in northern Scotland.
BIOX to resume biodiesel production at Hamilton facility
January 22, 2013, Toronto, ON – BIOX Corporation announced that it will resume biodiesel production at its Hamilton facility this month after temporarily suspending production last October.
More financing for Enerkem's Alberta ethanol plant
January 18, 2013, Montreal, QC — Enerkem Inc. announced that it has closed a $37 million financing with Waste Management of Canada Corporation, and EB Investments for Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, an ethanol plant under construction in Edmonton.
Biomass regulations create clean energy in NS
January 18, 2013, Halifax, NS – Proposed electricity regulations will require biomass be used at Port Hawkesbury Paper to provide renewable electricity starting this year.
Enerkem staffing 70 per cent complete
January 17, 2013, Edmonton, AB - Enerkem says the challenging task of hiring more than 30 energy workers for its new Edmonton biofuels plant in a hot labour market is nearly accomplished.
Cellufuel has Canadian expansion plans
January 16, 2013, Halifax, NS – Cellufuel’s plan to open a demonstration biofuel facility in Nova Scotia this summer is just the first step of an ambitious industrial enterprise intent on having 10 plants within five to six years producing $200 million in annual revenue.
Boosting galactan sugars could boost biofuel production
January 11, 2013, Berkeley, CA – Galactan is a polymer of galactose, a six-carbon sugar that can be readily fermented by yeast into ethanol and is a target of interest for researchers in advanced biofuels produced from cellulosic biomass.
U.S. had first cellulosic diesel production in November
January 11, 2013, Houston, TX — Generation of biofuels blending credits fell in November 2012 for biodiesel and renewable fuel while cellulosic diesel credits were created for the first time last year and advanced biofuel RIN generation climbed.
Researchers report breakthrough in algae research
January 9, 2013, Davis, CA – Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.
Research to study coal-biomass-to-liquid process
January 8, 2013, Durham, NC – Southern Research Institute announced it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Energy to test an innovative method for producing liquid transportation fuels from coal and biomass thereby improving the economics and lifecycle impacts of coal-to-liquid (CTL) and coal-biomass-to-liquid (CBTL) processes.
Algae Biomass Organization expands membership
January 8, 2013, Minneapolis, MN – The Algae Biomass Organization made considerable progress in 2012, adding more than 150 new members to its cause of advancing algae as a source of sustainable fuels.
U.S. DOE awards $10m to advanced biofuels projects
January 7, 2013, Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $10 million to five projects in California, Washington, Maryland, and Texas that will develop new technologies to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and bioproducts like plastics and chemical intermediates.
Amendments proposed for Renewable Fuel Regulations
January 3, 2013, Gatineau, QC – The federal government is proposing an amendment to the Renewable Fuels Regulations that would see a permanent national exemption from the two percent renewable content requirement in home heating oil, as well as a six-month extension to the exemption from the two percent renewable content requirement for diesel fuel for Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
U.S. Congress extends biofuel, biodiesel tax credits
January 2, 2013, Houston, TX — U.S. lawmakers temporarily extended tax credits for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel yesterday as part of a legislative package negotiated with the White House to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
Research may offer big benefits for biofuels
January 2, 2013, Charlottesville, VA – Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have deciphered the secrets of the production of cellulose, the most common natural polymer on Earth, in a discovery that could have major ramifications for both biofuel production and the battle against bacterial infections.
SDTC makes annual call for fund applications
December 27, 2012, Ottawa - Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is issuing its Annual Call for Applications under the NextGen Biofuels Fund™, created to support the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels and co-products.
Report charts cellulosic ethanol progress
December 20, 2012, Washington, DC – The Advanced Ethanol Council has released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.
Neste to provide aviation biofuel for EU project
December 20, 2012, London, UK — Finland's Neste Oil is to provide aviation biofuel for an EU-funded project aimed at expanding the commercial development and use of such fuels across the European aviation sector.
German biofuels sector lobbies EU on certification
December 17, 2012, London, UK — German biofuels industry group VDB is lobbying the EU to change its rules on recognizing Renewable Energy Directive (RED) sustainability schemes amid widespread confusion over the eligibility of certified biofuels for trade across national borders within the EU.
Collaboration looks to lower costs for producing biofuels
December 14, 2012, Golden, CO – The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, in a five-year, $7 million effort to economically produce drop-in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks, the federal laboratory announced.
Researchers grow algae in poultry houses
December 14, 2012, Ames, IA – The microorganism that colors ponds and lakes green could become an important partner in the future of poultry operations as well as provide a source of biomass for biofuel production through a project conducted by ISU researchers.
MaRS invests in Woodland Biofuels
December 11, 2012, Toronto, ON – The MaRS Cleantech Fund announced the completion of a venture deal with Woodland Biofuels, positioned to become North America's lowest-cost producer of ethanol.
Researchers study marine algae as alternative fuel source
December 10, 2012, Hattiesbury, MS – Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi are participating in an international research project aimed at turning marine micro-algae into fuel.
New $95 million biomass power plant in Georgia
December 7, 2012, Macon, GA – A new biomass power in Laurens County will be built at an existing paper mill, and provide steam to the mill and also generate 56 megawatts of electricity for the electrical grid, according to the office of Governor Nathan Deal.
US DOE funds microalgae biomass research
December 6, 2012, Hoboken, NJ – Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biomass Program, Dr. Adeniyi Lawal of New Jersery’s Stevens Institute of Technology will be leading a team investigating microalgae as a biomass fuel source.
Ontario ethanol plant files for receiveship
December 5, 2012, Collingwood, ON — The owners of Amaizeingly Green, which started out as Collingwood Ethanol in 2007, taking over the former Nacan starch plant, filed for receivership of the plant on this week.
USDA predicts softer ethanol prices in 2013
December 5, 2012, Piura, PE — There may be a glut of ethanol in 2013, resulting in a corresponding drop in price for the biofuel, as crop yields for feedstock return to normal levels, according to Mike Dwyer, director of the foreign agriculture service at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Pond Biofuels to launch pilot project with U.S. Steel
December 5, 2012, Hamilton, ON – A major Ontario industrial operation is making a bet that algae might solve its greenhouse gas emissions problems.
Bio-Economy Network already showing cracks?
December 4, 2012, Ottawa - The paint was barely dry on the newly-announced Bio-Economy Network (BEN) at the 9th Annual Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit when cracks started appearing in the alliance.
Peruvian sugar giant gears up for ethanol production
December 4, 2012, Piura, PE — Peru's Coazucar is set to become that country's third producer of fuel-grade ethanol.
DuPont jumps into cellulosic ethanol game
December 3, 2012, Des Moines, Iowa - Industrial giant DuPont has jumped into the cellulosic ethanol game in a big way, with a groundbreaking ceremony on a $200-million plant here.
Filling the Gap
Since its inception four years ago with a mandate to drive the growth of B.C.’s low-carbon economy, Pacific Carbon Trust has retired 1.5 million tonnes of carbon offsets.
Advanced biofuel makers try to exorcise 'phantom fuel'
November 29, 2012, Houston, TX — US advanced ethanol producers cannot afford to keep missing federally required production levels that have raised the ire of powerful foes, executives in the sector said.
Breakthrough could help lower the cost of biofuels
November 26, 2012, Golden, CO – Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility, a breakthrough that could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the costs of making biofuels.
Biofuel firm linked to fraud probe
November 22, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The federal government will give $65-million in subsidies to a company that is set to become the biggest producer of biodiesel in the country, but which is linked to companies being investigated for a series of fraudulent shipments of American fuel to Europe, according to The Globe and Mail.
REG acquires second biodiesel plant in three weeks
November 20, 2012, Houston, TX — Renewable Energy Group (REG) has purchased a 15mn USG/yr (978 b/d) biodiesel production plant outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Quick cook method turns algae into oil
November 19, 2012, Ann Arbor, MI — Michigan Engineering researchers can "pressure-cook" algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude.
Canada Powerhouse teams up with RF Gansereit
November 19, 2012, Atlanta, GA – RF Gansereit & Associates Inc. (RFG) and Canada Powerhouse, (the Technical Sales Division of Exclusive Boilers, Burners & Controls-EBBC) announced that they have established and are proceeding with an important agreement for distribution throughout Western Canada.
Retail algae-based biodiesel for sale
November 15, 2012, Houston, TX — Algae-based biodiesel is being offered at retail pumps for what the companies involved say is the first time in the U.S.
More bang for the biofuel buck
November 9, 2012, Berkeley, CA – A fermentation technique once used to make cordite, the explosive propellant that replaced gunpowder in bullets and artillery shells, may find an important new use in the production of advanced biofuels.
Sixth Element moves to Ottawa
November 9, 2012, Ottawa - Sixth Element Sustainable Management, an executive consulting services firm for bioenergy and other resource energy source projects, recently relocated to Ottawa.
Brazil rejects biomass-only auctions for now
November 7, 2012, Sao Paulo, BR — The Brazilian government has ruled out holding a biomass-only energy auction because of concerns over costs, according to Altino Ventura Filho, secretary of energy planning and development at the mines and energy ministry.
NYC waives 2pc biodiesel mandate in wake of storm
November 5, 2012, New York, NY — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has waived the newly enforced requirement to blend heating oil with 2pc biodiesel.
EPA issues quality assurance draft plan for RIN reform
November 1, 2012, Houston, TX — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a drafted plan to enforce quality assurance among renewable identification number (RIN) generation and reporting.
INEOS Bio facility begins producing renewable power
November 1, 2012, Lisle, IL – INEOS Bio announced that its joint-venture project, INEOS New Planet BioEnergy (INPB), is now producing renewable power using the company’s feedstock flexible BioEnergy technology.
NRC flies jet powered by 100 percent biofuel
October 31, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) achieved a major milestone for the aviation industry today as it flew the first civil jet powered by 100 percent unblended biofuel.
Anaergia selected for U.S. biogas plant
October 30, 2012, Burlington, ON – Anaergia Inc. announced that it has been selected and initiated development on the largest college campus-based anaerobic digestion system in the United States.
Metso to deliver biofuel-fired boiler in Sweden
October 29, 2012, Helsinki, FI – Metso will supply Jönköping Energi’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Torsvik, Sweden, with a new biofuel-fired boiler.
NAT receives grant for U.S. facility
October 29, 2012, Victoria, BC – Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., was recently granted $263,500 in incentives from Florence County, SC to be used for its manufacturing and production in the region.
Centrica shelves plans to develop biomass power stations
October 26, 2012, Berkshire, UK – Centrica Energy has announced today that it will not be proceeding with planning applications to develop dedicated two biomass power stations.
BIOX suspends biodiesel production at Hamilton facility
October 26, 2012, Toronto, ON – BIOX Corporation announced it has temporarily suspended production of biodiesel at its Hamilton facility based on the existing conditions within the U.S. biodiesel market.
BP cancels Florida cellulosic project
October 26, 2012, Houston, TX — BP today abandoned plans for a commercial-scale cellulosic plant in Florida, saying the company would shift funding for the proposed 2,350 b/d facility to “other more attractive projects.”
Drax to raise capital for biomass conversion plan
October 25, 2012, York, UK – Drax, the UK's largest power station, is planning to raise £180 million through a new share placing to support its transformation into a predominantly biomass-fueled power generator, the company have announced.
Biofuel for vehicles successfully tested
October 25, 2012, Carmarillo, CA – Cool Planet Energy Systems announced a major breakthrough in the commercialization and affordability of biofuels from non-food biomass that can run in any vehicle on the road today.
ANDRITZ to supply biomass pre-treatment technology
October 24, 2012, Graz, DE – ANDRITZ, through its U.S. subsidiary ANDRITZ Inc., has received an order to supply its advanced continuous biomass pre-treatment technology for the Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels commercial-scale biofuel facility being built in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Enerkem hiring for its Alberta facility
October 24, 2012, Montreal, QC – Enerkem Inc. has officially launched the recruitment process for more than 30 permanent positions at its waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta.
Spain prepares two new biomass-fired units
October 24, 2012, Perpignan, ES — The troubled Spanish biomass power industry will see two new units completed despite the sector struggling to add capacity.
New biorenewables technology licensed
October 23, 2012, Madison, WI — A licensing agreement for a novel renewable chemical and biofuel production method between Hyrax Energy and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation promises to accelerate commercial development of the technology.
Researchers studying new bio-oil gasifier
October 23, 2012, Ames, Iowa – Researchers at Iowa State University are looking at using heat to break up cellulosic biomass (wood chips) instead of corn grain to produce biofuel.
Iogen selected by Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant
October 22, 20122, San Paulo, BR – Canadian cellulosic ethanol developer Iogen Corporation has announced its selection by Brazilian sugarcane ethanol giant Raízen Group as the core technology for a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol production facility, and committed in initial investment to develop a commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil.
USDA provides loans for biomass power projects
October 18, 2012, Washington, DC – The USDA announced loan guarantees to support three biomass power plants, with more than $250 million in loan guarantees.
A unique community in downtown Quebec City is setting the standard for energy efficiency, including a four-boiler biomass combustion system to heat the dwelling and domestic hot water.
Sarnia plant ready to make cellulosic ethanol
Oct 15, 2012, Sarnia, Ont. - Woodland Biofuels’ $12-million demo plant could be producing ethanol from wood waste by the end of the year, says president Greg Nuttall.
Dong Energy to cut coal use, emissions in biomass switch
October 15, 2012, Fredericia, DK – Dong Energy A/S, Denmark’s biggest utility, is set to cut coal use and carbon emissions as it switches to biomass at three of its biggest plants with a combined output of as much as 1,968 megawatts, the company said.
Mesto supplying valves to Swedish biomass gasification project
October 10, 2012, Norcross, GA – High efficiency of the production and operational reliability are the key performance indicators for an innovative plant that will be equipped with Metso's valve and field instrument solutions.
Doosan secures Atikokan conversion contract
October 9, 2012, Renfrew, UK – Doosan Power Systems (DPS) has successfully secured a contract for the conversion of a 227MWe lignite fired boiler to 100 percent biomass at the Atikokan Generating Station.
6Mw biomass plant proposed in Nova Scotia
October 9, 2012, Sydney, NS – Cape Breton Explorations Inc. has proposed a $36-million biomass plant in Sydney’s Harbourside Commercial Park.
UK gives investors in biomass a boost
October 5, 2012, London, UK – Investors that are interested in converting coal plants to renewable biomass facilities, and those that co-fire a high proportion of biomass with coal, were given a boost today under new plans set out by Energy Minister John Hayes.
Jeffrey Rader Corp. to supply UK biomass plant
October 5, 2012, Woodruff, SC – Jeffrey Rader Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply a boiler feed metering system to Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S (Lyngby, Denmark). The feed system will be an integrated part of BWE’s scope of supply for the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant in Lincolnshire, England.
Largest biomass cogen plant in France begins operations
October 4, 2012, Paris, FR – Dalkia announced it has opened France’s most powerful electricity and steam generation plant to be fired by biomass.
Alberta Innovates funds Biorefining Conversions Network
October 4, 2012, Banff, AB - With funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Biorefining Conversions Network aims to become a hub for bioeconomy investments and a world class centre of excellence for biorefining and biomass conversions.
Researchers develop process for making renewable fuels
October 3, 2012, Madison, WI – Using technology developed primarily for producing electricity from hydrogen, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology of South Korea has developed what could be a commercially viable, continuous process for converting biomass and electricity into renewable liquid transportation fuels.
UK firm delays Spanish biomass unit on tariff doubts
October 3, 2012, Perpignan, ES — UK-based renewable energy company Eco2 is delaying construction of its first scheduled biomass project in Spain as the country's biomass sector faces viability questions as a result of taxation changes, with decisions on feed-in tariff (FITs) still to come.
Fortress Paper to sell power from its cogen plant
October 2, 2012, Vancouver, BC –Fortress Paper Ltd. announced that it has signed an electricity supply agreement with Hydro Quebec for the sale of green electricity to be produced at the Fortress Global Cellulose Mill's cogeneration facility upon its re-start.
Siemens awarded biomass CHP ugrade contract
October 1, 2012, Cheshire, UK – Siemens has been awarded a new order by PDM Widnes in Cheshire, for the performance upgrade of two small-scale steam turbines which power the company’s carbon-neutral biomass combustion plants.
Aurora Algae expands production at Australian facility
October 1, 2012, Hayward, CA – Aurora Algae today announced the successful completion of requirements for a two million dollar (AUD) Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) grant, which has been used to advance the Company’s algae-based biomass production at its demonstration facility in Karratha, Western Australia.
Lignol announces loss in recent quarter
October 1, 2012, Vancouver, BC - You had to look pretty far into the CNW release, but late last week cellulosic ethanol start-up Lignol declared a loss of $1 million for its Q1 2013 fiscal year.
Great Lakes Biodiesel set to produce
September 30, 2012, Welland, Ont - The end is in sight for the principals at Great Lakes Biodiesel, as the Canadian start-up expects to start producing AST 6751 quality biodiesel as scheduled early this fall.
M-E-C appoints new VP Sales
September 27, 2012, Neodesha, KS – M-E-C Company, a worldwide supplier for industrial dryer systems, announced that Stephen D. Rice has joined the company as Vice President of Sales.
Brazil will boost ethanol blend to 25pc next year
September 27, 2012, Sao Paulo, BZ — The Brazilian government in 2013 will raise the ethanol blend in gasoline to 25pc (E25), up from its current 20pc, according to the influential government-controlled Energy Research Company (Epe).
UK utility to convert coal-fired plant to wood pellets
September 26, 2012, London, UK – Drax Group will spend $1 billion to turn the U.K.’s biggest coal-fired plant into western Europe’s largest clean- energy producer.
RWE seeks to extend life of biomass-converted UK coal plant
September 26, 2012, London, UK – The British unit of German utility RWE submitted applications for permits to allow its Tilbury coal-fired power plant, which it has turned into a biomass station, run beyond a closure date set by EU environmental law.
NREL produces ethylene via photosynthesis
September 25, 2012, Golden, CO – Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made, and help clean the air.