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May 18, 2011

Renewable fuel standards enable biofuel investment




Industry group urges sustaining the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to provide the stability that enables investment in the development of advanced biofuels.  …

…   “The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today joined the Advanced BioFuel Association, the Renewable Fuel Association, the Advanced Ethanol Council and the American Coalition for Ethanol in a letter to leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works urging protection of the federal RFS.”   …

BIO.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.

Federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

Renewable fuel standard amendments (PDF).

RFS compliance details.

RFS amendment responses.

RFS whitepaper (PDF) by BIO.

BIO group on renewable fuel standard

March 21, 2011

Philippines biomass power evaluated




Philippine towns, Ragay, Sipocot and Lupi, generate sufficient agricultural waste to support the development of biomass-derived power generation.  The biopower plant is in the design phase and proceeding through regulatory approvals.  …

…   “Coconut farms can already supply 195,778.45 MT or 48 percent of the total prospective wastes.”   …

Via Philippines President Communication Agency: Power Plant.


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March 08, 2011

Isobutanol bioprocessing from cellulose




UCLA scientist leads BESC team in research that streamlines the synthesis of isobutanolBiofuel from cellulose biomass from cellulose based materials.  The key to the process is development of microbes through genetic engineering.  The research team will continue to pursue genetically engineered strains that convert cellulosic materials well.  …

…   “Using consolidated bioprocessing, a team led by James Liao of the University of California at Los Angeles for the first time produced isobutanol directly from cellulose.

The team's work, published online in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, represents across-the-board savings in processing costs and time, plus isobutanol is a higher grade of alcohol than ethanol.”   …

Via Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Cellulose based isobutanol.

January 10, 2011

Bird compatible biofuel grasses




could serve dual purpose.  …

…   “Native perennial grasses might provide an opportunity to produce biomass in ways that are compatible with the conservation of biodiversity … ”   …

Via Futurity: Grasses.

Biofuel from grasses

December 16, 2010

Kristianstad Sweden Uses Biofuels Not Fossil Fuels for Heat and Electricity




 Kristianstad SwedeKristianstadn uses no fossil fuels for heating.  Instead they uses biomass from farming leftovers.  80,000 homes heated by biomass and not fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas!  And this is an area of the world where it gets VERY COLD !

Since solar and wind would not be effective in Kristianstad they worked with biomass.  " ... remains from farming ... manure, potato peels, pig intestines, and even cookies, .... to create biogas  ... a certain type of  methane, ... heat of the entire city, and to provide electricity for the city as well."

The driving force for the move away from fossil fuels was to protect their environment and they did not want to import fossil fules from abroad.

 

Via:  Metrolic  LINK

October 22, 2010

Biofuel process efficiency through enzyme recycle




Clarkson University research will optimize the cellulosic pathway to ethanol biofuel with grant from the National Science Foundation.  Clarkson chemistry professor Sergiy Minko will lead the investigation.  …

…   “grant is for finding a way to bring the costs of the process down to a more competitive level. 

The major idea of this project is to make this process less expensive just by recycling the enzyme. 

Normally, he said, the enzyme is thrown out with the plant waste.

The point is to learn how we can selectively extract the enzymes from this biomass and reuse them …”   …

Via Clarkson University: Biofuels Research.

October 06, 2010

Dog Poop to Methane Converter




Methane Digester

Dog waste is often picked up in plastic bags and dropped in the trash - to spend eternity in a landfill.  What a waste of waste ...

Here is a novel idea to turn dog waste into methane ...   "dog waste ... decomposes over time. The anaerobic conditions inside the digester create methane gas ... "  The methane gas lights a gas lamp.

If successful this could be deployed to larger dog parks across the country.

Funded by MIT and located in Cambridge, Mass the digester shows a creative use for waste .. a great "reuse" idea.

 

 

Via:  TerraPass Blog  LINK

October 05, 2010

Bioenergy mapping tools enable opportunity analysis




DOE’s NREL creates BioEnergy Atlas that features two bioenergy analysis and mapping tools for visualizing bioenergy data on maps to understand biomass Biomass mapping using the Atlas feedstocks, biopower and biofuels potential, production and distribution.  …

…   “Users of the tools can select and apply a multitude of geographic data layers including a variety of biomass feedstocks, existing biofuels, biopower and traditional power plants, alternative and traditional fueling stations and energy use statistics.

The BioPower updated functionalities include query, analysis and state view. 

The query function allows users to access data behind the map and to select and download data from a selected region or single point on the map.

The analysis function offers common conversion factors that allow users to determine the potential biopower or biofuels production for selected feedstocks in a specific area.”   …

Via National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Biomass Atlas.

The Bioenergy Atlas Tools.

October 04, 2010

Two Particular Acres - Composting in Greater Philadelphia Area




Two Particular Acres

Two Particular Acres is PA's first composting farm and has PA's first "On-Farm Compost Permit".

Noticing that the "manure management" on horse stables that were buying their hay was "less than optimal" they decided to address the issue.

 " ... creating an organic loop infrastructure ... manure is properly composted ... finished product is distributed through utilization on our farm and ... into the local community through suburban homeowners, landscape contractors, nurseries and golf courses. ..."

 

Via:  Two Particular Acres  LINK

June 17, 2010

Wallenius Lines Test Fuel Cell for Auxiliary Ship Power




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 Wallenius Lines, a Swedish owned car carrier vessel is testing a fuel cell for auxiliary power.  Fuel cells are clean power sources - in this case fueled by methanol (alcohol).  Wallenius Lines has a major commitment to being green (using non toxic paint to reduce barnacle drag, handling bilge water carefully, reducing impact overall, etc.) and this is the next step in the journey.fuel cell

"Wärtsilä’s WFC20 fuel cell ... onboard the ’Undine’,  ... is the first of its kind in the world ... during the test period provide auxiliary power to the vessel while producing close to zero emissions...."

Methanol can be made from biomass so can be a renewable fuel ... in addition to providing clean power.  The trails started in May 2010 and extend until November 2010.

 

Via:  Wallenius Lines  LINK

May 31, 2010

Bacteria generate alternative fuel in bioreactor




Michigan State University chemical engineering professor works on collaborative research project to create fuel from bacteria strain.  MSU brings strengths in bioreactor design to address challenges in managing optimum fermentation conditions, appropriate concentration levels, and delivery systems.  …Bioreactor expertise

…   “Worden has to overcome two major challenges in developing the bioreactor system.

Once Ralstonia eutropha is engineered to produce isobutanol, the isobutanol eventually will build up to a toxic level and kill the bacterium.

So he must create a way to harvest the isobutanol without interrupting the fermentation process. 

Secondly, because the bacterium’s energy source – hydrogen gas – is not very water-soluble, Worden must figure out how to feed it to the bacterium in a water-based system.”   …

Via Michigan State: Harvest alternative fuel (Link).

May 24, 2010

Kraft / Philly Cream Cheese Sustainability Efforts




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" ... Philly plant in Lowville, NY ... making to reduce our carbon footprint. ... almost ¼ of the Lowville’s total energy use now comes from alternative sources."

" ... converting the waste stream from Cream Cheese production (whey) into methane gas. ... replaces about 1/3 of the natural gas usage and prevents virtually 100% of whey land-spreading. Annual energy savings are approximately 87,000 mm BTUs, or enough energy to heat around 1,100 average sized households for 1 year. ... In early 2008, ... Lowville ... replaced its interior lights with energy efficient T-8 lighting fixtures. ... saves 1,350,068 KWH of usage per year. That’s enough electricity to light 2,164 homes for a year."

" ...  In 2008, ... cut its total water use by 9%. ... [and] sent 33% less garbage to the landfill. ..."


 

Via:  Kraft  LINK

February 14, 2010

Oregon Biomass Facilities




State of Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit recognizes pre-95 facilities as part of state renewable energy standard. http://bit.ly/amPZj5

February 05, 2010

Weyerhaeuser Biomass Strategic Ventures




Weyerhaeuser discusses the company's financial performance and its growth strategies, which includes biomass and biofuel ventures. ...
... "On Tuesday, we announced that we are collaborating with Mitsubishi Corporation to explore the possibilities of a strategic solid biofuel venture. Catchlight Energy, our joint venture with Chevron to develop liquid fuel from biomass remains on track. " ...
Via Seeking Alpha: Weyerhaeuser Q4 2009 Earnings Call

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November 20, 2009

Fuel From Sugar Cane - Power for Sugar Producing Nations




claren power logo

Bio fuel from Sugar Cane is a good source of renewable energy.  Claren Power, Srlington, Virginia, works with nations rich in sugar cane to develop renewable power using bagasse - the waste material from sugar cane after the sugar has been extracted.

" ... Sugar cane bagasse, the waste pulp that remains after raw cane has been processed, has been a fuel source for decades ... much of the energy is lost to ... inefficient and unproductive technology and suboptimal operating practices ...  effectively using bagasse as a fuel source, Claren is helping to unlock the massive potential for clean and renewable power, creating huge benefits for individual mills,investors, and citizens of the developing world."

"... capitalizing on new regulations that open up national electricity markets as well as the exploding world-wide demand for certified carbon credits, Claren is able to generate tremendous returns for our clients and institutional investment partners."

 

 

Via:  Claren Power LINK

November 07, 2009

Colorado Biomass Energy Project






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October 22, 2009

San Francisco Accepts Compostables - Green Bin for Compostables




 

3 "recycle" bins

San Francisco now accepts compostable materials as part of its waste stream pick up ... there are now 3 bins:

black = trash
blue = recyclables
green = compostablescompostable items

" ... designed to make recycling easier, reduce waste, and control litter. ... green cart is for all compostable items, such as food scraps and yard trimmings. ... allows San Francisco to ... achieve the state-mandated 50% recycling goal."

Acceptable for composting are food scraps, yard waste, paper and cardboard and select otehr items.  For a complete list see San Francisco COMPOSTABLES".  They accepts more than you would expect ... lots more!

Do you compost?  Why not?

I do (myself in my back yard) and it quickly turns into nice mulch ... 

 

Via:   San Francisco Recycling LINK

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 22, 2009

Chicken Poop Powers 90,000 Homes




chicken-manure-biomass Animal manure is a natural by-product of raising animals ... and needs to be disposed of properly.  Improperly disposed of it can pollute water and make a smelly mess. 

Here is a way to reduce waste and re-use the manure to make enerty.

... world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands .... will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households ... capacity of 36.5 megawatts, and will generate more than 270 million kWh of electricity per year."

" ... more than merely “carbon neutral” ... If ... spread out over farm land, it would release not only CO2, but also methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. ..."

" ... will utilize approximately 440,000 tons of chicken manure, roughly one third of the total amount produced each year in the Netherlands. ... European countries ... suffer under an excess of different types of animal manure that pollute the environment."

 

 

 

Via:  Meatefficient LINK

August 15, 2009

Gainesville Florida Big in Alternative Energy: PV and Biomass




City of Gainesville, Fla logo

Gainesville Florida has been active in alternative energy since 1997 offering rebates for solar water heating and now for solar PV.  They are now looking to increase the amount of PV electricity generated by offering more incentives.

 

 " ...offered solar water heating rebates since 1997 and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems rebates since 2007 ... now ... created a solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) program to increase the number of solar PV systems in Gainesville."http://wwGRU logo

" ... May 2009, ... approved a 30-year contract between GRU and Gainesville Renewable Energy Center ... build, own and operate a 100-megawatt biomass power plant ... fueled by forestry-waste material generated by ... paper pulp, chip and saw timber – as well as urban wood waste. "

" ... using biomass ... will promote our energy independence, add diversity to our fuel supply and shield customers from anticipated increasing fossil-fuel prices. ... allow Gainesville to achieve its carbon-reduction goals, which are based on the Kyoto Protocol."

" ... plan to purchase energy that G2 Energy, ... generate from methane gas collected at the Marion County Baseline Landfill ... "

 

Via:  Gainesville Regional Utilities  LINK

 

July 27, 2009

Liquid Fuel from Solar Energy and CO2 using Biotech Process




Joule Biotechnologies adds leadership talent as it prepares to commercialize a biotechnology process that uses solar energy to convert CO2 into liquid fuel, called Helioculture. The company's proprietary technology uses bio organisms and the photosynthesis process to transform CO2, using sunlight, into fuels. Joule Bio will work towards commercial scale production in the 2010 timeframe. ...
... "On the appointment of Bill Sims, as president and CEO: In addition to his proven leadership and record of operational excellence, Bill has direct experience bringing new technologies to market against long-established incumbents --- in Joule’s case, fossil fuels. We’re thrilled to see the company emerge and build a successful path to energy independence under his guidance. " ...
Via Joule Biotechnologies: Solar Startup

Continue reading "Liquid Fuel from Solar Energy and CO2 using Biotech Process" »

June 15, 2009

Energy-Inc. - Profitable Solution to a Zero Carbon Footprint





Energy-Inc.

 

John O'Hurley ... of Seinfield fame as J. Peterman ... has co-founded Energy-Inc.   The Las Vegas, Nevada company has a variety of services and technologies for producing power from waste ...

>>> Their tagline is ... a profitable solution to a zero carbon footprint. 

>>> Their message is Waste to Energy rather than waste to landfills.

 

They design, build and manage waste to power systems. Rather than paying to dispose of waste you can turn it into power ... Listen to the video for more ... and see how they plan to make landfills obsolete. They guarantee performance and up to 100% financing ...

 

Via:: Energy-Inc. Link

May 08, 2009

Bio Diesel via Mushrooms





enlared view of fungusMany crops have been considered / experimented with as a source of bio fuel or bio diesel.  Some carry risks of causing unintended consequences as land is cleared for farming -- Now the mushroom is looming large!

" ... biofuels from corn and soy ... destructive to the planet in certain ways as farmers in developing nations slash and burn forests to grow new crops. ... alternative: a ... genetically-modified mushroom that yields a large biomass which can be converted into a first-rate biofuel."

" ... genetically-engineered them to be ... more sustainable in culture during fermentation, and have both enhanced growth rate and spore production...."

Via:  TreeHugger  LINK

March 24, 2009

Improve Biomass Conversion




Baylor chemistry professor Kevin Chambliss discusses the university's research efforts to improve the conversion of biomass into ethanol. Current investigations are funded by grants from the USDA and NREL. ...
... "These compounds could have two potential roles in the whole biomass to bio-fuel conversion. One is they could be inhibitors to enzymes or microbes that ultimately help us get to ethanol. If we could identify them and subsequently understand their role in inhibition and you could get around it, you could improve efficiency. " ...
Via Baylor University: Bio-fuel Research

February 27, 2009

GREEN Biodegradable Motor Oil (from cows)




biodegradable motor oil

Green Earth Technologies offers a wide range of GREEN products including Engine Oil.

" ... Green Earth Technologies, Inc ... "eco-logical" products ... are made entirely from American grown base oils that are ... TOTALLY GREEN! ... our motto: SAVE THE EARTH – SACRIFICE NOTHING™."GET Motor Oil Hazard Rating ---

" ... our products are Ultimate Biodegradable (ASTM Standard's highest available ranking) which means they are environmentally safe….safe for you, safe for your family, safe around your pets and safe for the earth."

" ... our bottles made from recycled material, but they are also recyclable. ..."

Via:  Green Earth Technologoes  LINK

 

 

 

February 08, 2009

Renewable Energy World Conference - March 10 - 12: Las Vegas




Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America logo

The 6th Renewable Energy World Conference is March 10 - 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

 " ... Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America (formerly POWER-GEN Renewable Energy & Fuels) ... now in its 6th year ... offers a worldwide audience who will hear papers, panel discussions and presentations during technical sessions related to technology, markets, business strategies and policy covering the wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, ocean/tidal/wave, bio-power, bio-fuels hydrogen and energy sectors. ... Connecting 5,000 renewable energy power professionals with 300 exhibitors for three days of networking, new business negotiation and the exchange of important ideas and information impacting the renewable energy industry today.

Listen to why YOU should attend ... .

Via: Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America Link

June 05, 2008

Algae Biomass Research and Education




Algal Biomass Organization is formed under the charter is to accelerate the development and commercialization of algae biomass, which has potential to positively impact climate, pollution, alternative fuels, and global economic development. ...
... "Algae are an ideal low cost, renewable and environmentally progressive raw material that can be converted into biofuels. They can grow rapidly (doubling in biomass in as little as a few hours), require limited nutrients, and can annually deliver up to 2,000-5,000 gallons of fuel per acre of non-arable land. Algae do not require fresh water to thrive and so they will not compete for limited supplies of fresh water. In addition, they can also be used to clean wastewater and to recycle greenhouse gases such as CO2, NOx and SOx. " ...
Via Algal Biomass Organization: ALGAE TO ADDRESS GLOBAL ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & ECONOMIC PRIORITIES

February 02, 2008

Biomass Boiler




Biotech's Boiler uses biomass fuel ...



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December 14, 2007

Ireland Biomass Energy Grants








October 28, 2007

Renewable Energy Research Project on Biomass to Propane




MIT funds research on emerging technologies. ...
... "Jefferson Tester, H. P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering: Renewable propane from biomass - Technology to allow the production of propane from biomass, such as sugar, starches, or cellulose. " ...


Continue reading "Renewable Energy Research Project on Biomass to Propane" »

Advanced Biomass Workshop




Upcoming workshop, November 15, on leveraging biomass as an alternative energy source. ...
... "The University of Minnesota, Morris and the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris will co-host an Advanced Biomass Workshop at UMM on Thursday, Nov. 15. " ...
Via Univ of Minnesota: Workshop

October 22, 2007

Waste Heat Engine




Cyclone Power Tech tests its Waste Heat Engine. ...

... "The WHE is a self-starting, external combustion engine that operates in a low pressure, low temperature range. This feature allows the engine to run on waste heat emanating from an external source, such as the exhaust from an internal (or external) combustion engine, or the direct burning of biomass (i.e., processing garbage into methane is not required). The WHE is also designed to run efficiently on solar heat without the installation of costly photovoltaic panels. " ...

 

Continue reading "Waste Heat Engine" »

August 05, 2007

Switchgrass Research Bioenergy Crops Impacts




Dr. John Sedbrook and other Illinois State University researchers are evaluating the impact of bioenergy crops on fuel production and the environment. ...
... "When mature, these plants will stand nearly 12 feet tall and yield up to 18 tons of dried biomass per acre. In theory, as much as 96 gallons of ethanol could be generated from a ton of biomass, which equates to 1,700 gallons of ethanol per acre of farmland. Miscanthus x giganteus is a sterile hybrid that arose naturally in Japan via cross-pollination between Miscanthus sinensis and Miscanthus sacchariflorus. " ...

Via Illinois State: Biomass Research

 

July 06, 2007

Innovate to a Sustainable Future Through Biomass




PDF presentation, used to educate congressional staffers, discusses viable approach to the research for fulfilling our energy needs from sustainable technology, such as biomass. Mature technologies are emphasized. A number of feedstocks are being considered. Each feedstock has its strengths and weaknesses. ...
... "Define sustainable futures based on mature but foreseeable technologies in combination with an assumed willingness of society to change in ways that increase resource utilization efficiency. Work back from such futures to articulate transition paths beginning where we are now. " ...

Via Lee R. Lynd, Thayer School of Engineering & Department of Biology, Dartmouth College: Biofuels: Technical Status and Future Potential (PDF)

 

June 25, 2007

Biomass Research Poplar Wood




Virginia Tech is awarded $1.2 Million investment for biomass research project, that focuses on increasing the yield of poplar wood. ...
... "The identification of protein-protein interaction networks associated with biomass production in the woody tissues of poplar, a model biomass crop, will lead to a more detailed understanding of the molecular biology and genomics of plant biomass production and ultimately contribute to strategies for biomass crop improvement. " ...

Via Dept of Energy: Bioenergy Genomics Research

 

June 24, 2007

Biomass Route to Plastic Through Novel Catalysis




Z. Conrad Zhang, researcher with PNNL-based Institute for Interfacial Catalysis, converts biomass-derived sugars into intermediate feedstock for plastics. ...
... "Zhang, lead author and former post doc Haibo Zhao, and colleagues John Conrad ZhangHolladay and Heather Brown, all from PNNL, were able to coax HMF yields upward of 70 percent from glucose and nearly 90 percent from fructose while leaving only traces of acid impurities. To achieve this, they experimented with a novel non-acidic catalytic system containing metal chloride catalysts in a solvent capable of dissolving cellulose. The solvent, called an ionic liquid, enabled the metal chlorides to convert the sugars to HMF. Ionic liquids provide an additional benefit: It is reusable, thus produces none of the wastewater in other methods that convert fructose to HMF. " ...

Via PNNL: Plastic that grows on trees

 

June 04, 2007

Biomass Power Plant Considered in Florida




Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) is considering biomass as its fuel for a new power plant. GRU is a leader in energy efficiency in its customer base. GRU has set a goal of over 10 percent reduction in retail electric sales by 2015. ... GRU
... "According to GRU, biomass now costs about $3.50 per million British thermal units, a measure of heat that is used as a way of comparing the price of equivalent amounts of a fuel. " ...

Via The Gainesville Sun: Power Plant Plans

 

May 26, 2007

Next-Gen Biorefinery Tech Investments




Biomass and biorefinery research and development funding is seeking opportunities for investment. ...
... "Secretary Bodman announced the availability of up to $200 million for cellulosic Alexander Karsnerbiorefineries at 10 percent of commercial scale, subject to appropriations. This effort will enable industry to resolve remaining technical and process integration uncertainties and allow for more predictable, less costly scale up of next generation biorefinery process technologies. The 10 percent- scale demonstrations have the potential to reduce the overall cost and risk to industry and contribute to the quicker commercialization of larger-scale facilities. Additionally, DOE will invest up to $385 million for as many as six commercial-scale biorefinery projects over the next four years, subject to appropriations. The EERE Biomass Program will continue in FY 2007 to support its cost-shared efforts with industry to develop and demonstrate technologies to enable cellulosic biorefineries for the production of transportation fuels and co-products." ...

Via UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND AIR QUALITY: Testimony of ALEXANDER KARSNER, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PDF

 

May 14, 2007

Small Biomass Project Options in California




Southern California Edison introduces power contracting options that is conducive to small biomass power generation projects, such as landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wood, fuel cell, and sewer gas. ...
... "SCE's new Biomass Standard Contract opens the door for these projects, and provides a faster, simpler way for biomass projects under 20 MW to sell their power to utility customers. SCE is offering three new biomass contract options for projects with less than 1 MW of generating capacity, 1 MW to 5 MW, and greater than 5 MW to 20 MW. Contract terms of 10, 15, or 20 years will be accepted. The utility plans to accept up to 250 MW of new biomass capacity through the new program. " ...

Via Southern California Edison: New Type of Renewable Energy Contract to Expand Biomass Generation

 

May 02, 2007

Can An Annual Report (Print Version) Be "Green"?




piles of paper

 

It's that time of year when stockholders are getting deluged with annual reports and related materials.  That means lots of paper.  

Many companies are allowing stockholders to receive all shareholder / proxy materials in electronic form ....

 But suppose you feel the need to feel the paper ... Can an annual report be "green"?
>>> GE might be getting close ...

GE Logo

From GE's 2006 Annual Report:  " ... This document was printed on paper that contains from 10% to 100% post-consumer material. The majority of the power utilized was renewable energy, produced with GE’s wind and biogas technologies, and powered by GE steam engines and turbine engines. The paper was supplied by participants of the Sustainable Initiative Programs. GE employed a printer that produces all of its own electricity and is a verified totally enclosed facility that produces virtually no volatile organic compound emissions."

"Visit our interactive online annual report at www.ge.com/annual06 "

 

So - here's the big question:

Do you chose paper or electronic?  Sort of a twist on the old paper or plastic question they ask at the supermarket! 

 

Via:  GE.com    Link

April 15, 2007

Woodchip Biomass Plant Acquisition




Japanese company acquires wood chip biomass plant and build its green-tech portfolio. ...
... "Marubeni already owns and operates a 18MW wood chip biomass power plant Marubeni expands in biomass powerlocated in Fairhaven, CA. Marubeni believes its experience and expertise in biomass power generation enables it to achieve the operation with high efficiency. Marubeni aims to increase its renewable energy portfolio and expand energy supply business with distributed generation facilities to more than 120 MW in North America by 2010. " ...

Via Marubeni: Marubeni Acquires Wood Chip Biomass Power Plant in US

 

April 07, 2007

Biomass Scrap Wood Put to Good Use




Factory scrap wood used for energy instead of waste. ...
... "Practical Environmental Solutions Inc. turns the scrap wood from a Fairfield broom maker into inch-long Biomass Power Pellets. " ...

Via DesMoinesRegister: Biomass Fuel

 

February 06, 2007

Biomass Fuel Substitutes




Utility looks to biomass to offset natgas usage. ...
... "City-owned Hutchinson Utilities wants to study the availability of locally produced Hutchinsonbiomass fuel produced in the treatment process at the wastewater plant or Creekside Compost to replace some natural gas use. " ...

Via Hutchinson Leader: Read

 

February 05, 2007

Biomass Crops




Perennial biomass crops are being considered for land enrolled in conservation program. ...
... "To encourage renewable fuels, the White House also proposed to allow farmers to harvest biomass crops on 27 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. " ...

Via Illinois Farm Bureau: Energy Crops

 

January 29, 2007

Biobutanol Transportation Biofuel Research




Green Biologics receives funding for research into green synthesis path for butanol from biomass.  Green Biologics is partnering with EKB Technology, a process technology specialist.  They are collaborating on an advanced fermentation process for butanol with improved yields and lower production costs.  Green Biologics Ltd was founded in 2003 by Dr Edward Green, Chief Executive Officer.  Green Biologics is an industrial biotechnology company aiming to become the world's leading supplier of advanced fermentation techniques for conversion of lignocellulosic plant material to renewable biofuels and chemicals.  ...
... "GBL and EKB have been awarded grant funding of GBP250,000 from the dti technology programme for collaborative R&D. This matched funding will enable GBL to speed up development of an advanced fermentation process for the production of butanol, a renewable liquid biofuel for transportation. " ...

Via Green Biologics: Grant funding awarded

 

January 14, 2007

Biomass Gasification Power Generation




The University of North Dakota Research Center (EERC) will pilot biomass gasification system for power generation, which will convert low-value waste material into heat and electricity. The pilot will be demostrated at the Grand Forks Truss Plant in North Dakota. ... Biomass gasification pilot
... "The biomass gasification power generation system, developed by the EERC's Center for Renewable Energy through several years of projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and commercial industry, will convert the sawdust and wood waste from the building product plant into a combustible gas to produce heat and electricity. The system is designed to match typical power requirements of various manufacturing industries generating between 10 kW to 1 MW of power. " ...

Via The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center: EERC-Developed Biomass Power Generation System Pilot

 

January 12, 2007

Oregon Biomass Plant: Lakeview




Lakeview, Oregon biomass plant is announced by Governor Oregon Governor Kulongoski. The DG Energy facility will use forest-derived biomass to produce electricity. The harvested biomass will sustain forest health and reduce the risk of forest fires. Electrical and steam energy will be generated at the new facility in Lakeview. San Diego-based DG Energy Solutions is a leading integrated energy companies specializing in outsourced ownership of cogeneration, central plant, biomass and district energy systems throughout North America. ...
... "DG Energy will invest $20 million in the facility and it will produce nearly 100,000 MWHr of renewable energy to the regional Oregon grid annually. In addition, the facility will supply steam to the Fremont Sawmill, owned by the Collins Companies of Portland Oregon. Permits for the plant will be filed in mid-Spring and the facility is expected to be operational in 2008. The Lakeview Biomass Project was designated an Oregon Solutions project by Governor Kulongoski in 2005. The Oregon Solutions Process resulted in a collaboration of nearly 70 public, private and community organizations to develop an economically viable, ecologically sustainable power plant. The fuel sources for the Forest floor in Oregonplant will become a key part of an integrated solution to a multi-faceted forest health problem. " ...

Via Governor Ted Kulongoski: Governor Kulongoski Announces New Biomass Plant in Lakeview

 

January 02, 2007

Biomass Cogen Project




Biomass wood waste will be converted to energy in Mt Shasta, California. ...
... "The Roseburg biomass project differs from the Siskiyou Opportunity Center biomass machine in that the SOC generator gassifies the wood waste and then burns it to generate steam to turn a turbine. At Roseburg waste would be burned directly in the boiler to generate heat for steam. " ...
Via Mount Shasta Herald: Read

December 27, 2006

Renewable Energy Credits: Biomass Project Qualifies




Massachusets Division of Energy Resources approves Laidlaw Energy for renewable energy credits, REC's. ...
... "RECs trade separately from a power plant's physical electric output, generating a Laidlaw Energy Group’s Ellicottville, NY biomass energy project separate source of revenue, and represent the premium that is paid to renewable generators by retail energy suppliers in order to demonstrate compliance with state-mandated renewable energy targets. In rendering its decision, DOER determined that the Wellons biomass energy system being installed by Laidlaw Energy in connection with the Ellicottville project qualifies as advanced, lower emission, power conversion technology. " ...
Read Renewable energy credits are established to encourage private investment in green power. ... Massachusetts Green Power Partnership: "Renewable energy developers are dependent on revenue streams from power sales, tax incentives, and sale of attributes (Renewable Energy Certificates - RECs) to cover future payments to equity and debt investors and generate project income. "

November 21, 2006

Biomass Conversion Technology: Bioversion




Coatings firms receives small stake in biomass conversion company with special technology for ethanol production.  Woodland uses biomass to produce fuels, chemicals, and electricity.  ... Woodland Biomass Process
... "Bioversion is utilizing an exclusive patented technology owned by Woodland Chemical Systems Inc. Woodland utilizes Biomass such as wood waste, or other organic materials, as the fuel stock. This provides a very significant cost advantage over traditional ethanol production methods, such as corn fermentation. " ...
Via CNW: Link

October 28, 2006

BioEnergy Ethanol: Dyadic Investment ...




Abengoa Bioenergy will invest $10 million in a new issue of Dyadic stock to support their research and development collaboration, which will focus on efficiencies in bioethanol production. ...
... "Dyadic will use the proceeds from this private sale to fund its R&D obligations under the R&D agreement, which has as its objective the development of a cost-Abengoa BioEnergy Bioethanol Planteffective enzyme production system for commercial application in Abengoa Bioenergy’s bioethanol (cellulosic ethanol) production process. The R&D agreement, which does not become effective until the private sale closes, calls upon Dyadic to use its proprietary technologies to develop one or more enzyme mixture manufacturing systems customized to ABRD’s proprietary biomass substrates. The R&D agreement contemplates that Dyadic will perform both foundational research of general application to the cellulosic ethanol field and specific applications research for the achievement of the goals of ABRD’s program. " ...
Via Dyadic: Dyadic Enters Into Research and Development Agreement with Abengoa Bioenergy in the Area of Cellulosic Ethanol Production ...

October 12, 2006

Biomass Chicken Manure




Pennsylvania clean energy investments include biomass energy from chicken manure. ...
... "The Applied Reclamation Techniques project in Quakertown, Schuylkill County, will Poultry Manure can be used as a biomass sourceuse a biomass heat system fueled by poultry manure. The project will remove an estimated 39 tons of nitrogen, 26 tons of phosphorous and 26 tons of potassium annually from the Chesapeake Bay watershed. " ...
Via Pennsylvania: GOVERNOR RENDELL’S ENERGY HARVEST PROGRAM INVESTING $5.1 MILLION IN PA’S FUTURE

October 01, 2006

BioEnergy: Global Partnership Accelerates Deployment




Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, shares his thoughts on the bioenergy partnership to create biomass and biofuels markets.  The G8 sponsored the Global BioEnergy Partnership to enable deployment of cost-effective biomass and biofuels.  ...  Bioenergy Plan

...   "Biomass has the potential to supply a very large share of the world's energy needs – by one analysis, as much as 60 percent of total worldwide energy use. Renewable agricultural resources are readily available to meet this level of energy production. Biotech breakthroughs mean that agricultural fields could become the energy fields of the future. With the help of agricultural and industrial biotechnology, farmers can harvest two crops from every field—a food crop and a biomass crop for fuel production. The United Nations can do a great deal to promote biofuels development worldwide. "   ...

Via Biotechnology Industry Organization: BIO Statement on the Launch of the Global Bioenergy Partnership ...

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Biomass Energy Facility: Local Choice for Green Future ...




School makes smart energy choice by investing in an on-site biomass energy facility to reduce its carbon footprint.  Nan Jenks-Jay, Director of Environmental Affairs, outlines Middlebury College's plan to construct a biomass plant, which will cost up to $11 million.  The facility will generate power from wood chips rather than fuel oil, which is something that the surrounding forests have an abundance of.  Construction is slated to begin in 2007 and start operations in late 2008.  When placed into service, the biomass facility will cut the college’s greenhouse gas emissions by 12,500 metric tons annually.  The school will leverage suppliers of wood chips that use sustainable practices.  ...

...   "Middlebury’s primary objective for the biomass facility is to provide a sustainable, local and renewable fuel source for heating, cooling and electricity for the campus. According to Jenks-Jay, the college’s long-range goal is to obtain wood chips harvested in an environmentally friendly manner from local sources. Our hope is that the college’s entry into biomass will greatly stimulate the growth of the local, sustainable wood chip market and bioenergy economy in Addison County and Vermont, she said. The college estimates that it will require 20,000 to 21,000 tons of chips per year.

The biomass plant will cut the college’s use of number six fuel oil in half, from about two million gallons to one million gallons a year. Increasing the diversity of Middlebury’s energy sources, the facility will leave the college less dependent on the global oil supply and subject to the fluctuating price of oil. Use of the plant will also make it unnecessary to pay for the transportation by ship and truck of one million gallons of oil a year from thousands of miles away to Middlebury. There will be a reduction of carbon emissions produced in the fuel delivery process as well. Most of the money previously spent on the oil and its transport will continue to be spent on energy costs, but now these dollars will remain in Vermont and New England. "  ...

Via Middlebury College: New biomass facility to reduce greenhouse gases by almost 12,500 tons a year ...

Middlebury is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. It offers its students a broad curriculum embracing the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences.  It is located in the Champlain Valley of central Vermont, with Vermont's Green Mountains to the east and New York's Adirondacks to the west.

September 27, 2006

Biomass Gasification: Ethanol Production ...




Iowa State is researching technology to create producer gas from biomass in order to support efficient production of ethanol.  University researchers wil collaborate with Frontline BioEnergy, which specializes in biomass gasification systems.  They will work on the design of a biomass gasifier with sufficient capacity to support the energy needs of an ethanol plant.  The Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program, is supporting the research with an investment grant.  It is expected that the research will enable a more efficient and effective design of commercial-scale Biomass Gasifierfluidized bed gasifiers.  ...

...   "It takes a lot of natural gas to run an ethanol plant. A plant needs steam to liquefy corn starch and heat to distill alcohol and more heat to dry the leftover distillers grains.  Burning natural gas to produce all that heat is the second largest expense at most ethanol plants -- trailing only the cost of the corn used for ethanol production. One estimate says Iowa's annual production of more than one billion gallons of ethanol accounts for about 16 percent of the state's demand for natural gas.  That has Iowa State University researchers working with an Ames company to develop a renewable and cost effective alternative to the natural gas burned by most ethanol plants. "   ...

Via Iowa State University: Iowa State researchers helping to take the natural gas out of ethanol production ...

Gasification reference: "Gasification is a process that converts carbonaceous materials, such as coal, petroleum, petroleum coke or biomass, into carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "

 

September 17, 2006

Maine Biomass Biofuel Conference This Week ...




Upcoming conference this week on biomass and biofuels in Maine ...

... "Maine Biomass and Biofuels Conference, Towards Energy Independence for Maine, September 20 - 22, Bangor Ramada Inn " ...

Maine Association of Conservation Districts: Biomass Conference ...

September 14, 2006

Soft-BioMass RITE-Honda BioEthanol Process ...




Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) and Honda R&D, Honda Motor Company's research and development division, announced that their collaborative research efforts Honda R+Dhave resulted in ethanol production technology from soft-biomass, a renewable resource of plant-derived material (rice straw and other plant materials).  The collaboration envisions implementing a pilot demonstration project to assess the social compatibility and economic efficiency of the new bio-alcohol production system.  RITE

The production process takes rice straw, as the soft-biomass raw material, combines it with specially-designed strain of bacteria (the RITE strain), and produces bio-ethanol for use as a fuel or source of energy.  If successful, RITE and Honda will construct a bio-refinery for production of ethanol and other industrial commodities, such as automotive materials, from soft-biomass raw materials.  RITE and Honda will realize their goal of a sustainable society and together contribute to the reduction of global-warming through reduction of CO2.  ...   Rice Straw

...   "Carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the combustion of bio-ethanol is balanced by the CO2 captured by plants through photosynthesis and, thus, does not increase the total amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Bio-ethanol, therefore, has attracted attention as a carbon-neutral fuel, an energy source effective as countermeasure to global-warming.  Existing bio-ethanol production, however, faces supply limits, as it is produced primarily from sugar and starch of sugarcane and corn feedstock, which are also utilized as food.

In its collaborative research, RITE and Honda have established the basic technology to produce ethanol fuel from cellulose and hemicellulose, both found in soft-biomass, including inedible leaves and stalks of plants, such as rice straw.  Until now, such soft-biomass represented a challenge to convert to ethanol.  Thus, the new process represents a large step forward for practical application of soft-biomass as a fuel source.  The RITE-Honda process, newly developed as an integration of the sophisticated bio-technology of RITE and the engineering technology of Honda, paves the way to bio-ethanol production from cellulose and hemi-cellulose, with the potential to significantly increase fuel production.

Now, RITE and Honda have successfully developed the RITE-Honda process, which substantially reduces the harmful influence of fermentation inhibitors.  The RITE-Honda process succeeds through utilization of RITE strain, a microorganism RITE Strain - Micro-organismdeveloped by RITE that converts sugar into alcohol, and by application of engineering technology of Honda, enabling a significant increase in alcohol conversion efficiency, in comparison to conventional cellulosic bio-ethanol production processes.  The RITE-Honda process, resulting in a significant increase in production of bio-ethanol, and expansion of biomass utilization, holds enormous potential as a major step forward toward the realization of an energy sustainability society.  The achievement solves the last remaining fundamental hurdle to ethanol production from soft-biomass. Thus, RITE and Honda will pursue research for mass production, including development of systems to integrate four operations, currently operated independently, into a continuous flow within one plant, recycling energy* to pursue energy conservation and cost reduction. "   ...  BioEthanol

Via Honda: RITE and Honda Jointly Develop New Technology To Produce Ethanol From Cellulosic Biomass ...

RITE was created to address the issue of global climate change through research into alternative energy and green technologies ...

Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE): Established in 1990 by the joint investment of the Japanese government and private enterprises, with the goal of conducting fundamental research on countermeasure technology for global-warming, particularly climate change. Engaged in efforts to stabilize climate change through development of alternative energy research and CO2 sequestration technologies.

Honda recently describes its near-term plans and included its perspective on alternative fuels, such as ethanol.  ...

Honda Ethanol Plans: "Ethanol fuel is widely used in Brazil. Since the mid-1980s, Honda has been offering motorcycles and then automobiles that accept ethanol-gasoline fuel. The percentage of ethanol has increased from 10% to 20% and 25%, and now 100% ethanol fuel, called E100, is also available in the market. Honda will introduce a FlexFuel car that accepts ethanol contained fuel at any percentage, before the end of 2006.  Honda will continue to pursue efforts to utilize various non-gasoline energy sources, which is expected to have a large impact on the reduction of CO2. "

September 06, 2006

Biomass Facility Plan Tennessee




Green Shift Agrifuels plans biomass facility to produce biodiesel and ethanol ....
... "GS AgriFuels intends to use standard fuel production technologies and a number of proprietary technologies, including innovative pre-treatment, process Mean Green Logointensification, gasification, catalytic, and carbon capture technologies, synergistically at small-scales to enable the refining of many forms of biomass into clean fuels, including biodiesel and ethanol. GS AgriFuels is currently developing several sites for the construction of its planned integrated multi-fuel production facilities. GS AgriFuels' planned Memphis facility will have an initial nameplate capacity of 10 million gallons of biodiesel and 5 million gallons of ethanol, methanol and/or biomass-derived synthetic diesel and will commence production in 2007. GS AgriFuels' expects to scale its Memphis, Tennessee facility to in excess of 45 million gallons of annual fuel production given that facility's location in a major distribution hub. " ...
Via Green Shift: GS AgriFuels to Build Integrated Multi-Feedstock, Multi-Fuels Production Facility in Memphis, Tennessee ...

August 06, 2006

Biomass Power from Palm Oil Waste ...




Chubu Electric invests in green power through participation in biomass power generation in Malaysia.  Waste oil palm will be used as the raw material for the biomass generator.  ...

...   "Our participation in a Malaysian project to generate power from oil palm empty fruit bunch biomass:  Finally, I'd like to tell you about Chubu Electric's overseas energy business.  During the five-year period through FY2010, Chubu Electric is getting more heavily involved in overseas energy projects, and we are being Chubu Electric invests in green technology ...proactive in this area right now.  This overseas energy business will be developed in two major directions: one is power generation, which seeks to meet our goal of securing stable revenue over the long term, and the other direction is environmental projects, which seek to secure both revenue and CO2 emission rights.  Under the category of environmental projects, we have recently decided to take part in Malaysian project to generate power from oil palm empty fruit bunch biomass.  Oil palm empty fruit bunches are what is left after the fruit, which is the raw material for oil, is removed.  Ordinarily, most empty fruit bunches are disposed of as waste and ends up releasing the greenhouse gas methane to the atmosphere.  The project we are joining uses the empty fruit bunches as fuel. Two power stations, each with 10,000 kW of output, will be developed.  This is expected to result in better environmental protection in the region and CO2 emission rights for Chubu Electric.  The project has already received the approval of the United Nations CDM Executive Board as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project and is forecast to earn CO2 emission rights worth about two million tons.  With operations targeted to commence in March 2008, construction is set to begin very soon on one of the power stations. "   ...

Biomass Power from Palm Oil: Via Chubu Electric: Key Point of President's Regular Press Conference

Sustainable practices for palm oil production ...

Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil:  "RSPO is an association created by organisations carrying out their activities in and around the entire supply chain for palm oil to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open dialogue with its stakeholders. "

July 31, 2006

Biomass Power Investment: New Mexico ...




PNM will invest in a New Mexico biomass power plant as a source of renewable energy for its customers.  The plant will produce its energy from cellulosic materials, such as woody materials from the land.  ...  New Mexico

...   "PNM and Western Water and Power Production have signed a 20-year agreement to deliver renewable energy from a new 35 megawatt biomass power plant. The plant will go into service in early 2009 and will be located in Torrance County, near Estancia, N.M. The plant will be sited on 50 acres adjacent to Tagawa Greenhouses, which will utilize waste heat from the facility to heat the greenhouse and potentially increase production.  The plant will be owned and operated by Western. PNM will purchase the power to serve its customers in New Mexico.  A biomass power plant utilizes waste woody materials removed from forests and rangelands, which will reduce hazardous fires and restore the ecological health of these lands.

Under state law, New Mexico electric utilities must produce or purchase at least 10 percent of their customers' electricity requirements from renewable energy resources by 2011. PNM currently purchases wind-generated electricity from the New Mexico Wind Energy Center near Ft. Sumner, N.M. The wind and biomass projects together are projected to provide approximately 20 percent more renewable power than mandated when the biomass plant comes on-line in 2009. State law also strongly encourages that electric utilities seek a diversity of resources that could include solar and geothermal in addition to wind and biomass.  Western will construct the plant using state-of-the-art technology that will minimize air pollution and ensure that the harvesting of biomass materials will be done in accordance with high standards for biomass removal and rangeland restoration. Compared to other forms of fossil-fueled power plants, biomass plants reduce green house gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. "   ...


Biomass Power Investment: New Mexico: Via PNM: New Mexico's First Biomass Power Plant ...

Background on the New Mexico renewable energy portfolio rule ...  New Mexico Wind Energy Farm ...

Via Democratic Energy: Renewable Portfolio Standard: "New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed into law a measure (SB 43) that requires investor-owned electric utilities to produce or buy increasing amounts of renewable energy. According to the new law, renewables must make up 5 percent of the utilities' sales by 2006, and 10 percent by the year 2011. The renewable energy measure puts into statute a Public Regulation Commission (PRC) rule that took effect last year.  ... "

July 29, 2006

Biomass Biofuel Workshop August ...




Upcoming workshop focuses on biomass ...

...   "Focus on Biofuels and Biomass at Planned Workshop:  A workshop for Marion Berry addresses the public ...legislators, the business and manufacturing community, community leaders and interested citizens on the potential for producing energy and value-added products from biomass in Arkansas is set for Aug. 24 and 25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock.  U.S. Rep. Marion Berry (D, AR, 1st District) will deliver an opening address and former Senator Dale Bumpers will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Aug. 25. "   ...

Biomass Biofuel Workshop August ...

July 25, 2006

Ethanol BioMass Conversion SCF Technology ...




Globex completes pilot trials of biomass pre-treatment process for the production of bioethanol from wood waste, which is based on supercritical fluid (SCF) technology.  ...

...    "SCF technology is a state of matter between a liquid and a gas, which can be obtained in a high pressure vessel. The results showed a significant increase in lignin and hemicellulosic removal from wood chips and the destruction of the cellulosic crystalline structure. This technology demonstrates considerable advantages over the traditional pre-treatment processes of lignocellulosic material such as steam explosion, classical acid hydrolysis or alkaline hydrolysis.  This new technology involves a value-added utilization of residues from crops, wood chips and pulp & paper. Globex's successful testing of this technology in its new biomass conversion process provides unique and effective uses of a biomass resource that until now has been largely overlooked and ignored. Environmentalists from all over the world will see this new proven biomass conversion technology as a welcome alternative to extensive agricultural practices which consist of the mass production of corn, wheat or sugar beet. Nowadays, bioethanol can be produced via the fermentation of crops such as sugar beet or wheat. Nevertheless, these practices imply intensive use of OGM, herbicides and pesticides. By transforming wood waste into bioethanol, it is a win-win scenario -- greenhouse gases are reduced, air quality is improved and the forest and pulp & paper industries valorize their residues. "   ...

Ethanol BioMass Conversion SCF Technology: Via Globex, Inc.: Globex, Inc. Reports Positive Trial Results for Its New Biomass Conversion Process ...

June 25, 2006

Ethanol Biofuel Technology: Cellulosic Biomass




Celunol specializes in the technology that produces ethanol from cellulosic biomass.  ...

...    "Celunol has demonstrated the efficacy of its technology in two pilot plants, and it is now developing a demonstration plant in Jennings, Louisiana, to advance its cellulosic ethanol technology. Celunol is also developing a large facility at Jennings that will produce ethanol from grain. "   ...

Ethanol Biofuel Technology: Cellulosic Biomass: Via Celunol Corp.: Company Profile ...

May 11, 2006

Biomass Workshop




University of North Dakota hosts Biomass workshop in July.  ...

...   "The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota will hold the Biomass '06: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop on July 18-19, 2006. The workshop will explore the opportunities and applications for power production, transportation fuels, and chemical production from biomass.  Biomass- or agricultural products such as straw, corn, and wood residue- is the largest and most promising sustainable and renewable energy resource with global Biofuels from Biomassapplications. Attendees will learn about energy solutions, economic development opportunities, and partnership advantages and will experience live demonstrations of new technologies.  The event is sponsored by the Center for Renewable Energy, one of the EERC's ten Centers of Excellence, and the U.S. Department of Energy. "   ...

Biomass Workshop: Via Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC): Biomass Workshop Comes to EERC ...

May 10, 2006

Renewable Energy Innovation: Woody Biomass Applications ...




Federal grants are made to develop innovation in renewable energy through the application of woody biomass from national forests.  Additional benefits are found in reducing the risk of wildfires and providing economic incentives to rural communities.  ...

...   "This year's recipients were selected based on a number of factors, including those that make it economical to remove woody biomass for forest lands and turning it into marketable products, while reducing the costs of recovery. In addition, grants were awarded for projects targeted at removing economic and market barriers in using small-diameter trees and woody biomass. Woody Biomass from Healthforests.gov ...

Woody biomass includes trees, woody plants, limbs, tops, and needles that are byproducts of ecosystem restoration and hazardous fuel reduction activities in national forests and grasslands. Accumulation of this material can provide fuel, which can increase the intensity and spread of wildfires. Many communities across the United States have begun to use biomass byproducts to manufacture specialty products, generate energy, such as steam and electric, and for a variety of other uses, such as garden mulch. "   ...

Renewable Energy Innovation: Woody Biomass Applications: Via USDA Forest Service: AGRICULTURE UNDER SECRETARY DORR AWARDS NEARLY $4.2 MILLION TO LOCAL PROJECTS USING WOODY BIOMASS ...

May 03, 2006

Biomass Power Plant: Closed-Loop CO2 Neutral ...




Progress Energy supports clean energy through contract with biomass power plant, which leverages a closed-loop design that has zero-impact (neutral) on CO2 emissions.  ...

 ...   "As part of its ongoing support for renewable energy and developing technologies, Progress Energy Florida (PEF) has signed a long-term contract to purchase electricity generated by a unique energy source.  Biomass Investment Group, Inc. (BIG) plans to build an environmentally friendly power plant in Central Florida using a crop known as E-Grass. It will generate about 130,000 kilowatts, or enough to power approximately 83,000 homes. The plant is expected to avoid the need to burn nearly 9 million tons of coal over the 25-year life of the contract.  Once egrass enables power through biomassconstructed, it will be the world's first commercial-scale, biomass power plant using crops grown on site. As a closed-loop plant, it will contribute no additional carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, and is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 million tons over the life of the contract when compared to coal. "   ...

Biomass Power Plant: Closed-Loop CO2 Neutral: Via Progress Energy: Progress Energy Florida signs deal to purchase power from proposed biomass plant ...

April 17, 2006

Energy Efficiency: Austria's Strength ...




Austria admired for its strengths in energy efficiency and the use of biomass ...

...   "A range of state of the art sustainable energy products from companies in Austria will be among the exhibits at the SEI organised Energy Show in the RDS on May 10-11. All aspects of energy efficiency will be also addressed at seminars. "   ...

Via Examiner: Austria an inspiration for energy solutions ...