‘Glitch’ Gives Mass. Biomass Debate Another Shot

John Davis

A technical glitch at a recent public hearing on a proposed Massachusetts biomass plant will give proponents and opponents to speak their minds on the project. This article from masslive.com says the Public Health Council expanded its period for public comment on the proposed East Springfield biomass plant that developer Palmer Renewable Energy wants to build. City Health Commissioner Helen …


Biomass Innovator to be Recognized by Elite Group

John Davis

An innovator in turning biomass into food and fuel will be recognized by an elite group. This news release from Michigan State University says Bruce Dale, a professor of chemical engineering and materials science at the school will be inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows. Dale was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers …

biomass, Research

ExxonMobil, REG to Study Biodiesel from Cellulose

John Davis

Big oil is partnering up with a giant in biodiesel production to explore the potential of biodiesel made from cellulosic sugars. This news release from Renewable Energy Group (REG) says the green fuel company is partnering with ExxonMobil to make the biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste. REG has developed a patented technology that …

Biodiesel, Cellulosic, REG

Researchers Release Hydrogen from Tough Biomass

John Davis

Researchers from Georgia Tech have figured out how to release hydrogen from even the toughest sources of biomass. This article from Chemistry World says Yulin Deng and his team at the university developed a low-temperature electrolytic technology that can crack even molecules like lignin and cellulose, eliminating the need to use fossil fuels to release clean-burning hydrogen. The process takes …

biomass, Hydrogen

Biodiesel Helps Plows Beat East Coast Blizzard

John Davis

As folks on the east coast have battled an historic blizzard this past weekend, some of the removal of the more than two feet of snow on the roadways has been done by plows running on biodiesel. This article from Bay Weekly from Annapolis, Maryland, says the green fuel went a long way in exposing the black roadway underneath that …