METRO Biofuels To Promote Bioheat

Joanna Schroeder

Heating oil is common on the East Coast and so many companies are looking for ways to replace heating oil with alternative sources. Today, METRO Biofuels, based in Brooklyn New York, announced that it is supporting a neighborhood coalition to promote cleaner air quality by using “bioheat” to heat buildings. METRO is the largest independent marketer of bioheat for the …

Biodiesel, bioenergy, News

USDA Offers Biomass and Bioenergy Funding

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that Fiscal Year 2009 funding is once again available again for three USDA Farm Bill programs to promote increased production of biomass and bioenergy. Applications for the Biorefinery Assistance Program, which uses loan guarantees to develop, construct, and retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries, must be received by June 1, 2010. Applications are also being accepted for …

Audio, bioenergy, biofuels, biomass, Ethanol, Ethanol News, USDA

Waste Management & Harvest Power to Partner

Joanna Schroeder

Waste Management continues to build its reputation in the development of alternative energy with the announcement that they have partnered with Harvest Power to expand next generation organics recycling facilities across the United States and Canada. Waste Management now joins founding investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Munich Venture Partners, as investors in the project. The largest food and …

bioenergy, biogas, Company Announcement, Liquefied natural gas (LNG), Waste-to-Energy

Miscanthus Rhizome Root Harvester & Planter Unveiled

Joanna Schroeder

While researchers continue work on miscanthus’s viability to produce cellulosic ethanol, and growers now have a way to plant and harvest the feedstock more efficiently. After years of collaboration and research, a miscanthus rhizome regeneration harvester and planter system has been developed. The unveiling took place during the Bioenergy Feedstocks Symposium held at the University of Illinois (U of I). …

bioenergy, biofuels, Cellulosic, Equipment, feedstocks

Waste Management Recieves EPA Recognition

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Waste Management, Inc. for its innovation and creativity in the development of the Altamont Landfill Gas to Liquefied Natural Gas Facility that went online in Livermore, CA in late 2009. The award was presented during the EPA’s 13th annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Project Expo. The project is a joint venture …

bioenergy, biomethane, Liquefied natural gas (LNG)

Government Awards $600 Million in Advanced Biorefinery Projects

Michelle Kautz

Joining Secretary Chu, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack noted that USDA Rural Development has selected San Diego, California based Sapphire Energy to receive a loan guarantee for up to $54.5 million through the Biorefinery Assistance Program to demonstrate an integrated algal biorefinery process that will cultivate algae in ponds, and will use dewatering and oil extraction technology to produce an intermediate that …

bioenergy, News

UC Riverside Awarded $1M Synthetic Fuel Facility Grant

Joanna Schroeder

University of California, Riverside’s College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build a demonstration plant to convert biosolids to clean synthetic diesel fuel. As evaluated by the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, this process is 12 percent more efficient and …

bioenergy, News, Waste-to-Energy

Officials to Tour Dairy Bioenergy Operation

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle will tour Crave Brothers Farm and Dairy Operation in Waterloo, Wisconsin Friday to see bioenergy in action. Crave Brothers is an example of a successful modern dairy, using green energy sources to power the farm, cheese factory and 120 area homes. …

bioenergy, USDA