Federal Activities Report on Bioeconomy Released

Joanna Schroeder

USDA has released a new report, “Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy.” According to Dr. Catherine Woteki, the report was developed to create awareness of federal agency activities that are helping to develop and support the bioeconomy. The “bioeconomy” is an emerging part of the U.S. economy, says Woteki, that utilizes renewable biological resources to produce fuels, power and biobased …

biochemicals, bioenergy, biofuels, biogas, biomass, biomaterials

USDA Highlights 2015 Energy Achievements

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a list of USDA’s top achievements in 2015 in the areas of trade, food security, conservation, energy, research, rural development, and more. “Even with challenges in 2015, including an unprecedented animal disease outbreak and lower commodity prices, America’s rural communities have proven once again that we are a nation of makers, creators and innovators, …

bioenergy, biofuels, Ethanol, USDA

POM Wonderful Extends Partnership w/Greenbelt

Joanna Schroeder

POM Wonderful, the largest grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the U.S., has extended its feedstock testing contract with Greenbelt Resources Corporation. Earlier this year, Greenbelt announced its confidential testing program, and the company has now released the news that POM Wonderful was one of its first clients. Using Greenbelt’s technology, the initial tests have successfully …

advance biofuels, bioenergy, Ethanol, Waste-to-Energy, water

Study Raises Doubts About Dev of New Fossil Fuels

Joanna Schroeder

A new study is raising doubts about future development of new fossil fuel resources. Published in Global Environmental Change and authored by Richard Heede and Naomi Oreskes, the report looks closely at the potential of global warming emissions that could be unleashed from carbon reserves held by the globe’s largest fossil fuel producers. Some key findings of the study include: …

bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Oil, Research

Texas A&M Developing Biofuel, Forage Crop

John Davis

Researchers at Texas A&M University are developing a crop that will double as a bioenergy and livestock forage source. This news release from the school says Dr. Russ Jessup, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock hybrid that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes and other sterile …

bioenergy, biofuels, biomass, Research, University

New Holland Hero Growing for Energy

Joanna Schroeder

This year during the Expo Milano New Holland announced its “heros” as part of its “Seeds of Life Series“. One such hero was Brazilian Victor Campenelli, who grows 37,000 acres of corn and sugarcane and also has a cattle operation in Southern Brazil. Looking in to the future, Victor is looking forward to building a power plant utilizing cane straw. …

Agribusiness, bioenergy, biomass, Brazil, Electricity, New Holland

What Do You Think About the Brazilian Bioeconomy?

Joanna Schroeder

Leading up to World Bio Markets Brasil, taking place November 30-December 1, 2015 in Sao Paulo, GreenPower Conferences asked over 100 people their thoughts on the Brasilian bioeconomy and the factors influencing it, including: What the biggest change in the last 12 months has been; the biggest threat to the industry; and the most important factor over the next year. …

bioenergy, biofuels, biomaterials, Brazil, conferences

PHG Energy to Build Waste-to-Energy Plant in TN

Joanna Schroeder

PHG Energy (PHGE) will be constructing a new biomass gasification plant that will convert more than 30 tons of composted material per day into thermal energy and biochar. Sevier Sold Waste (SSWI), located in Pigeon Forge, TN, contracted the PHG Energy. SSWI operates a garbage composting plant that processes more than 10,0000 tons per year from the Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon …

bioenergy, biomass, Waste-to-Energy

USDA Offers Incentives for Biomass for Energy

John Davis

Enrollment is underway for farmers and forest landowners to get financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for energy or biobased products. This U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) news release says the money comes from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Biomass energy facilities or groups of producers may submit proposals for new BCAP project areas. Proposals will be accepted …

bioenergy, biomass, USDA

College Works on Bio-Inspired Fuel Cell

John Davis

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working on developing fuel cells made from natural, biological sources. This article from the school says Dr. Umit Koylu, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a six-month $50,000 Innovation Corps Teams (I Corps) Program grant from the National Science Foundation to accelerate tech-transfer and explore commercialization of a …

bioenergy, Miscellaneous