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 …

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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 …

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Tesoro to Produce Biocrude from Biomass

John Davis

Petroleum refiner Tesoro Corporation plans to develop biocrude made from renewable biomass. This news release from the Texas-based company says the biocrude can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil. Converting renewable biomass into biocrude is expected to enable existing refining assets to produce less carbon-intensive fuels at a significantly lower capital and operating cost than …

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USDA Scientists Develop Bio-Oil

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working on creating better crude liquid from renewable resources to replace fossil-based fuel. Coined “bio-oil,” the renewable fuel is derived from agricultural waste such as non-food-grade plant matter procured from agricultural or household waste residue such as wood, switchgrass, and animal manures. The advanced biofuel is now a few steps closer to …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, biomass, Research, Waste-to-Energy

Canadian Biomass Gets Government Boost

John Davis

A dozen biomass projects in Manitoba, Canada, are getting a boost from the provincial and federal governments. This article from Canadian Manufacturing says the $500,000 in assistance is designed to help end coal use in the province. “There are renewable energy resources readily available for use as biomass energy sources,” Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Ron Kostyshyn, …

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Secy Vilsack: Continue to Tout Biofuel Benefits

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, spent the morning back in his home state of Iowa (Vilsack is a former Iowa Governor) to kick off the 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. He began his remarks by saying its great to be back in Iowa and great to be back in front of folks who understand the importance …

advance biofuels, Audio, aviation biofuels, Biodiesel, biofuels, biomass, Ethanol, IRFA Renewable Fuels Summit, RFS, USDA

Enviva Buys Virginia Wood Pellet Plant

John Davis

Enviva has bought a Virginia wood pellet fuel plant for $131 million. This news release from the company says the Southampton plant will produce more than half a million metric tons per year of the green fuel and brings Enviva’s production capacity to 2.2 million metric tons per year. “We are excited to announce our first drop-down transaction with our …

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New Report, Some Hits…Some Misses for Renewables

Joanna Schroeder

A new report, “Some Hits, Some Misses…All-in-All…To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt,” looks at the accuracy of the forecasts for renewable electricity made by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its monthly “Short-Term Energy Outlook” (STEO) reports. Published by the SUN DAY Campaign, the report finds 2015 forecasts have generally followed the actual pattern of ups-and-downs in …

biomass, Electricity, Geothermal, Hydro, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind