BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has updated and greatly expanded the “Reports and Studies” section of its web site, offering fast and easy access to more than 230 research papers, technical analyses, and studies on a wide variety of ethanol-related issues.
  • Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. has announced that it has won a $1.0 million funding award from the U.S. Department of Energy to enhance the commercial viability of its PowerBuoy wave-energy systems through mechanical component design changes to maximize power-to-weight output ratios and reduce overall installed capital costs.
  • Atlantic Wind and Solar Inc. has announce the commencement of construction on portfolio 101 representing 12 utility scale rooftop solar PV assets in Ontario, Canada. The utility scale projects, comprising 12 commercial buildings in Mississauga and Brampton in Ontario, represent 1.582 MW AC and approximately 1.9 MW DC of peak power production. Capital cost on the projects are approximately CAD $9.5 million. The projects are expected to generate 39.1 megawatt hours of clean electricity over the next 20 years. The energy produced will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority under the province’s Feed-In-Tariff at a rates of $.635/kWh for two of the projects (250 kW) and $0.713/kWh for the remaining ten.
  • Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion bid $1.6 million to win the lease for 112,800 acres of federal land off the coast of Virginia to develop an offshore wind turbine farm capable of generating up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for 700,000 homes. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) conducted the auction. Eight companies, including Dominion, were approved to bid, but only two firms participated. The auction lasted six rounds.
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