BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

  • Institute is hosting a “Competitive Landscape of the Green Revolution” seminar on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 12-12:30 pm MDT. The event will be held at Ecotech Institute in Aurora, Colo. and will also be simulcast live, for those who cannot attend in person. The free forum, which will be led by Craig Mataczynski, the CEO of Gradient Resources, will offer students and guests, interested in a green energy career, an employer’s perspective on what it takes to succeed.
  • Solar Power, Inc. has announced that Yue Dong has joined SPI as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Mr. Dong joins SPI from, one of China’s largest B2C online travel agencies, where he served as CTO. Dong will focus on overseeing the technical operations and ongoing optimization of SPI’s online investment platform,, and providing technology support for SPI’s solar power plant operations and maintenance system. He will also lead SPI’s initiatives in big data analysis for power efficiency optimization management.
  • Ceres, Inc. and Brazilian energy company Raízen S.A., have announced that they have signed a multi-year collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet sorghum can be grown to complement existing feedstock supplies and extend the operating season of Brazilian sugarcane-to-ethanol mills. Under the collaboration, the companies will each contribute in-kind services and resources and share in the revenue from the ethanol produced from Ceres’ sweet sorghum above certain levels. This season, Raízen has planted Ceres’ sweet sorghum evaluation in a single location and plans to expand to multiple mills in the seasons to come.
  • SolarCity and DIRECTV have announced a first-of-its-kind program. Under the new service relationship, DIRECTV technicians visiting customers’ homes will be able to offer those homeowners the opportunity to use solar electricity from SolarCity, making it possible for them to pay less than their current utility rates. To celebrate the new relationship, qualified SolarCity customers who sign up to go solar between March 11 and March 18, 2015 are eligible for a special $400 rebate to be paid upon installation.
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