Articles on Bioenergy
- Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks? Part 1
Mar 14, 1016 - Jim Lane - renewableenergyworld.com
The good news is that a six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar, native grasses, and prairie can yield as much biomass as corn stover. The not-so-good news is that some of the companies developing energy crops have diverted away from renewable fuels, or slowed down commercialization efforts.
- Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks? Part 2Mar 14, 2016 - Jim Lane - renewableenergyworld.com
- A New Win-Win? CO2-eating Microalgae as a Biofuel FeedstockOct 3, 2013 - Bruce Dorminey, Correspondent - renewableenergyworld.comWhile researchers remain skeptical about turning any form of microalgae into profitable biomass, an Australian company thinks it can do just that.
- Good News for Kior: EPA Greenlights Camelina and Energy Cane Apr 2, 2013 - Jim Lane - altenergystocks.comIn Washington, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule qualifying biofuels produced from camelina oil as biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel, as well as biofuels from energy cane which qualify as cellulosic biofuel.
- Are Algae Biofuels a Realistic Alternative to Petroleum?Mar 20, 2013 - Ian Branam - scientificamerican.comResearchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that nearly 14 percent of land in the continental United States, or roughly the combined area of Texas and New Mexico, could be used for converting algae to transportation fuels.
- Fuel From Algae, Wood Chips OK’d for Airlines
Jul 14, 2011 - Louise Downing - firstenercastfinancial.com
Airlines won the backing of a U.S.- based technical-standards group to power their planes with a blend of traditional fuel and biofuel from inedible plants, the Air Transport Association said today.
- Teaching Algae to Make Fuel: New Process Could Lead to Production of Hydrogen Using Bioengineered Microorganisms
Jun 15, 2011 - sciencedaily.com
Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn't yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a back seat to the production of compounds that the organisms use to support their own growth.
- Ecuador adopts feed-in tariffs
June 8, 2011 - Paul Gipe - renewableenergyfocus.com
The programme by the South American country of 15 million people includes multiple technologies, including solar photovoltaics (PV). Biomass-biogas and hydro projects are further differentiated by size.
- Solyndra offers integrated greenhouse energy generation solution
Apr 20, 2011 - pv-tech.org
Solyndra has developed a new solar application for agricultural greenhouse and shade structures that takes advantage of the ability of light to pass through Solyndra’s proven tubular thin-film PV panel design. Research CeRSAA in Italy and the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, have confirmed the improved nature of the panel design and its ability to support crop growth underneath while generating electricity.
- Analysis: In Food Vs Fuel Debate, U.S. Resolute On Ethanol
Mar 03, 2011 - Timothy Gardner and Charles Abbott - planetark.org
As world food prices reach new highs, a handful of U.S. politicians and hard-hit corporations are readying a fresh effort to forestall the use of more U.S. corn and soybeans as motor fuel.
- Solazyme Delivers 100% Algal-Derived Renewable Jet Fuel to U.S. Navy
Feb 05, 2011 - Press Release - americanfuels.blogspot.com
Solazyme, Inc. is helping the U.S. military move closer to powering its planes, ships, tanks and trucks on renewable fuel and has delivered of 1,500 gallons of 100% algae-based jet fuel for the U.S. Navy's testing and certification program. The U.S. Navy has previously announced the objective to operate at least 50% of its fleet on clean, renewable fuel by 2020, and the delivery fulfills a contract awarded to Solazyme by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in September 2009.
- From Chicken Manure to Clean Energy
Dec 28, 2010 - Craig K. Paskoski - EnergyCentral.com
The millions of chickens at Hillandale Farms can make quite a mess. Getting rid of that mess has traditionally meant trucking tons of manure to area farms where it is then spread on the land as fertilizer.
- Gore:U.S. Corn Ethanol Was Not A Good Policy
Dec 06, 2010 - Gerard Wynn - Work Environment News
Former vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was "not a good policy", weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.
- U.S. to Pay Farmers for Non-Food Crops for Biofuels
Oct 29, 2010 - Christopher Martin and Alan Bjerga - firstenercastfinancial.com
The U.S. will pay farmers to produce non-food crops that can be converted to fuels for planes, cars and power plants to reduce reliance on imported oil and boost rural economies, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today.
- "Fatted Eagle" Joins "Green Hornet" in U.S. Military's Alternative Fuels Fighter Fleet
Oct 25, 2010 - David Biello - scientificamerican.com
The F-15 Eagle is the latest jet fighter to receive the alternative fuels treatment, flying October 22 on a 50-50 blend of conventional jet fuel and an alternative—in this case made from specially processed animal fat: beef tallow bio-jet fuel.
- FuelCell converts methane gas into electricity
Aug 23, 2010 - The Stamford Advocate - Energy Central
FuelCell Energy Inc. has devised a way to extract megawatts from chicken droppings.
- Clean-power projects turn landfills' methane into electricity
Aug 18, 2010 - Tiffany Hsu - LA Times - McClatchy
Landfills, with the tendency to belch noxious greenhouse gases, have long gotten a bad rap from environmentalists.
- Ammonia Fuel Network Introduction
May 27, 2010 - Ammonia Fuel Network
Ammonia is the only fuel other than hydrogen that produces no greenhouse gases (GHG) on combustion.
- A Sapphire Energy Co-Founder Sees Solutions in Algae for Drugs as Well as Biofuels
May 27, 2010 - Denise Gellene - xconomy.com
The potential of algae as a clean energy source has been generating a lot of entrepreneurial excitement in San Diego.
- Fuel from Chicken Feathers?
May 27, 2010 - alternative-energy-news.info
If we go by the stats, every year 11 billion pounds of poultry industry waste accumulates annually, because we have gigantic appetite for poultry products.
May 27, 2010 - alternative-energy-news.info
Biofuels are produced from living organisms or from metabolic by-products (organic or food waste products).
- POET announces plans for 3.5 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol in 2022
May 25, 2010 - POET - renewableenergyworld.com
Technology ready, CEO says, but loan guarantee, policy stability and market access still needed to achieve vision
- Toxic Sludge is Good for You?
May 25th, 2010 - Stephen Lacey - renewableenergyworld.com
No. But this environmental liability is increasingly being turned into an energy asset.
- Biofuels 2010: Spotting the Next Wave
May 25, 2010 - gtmresearch.com
The Economics of Biofuels Point to Near-Term Opportunities for Cellulosic Ethanol and Long-Term Ascendancy of Algal Biofuels
- OriginOil Unveils Layered-Growth System
May 25, 2010 - renewableenergyworld.com
OriginOil Inc. this week unveiled a new direct-solar growth design that the company said uses growth layers to harness solar energy more effectively than existing pond systems, while reducing the real estate required.
- 'Gasifier' might harness manure's mojo
May 21, 2010 - Bill Jackson - Greeley Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune
Two Weld County companies are cashing in on a plan to turn manure into energy.
- The Best Peak Oil Investments, Part V: Algae
May 20, 2010 - Tom Konrad - renewableenergyworld.com
There are many proposed solutions to the liquid fuels scarcity caused be stagnating (and eventually falling) oil supplies combined with growing demand in emerging economies.
PetroAlgae Signs MOU in Chile
May 20, 2010 - renewableenergyworld.com
PetroAlgae Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chilean company Asesorias e Inversiones Quilicura (AIQ)...
- Cow Power in China: World's Largest Cow Manure Project to Produce Energy by Using GE's Jenbacher Biogas Technology
May 5, 2010 - GE Energy - energycentral.com
Helping to alleviate China's energy shortage, GE's (NYSE: GE) ecomagination-approved Jenbacher biogas engines will power the new Liaoning Huishan Cow Farm...
- MIT harnesses virus to power up the hydrogen economy
May 10, 2010 - R. Colin Johnson - EE Times.com
Technique mimics photosynthesis to extract fuel from water
- Creating energy out of waste
May 10, 2010 - John Dodge - The Olympian -Energy Central
The LOTT Alliance just grew a little more independent on the heat and energy front.
- US Senators Introduce Renewable Heating Tax Credit
May 7, 2010 - renewableenergyworld.com
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Mark Begich (D-AK) have introduced a bill that would help businesses across the country meet their heating needs with renewable biomass.
- Cobalt Produces Biobutanol from Beetle-killed Pine
May 7, 2010 - renewableenergyworld.com
Cobalt Technologies this week said that it has made a breakthrough in producing biobutanol from beetle-killed lodgepole pine feedstock. Cobalt claims to be the first company to produce a drop-in replacement for petroleum and petrochemicals from beetle-affected lodgepole pine.
- UK waste can supply half renewables energy target by 2020
Mai 3, 2010 - M2 PRESSWIRE
An award-winning study concludes that energy-from-waste (EfW) technologies can contribute up to 50 percent of the UKrenewable energy target by 2020.
- US Navy wants more renewable energy
Apr 13, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
The US Navy and the US Department of Agriculture have launched a partnership to promote the use of renewable energy.
- Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Launches Education Campaign on Fuel's Benefits
Apr 9, 2010 - UNICA
As Earth Day approaches and Americans seek out environmentally friendly energy sources, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) today launched an expansive national awareness campaign to explain sugarcane ethanol's benefits.
- Georgia is a Leader in Biomass
Apr 5, 2010 - Jill Stuckey - Georgia Center of Innovation for Energy
As issues of carbon mitigation and climate change take front and center on the world stage, interest in energy production from sustainable biomass is increasing.
- Biomass: Eglin tests new fuel on A-10 Thunderbolt
Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune - Mona Moore - Northwest Florida Daily
The Air Force made progress in its quest for alternative fuels Thursday when it flew an A-10 Thunderbolt II with 100 percent biomass fuel, called hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel.
- Groundbreaking for RWE's new US Pellet Plant
Mar 25, 2010 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
RWE Innogy has marked the start of the construction phase of a 750,000 tonne per annum wood pellet plant, in Waycross in the southern region of the US state of Georgia.
- Qteros & UMass Amherst Get US Patent for Q Microbe
Mar 24, 2010 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Qteros Inc. and University of Massachusetts, Amherst announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued them a U.S. Patent titled "Systems and Methods for Producing Biofuels and Related Materials."
- 'Digestion chamber' creates energy
Mar 22, 2010 - Hiroko Sato - The Sun - McClatchy
It's a giant green dorm that's 92 feet tall on Sawmill Road by the Merrimack River. And it's home to countless invisible bugs that are hungry for anything smelly and slimy.
Biogas Is Renewable Energy's Cinderella
Mar 15, 2010 - David William House - renewableenergyworld.com
Examined at a fundamental level, the universe seems to begin in lofty abstractions that lead to prosaic realities. Thus mathematics encompasses physics, physics encompasses chemistry, chemistry encompasses biology, and it all leads to… well, us.
- Beach plans make desert bloom with biofuel
Mar 11, 2010 - The Australian Financial Review - ABIX
General Atomics of the US and Beach Energy have entered into a joint venture to farm algae in South Australia for the production of biodiesel.
- E Wash scientists study biochar for energy
Mar 1, 2010 - Kevin McCullen - The Associated Press
Scientists in Eastern Washington are at the forefront of research into an ancient practice that shows promise as a clean fuel source, a way to improve soil condition and to capture carbon that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere.
- BlueFire Ethanol Applies for DOE Loan Guarantee for Fulton Biorefinery
Feb 24, 2010 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. has submitted an application for a US $250 million dollar loan guarantee for the company's planned cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Fulton, Mississippi.
- Biomass – An Emerging Fuel for Power Generation
Feb 24, 2010 - Lee Clair - renewableenergyworld.com
Biomass is positioned to become the next major player in U.S. renewable power generation. Preparations are underway and the impact could be substantial.
- Jatropha revival: SG releases first elite cultivar; 350 gallons per acre at $1.39/gallon, optimized for Guatemala
Feb 22, 2010 - biofueldigest.com
In California, SG Biofuels announced the launch of JMax 100, billed as the “world’s first elite jatropha cultivar”, optimized for production in Guatemala with yields, based on trialing of the cultivar on several thousand acres, of 350 gallons per acre and a production cost of $1.39 per gallon for jatropha oil.
- Turning Brown into Green
Feb 18, 2010 - fuelnj.com
After years of R&D and refined prototypes, we are proud to announce the launch of our UnifiedFUELS biomass processing plant system
- A bioenergy platform company utilizing proprietary technology
Feb 18, 2010 - Solena Group
Solena is a next generation zero emission bioenergy company that has developed integrated end-to-end solutions that would help satisfy the world's growing energy demands
- British Airways To Develop Waste-to-Fuel Facility
Feb 16, 2010 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
British Airways and the Solena Group plan to develop Europe's first bio-based jet-fuel production facility. British Airways plans to use the fuel to power part of its fleet starting in 2014.
- British Airways to use biofuel
Feb 16, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
British Airways and Solena Group are establishing a sustainable jet-fuel plant as BA plans to use the biofuel to power part of its fleet from 2014.
- BA agrees deal for UK jet biofuel plant
Feb 15, 2010 - Richard Scott - BBC News
British Airways has struck a deal to build the first plant in Europe to produce jet fuel from waste matter.
- Seeds of discontent: the 'miracle' crop that has failed to deliver
Feb 15, 2010 - Cahal Milmo and Andrew Wasley - Teh Independent
A "miracle" plant, once thought to be as the answer to producing renewable biofuels on a vast scale, is driving thousands of farmers in the developing world into food poverty, a damning report concludes today.
- 2nd-gen biofuels can play “crucial role” - IEA
Feb 11, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
The potential for sustainable second-generation biofuels is considerable, while first-generation biofuels have only limited potential, concludes a study by the International Energy Agency.
- Utility turns cow poop into gas
Feb 11, 2010 - Jennifer Anderson - Pamplin Media Group
With so much talk about driving less, electric cars and alternative fuels, you’d think transportation was the No. 1 producer of the world’s harmful greenhouse gases.
- Agricultural Scientists Sequence Genome of Grass That Can Be a Biofuel Model Crop
Feb 10, 2010 - ScienceDaily.com
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their colleagues at the Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute have announced that they have completed sequencing the genome of a kind of wild grass that will enable researchers to shed light on the genetics behind hardier varieties of wheat and improved varieties of biofuel crops.
- President Obama Announces Three Steps to Boost Biofuels
Feb 10, 2010 - U.S. Department of Energy
President Barack Obama announced on February 3 three actions that the federal government is taking to boost U.S. biofuels production. The measures include: the final rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) of 36 billion gallons by 2022; a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which provides financing to increase the production of biomass for bioenergy (see separate article); and the release of Growing America's Fuel, the first report from the president's Biofuels Interagency Working Group. The report lays out a strategy to advance the development and commercialization of a sustainable biofuels industry.
- OriginOil Unveils In-House Pilot System
Feb 2, 2010 - Renewable Energy World
OriginOil Inc. has unveiled a comprehensive pilot system for algae growth and harvesting at its Los Angeles headquarters.
- Boardman coal-burning power plant may have a future after all: biomass
Feb 2, 2010 - Matthew Preusch The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Portland General Electric has three options for its Boardman power plant: close it, stop burning coal there, or make costly upgrades to clean up emissions.
- Microbes Produce Fuels Directly from Biomass
Jan 31, 2010 - Science Daily
A collaboration led by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has developed a microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel directly from biomass. Deploying the tools of synthetic biology, the JBEI researchers engineered a strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to produce biodiesel fuel and other important chemicals derived from fatty acids.
- The Environmental Impacts Of Algae-Based Biofuel
Jan 27, 2010 - BioFuel Daily
With many companies investing heavily in algae-based biofuels, researchers from the University of Virginia's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have found there are significant environmental hurdles to overcome before fuel production ramps up. They propose using wastewater as a solution to some of these challenges.
- Jatropha’s Failure as a Biodiesel
May 4, 2009 - Dave Harcourt - ecolocalizer.com
Only a few years ago Jatropha was considered to be the wonder biodiesel feedstock suitable for production by small scale farmers in poor soils and arid countries.
- 84% Reduction in Jet Fuel Carbon Emissions Possible Using Camelina, New Analysis Shows
Dec 28, 2009 - Matthew McDermott - Treehugger
Test flights earlier in 2009 by Japan Airlines and Continental Airlines showed that biofuels were more efficient than petro-fuels when used as aviation fuel.
- Replacing Coal with Biomass
Dec 22, 2009 - Jennifer Runyon - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
When thinking about retrofitting coal boilers or building biomass power plants from scratch, utilities should consider all of their options.
- Airlines Sign MOUs for Renewable Jet Fuel
Dec 16, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
AltAir Fuels this week announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with more than 14 major airlines, led by the ATA, from the United States, Mexico, Canada and Germany to negotiate the purchase of up to 750 million gallons of renewable jet fuel and diesel derived from camelina and produced by AltAir Fuels.
- Bioenergy could meet global energy demand
Dec 15, 2009 - renewable energy focus.com
The global potential to produce biomass for energy in a sustainable way is sufficient to meet global energy demand, according to a paper by the World Bioenergy Association (WBA) based on a report by the Department of Energy and Technology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
- KLM Testing Biofuels on Passenger Flight
Sep 11, 2009 - Megan Treacy - ecogeek.org
As many of us in the U.S. are planning our Thanksgiving menus, Dutch airline company KLM is planning the first biofuel flight with passengers on board. On November 23, a Boeing 747 will take off running on a 50/50 combination of biofuel and jet fuel.
- Biofuels - New Report Brings Greater Clarity to Burning Issue
Oct 16, 2009 - UNEP
New International Panel Launches Wide-Ranging Assessment on Environmental Pros and Cons of Crop-Based Fuels.
- Alberta's forestry waste becomes a bright light for clean energy
Oct 15, 2009 - M2 Presswire
Scrap treetops and branches from forestry operations in Alberta will soon help power consumers' daily lives with clean energy. The Government of Alberta is providing $25 million to develop a first-of-its-kind waste-to-energy production facility in the Town of Drayton Valley .
- Southern Company to Build 100 MW Biomass Plant in Texas
Oct 14, 2009 - Clean Energy News
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company that acquires, builds, manages and owns wholesale generation assets, recently announced that it is acquiring Nacogdoches Power, LLC from American Renewables, LLC and will move ahead with construction of the planned biomass power plant in Sacul, Texas.
- EBR officials expect millions from methane project
Oct 7, 2009 - The Associated Press
East Baton Rouge Parish officials say they expect to earn up to $33 million during the next 20 years with a new methane collection project at the North Baton Rouge Landfill.
- Is gaebage the solution to tackling climate change?
Oct 3, 2009 - Science Daily
Converting the rubbish that fills the world’s landfills into biofuel may be the answer to both the growing energy crisis and to tackling carbon emissions, claim scientists in Singapore and Switzerland. New research published in Global Change Biology: Bioenergy, reveals how replacing gasoline with biofuel from processed waste could cut global carbon emissions by 80%.
- Ohio landfills making methane fuel from trash
Sep 20, 2009 - The Associated Press
About 40 percent of the country's 1,000 largest landfills, including 11 in Ohio, are collecting and marketing their landfill gases.
- Forest officials say there's a surplus of biomass
Aug 24, 2009 - Ed Merriman Baker - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
There's a surplus of slash available from fuels reduction and forest health thinning projects on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and companies who need the material to fuel biomass energy projects are welcome to it.
- Washington forests may be solution to state's green-energy quest
Aug 20, 2009 - Sandra Hines - University Week
Wood is a popular fuel for heating homes in the Northwest but few people might see it as an important source of liquid fuels for motor vehicles. However, a new UW report commissioned by the Washington Legislature suggests that woody biomass could represent the state's greatest opportunity to develop biofuels and reduce both green house gas emissions and dependency upon imported oil.
- Energy from pig slurry helps fight climate change
May 31, 2009 - The Associated Press - Arthur Max
The 2,700 pigs on the farm that John Horrevorts manages yield more than ham and bacon. A biogas plant makes enough electricity from their waste to run the farm and feeds extra wattage into the Dutch national grid.
- U.S. Forest Service Turns to Cow Power
Oct 20 - Market Wire
The U.S. Forest Service, seeking to reduce its environmental impact, has enrolled its Rutland headquarters in CVPS Cow Power(TM) (NYSE: CV), the nation's first manure-based farm-to-consumer energy program.
- Brazil Turning to Sugarcane Bagasse Power Generation to Reduce its Dependence on Hydropower
Sep 11, 2008 - Business Wire
Sao Paulo - Brazil is increasingly turning to alternative power generation fuels such as biomass in order to increase electricity supply and reduce its dependence on hydropower. Biomass power represents around 4.1 percent of the total installed capacity in Brazil at present and most biomass cogeneration is based on sugarcane bagasse. At present, sugarcane bagasse cogeneration accounts for 3.03 percent of the total Brazilian energy matrix.
- Green Power Plant Will Cut Emissions
Jul 21, 2008 - Evening Times, Glascow
A new GBP100million biomass power plant in Scotland will cut carbon emissions by 250,000 tonnes a year.
- PG&E enters contracts for 106.8 MW of renewable solar hybrid power
Jun 13, 2008 - Thomson Financial
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday it has entered into two contracts with San Joaquin Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Martifer Renewables Electricity LLC, for a combined 106.8 megawatts of solar thermal-biofuel hybrid power.
- Arizona's Largest Renewable Energy Plant Commences Commercial Operations
Jun 10, 2008 - Prime Newswire
Arizona's largest renewable energy facility to date -- a wood-fired biomass energy plant located near Snowflake, Ariz. -- today began providing commercial electricity to Arizona Public Service (APS) and Salt River Project (SRP) customers. Owned and operated by Renegy Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:RNGY), the 24-megawatt (MW) plant will provide renewable energy to more than 9,000 Arizona homes.
- Calif. nabs world’s largest landfill-to-fuel plant
Mar 11, 2009 - World of renewables.com
California is now home to the world’s largest plant converting landfill gas into usable natural gas.
- PG&E and BioEnergy Solutions Turn the Valve on California's First 'Cow Power' Project
Mar 4, 2008 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Pacific Gas and Electric Company and BioEnergy Solutions today announced that their biogas-to-pipeline injection project in Fresno County has begun production of renewable natural gas derived from animal waste. It is the first project in California that will deliver pipeline-quality, renewable natural gas to a utility.
- PG&E Co Seeks to Research Biomethane Resources for Its Customers
Jan 24, 2008 - /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced that it has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify partners for a potential project to demonstrate technologies that could cost-effectively produce significant quantities of biomethane -- pipeline-quality, renewable natural gas. The demonstration project is part of PG&E's commitment to increase the amount of clean energy it provides customers throughout its northern and central California service area.
- Biofuel: Major Net Energy Gain From Switchgrass-based Ethanol
Jan 14, 2008 - ScienceDaily
ScienceDaily (Jan. 14, 2008) — Switchgrass grown for biofuel production produced 540 percent more energy than needed to grow, harvest and process it into cellulosic ethanol, according to estimates from a large on-farm study by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Some Biofuels Are Worse Environmentally Than Fossil Fuels, Analysis Shows
Jan 7, 2008 - ScienceDaily
Biofuels reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in comparison to fossil fuels. Smithsonian researchers highlight a new study that factors in environmental costs of biofuel production. Corn, soy and sugarcane come up short. The authors urge governments to be far more selective about which biofuels they support, as not all are more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels.
- Britain to build the world's biggest biomass plant
Nov 21, 2007 - m2 Presswire
The massive expansion of the UK's renewables sector continues apace today as consent is granted, by the Energy Secretary John Hutton, for a 350MW wood-chipped fueled electricity generating plant in Port Talbot, south Wales.
- China turns to clean biomass solution for emission cuts
Dec 4, 2007 - Xinhua
China has launched eight biomass plants in five leading grain-producing provinces to cut carbon dioxide emissions in electricity generation amid growing global concerns over greenhouse gas and climate change.
- PPL Partners With Vermont Landfill to Develop Renewable Energy Generating Facility
Nov 8, 2007 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation , will develop and install a 4.8- megawatt methane-to-electricity power generation system at the Moretown Landfill in Moretown, Vt., the company announced Thursday (11/8).
- UNEP poised to stir green energy revolution in E. Africa
Nov 8, 2007 - The Associated Press
NAIROBI - A U.N.-backed initiative is set to harvest environment-friendly hydroelectric power from millions of tea and sugar cane growers across East Africa, U.N. officials said Thursday.
- Norway will solve manure problems by 2010
Nov 5, 2007 - UPI
Norway is looking to solve a manure problem with a large biogas plant, which will allow farmers to turn their animals' mess into energy by 2010.
- Texas plant uses dairy waste to make natural gas
Nov 5, 2007- Angela Brown - The Associated Press
The nation's largest manure-to-natural gas plant got up and running Monday in the heart of Texas dairy country, a project expected to produce enough energy to power 11,000 homes a year
- Dallas Zoo to transform poop into power: New biogas facility will transform dung into energy
Nov 2, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Holly Yan-The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Zoo could someday be powered in part by Jenny and Keke's elephant poop. Their dung -- which totals more than 300 pounds a day -- will be used to help create heating, water and electric power at the zoo through a new biogas facility, officials said.
- Poultry power seen saving bay: Gansler's call for manure-burning electric plant among proposed solutions
Nov 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Tom Pelton - The Baltimore Sun
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler called yesterday for higher fines for agricultural polluters and a manure-burning plant to transform chicken litter into electricity.
- Energy that grows back: Burning wood considered carbon neutral
Apr 15, 2007 McClatchy-Tribune Business News
With greenhouses gases and global warming capturing everyone's attention these days, people who promote burning biomass to generate electricity note that wood is a carbon-neutral fuel, at least in the long run.
- Power to Be Made From Husks
Aug 7, 2007 - New Vision/All Africa Global Media
Kampala: With power shortage biting hard, a new technology that uses husks from plants and wild grass to generate electricity has been introduced.
- Texas plant powers state's electric grid using only biodiesel
Mar 17, 2007 The Associated Press
Chicken fat and a $3.5 million investment are behind a breakthrough in the way Texans heat, cool and light their homes and offices.
- Chicken litter used to generate power in Miss. pilot project
Oct 24, 2006 Nikki Davis Maute AP
A waste-to-energy pilot operation five miles west of Collins could change the power source for farmers and developers not only in Mississippi but worldwide.
- Corn Ethanol And Soybean biodiesel Studied
July 19, 2006 ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO New York Times
The first comprehensive U.S. analysis of the life cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows biodiesel performs better than corn ethanol.
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