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Cars Could Run on Recycled Newspaper, Scientists Say PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 07:20
Here's one way that old-fashioned newsprint beats the Internet. Tulane University scientists have discovered a novel bacterial strain, dubbed "TU-103," that can use paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline. They are currently experimenting with old editions of the Times Picayune, New Orleans' venerable daily newspaper, with great success.

TU-103 is the first bacterial strain from nature that produces butanol directly from cellulose, an organic compound.

Petrobras BiocombustÍvel and Grupo São Martinho to invest in sugarcane plant expansion PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 02:00

In Quirinópolis in Goiás, Brazil, Petrobras Biocombustível and Grupo São Martinho, through Nova Fronteira, are planning to increase the sugarcane milling capacity of the Boa Vista plant with an R$520.7 million (€226 million) investment.

The expansion will be completed ready for the 2014/2015 harvest, increasing the plant's capacity to 8 million tonnes of sugarcane.

How will the government's Waste Strategy Review shape the future of energy from waste projects? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 01:54

The government's Waste Strategy Review has been published and aims to clarify the role energy-from-waste will play in England's waste policy.

The aim of the Waste Strategy Review is to move towards a 'zero waste economy' with energy from waste to play an increasingly important role in achieving this target.

Tokyo Cement Power plans biomass plant in Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 23:22

Sri Lanka's Tokyo Cement Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Cement Group, is to build a power plant in the Uva Province.

The Dendro Power Project will convert branches from Gliricidia plants into 5MW of renewable energy, all of which will be supplied to the National Grid.

Fram Renewable Fuels to expand operations in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 23:18

In the US, wood pellet manufacturer Fram Renewable Fuels is to partner with a producer of pine shavings, Telfair Forest Products (TFP), to build a wood pellet production plant in Lumber City, Georgia.

The companies are scheduled to break ground on the facility this month before it becomes operational in January 2012.

Wind-Turbine Placement Produces Tenfold Power Increase, Researchers Say PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 August 2011 18:29
The power output of wind farms can be increased by an order of magnitude -- at least tenfold -- simply by optimizing the placement of turbines on a given plot of land, say researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) who have been conducting a unique field study at an experimental two-acre wind farm in northern Los Angeles County.
Find out more about biofuel quality control PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 August 2011 18:22

Biodiesel in Europe should be produced to meet EN142414 – 2008/2009 and EN15376-2011 standards, which can then be blended into road fuels meeting EN590 and EN228 quality requirements.

On 15 November 2011, delegates at Biofuels International expo & conference will have the chance to learn how biodiesel production can be optimised using the latest testing methods and procedures in a tour of SGS' state-of-the-art laboratory.

New grants will help develop biofuel and bioenergy crops PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:36

In the US, projects designed to restore and protect wetlands in the Northern Everglades Watershed could receive funding from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the government of Florida.

The grants will support a number of projects, including the INEOS New Planet BioEnergy plant in Vero Beach. A loan guarantee from the USDA went towards the construction of this facility, which now manufactures 8 million gallons a year of cellulosic ethanol and generates 6MW of electricity from household waste.

Heizkraft Zwickau selects Metso to supply modularised biomass power plant PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:33

In Germany, Heizkraft Zwickau Süd GmbH is developing a biomass-fired power plant, for which Metso will supply the modularised biomass power plant for combined heat and power (CHP) production.

The CHP plant will be delivered by the Mesto-Wärtsilä joint venture MW Power. The value of the order is about €20 million.

Two biomass power stations get the go-ahead in the UK PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 18:34

In the UK, energy minister Charles Hendry has approved two new biomass-fired power plants in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Drax Biomass Selby got the go-ahead for a 299MW biomass-fuelled power station, which will be installed at the existing 400MW Drax Power Station site in Selby, North Yorkshire, while Drax Biomass Immingham has been granted consent for a 299MW biomass power station at South Kinningholme, near Immingham.

New Assessment of Gas Resources in the Marcellus Shale, Appalachian Basin PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 02:12
The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

These gas estimates are significantly more than the last USGS assessment of the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin in 2002, which estimated a mean of about 2 trillion cubic feet of gas (TCF) and 0.01 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.

Ineos New Planet BioEnergy closes latest round of financing PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 01:57

In the US, Ineos New Planet BioEnergy has finalised $75 million (€52 million) in private financing, utilising funds awarded by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) loan guarantee programme for its new BioEnergy Center.

The financing will be used to complete the project, including equipment, engineering and construction.

Hetas receives ENplus accreditation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 23:24

In the UK, Hetas has become the nation's only officially recognised body for the quality assurance system ENplus, after being approved by the European Pellet Council.

'ENplus means that producers and traders can prove their product quality is managed throughout the entire supply chain, including production, storage and transport,' says Hetas' Mark Russell. 'For their customers it means reliable heating – vital for commercial users such as schools, businesses and local authorities.'

Canadian pulp mill to build biomass power plant PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 23:20

In Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, pulp mill Millar Western Forest Products is planning to construct a biomass-fired power plant.

The new plant, estimated to cost in the region of $35 million (€35.6 million), would be designed to handle the mill's wastewater, converting this into 5.2MW of renewable energy a year.

North Sea Wind Farm Has Positive Net Impact on Fauna, Researchers Say PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 August 2011 18:33
A North-Sea wind farm has few negative effects on fauna. Most birds avoided the wind turbines, although rotating blades can have a significant disruptive effect on some species of birds.  It turns out that a wind farm also provides a new habitat for organisms living on the sea bed such as mussels, anemones, and crabs, thereby potentially contributing to increased biodiversity.
Novel Microscopy Generates New View of Fuel Cells PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 August 2011 18:27
A novel microscopy method at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is helping scientists probe the reactions that limit widespread deployment of fuel cell technologies.

ORNL researchers applied a technique called electrochemical strain microscopy that enables them to examine the dynamics of oxygen reduction/evolution reactions in fuel cell materials, which may reveal ways to redesign or cut the costs of the energy devices. The team's findings were published in Nature Chemistry.

Tesco ethanol receives certification from OFGEM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:38

In the UK, supermarket giant Tesco's organic waste-derived ethanol has been certified by OFGEM, the government's energy official.

The ethanol, which has been under development for 2 years, has seen Tesco granted a Renewable Obligation Certificate, confirming the fuel contains no traces of additional fossil fuels and is 100% renewable.

Partnership develops biomass plant in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:35

In Georgia, US, Beasley Forest Products and Land Care Services have partnered for the development of a biomass-fired power plant to be located in Dublin in Laurens County.

Upon completion, slated for October 2012, the 56MW Green Power Solutions plant will be the largest of its kind in Georgia.

North America ramps up pellet production as demand from Europe and Asia grow PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 18:37

A number of wood pellet production plants are due to come online in the US and Canada during the coming years as demand from Europe and Asia looks set to grow.

According to the North American Wood Fiber Review, North America exported almost 1.5 million tonnes of wood pellets to Europe in 2010. Demand here will continue to grow as the 27 member states must source 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Biogas plant breaks ground in Alberta PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 18:32

In Alberta, Canada, construction has started on a biogas plant that will generate 2.85MW a year of renewable power.

The $30 million (€20.9 million) plant is being developed by partners ECB Enviro North America and PlanEt Biogas Solutions of Ontario.

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