October 2009

Honeywell Gets Flambeau Work

Honeywell recently announced that Flambeau River Biofuels (FRB) has selected the company to supply and integrate all automation equipment for the largest second-generation “green diesel” plant in the United States at Park Falls, Wis. The plant is expected to be operational by 2012 and will produce energy, transportation fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass resources. […]

Morbark Makes Deal with HTI for Factory in Michigan

Morbark, Inc., manufacturers of wood reduction equipment, has signed an agreement to be the manufacturing arm of Heat Transfer International, a technology company which provides turkey waste-to-energy systems. Using SALT gasification of biomass, the system creates renewable energy. The first installation of the system, which will use turkey litter to make steam and electricity, will […]

BlueFire to Build Plant in Mississippi

BlueFire Ethanol Fuel, Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) has received permission from the U.S. Department of Energy to use a $40 million grant to build a plant in Fulton, Miss. The new plant will be on the Tennessee-Tombigbe Waterway and make ethanol from wood chips. The plant might break ground as early as June or July, and […]

Ag. Sec. Vilsack Supports 15% Ethanol

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to raise the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline as the deadline for a decision nears. Science indicates that a higher “blend wall” is safe for automobile engines, Vilsack said recently in an interview at a conference on global hunger in Des […]

Montana Mills, Utilities Explore Biomass

NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC) are partnering with eight Montana sawmills and public and private landowners to help develop community-based biomass power in Montana.  The partnership will create a coordinated business plan to enable the production of wood-fueled power in the state. The joint effort includes every player in the chain […]

Southern Co. Buys Biomass Power Plant

Southern Co. officials have announced the company’s Southern Power unit will buy Nacogdoches Power LLC from American Renewables LLC. The biomass power generation facility in the East Texas town of Sacul is set to begin construction in late 2009 and start operations in 2012. The 165-acre project will be one of the largest biomass-fueled electric […]

Mississippi Power Considers Biomass Conversion

Mississippi Power is considering a conversion to biomass for Plant Sweatt, its east Mississippi plant. Currently, the plant is natural gas fired, and conversion options are still being researched. The three main considerations are a modifying existing boilers to burn wood waste, modifying existing boilers with a bubble fluidized bed option, or replacing the existing […]

Paper Company Upgrading Boiler

Port Townsend Paper Corp. in Port Townsend, Wash. has been awarded a $2 million state grant to upgrade its biomass cogeneration boiler and plant, which will help retain the mill’s existing 209 jobs and create 108 temporary jobs. The Port Townsend mill received the largest single grant of the 19 recipients statewide, and Port Townsend […]

LCSFA Urges EPA to Promote Cleanest Renewables Compatible with Infrastructure

Advanced biofuel producers announced the formation of the Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Assn. (LCSFA), with members including TRI, Rentech Inc., Velocys, CHOREN, Flambeau River Biofuels/Johnson Timber, AP Fuels and World GTL. The LCSFA was formed to address existing legislative and regulatory inequities that have slowed or even hindered the development of advanced biofuels. Specifically, the […]


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