March 2013

Auburn University Project To Improve Efficiency Of Biomass Biorefining Process

A research project to improve efficiency in the biorefining process for butanol production from forest and agricultural biomass has been launched by Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Tu said his study, titled “Carbonyl Inhibition of Butanol Production from Biomass Hydrolysates by Clostridium acetobutylicum,” will be […]

Standardkessel To Build 7.5MW Biomass Plant In Hawaii

Standardkessel, the long established German power plant technology company, has just closed it’s first U.S. based dedicated biomass project. The plant is situated on the fourth largest Hawaiian island of Kaua’i and will provide base load electrical demand for the island’s 65,000 population. The plant will be the first closed loop biomass power plant to […]

Wood Pellet Plant Could Come To Louisiana Port

A Canadian company is looking to build a wood pellet facility on 90 acres of Port Allen property owned by the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in southern Louisiana. Biomass Secure Power Inc., of Abbotsford, British Columbia, has an option on the property south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and north of Northline Road that […]

Can the U.S. Still Meet Its 2022 Biofuels Targets?

In Washington, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released a map and commentary on its website this week — indicating the spread of commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels, while cautioning that “EIA’s forecasts and projections to date have proven to be too optimistic, as volumes have been below expectations.” EIA went on to state: “Looking forward, important challenges […]

ZeaChem Announces Successful Production Of Cellulosic Ethanol

ZeaChem Inc., developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, today announced that it has produced commercial-grade cellulosic chemicals and ethanol at its 250,000 gallons per year (GPY) biorefinery in Boardman, Ore. Among the first operational cellulosic biorefineries in the world, this demonstration facility showcases the scalability of ZeaChem’s biorefining process and serves as a key stepping-stone toward large-scale […]

Mississippi County To Be Site Of New Wood Pellet Plant

A $25 million wood pellet plant will be built in the George County industrial park, Gulf Coast Renewable Energy told the county Board of Supervisors on Monday. The plant will employ 30 full-time workers and provide an additional 100 to 120 indirect jobs, said Ken Flanagan, community development director for the county. Flanagan said the […]

Canadian Pellets Hold Certification Advantage

While the growing pellet industry in the U.S. south has some labor and logistical advantages, producers in Canada hold a significant edge in third-party certification. And according to RISI associate bioenergy economist Seth Walker, U.S. pellet exporters will have a hard time closing that gap any time soon. This was among the market forecasts delegates […]

Beta Renewables Sees 2015 As Boom Year For Cellulosic Biofuels

Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well below expectations for years but new production coming on line promises explosive growth by 2015, the chief executive of producer Beta Renewables said on Monday. The United States produced just 20,000 gallons of so-called cellulosic biofuel last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. […]

Savannah River Site Marks One Year Anniversary Of Biomass Cogeneration Facility

Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, came together to mark the first year of successful operation of its new renewable energy fueled cogeneration facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Under the Department’s single largest renewable Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), the […]

Wood-Based Power Plant In Kentucky Offers Glimpse Of Mingo Project

A local group working to bring alternative energy projects to the area toured a renewable fuels plant in Campbellsville, Kentucky, recently. The tour came in the wake of an announcement of plans to open a similar plant in Mingo County. The alternative energy facility at the Harless Wood Products Industrial park. The plant will use […]


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