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Blue Flint Ethanol Considers Biomass Fuel Option (Ind. Report)
Blue Flint Ethanol.Midwest AgEnergy
Date: 2020-08-03
Midwest AgEnergy-owned Blue Flint Ethanol reports it is using $155,000 in recent funding from the state Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to conduct research and a feasibility study on the use of locally sourced wheat straw, corn stover and other biomass as a fuel source for its ethanol plant co-located with Great River Energy's Coal Creek power plant, near Underwood.

Blue Flint uses waste steam from the Coal Creek facility as the energy for the refining process, but the power plant is slated for closure in 2022. (Source: Midwest AgEnergy, Prairies Public Radio, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Blue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zuger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Ethanol,  


Red Rock Biofuels Receives Velocys Reactors (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuels, Velocys
Date: 2020-08-03
UK-based renewable fuels specialist Velocys plc is reporting delivery of four of its Fischer-Tropsch reactors to Red Rock Biofuels in Lakeview, Oregon. The reactors will be used to convert 136,000 tpy of waste woody biomass into more than 15 MMgy of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel and naphtha fuels. Red Rock Biofuels has the option to purchase an additional two reactors from Velocys by the end of this year. (Source: Velocys, Aug., 2020) Contact: Veloys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Red Rock Biofuels,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Velocys,  


MHI, CIP Reporting Japan Offshore Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-07-31
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are reporting a 50/50 a joint venture to develop offshore wind projects off the coast of Hokkaido, in Japan.

MHI has established a presence within offshore wind via the joint venture MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, which is expanding into the Asian Pacific.

CIP is a global fund management company within renewable infrastructure investments established in 2012, having seven funds with approximately €10bn under management, investing in offshore wind, onshore wind, power transmission, biomass, energy-from-waste and solar projects. CIP entered the Japanese renewable energy market in 2018. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; MHI , www.mhi.com/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Japan Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Vestas,  


TerraX, SWEN Impact Fund Biomethane JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
TerraX
Date: 2020-07-29
Italian renewable gas projects developer TerraX is reporting a joint venture with the SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWEN), managed by SWEN Capital Partners, the first European impact fund entirely dedicated to the financing of renewable gas infrastructure to invest in biomethane.

The joint venture will construct and operate 10 or more biomethane projects to produce renewable gas in Italy, which will be injected into the networks or marketed as bio-LNG. Once operational in 2022, the plants will produce enough energy to supply 100 heavy trucks and reduce emissions by 90 pct.

According to the company's website, the company's "mission is to spread and to improve new technologies for our projects in the field of anaerobic digestion and biomass gasification, designing and investing in eco-sustainable and innovative solutions, which produce value for the planet and for those who intend to operate consciously in it. We provide new technologies, projects and services for a greener future." (Source: TerraX, PR, Website, Valdosta Gazette, 29 July, 2020) Contact: TerraX, Michael Neiderbacher, CEO , +39 0471 19 57 174, info@terrax.it, www.terrax.it

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  bio-LNG,  


USAID, MNRE Announce New Clean Energy Partnership (Ind. Report)
US Agency for International Development
Date: 2020-07-27
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have announced a collaborative partnership between the SAID-supported South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE) and MNRE's national technical institutions.

The SAGE partnership will provide a formal platform for collaboration on clean energy development and provide advanced technical knowledge on clean energy development from the US DOE National Laboratories to MNRE's National Institute of Wind Energy, National Institute of Biomass Energy, and others.

The SAGE consortium includes USAID, the US Department of Energy and three of the Department of Energy's National Laboratories -- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (Source: USAID, EconimicTimes India, July, 2020) Contact: USAID, www.usaid.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Agency for International Development ,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Bioenergy,  


Gainesville Utility Inks Solar-plus-Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Date: 2020-07-22
In the Sunshine State, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)is reporting a PPA with developer Origis Energy for a solar-plus-storage project in the state.

The project is claimed to be the first of its kind in GRU's service area and will combine 50MW of solar PV with 12MW of energy storage. It will be constructed by Origis Energy in Alachua County and is slated for completion in late 2022.

The City of Gainesville approved a target of 100 pct power from renewables 2045, with GRU developing its renewables portfolio as it progresses towards that goal. To date, BRU's resources include the 103MW biomass-fired Deerhaven Renewable Generation Station, 3.6MW of landfill-gas fired units and 18.5MW of feed-in tariff accredited solar. GRU also has approximately 9 MW of customer-owned and net-metered solar currently connected to its distribution system. (Source: Gainesville Regional Utilities, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Gainesville Regional Utilities, Ed Bielarski, GM, 352-334-3400, www.gru.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gainesville Regional Utilities,  Solar,  Solar Storage,  


USDA $10Mn Grant to Support AD, RNG Development (Funding Report)
Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2020-07-22
A recently announced five-year, $10 million grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agricultural will allow the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Natural reGenerative Enterprise (C-CHANGE) research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel and develop new value chains on US farms, with emphasis on renewable natural gas (RNG).

C-CHANGE researchers are developing new ways for farmers to produce RNG that could be used as an energy source both on and off farms. The project focuses on anaerobic digestion (AD) and new separation technologies, allowing biogas to be upgraded to RNG and distributed through the gas pipeline network.

The project director on the transdisciplinary and multi-institutional grant is Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State. According to Schulte Moore, the consortium will develop methods for farmers to make more efficient use of resources. (Source: USDA National Institute for Food and Agricultural, PR, July, 2020)Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, (314) 729-0055, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Anaerobic Digestion,  RNG,  


Notable Quote on UK Woody Biomass, Renewables Disconnect
Woody Biomass
Date: 2020-07-22
"The views of the public are clear: Burning wood for electricity is both unpopular and destructive. It's time for the (UK) government to end the wasteful subsidies for this polluting industry -- especially when people don't even consider it to be renewable energy. In this respect, our data shows a striking disconnect between government policy and public opinion." -- Sasha Stashwick, NRDC

A new online YouGov poll has found only 23 pct of Britons think electricity generated by burning forest woody biomass should be classified as "renewable energy". Additionally, 55 pct also disagreed with the Government's continued subsidies for this dirty source of energy as part of the UK's renewable energy strategy. Currently, the government gives more than £2 million per day in subsidies to power stations that burn biomass.

While wind energy has 80 pct public backing and solar has 82 pct, only 3 pct say the Government should help companies that burn wood sourced from forests overseas, the poll found. Nearly all UK biomass is imported.(Source: NRDC, Southern Environmental Law Center, 22 July, 2020)Contact: SELC, David Carr, General Counsel , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org; NRDC, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Woody Biomass,  UK Woody Biomass,  Wind,  Solar,  


Woody Biomass for UK Power Strips Southern US Forests (Ind. Report)
Southern Environmental Law Center
Date: 2020-07-22
As we previously reported in June, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) reported it was joining with Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance and NRDC in the "Cut Carbon Not Forests Campaign."

The campaign is intended to convince the UK to end more than £1 billion a year in government subsidies to biomass-fired power producers. A large portion of the biomass fuel used in the UK is sourced from forests in the Southeastern US then shipped to the UK -- Europe's largest user of biomass-fired electricity.

"The UK classifies biomass electricity as a carbon-neutral fuel. It is anything but. Cutting live trees, shipping them thousands of miles across an ocean and then burning them to generate electricity both reduces forest capacity for carbon capture and releases more carbon pollution into the atmosphere. It is a lose-lose proposition for the environment and a definite contributor to climate change," according to the SELC release.

Download Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign details HERE. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, PR, 22 June, 2020) Contact: SELC, David Carr, General Counsel , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Environmental Law Center,  Woody Biomass,  Climate Change,  


Simec Atlantis Plans Conversion for Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
Simec Atlantis
Date: 2020-07-20
UK-based Simec Atlantis reports it is in talks with data center developer TechRE to re-purpose a coal-fired power station in Uskmouth, Wales to burn 50 pct woody biomass and un-recyclable plastic waste-derived fuel pellets. The Uskmouth power station is expected to generate 220MW of base-load electricity from this sustainable fuel source when fully converted.

The project will be developed in two phases -- conversion of the first 110 MW generation unit at the power station and upon commissioning a second unit will be converted to increase the station's total net output to 220MW. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Website, 16 July, 2020) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +44 1633 292700, www.simecatlantis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Simec Atlantis,  Biomass,  


Big Island Hawaiian Biomass Plant Future Still Unsettled (Ind. Report)
Honua Ola Bioenergy
Date: 2020-07-20
In the Aloha State, Honua Ola Bioenergy reports it's almost completed 21.5-MW eucalyptus chip-burning biomass power plant in the Big Island community of Pepe'ekeo is likely to request the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reconsider a July 10 order that nixed a waiver of the competitive bidding process for a power purchase agreement between the project and Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO).

In a statement, Honua Ola said it appeared the PUC "opted to contravene the Supreme Court's instructions to hold a hearing and to consider Honua Ola's evidence on the reduction of (greenhouse gas emissions)." According to the company, studies show the project is carbon neutral.

Once operational, the plant will use state-of-the-art technology to generate 21.5 MW of renewable power fueled by organic material from sustainably grown, on-island feed stock from managed forests, according to the company website. (Source: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Hawaii Tribune Herald, 19 July 2020) Contact: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Warren Lee, Pres., (808) 964-1101, www.honuaolabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Honua Ola Bioenergy,  Biomass ,  


WVU Leading $10Mn Biomass to Bioproducts Project (Ind. Report)
WVU
Date: 2020-07-15
In Morgantown, West Virginia, with the help of a $10 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, West Virginia University is spearheading the development of a perennial multi-feedstock production system that is sustainable and economically feasible for the region.

At the heart of the project is the establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass for Value-Added Products Consortium (MASBio), a regional group of universities, industry partners, national laboratories and governmental agencies interested in advancing the science and practice of sustainable bioproducts.

Led by, MASBio will leverage research, education and extension strategies for increasing utilization of available resources in the Mid-Atlantic region. Plans include utilizing some of the mined and marginal lands to grow switchgrass, hybrid willow, a short-rotation woody crop, which can benefit the land, economy and biomass feedstock production. The sustainable biomass crops feedstock crops will be blended with logging residue wood chips to create a massive regional multi-feedstock biomass supply chain with minimized costs, consistent quality and continuous supply.

Consortium partners include Penn State University, Virginia Tech, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, West Virginia State University, Eastern WV Community and Technical College, U.S. Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S.Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory and Rocky Mountain Research Station. Industry partners include: Double-A-Willow, Allstar Ecology, Ernst Biomass, Lignetics, Gas Technology Institute, Norris Thermal Technologies, Torresak and Eastern Biochar. (Source: WVU News, PR, 9 July, 2020) Contact: West Virginia University , Prof., Jingxin Wang, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Lindsay Willey, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design 304-293-2381; Lindsay.Willey@mail.wvu.edu, www.wvu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel Feestock,  Willow,  Switchgrass,  


Exelon Names $20Mn Climate Change Investment Initiative Winners (Ind. Report)
Excelon
Date: 2020-07-15
In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding to develop new technologies to mitigate and build resiliency to the impacts of climate change in the inaugural year of the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

The Exelon Foundation invests directly in projects and people helping to address climate change mitigation and build resiliency to health and environmental pressures in under-resourced communities within Exelon's service area. Startup applicants were also required to demonstrate how their projects would meaningfully advance state and local jurisdictions' own sustainability goals under the US Climate Alliance.

Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. They are:

  • ATP-MD, a Maryland-based startup with two patented and cost-effective processes that generate multiple environmental benefits using specially-bred, non-evasive plants (bio-crops) and their resulting biomass;

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities.

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders to achieve local carbon-reduction goals.

  • Greenprint Partners reduces water pollution and flooding by working with water utilities and landowners to design, build, finance and maintain high-impact green storm water infrastructure (GSI).

  • GrowFlux, a horticultural tech company that specializes in data-driven cultivation technology and offers an ecosystem of commercial-scale, wireless controls and sensors enable emerging indoor farms and automated greenhouses.

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners.

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs.

  • Propagate Ventures developed an analytics and project development platform that reduce the cost and provide the resources needed for agroforestry, which is the strategic integration of fruit, nut and timber trees with agriculture crops to ensure long term resiliency.

  • Radiator Labs invented the Cozy™, a wireless, low-cost and easily installed retrofit that drops on top of steam heat radiators, providing a solution to the chronic problem of uneven heating in apartment buildings.

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals.

    For more information, visit www.exelonfoundation.org/environment.html. (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123, William.Gibbons@exeloncorp.com, www.exeloncorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Excelon news,  Climate Change news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Biogas Can Meet 33 pct of Turkey's Annual Power Needs (Int'l. Report)
    Ege University
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In Izmir, Turkey, the Ege University Biomass Energy Systems and Technologies Application and Research Center's (BESTMER) recently released Energy Potential Assessment (BEPA) 2020 report has found that biomass energy theoretically has the potential to meet almost one-third of Turkey's yearly electric power consumption.

    The study showed that since Turkey has approximately 17 million cattle, it could procure almost 120 million tpy of cattle manure waste which, if fully utilized as biogas, could produce nearly 4 pct of the country's annual natural gas production. "When a variety of biomass sources are taken into accounts, such as agricultural and municipal waste along with cattle and poultry waste, biomass (biogas) offers very high potential to meet one-third of Turkey's annual electricity consumption", the report notes.

    BESTMER, which received nearly TL 6.85 million ($1 million) and TL13.5 million in grant funding from the Izmir Development Agency and Presidency of Strategy and Budget respectively, carries out R&D on technological innovations, implementation, planning, strategy and policy development, consultancy and training on the country's biomass energy resource potential, according to its website. (Source: BESTMER, Anadolu Agency, Daily Sabah, 10 July,2020) Contact: BESTMER, Ege University Biomass Energy Systems and Technologies Application and Research Center, www. bestmer.ege.edu.tr/eng-10619/our_projects.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Biogas news,  


    DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
    DTU
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

    An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

    "In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

    The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted, Energinet.dk, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTU,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Syngas,  


    Hawaiian Electric Renewables Projects Represent $3.5-$4Bn Investment (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Hawaiian Electric Company
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) is reporting its 29 grid-scale renewable energy projects planned or under construction on four islands represent between $3.5 billion and $4 billion in investment in the state's clean energy economy.

    The number of projects in progress -- 14 on Oahu, 8 on Hawaii Island and 7 in Maui County -- is unprecedented in Hawaii. All but three would be built, owned and operated by independent power producers who will sell their electricity to HECO.

    These projects, along with the continued expansion of private rooftop solar, have the potential to move HECO to a renewable portfolio standard of more than 60 pct by the end of 2025, up from about 28 pct today. That would include being nearly 90 pct renewable in Maui County and nearly 100 pct on Hawaii Island.

    A number of projects are expected to come online this year, though some are still awaiting final regulatory and governmental approvals. They include: Honua Ola, a 21.5-MW biomass plant on Hawaii Island formerly known as Hū Honua; Na Pua Makani, a 24-MW wind project on Oahu; and, Mauka FIT 1, a 3.5-MW solar project on Oahu. In addition, the 38-MW Puna Geothermal Venture on Hawaii Island is expected to return to service this year after completing repairs to damage caused by the 2018 volcanic eruption.

    In addition to reducing the Aloha State's dependence on imported fuels for power generation, these projects also create construction and technical jobs, draw upon goods and services from local businesses, provide lease payments to local landowners and government agencies and generate tax revenue. (Source: HECO, PR, 1 July, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP Strategic Planning and Business Development, (808) 543-7780, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Company,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar Hawaii Renewable Energy,  


    SunGas Renewables, Hatch Biogas Alliance Announced (Ind. Report)
    SunGas Renewables
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Des Plaines, Illinois-based biomass gasification systems specialist SunGas Renewables Inc. is reporting a strategic alliance with the global advisory, development consulting, multidisciplinary engineering and project delivery firm, Hatch. The partnership will leverage the companies' technical expertise, engineering capabilities, and market knowledge to accelerate the deployment of SunGas' biomass gasification system.

    SunGas' gasification systems are based on pressurised fluidised bed technology, originally developed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). The technology platform generates syngas from woody biomass in the large scale production of renewable, low-carbon Biofuels fuels and chemicals, according to the company's website. (Source: SunGas Renewables, Hatch Websites, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Hatch, www.hatch.com; SunGas Renewables, Daniel S. LeFevers, VP Business Development, www.sungasrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunGas Renewables news,  Biogas news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Gasification news,  


    DRAX, Mitsubishi Tout Biomass/Bioenergy CCS Pilot (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In the UK, Drax Group and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIE) are reporting a new 12-month bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at the Drax Power Station in the Humber region, North Yorkshire.

    The pilot, which is expected to get underway this autumn, will test two of MHI's proprietary solvents -- KS-1TM Solvent which is presently being used at 13 commercial plants including Petra Nova in Texas where it is capturing 1.4 million tpy of CO2 , and KS-21TM Solvent which is designed to achieve significant performance improvements and cost savings, according to MHIE.

    Implementing BECCS at Drax could deliver 16 million tpy of negative emissions -- a third of the negative emissions the UK needs from BECCS to reach its zero carbon targets by 2050, according to DRAX. (Source: DRAX, MHI, Cdn. Biomass, 24 June, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44(0)1757 618381 www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  DRAX,  CCS,  Biomass,  


    120MW Amsterdam Biomass Plant Delayed (Int'l. Report)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2020-06-26
    The Dutch subsidiary of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall AB reports it is delaying construction of a 120 MW biomass energy plant near Amsterdam due to local opposition and uncertain government support. The project was originally approved for construction in 2019. (Source: Vattenfall, Reuters , Successful Farming, 25 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall news,  Biomass news,  


    Woody Biomass for UK Power Strips Southern US Forests (Ind. Report)
    Southern Environmental Law Center
    Date: 2020-06-24
    The Charlottesville, Virginia-based Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) reports it is joining with Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance and NRDC in the Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign.

    The campaign is intended to convince the UK to end more than £1 billion a year in government subsidies to biomass-fired power producers. A large portion of the biomass fuel used in the UK is sourced from forests in the Southeastern US then shipped to the UK -- Europe's largest user of biomass-fired electricity.

    "The UK classifies biomass electricity as a carbon-neutral fuel. It is anything but. Cutting live trees, shipping them thousands of miles across an ocean and then burning them to generate electricity both reduces forest capacity for carbon capture and releases more carbon pollution into the atmosphere. It is a lose-lose proposition for the environment and a definite contributor to climate change," according to the SELC release.

    Download Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign details HERE. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, PR, 22 June, 2020) Contact: SELC, David Carr, General Counsel , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Environmental Law Center,  Woody Biomass,  Climate Change ,  


    Pinnacle Completes Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In British Columbia, Vancouver-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports its Williams Lake facility has rebooted operations following months of capital upgrades.

    The completed upgrades included equipment that can process wetter fiber. Instead of primarily relying on the shavings and sawdust of sawmills, the plant can also process up to 80,000 additional tpy of woody biomass debris, damaged and dead wood.

    Between upgrades at the Williams Lake facility and the previously reported work on its Meadowbank facility in Quesnel, the company has invested roughly $30 million in the region over the past year.

    (Source: Pinnacle, PR, Biomass Mag., 22 June, Contact: Pinnacle, Robt. McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, investors@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Enviva Purchasing Georgia, SC Wood Pellet Plants (M&A)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2020-06-22
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet specialist Enviva reports it has agreed to purchase Georgia Biomass Holding 800 mtpy woody pellet plant in Waycross, Georgia, from innogy SE and one of its subsidiaries for $175 million cash subject to usual adjustments.

    Enviva will also acquire Enviva Pellets Greenwood Holdings which, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina, for $132 million and the assumption of a $40 million third-party promissory note. Enviva plans to invest $28 million to increase the Greenwood plant’s production capacity to 600,000 mtpy by the end of next year, according to the release. (Source: Enviva, PR June, 2020) Contact: Enviva, John Keppler, CEO, (301)657-5560), www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Proposed UK Biowaste-to-Energy Plant Drops Gasification (Int'l.)
    Northacre Renewable Energy,Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the UK, Reading-based waste-to-energy specialist Northacre Renewable Energy Limited reports it is changing the technology to be used in its proposed, £200 million, 243,000 tpy Westbury plant from gasification to a conventional moving grate combustion process primarily due to supply chain uncertainty caused by Brexit.

    Northacre Renewable Energy Limited (NREL) is special purpose joint venture established to deliver the Northacre energy from waste facility in Westbury. NREL is jointly owned by Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, a UK independent power producer specialising in energy-from-waste and biomass facilities, and The Hills Group, a Wiltshire-based company with business activities including waste management, quarrying of aggregates and building new homes. BIG invests in a number of energy facilities across the UK, including the Hull Energy Works facility, Evermore Renewable Energy and Birmingham Bio Power. (Source: Northacre Renewable Energy, PR, Lets Recycle, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Northacre Renewable Energy, northacre@bioenergyinfrastructure.com, www.northacre-energy.co.uk: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, +44 (0) 118 929 8350, info@bioenergyinfrastructure.com, www.bioenergyinfrastructure.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biowaste news,  Waste-to-Energy news,  Biomass news,  Bioenergy Infrastructure Group news,  


    Indian Researchers Produce Plastic -- Ag Waste Bio-Oil (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Institute of Technology
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In Madras, India, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-M) have developed a simple microwave process to produce high-energy biofuel oils from biomass agricultural wastes such as rice straw, bagasse and plastic. The researchers found mixing plastic with biomass produces bio-oils with higher energy yields.

    The IIT-M team used microwave to breakdown components, ranging from rice straw, sugarcane bagasse, and groundnut shell, to wood sawdust and wood from the Seemai Karuvelam tree with two synthetic plastics.

    The project is funded by GAIL (India) Ltd. (Source: New Indian Express, IIT-Madras, 16 June, 2020) Contact: IIT-Madras, Assoc. Prof. Chemical Engineering, R Vinu, +91 44 2257 8000, www.iitm.ac.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


    Velocys UK Waste-to-Jet-Fuel Project Wins Additional Support (Int'l.)
    Velocys
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Further to our 29 May coverage, the UK Secretary of State for Transport in London has announced additional funding support for UK-based renewable fuels specialist Velocys Plc's Altalto waste-to-jet fuel facility -- the first of its kind in the UK.

    With the funding, the Velocys facility could begin sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production by the mid 2020s

    For the project, Velocys is partnering with British Airways Plc and Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd. Pending additional funding and financial close, construction is slated to get underway in 2022, for fuel production in 2025. (Source: Velocys, Cdn. Biomass, 17 June, 2020)Contact: Velocys Plc, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Waste-to-Fuel,  sustainable aviation fuel,  SAF,  


    Nextfor Aiming to Commercialize Lignin Technologies (Ind. Report)
    Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy,CRIBE
    Date: 2020-06-15
    The Thunder Bay, Ontario-based Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) reports it is calling for expressions of interest from consortiums in its $1 million Nextfor program aimed at sustainably commercializing the transformation of lignin into chemicals and materials for value-added applications.

    Expressions of interest (EOI) are sought from consortiums with commercial or pre-commercial ready technologies and solutions to establish or increase the commercial readiness of one of three lignin-based platforms -- polymer fine chemicals, residents/adhesives, or thermoplastics and composites.

    Details are HERE. (Source CRIBE, Nextfor, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Nextfor, (807) 344-1180, info@nextfor.ca, www.nextfor.ca; Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy, (807) 474-2028, www.cribe.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin news,  Biomass news,  CRIBE news,  


    Corrections Center Woody Biomass Project Scores $250,000 (Funding)
    US Forest Service
    Date: 2020-06-15
    The Washington State Department of Corrections is reporting receipt of $250,000 in U.S. Forest Service grant funding for a woody biomass energy project at the Larch Corrections Center.

    The $1.7 million project will include a biomass boiler and fuel handling system and is intended to offset use of fuel oil for heating and domestic hot water.

    Along with other energy-efficient upgrades, the biomass system could reduce the Larch Center's 74,000 gpy of fuel oil consumption to 2,470 gallons and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 91 pct, according to the release. (Source: Washington State Department of Corrections, The Reflector, 14 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Forest Service,  Woody Biomass,  


    Notable Quotes -- DRAX, Woody Biomass and Carbon Emissions
    DRAX
    Date: 2020-06-01
    "Once you move from local usage ... to extracting trees from distant countries and shipping them to a factory, you are adding quite a significant amount of additional CO2 to the atmosphere. It takes anything from several decades to centuries to recover through the growth (of new trees)." -- Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, European Academies Science Advisory, May, 2020 Contact: EU European Academies Science Advisory Council, www.ec.europa.eu/knowledge4policy/organisation/easac-european-academies-science-advisory-council_en; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    DRAX Nears Coal to Woody Biomass Switchover (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2020-06-01
    Situated in Yorkshire, northern England, the Drax Group power plant will complete its switch next year after embarking on a journey almost a decade ago to use organic matter alongside the fossil fuel to slash carbon emissions. The Drax operation, providing four million households with electricity, sees CO2 emitted from burnt wood captured by newly planted trees.

    Four of the plant's six reactors use wood pellets and a carbon-capture system, while Drax intends on becoming carbon negative by 2030, by removing more CO2 from the atmosphere than it emits. Drax adds that the switch, in line with UK government policy to ban the use of coal by 2025, allows it to keep the plant running and maintain 900 jobs. (Source: DRAX, France24, 30 May, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  


    Harmick Touts Portable Woody Biomass Refinery (Ind. Report)
    Harmick Engineering
    Date: 2020-05-29
    Minneapolis-based Harmick Engineering is reporting receipt of US, Canadian and Russian patents for its technology for the extraction of arabinogalactan and taxifolin from larch (tamarack) wood chips using its CelloFuel Portable Biomass Refinery.

    The CelloFuel Portable Biomass Refinery, which is scalable to the sizes needed for large pulp and paper mills, allows mills to produce sugars and ethanol from sugar beet, sugarcane, sweet sorghum, softwood wood chips and straw.

    The company aims to find partners in some of the large pulp and paper mills in Russia and Canada. These mills have access to millions of tons per year of larch wood and have the infrastructure in place for harvesting, chipping and pulping this wood. "The technology is a simple, low-cost add-on to existing pulp and paper mills", according to the company website. (Source: Harmick Engineering, Website, Cdn Biomass, 28 May, 2020) Contact: Harnick Enginering, CelloFuel, Ed. Harmick, Pres., info@cellofuel.com, www.collofuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Harmick Engineering,  Woody Biomass,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    U.S. Renewable Fuel Use Tops Coal (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In Washington, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. consumption of renewable energy surpassed coal in 2019 for the first time since woody biomass was the top fuel source more than 130 years ago, According to EIA data, electricity generated by renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S. for a record 40 straight days

    U.S. coal consumption, primarily for electric power generation, fell 15 pct in 2019 to the lowest level since 1964, while the use of energy from sources like wind and solar notched slightly higher, according to the EIA .

    Total renewable energy consumption in the U.S. grew for the fourth year to a record-high 11.5 quadrillion Btu in 2019. Since 2015, the growth in U.S. renewable energy is almost entirely attributable to the use of wind and solar in the electric power sector. In 2019, electricity generation from wind surpassed hydro for the first time and is now the most-used source of renewable energy for electricity generation in the United States on an annual basis. (Source: BIC, US EIA, May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration news,  


    Woody Biomass Power Plant Planned for Offaly, UK (Int'l. Report)
    Newleaf Energy
    Date: 2020-05-29
    Monkseaton, Whitney Bay, UK-based Newleaf Energy Ltd., reports it plans to construct a massive Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generating Biomass Gasification Plant with integrated Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCUS) technology on a 2.45-hectare site at Coolcor in Offaly.

    The proposed development will include: biomass feedstock reception and storage bunkers; offices; gasification control building gasification plant to convert biomass into syngas to RNG; RNG filling area; two bundled thermal energy storage tanks; CHP gas engines; and other related facilities. (Source: Newleaf Energy Limited, Offaly Express, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Newleaf Energy Limited, +44 191 252 9960

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    Andritz Supplying Brazilian Biomass Project (Int'l Report)
    Andritz
    Date: 2020-05-22
    International technology group Andritz has received an order from Klabin for a complete biomass gasification plant and a new biomass handling line for its Ortigueira mill in Brazil. The order includes a 51 MW gasification plant, a belt dryer, a multi-fuel lime kiln burner and biomass handling equipment with auxiliaries.

    By replacing 100 pct of the heavy fuel oil currently burned in one of the mill's lime kilns, the Andritz gasification plant will significantly reduce the mill's carbon footprint. The current lime kiln production will remain at 650 tons of reburnt lime per day. Andritz was one of the main suppliers of major process technologies and equipment areas to the Puma II project, and also supplied major technologies and equipment to Klabin's Puma I project, which was started in 2016. (Source: Andritz, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

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    SBP Biomass Standards Review Underway (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Biomass Programme
    Date: 2020-05-22
    The Sustainable Biomass Programme (SBP) certification scheme reports the launch of its standards development process. As part of the process, SBP's six standards will be reviewed and revised by working groups, and revisions will be passed to a technical committee, prior to approval from the standards committee.

    SBP-certified biomass accounted for a 61pc share of the EU-28 industrial wood pellet market, with 11.95mn t of biomass with SBP claims traded in 2019. There are now just over 270 SBP certificate holders in 25 countries, up from 210 at the end of 2019.

    The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and wood chips used in industrial, large-scale energy production. SBP was launched in 2015. (Source: Sustainable Biomass Program, Argus, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Biomass Progra , Melanie Wedgbury, +44 (0)7734 793279, mkwedgbury@sbp-cert.org, www.sbp-cert.org

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    Ontario Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-op Unplugged (Ind. Report)
    Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative
    Date: 2020-05-20
    In Canada, the farmer-owned Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) which was originally formed to develop new processing opportunities for crop residues like corn stover and wheat straw -- one of the main opportunities for crop biomass derived from a once-proposed sugar refinery in Sarnia, Ontario to be constructed by Comet Bio, has pulled the plug.

    Originally, 118 Sarnia area growers signed on to the project and committed 30,000 acres in total. CSPC initially developed a business model for the aggregation, transportation and storage of corn stover and wheat straw, was validated with field demonstrations and received financial support from the federal government through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

    In closing, the organization noted "The market just wasn't as valorized for cellulosic fibre and other products. They were just a little short on some of the financing. We didn't want to continue without an actual plan to invest. The idea was, let's close it down before we start losing any money." It also noted the knowledge generated from the endeavor will be retained by Bioindustrial Innovations Canada -- the overarching non-profit agency working with CSPC to develop its markets. (Source Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Farmtario, 14 May, 2020) Contact: Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative, www.bincanada.ca

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    EC to Release Broad Bioenergy, Woody Biomass Strategy (Int'l.)
    EC,EU,Woody Biomass
    Date: 2020-05-20
    The European Commission (EC) reports it plans to "push a transformative approach to all forms of bioenergy -- including biofuels and woody biomass -- as part of a biodiversity strategy aimed at continuously assessing biomass supply and demand at EU and global level in order to "ensure that EU biomass-related policies are sustainable." The draft strategy plan, which includes the use of forest biomass for energy production, is expected to be released today, 20 May.

    That strategy is expected to focus on the conservation of old-growth forests, which are considered the most valuable for biodiversity and climate protection. Under the strategy, at least 10 pct of land will have to be protected.

    The EU's biodiversity strategy will not become legislation legislation until 2021, when the Commission revises key EU laws, such as the EU's Renewable Energy Directive, and the Regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 18 May, 2020) Contact: EC, Frans Timmermans, Climate Chief, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/timmermans_en

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    Bio-bean Processing Coffee Ground Biofuel, Pellets (Int'l. Report)
    Bio-bean
    Date: 2020-05-19
    In the UK, Cambridgeshire-based Bio-bean reports it is recycling roughly 7,000 tpy of used coffee grounds into solid pellet or log fuels for household and industrial use.

    The coffee pellets burn about 20 pct hotter and 20 pct longer than wood logs, according to the company. Bio-bean's commercial biomass pellets are certified by the UK's Sustainable Fuel Register, while the coffee logs have "lower particulate emissions than most wood logs," the company notes.

    Bio-bean has raised more than $7 million in funding since it's 2013 launch. was founded in 2013. (Source: Bio-bean, CNN, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Bio-bean, George May, CEO, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, info@bio-bean.com, www.bio-bean.com

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    Idealfuel Project Developing Maritime Renewable Fuel (Int'l.)
    Technical University Eindhoven ,Idealfuel
    Date: 2020-05-15
    In the Netherlands, a consortium of 11 participants led by the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) reports it is working to develop methods to convert woody biomass materials into renewable marine fuels through the conversion of lignin from dry plant matter (lignocellulosic biomass). The project is supported by €5 million in grant funding from the European Union's Horizon2020 program.

    Idealfuel aims to devise an efficient and low-cost two-step chemical process in order to achieve its goal. In the first step, lignin is extracted from lignocellulosic biomass in the form of Crude Lignin Oil (CLO). This leaves behind a solid cellulose material that can be used in the paper industry or even converted into ethanol. In the second step, the CLO is refined and converted into a Biogenic Heavy Fuel (Bio-HFO) that can be used directly in marine engines or blended with fossil fuels.

    Download Making Crude Oil from Paper Pulp project details HERE. (Source: TU/e Idealfuel, Innovation Origin, 13 May, 2020) Contact: TU/e Idealfuel, Dr. Roy Hermanns Barry Fitzgerald, +31 40 247 8067 , B.Fitzgerald@tue.nl, www.tue.nl

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    U.S. Gain Announces Dairy-Based RNG Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
    DTE Biomass Energy, U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) major is reporting an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced by two anaerobic digestors at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI.

    Statz Brothers Farms have been generating renewable electricity since 2009 and as their power purchase agreement neared expiration, the farm was seeking new opportunities to utilize the onsite digesters. "In the past, renewable electricity produced at dairy farms was in high demand by power companies that were willing to pay a premium for it. Today, that's not the case as other renewable electricity sources have emerged. Luckily, demand for RNG as an alternative vehicle fuel has been on the rise for the past several years, presenting farmers an opportunity to continue profitable use of digesters. As a leading RNG developer, we're working with farms and energy developers to produce fuel for the transportation market. In some cases, we'll invest capital to develop the project, but in others we'll offtake gas produced and link to the most lucrative markets for credit generation," said U.S. Gain RNG Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall.

    U.S. Gain is actively involved in developing fueling infrastructure for fleets and operates alternative fuel stations on the U.S. West Coast. (Source: US Gain, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., www.usgain.com; DTE Biomass Energy, (313) 235-5555, www.dtepowerandindustrial.com

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    DRAX Launches Biomass Supply Chain Carbon Calculator (Int'l.)
    Drax,DRAX
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In North Yorkshire, UK power generation company DRAX Group has launched a Biomass Carbon Calculator to help to decarbonize the production and transportation of biomass pellets, used for low carbon energy generation.

    The Biomass Carbon Calculator is in line with the company's drive to become carbon-negative by 2030 and the UK's effort to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.

    The calculator, which will use real-time supply chain data to improve emission reporting and identify points where carbon reductions can be made, in compliance with the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive II. (Source: DRAX, Trade Media,6 May, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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    B&V Wins Hong Kong Wood Biomass-Recycling Project (Int'l Report)
    Black & Veatch
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In Hong Kong, the Environmental Protection Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region reports the appointment of Overland Park, Kansas-headquartered Black & Veatch (B&V) as "owner's engineer" of the city's 24 tpd woody waste recycling pilot plant.

    Black & Veatch Hong Kong will review the technology, market, environmental and regulatory aspects of the project's proposed biochar plant and prepare a reference design, assist in procurement, construction, testing and commissioning.

    Woody waste recycling is key to the city of roughly 7.5 million residents bio-waste management strategy. (Source: Black & Veatch, PR, Chemical Eng., 4 May, 2020) Contact: Black & Veatch Hong Kong, James Chan, Project Director, 913 458 2000, www.bv.com/locations/hong-kong-sar

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    Valmet Supplying Automation to AustroCel Bioethanol Plant (Int'l.)
    Valmet,AustroCel
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply automation technology to AustroCel Hallein Gmbh's bioethanol plant currently under construction for completion and startup in Hallein, Austria., before the year end. The AustroCel plant will produce bioethanol from viscose pulp mill waste through a process of fermenting and distilling wood sugar.

    Valmet's scope of work includes an upgrade of the existing system and the extension of the Valmet DNA automation and information management system, along with application engineering, project implementation and installation. (Source: Valmet, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; AustroCel Hallion GmbH, +43 (0) 6245 890-0, www.austrocel.com/en

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    U.S. Gain Brings More Dairy-Based RNG to CA (Ind. Report)
    US Gain
    Date: 2020-05-06
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in renewable natural gas (RNG) development and distribution, is reporting an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI. Purchased RNG will be taken to the California transportation market where "there's a significant demand for dairy-based RNG."

    Two digestors located at Statz Brothers Farms have been making renewable electricity since 2009 and as their power purchase agreement neared expiration, the farm was seeking new opportunities to utilize the onsite digesters.

    "In the past, renewable electricity produced at dairy farms was in high demand by power companies that were willing to pay a premium for it. Today, that's not the case as other renewable electricity sources have emerged. Luckily, demand for RNG as an alternative vehicle fuel has been on the rise for the past several years, presenting farmers an opportunity to continue profitable use of digesters. As a leading RNG developer, we're working with farms and energy developers to produce fuel for the transportation market. In some cases, we'll invest capital to develop the project, but in others we'll offtake gas produced and link to the most lucrative markets for credit generation," said U.S. Gain RNG Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall.

    Along with supplying RNG, U.S. Gain is actively involved in developing fueling infrastructure for fleets to utilize and operates a number of alternative fuel stations on the West Coast. (Source: US Gain, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., www.usgain.com

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    GEVO Slashes Staff, Suspends Luverne Operations (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports it has temporarily suspended production at its Luverne, Minn. and laid off workers and cut wages and executive salaries due to the overall economic disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

    Gevo expects to continue the production of renewable isooctane and sustainable aviation fuel from the plant in Silsbee, Tex. The company also intends to continue developing its hydrocarbon business, including the planned expansion of the Luverne facility, and will continue to move forward in securing the project funding needed to expand the Luverne facility. The expansion is designed to allow Gevo to produce large quantities of low carbon isobutanol, sustainable aviation fuel and renewable isooctane. (Source: Gevo, Cdn Biomass, 30 April, 2020) Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    B&W Volund Claims Biomass Waste-to-Energy Contracts (Ind Report)
    Viridor,B&W Volund,Babcock & Wilcox
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc reports its Esbjerg, Denmark–based Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S (Volund) subsidiary has won multi-year service contracts worth more than $4 million for two U.K. waste-to-energy plants owned by Taunton-based Viridor, and a plant upgrade service contract for Frederikshavn Forsyning A/S's CHP waste-to-energy plant in Denmark.

    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. supplies technologies for efficient and environmentally sound waste-to-energy and biomass energy plants worldwide. world. (Source: B&W, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: B&W, Megan Wilson, VP Corp. Dev., 704.625.4944 investors@babcock.com, www.babcock.com; Viridor, www.viridor.co.uk

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    FortisBC, REN Energy Announce Wood Waste RNG Deal (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC,REN Energy International
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In British Columbia, the utility company FortisBC will purchase wood waste-derived renewable natural gas (RNG) from Kelowna, B.C.-based REN Energy International through a new partnership. The production facility will be owned and operated by REN Energy and situated near Fruitvale, BC.

    RNG is typically made by capturing methane released from decomposing organic waste. This project will utilise waste from forestry operations, sawmills and other wood manufacturers and create RNG through gasification, rather than decomposition. The syngas produced in the process will be converted to methane before being purified to meet natural gas line specifications, according to FortisBC.

    The project is expected to produce over one million gigajoules (approximately 277,777 megawatt-hours) of RNG annually from forest waste-woody biomass when fully operational in mid 2021, according to the release. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, 1 May, 2020)Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG; REN Energy International, www.rencorp.ca

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    OSU Touts Biobutanol Transport Fuel R&D (New Prod & Tech, R&D)
    Oregon State University
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In Corvallis, an international research collaboration led by Oregon State University (OSU) has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol transportation fuel. The researchers claims a key breakthrough is the development of a new metal organic framework (MOF) that can efficiently separate biobutanol from the broth of fermented biomass needed for the fuel's production. The researchers are now looking to partner with industry to try to scale up the separation method using the new MOF.

    Butanol, aka butyl alcohol, is more closely related to gasoline than ethanol and can be synthesized from petroleum or made from biomass. Bioethanol -- ethyl alcohol -- is a common biofuel additive but contains significantly less energy per gallon than gasoline and can also be harmful to engine components, according to the rlease.

    The process of creating biobutanol is known as ABE fermentation -- acetone-butanol-ethanol. It yields a watery broth that maxes out at about 2 pct butanol by weight. Hence the need for a separation tool that can work well in an aqueous environment and also in the presence of organic solvents, in this case acetone, which is a key ingredient in products like nail polish remover and paint thinner, the release notes. The novel MOF based on copper ions and carborane-carboxylate ligands (mCB-MOF-1) can pull butanol from the fermentation broth, via adsorption, with greater efficiency than distillation or other existing method, according to the release.

    The research, which was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, was supported by Oregon State University, MINECO, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the UE Feder Program. (Source: Oregon State University, Website, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Oregon State University College of Science, Kyriakos Stylianou, Lead Researcher, 541-737-9400, Kyriakos.Stylianou@oregonstate.edu, www.oregonstste.edu

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    Innogy Energo Plans Czeck BioCNG Tests (Int'l. Report)
    Innogy Energo
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In the Czech Republic, Innogy Energo s.r.o. reports it will offer biomethane-enriched compressed natural gas (BioCNG)vehicle transportation fuel through it network of 63 CNG filling stations by the end of June.

    When burned, BioCNG releases up to 80 pct less carbon dioxide emissions into the air than petrol or diesel, meets even the strictest limits of pure mobility and is certified by the International Biomass and Biofuels Certification System (ISCC EU). (Source: Innogy Energo, prazskypatriot.cz, NGV Global, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Innogy Energo, Zdenek Kaplan, CEO, +420 724 202 772, www.innogy-energo.cz; International Biomass and Biofuels Certification System, certifications.controlunion.com/en/certification-programs/certification-programs/iscc-certified-biomass-and-bioenergy

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    Claification -- Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions Notable Quote
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2020-05-01
    "Mature trees do not stop absorbing carbon. It's just the opposite. Carbon sequestration actually accelerates as a tree grows older. 'Managed forests' is usually code for trees farms full of longleaf pine that are cut [down] frequently and absorb a lot less carbon than mature forests."

    "From an emissions standpoint, the UK would be better off burning coal and leaving those (older) trees standing as long as possible." -- Bill Moomaw, Biomass Energy Researcher, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Source: IPCC, Eco Business, Mongabay, 20 April, 2020)

    A Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels report subscriber noted the following:

    First, the 40 million acres, more or less, of managed southern pine plantations are loblolly pine not longleaf pine. These two pine varieties have important differences in growth rate and ecological values.

    Second, and more much importantly, mature pine forest do not 'accelerate' their storage as they mature. These are privately owned lands and the details of the site and management practices are very important, but the annually growth rate (carbon accumulation) on most pine sites slows after 15-20 years. The TOTAL carbon on the acre/hectare increase, but at a slower annual rate.

    Finally, and completely absent from these discussion that are typically led by scientist or environmental groups who do not have a clear understanding of the on the ground ownership and motivations of private landowners in the southern US, is that without a source of income some of these forest will be converted to some other uses, probably pasture, which has very limited carbon storage potential. In effect these EU experts are trying to shift the costs of carbon sequestration to private landowners. One can argue that if they want to sequester carbon in trees, and take on the additional risk of unplanned, large scale release from fire, disease or hurricane, that is fine, but they should pay the landowner for the carbon and the lost income.

    Editor's Note: We thank our reader for his input and clarification of our report.

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    NWABF Taps B&V as Aviation BioFuel Project EPC (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Scottsdale, Arizona-based Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels (NWABF) reports it has selected global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Black & Veatch as its EPC of record for its sustainable aviation fuel project. Black & Veatch will also complete the FEL2 and Front-end Engineering and Design Study (FEED) for the Project and will assemble the technologies to process up to 3,000 dry tpd of woody biomass into approximately 60 million gpy of Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

    Black & Veatch's work includes: project feasibility / development; front end engineering; technology applications; procurement; construction; startup and plant improvements/ retrofit / remote monitoring. (Source: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, PR, EIN, 27 April, 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC, David P. Smoot, Chris Whitworth, Project GM, 602-753-8386, www.nwabiofuels.com; Black & Veatch, www.bv.com

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