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Aries NJ Biosolids Gasification Plant Construction-Ready (Ind Report)
Aries Clean Energy
Date: 2019-07-19
Franklin, Tennessee-based Aries Clean Energy -- fka PHG Energy -- is reporting receipt of all required approvals and permits for construction of New Jersey's first biosolids-only gasification facility. The Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility, which will process about 400 tpd of biosolids into clean renewable energy for in-house use and biocharcoal, will be located in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex, 20 miles from Manhattan.

The plant will utilize Aries patented fluidized bed gasification system specifically designed for processing biosolids. (Source: Aries Clean Energy LLC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Aries Clean Energy LLC, Gregory Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, Info@AriesCleanEnergy.com, www.ariescleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aries Clean Energy ,  Biosolid,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Aussie Micro-Algae Bio-crude Specialist Goes Broke (Int'l)
Muradel
Date: 2019-04-10
In the Land Down Under, Whyalla, South Australia based microalgae - advanced bio-crude startup company Mursadel is reported to have been placed in voluntary administration -- Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.

Muradel developed Green2Black, a proprietary way of producing biofuel from biosolids, algae and other sustainable feedstocks. The company's $10.5 million demonstration plant in Whyalla in a bid to commercialize the technology which received $4.5 million in grant funding from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and more than $500,000 in state and council funds. Unfortunately, production costs were prohibitive - the pilot plant produced oil from micro-algae at about $9.90 a litre against a projected cost of less than $1 a litre. The company also built five algae ponds to support research.

The business was established in 2010 by the University of Adelaide, Murdoch University and majority shareholder SQC Pty Ltd, which is solely funded by Aban Australia Pty Ltd. (part of the Ausker Group of Companies).(Source: Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, Others, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Muradel, +61 8 8645 5683, www.muradel.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Muradel,  Biofuel,  Algae,  


Emissions Reduction Alberta Funding Ethanol Projects (Funding)
Emissions Reduction Alberta ,Carbon Clean Energy
Date: 2019-03-20
On the Canadian prairies, Emissions Reduction Alberta's Partnership Intake Program reports funding Alberta projects that together are expected to cut 9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Project Wheatland received $5 million for a $285 million biofuels plant being developed by Carbon Clean Energy (CCE). The plant will produce 16 million lpy of denatured ethanol for fuel blending, as well as 1.76 mmBtu of biogas and 12MWh of green power generation per year.

ERA also granted over $2 million to British Columbia-based SYLVIS Environmental Service's BIOSALIX which process uses municipal biosolids and other organic residuals as supplements to existing topsoil and feedstocks in topsoil production in order to grow willow wood biomass crops on reclaimed mine land. The biomass can then be used as feedstock in clean energy, reclamation or bioproducts development, according to the company. (Source: Emissions Reduction Alberta, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068, info@eralberta.ca, www.eralberta.ca; SYLVIS Environmental Service, (604) 777-9788, www.sylvis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  ,  Wheat Ethanol ,  


DOE Announces Bioenergy Research and Development Funding (R&D)
DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
Date: 2018-09-07
In Washington. the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy R&D aimed at enabling cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the DOE's goal of reducing the cost of bio-based drop-in fuels to $3/gallon by 2022 to continue to provide consumers with affordable, reliable transportation energy choices. The four funding opportunitie include:
  • BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (up to $28 million) -- 16 selectees will create highly efficient conversion processes to increase the affordability of fuels from biomass and waste feedstocks by improving catalysts and new biological systems, identifying ways to better utilize waste streams like carbon dioxide (CO2) and biosolids, and creating high-value co-products that can improve the economic viability of biofuels production.

  • Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million) -- 7 selections will improve the efficiency of carbon utilization and productivity of algal systems either through improving uptake and conversion of waste CO2 emissions or through the development of new, technologies to capture CO2 directly from ambient air to enhance algal growth.

  • Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (up to $22 million) -- 10 selections will research integrated processes for the production of biopower from biosolids and cost-competitive, renewable drop-in biofuels and bioproducts from domestic biomass feedstocks and waste resources.

  • Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (up to $15 million)-- 3 selections will conduct early-stage R&D related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. (Source: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, PR, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office , (702) 356-1623 – Communications Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Algal,  Drop-ion Biofuel,  


  • ARENA Funds Aussie Biosolids-to-Fuels Pilot (Funding, Int'l Report)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-07-27
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting $4 million in funding to Southern Oil Refining for its $11.8 million pilot project aimed at converting sewage biosolids into crude oil at its existing refinery near Gladstone, Queensland .

    The project involves building a demonstration scale hydrothermal liquefaction reactor to produce the renewable crude oil from biosolids. The hydrothermal liquefaction will involve the treatment of the biosolids using a thermochemical conversion process to produce a biocrude oil that will be upgraded to renewable diesel and potentially renewable jet fuel.

    ARENA previously funded Southern Oil Refining's first-of-its-kind biocrude and biofuel laboratory and testing facility built onsite at Gladstone as part of its advanced biofuel pilot plant. (Source: ARENA, PR, 25 July, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov; Southern Oil Refining, Tim Rose, +61 2 6925 8755, www.sor.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Oil Refining,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  Biosolid,  Renewable Fuel,  


    Global Biosolids Market 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Biosolids
    Date: 2018-06-13
    Global Biosolids Market 2018. a new report from Fior Markets highlights potential risks regarding current and future opportunities in the Biosolids market and gives an uncomplicated and meticulous market overview combining statistics and estimates. The report identifies dominating players in the market, industry chain structure, and policies by region. The report also presents corporate profiles of key biosolids market manufacturers including overall revenue, price, market share, size from 2018 to 2023 and contact details for each player.

    Download free sample report HERE. Access Full Report with TOC HERE. (Source: Highland Mirror, 12 June, 2018)Contact: Fior Markets, sales@fiormarkets.com, www.fiormarkets.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biosolids,  


    Connecticut Seeking Anaerobic Digestion Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
    Date: 2018-02-14
    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources, including anaerobic digestion.

    Eligible anaerobic digestion projects must have a nameplate capacity of greater than 1 MW but less than 5 FW and may include paired and colocated energy storage. According to the RFP, Class I qualified clean energy resources smaller than 1 MW may not be aggregated.

    Anaerobic digestion facilities must be designed to accept a minimum of 400,000 tpy of food and/or farm waste generated in Connecticut, which is to be processed separately from any biosolids or organic materials separated from mixed municipal solid waste (MSW). Food and farm waste may include source-separated food waste, fats, oils and grease (FOG), yard waste and animal manure.

    A full copy of the RFP can be downloaded HERE. A bidder conference is scheduled for Feb. 20. Proposals must be submitted by April 2, with the selection of bidders scheduled for June. (Source: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Feb., 2018) Contact: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, (860) 424-3001, www.ct.gov/deep

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  


    American Biogas Council, WEF Promoting Biogas Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    American Biogas Council, Water Environment Federation
    Date: 2017-06-23
    The American Biogas Council (ABC) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) report they are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at more than 2,200 operating biogas facilities nationwide. Although approximately 1,300 of the facilities are at existing water resource recovery plants there there are nearly 4,000 water facilities where new biogas systems could be installed.

    The organizations will continue to work together to promote: the beneficial use of biogas, digested materials and biosolids as an economically and environmentally sound energy and waste management solution for communities; the use of proven technologies that facilitate energy and nutrient recovery; encourage federal and state legislation that promotes the use of biogas as a renewable energy source; proactive communications and public outreach to continue to build a strong base of support for products made from digested materials; and continued research and sound science in regards to biosolids management; and the development of state and federal regulations. (Source: The Water Environment Federation , 20 June, 2017) Contact: American Biogas Council, (202) 640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org; WEF, Eileen O'Neill, Exec. Dir., www.wef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Biogas Council,  Biogas,  


    PHG Energy Re-brands as Aries Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    PHG Energy,www.phgenergy.com/
    Date: 2017-03-24
    Antioch, Tennessee-headquartered industrial fuel gas conversion equipment supplier PHG Energy reports it has re-branded as Aries Clean Energy.

    The company holds eight patents for innovations in the gasification field. Most of the patents have been deployed in projects for both industry and municipalities, converting a mixture of wood waste, biosolids and others to electricity. Aries Clean Energy also operates a solar design and installation division focusing on commercial and community scale projects. Formerly Aries Energy, that group is also being renamed. (Source: PHG Energy, PR, Bioenergy Insight, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: PHG Energy, Greg Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, www.phgenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PHG Energy,  Gasification,  Woody Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  Biosolids,  


    Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities -- DOE Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE,BETO
    Date: 2017-01-23
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is reporting the the publication of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities, a comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams. These feedstocks can be converted into renewable natural gas, diesel, and aviation fuels, or into valuable bioproducts.

    The report, conducted by the NREL and PNNL national labs , concludes that wet and gaseous organic waste streams represent a substantial and underutilized set of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower. The analysis found that the U.S. has the potential to use 77 million dry tons of wet waste per year, which would generate about 1,300 trillion Btu of energy. Also, gaseous feedstocks and other feedstocks assessed in the report could produce an additional 1,300 trillion Btu of energy, bringing the total to nearly 2.6 quadrillion Btu annually. For perspective, in 2015, the U.S. total primary energy consumption was about 97.7 quadrillion Btu.

    The reports notes that wet and gaseous waste streams are presently available in abundance and unlikely to diminish in the near future.

    Download the full Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities report HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  NREL,  PNNL,  


    BETO Releases Analysis of Biofuels, Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE BETO
    Date: 2017-01-16
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is reporting the release of its new report Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities.

    The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks, including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams. These feedstocks can be converted into renewable natural gas, diesel, and aviation fuels, or into valuable bioproducts.

    Complementary to the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, this new resource assessment, conducted by NREL and PNNL, concludes that wet and gaseous organic waste streams represent a substantial and underutilized set of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower. The analysis found that the United States has the potential to use 77 million dry tons of wet waste per year, which would generate about 1,300 trillion Btu of energy. Also, gaseous feedstocks, which cannot be "dried" and therefore cannot be reported in dry tons, and other feedstocks assessed in the report could produce an additional 1,300 trillion Btu of energy -- bringing the total to nearly 2.6 quadrillion Btu annually. For perspective, in 2015, the U.S. total primary energy consumption was about 97.7 quadrillion Btu.

    Access Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities HERE. Download the 2016 Billion-Ton Report HERE. (Source: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  Biorefinery,  Biofuel,  DOE EERE,  


    Anaerobic Digestion Enhancing Tech. Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    anaerobic digestion, Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reports it has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas while using the remaining biosolids for a high-quality fertilizer.

    With $1.5 million over three years funding from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ANL has developed and "de-risked" the technology, which is now ready for scale-up.

    Biochar, charcoal derived from plant material, is created in processes such as gasification and pyrolysis, which also produce energy in the form of syngas or liquid fuels. ANL has demonstrated success using biochar from gasification of both corn stover and woody sources. Anaerobic digestion usually creates biogas that is mainly a combination of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, and extra steps are required to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas by removing the CO2 and other contaminants. Adding biochar directly to the anaerobic digester sequesters the CO2 and creates a biogas stream that is more than 90 pct methane and less than 5 ppb hydrogen sulfide, thus reducing the need for upgrading steps. The biochar also improves many of the operating conditions for anaerobic digestion, and can serve as a high-quality fertilizer.

    ANL and Roeslein Alternative Energy preparing to scale up the technology to produce renewable natural gas ecologically and economically. The technology could dramatically improve the economics of anaerobic digestion projects. The reduction of upgrading steps alone could make many smaller biogas projects become profitable. The technology further reduces capital and operating expenses by improving digester conditions and producing fertilizer, which would provide even greater economic benefit. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000, www.anl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  BETO,  anaerobic digestion ,  Energy,  Biogas,  


    DOE. USDA Biorefinery Optimization Funding Available (Funding)
    Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    Date: 2017-01-11
    The U.S.Energy Department (DOE) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)are reporting $22.7 million in funding to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). The DOE is providing $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up to $2.9 million in funding.

    Federal support for first-of-a-kind IBRs could reportedly reduce the technical and financial risks associated with the operation of commercial scale biorefineries.

    The DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has identified, via stakeholder engagements through a request for information (RFI) and a biorefinery optimization workshop, areas in which DOE and USDA-NIFA can effectively support technology development and engineering solutions to economically and sustainably overcome technology barriers.

    This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be coordinated and co-funded by BETO and USDA-NIFA. It seeks applications for projects focused on lowering technical and financial risk, addressing challenges encountered with the successful scale-up, and reliable, continuous operation of IBRs. Upon conclusion of the review process, meritorious proposals may be recommended for funding by either of the participating agencies. This FOA invites applications for: the following four topic areas:

  • robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions;
  • high value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an IBR.
  • industrial separations within an IBR;
  • analytical modeling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems. (Source: US DOE, Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, https://nifa.usda.gov; BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office,  USDA,  Biorefining,  


  • DOE BETO Selects WE&RF Led Consortium for Wastewater Bioenergy Project (Ind. Report)
    DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-01-09
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reports it has selected a consortium led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) for a pilot project that will use hydrothermal processing technology to produce biocrude oil, biodiesel, renewable natural gas and others from wastewater solids. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system.

    The consortium includes WE&RF representing many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the USA, Genifuel Corporation with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Company, Southern California Gas Company, Tesoro Corporation, Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and over a dozen utility partners. (Source: US DOE, WERF, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: WERF, (571) 384-2100, werf@werf.org, www.werf.org; US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Biosolids,  Biofuel,  


    DOE Funds Pilot- and Demo-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower Projects (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2017-01-02
    The US DOE EERE reports the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding under its Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower program.

    The funded projects are required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 pct and to develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Projects could receive additional federal funds of up to $15 million for pilot-scale facilities or $45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.

    The following projects will utilize thermochemical, biochemical, algal, and hybrid conversion technologies to generate the data required to enable future commercial-scale facilities:

  • Atlanta-based AVAPCO, LLC will receive $3.7 million to develop a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery that combines AVAPCO's biomass-to-ethanol process with project partner Byogy’s alcohol-to-jet process to create an integrated process that produces jet fuel from woody biomass.

  • LanzaTech, Inc. based in Skokie, Illinois will receive $4 million to design, construct, and operate an integrated demonstration-scale biorefinery that will use industrial waste gases to produce 3 million gpy of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels.

  • Global Algae Innovations of San Diego will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale algae biofuel facility with improved productivity of open pond cultivation and more energy-efficient algae harvest.

  • Baltimore-based ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. is receiving $800 to work in collaboration with project partners to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery to produce transportation fuels from woody waste and agricultural feedstocks. The project proposes many improvements throughout the system, which in combination would allow for smaller, more cost-effective integrated biorefineries with increased liquid fuel yield.

  • In Carlsbad, California, Rialto Bioenergy, will receive $2 million to design the Rialto Advanced Pyrolysis Integrated Biorefinery facility that will have the capacity to convert 300 tpd of biomass such as food extracted from municipal solid waste and wastewater treatment plant biosolids into up to 6.4 megawatts of carbon-negative, renewable biopower.

  • The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery thatl converts residual sludge and solids into biocrude oil, biogas, and fertilizer. (Source: DOE EERE, PR Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algal,  Algae,  DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  Bioproducts,  Cellulosic,  

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