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EU Woody Biomass,Wood Pellet Demand Rising (Int'l Report)
Woody Biomass,Wood Pellet
Date: 2019-08-07
According to a recent report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, the European Union (EU) market for wood pellets will likely grow this year but future expansions could be limited by sustainability requirements introduced by the 28 individual EU member states.

The report notes nearly half of the EU's renewable energy is presently generated from the combustion of solid biomass -- wood chips and pellets -- not including municipal solid waste. The EU consumed an estimated 27.35 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2018, with consumption projected to rise to 30 million metric tons this year. According to the report, the EU's 656 wood pellet plants are expected to produce 18.1 million metric tons of wood pellets this year and imports are expected to rise from 10.355 million metric tons in 2018 to 12.2 million metric tons in 2019.

Report details are HERE. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, July, 2019) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, gain.fas.usda.gov

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


Alliance BioEnergy Plus Near Exiting Chapter 11 (Ind. Report)
Alliance BioEnergy
Date: 2019-07-31
In the Sunshine State, West Palm Beach-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida has approved its Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement to confirm the company's Chapter 11 Plan. Additionally, the company has deposited in escrow all the necessary funds to pay its creditors all payments required to confirm the Plan.

Alliance has developed a new and improved technology system that converts any cellulosic material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into biofuels quicker, more consistently, and more energy efficient than the first generation process. Alliance’s CTS (cellulose-to-sugar) 2.0 process converts sugar into ethanol via a standard process that recycles water and catalysts used in the process, uses no toxic chemicals and has a near zero carbon footprint. When fully commercialized, Alliance's technology it will be the lowest cost producer in the ethanol and biofuel space, according to the Alliance release. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc., PR, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Alliance Bioenergy, Ben Slager, CEO, (888) 607-3555, ben.slager@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy ,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  


SocalGas Unveils Country's Largest RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
SocalGas,Calgren
Date: 2019-07-31
SocalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the US, reports the completion of the Calgren dairy renewable natural gas facility in Pixley. The natural gas facility, developed in partnership with Calgren Dairy Fuels, is the first of its kind in California. SocalGas has provided Calgren with a $5 million incentive, authorised by the California PUC to support the project.

Calgren will collect cow manure from four dairy farms and process it using an anaerobic digesters to produce methane emissions which will then be used to produce transportation fuel. The digesters in the Calgren project are partially funded under California's Dairy Digester Research and Development Programme, which aims to reduce GHG emissions from manure generated at state dairy farms. California currently has about 30 operational dairy RNG projects and 50 under development.

A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: SocalGas, SmartEnergy, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SocalGas,  Calgren,  anaerobic digester,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


DOE Releases Better Buildings Progress Report (Ind. Report)
US DOE,
Date: 2019-07-10
Today, Energy Secretary Rick Perry kicked off the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit by recognizing more than 20 Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners and allies who achieved their energy, water, or financial goals for 2019 and five who have recently set new Challenge goals after meeting their initial goals. These goal achievers are part of the hundreds of organizations that work with the U.S. DOE in the Better Buildings Initiative and are featured in the annual Better Buildings Progress Report.. The Secretary also announced the launch of the Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot.

In 2018, Better Buildings Initiative partners and allies saved 1.38 quadrillion BTUs and $8.4 billion in total energy costs. These organizations are leading the U.S. in energy efficiency by adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency.

The Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot was launched to address the 2.7 billion tons of industrial solid waste and more than 260 million tons of municipal solid waste the U.S. generates annually. By reducing waste, organizations also save energy. Manufacturers, companies, schools, and governments across the country can strengthen their competitiveness and sustainability by setting and realizing robust waste reduction goals. DOE will work with organizations who have signed up for the pilot to determine the appropriate metrics, goals and opportunities for different sectors.

Through the Better Buildings Initiative, DOE aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 pct more energy efficient over the next decade. Greater energy efficiency saves billions of dollars, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and creates U.S. jobs.

Download the Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Solution Center., betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Better Buildings Challenge,  


Entsorga WV Leverages MBT to Produce Renewable Fuel (Ind. Report)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2019-04-17
Following up on our March 6 coverage, Entsorga West Virginia, a partnership between Apple Valley Waste LLC., Entsorga USA, and Chestnut Ridge, NY-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc., is reporting last month's launch of a plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The facility processes mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) through a patented mechanical pre-screening and biological treatment process, composts it, then further refines it to produce an EPA approved renewable fuel.

The technology is patented by the Italian engineering firm, Entsorga Italia, and been deployed through Europe.

Berkley (W.Va.) County Solid Waste Authority provided the land for the Martinsburg project, which is being financed with $25 million in tax-exempt, private bonds issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The facility will produce about 55,000 tpy of SRF from about 110,000 tpy of MSW.

Entsorga West Virginia has another MBT facility undergoing the permitting process in Rensselaer, N.Y., and is talking to other potential partners, according to a company release. (Source: Entsorga, Waste360, 16 April, 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Inc, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367.0603, rgalterio@biohitech.com, www.biohitech.com; Entsorga West Virginia, (845) 262-1081, www.entsorgawv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  Renewable Fuel,  


Utica Food2Energy AD Facility Underway (Ind. Report)
anaerobic digestion
Date: 2019-04-02
In the Empire State, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority reports construction of its $3.4 million, landfill Food2Energy anaerobic digestion (AD) project is well underway and expected to be commissioned before the end of May. The Food2Energy project is part of a $330 million initiative to upgrade the county's sewer infrastructure.

The Utica landfill presently handles approximately 169,000 tpy of municipal solid waste, roughly 14 pct of which is classified as "food scraps." (Source: Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Observer-Dispatch, 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Bill Rabbia, Exec. Dir., (315) 733-1224, www.ohswa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


Cielo Announces Alberta Renewable Fuel Refinery MOU (Ind. Report)
Cielo
Date: 2019-04-02
Vancouver, BC-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. reports Renewable U Energy Inc. has executed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and exercised its option to enter into a joint venture with Cielo for the purposes of construction one or more renewable diesel refineries in the City of Brooks, Alberta.

Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is a publicly traded company that holds the exclusive license for the global rights to a transformational, patent-pending, technology engineered to convert garbage-derived feedstocks to renewable diesel, at a significantly lower cost than biofuel companies. With landfills being one of the world's leading contributors to Green House Gas emissions and being projected to double in size over the next 7 years, Cielo can potentially resolve this crisis on a cost-effective basis by converting multiple different garbage-derived feedstocks, including sorted municipal solid waste (garbage), wood and agriculture waste, tires, blue-box waste, all plastics and virtually any other cellulous waste product into high grade renewable diesel, according to Cielo. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., PR, 1 April, 2019) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com; Renewable U Energy, Lionel Robins, www.motivateu.ca/renewableu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo,  Renewable Diesel,  


HEBioTech W.Va. Resource Recovery Facility Underway (Ind. Report)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2019-03-06
Chestnut Ridge, NY-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc., reports operations are underway at the nation's first HEBioT™ renewable resource recovery facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Company has completed the first phase of plant commissioning including the facility's reception area, overhead bridge cranes, and its primary mechanical sorting equipment. The Company has begun the next phase of plant commissioning and progressing operations, which includes receiving limited amounts of waste and beginning runs of its patented high efficiency mechanical and biological treatment process (HEBioT Process) for producing an EPA recognized solid recovered fuel (SRF). The facility is expected to reach full operations early in Q2 2019.

The Martinsburg Facility is expected to generate $7 million of high margin revenue annually while diverting as much as 80 pct of the waste that enters the facility from landfills. HEBioT solid waste processing technology has been successfully deployed at seven facilities located throughout Europe which currently process in excess of 1 million tpy of solid waste.

BioHiTech Global, Inc. cost-effective technology solutions include the patented processing of municipal solid waste into a valuable renewable fuel, biological disposal of food waste on-site, and proprietary real-time data analytics tools to reduce food waste generation, lower the carbon footprint associated with waste transportation and reduce or virtually eliminate landfill usage. (Source: BioHiTech Global, Inc., PR, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Inc, . Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367.0603, rgalterio@biohitech.com, www.biohitech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  Renewable Fuel,  


Emerging Fuels Tech. Amends License with Red Rock Biofuels to Increase FT Capacity (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuels, Emerging Fuels Technology
Date: 2019-03-06
As previously reported, Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. (EFT) has amended their license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL*a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for Red Rock's Bio-Refinery in Lakeview Oregon. The amendment doubles the FT capacity to be provided by EFT. The new capacity will be incorporated imediately in the plant which is currently under construction.

EFT is focused on methods for producing synthetic fuels and specialty products from a variety of feedstocks including natural gas, biomass, municipal solid waste (MSW) and bio-derived oils. EFT is one of the world's foremost authorities on FT and related synthesis licensing the core technologies and upgrade packages for 500 to 10,000 bpd applications. (Source: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc., PR 27 Feb., 2019) Contact: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc, Kenneth Agee, Pres., (918) 286-6802, www.emergingfuels.com: Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  Emerging Fuels Technology,  


SoCalGas Seeks to Offer Renewable Natural Gas (Reg & Leg)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2019-03-01
In the Golden State, Los Angeles-headquartered Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking to offer "carbon-neutral" renewable natural gas (RNG) in Central and Southern California.

Under the SoCalGas proposal, millions of Californians would have the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources. The program is expected to create increased demand for renewable natural gas, which should help increase supply and lower its cost over time, similar to what has happened with renewable electricity created from wind and solar power, according to SoCalGas.

A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Biogas,  Methane Renewable Natural Gas,  


ThermoChem Recovery Names New Technologies Insurer (Ind. Report)
ThermoChem Recovery International
Date: 2019-01-30
Baltimore-based biorefinery-enabling gasification technology specialist ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) reports it has named global insurance company AXA XL affiliate New Energy Risk as its preferred supplier of technology performance insurance for TRI customers and projects. Under a TRI, NER is prepared to provide various insurance solutions to biorefinery owners and projects which utilize TRI's equipment and technology.

TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: AXA XL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, www.newenergyrisk.com; http://tri-inc.net/steam-reforming-gasification; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO, www.tri-inc.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News ThermoChem Recovery International,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


Sprouts Adopts BioHiTech Anaerobic Digester System (Ind. Report)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2019-01-11
Chestnut Ridge, New York-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc. is reporting the installation of a BioHiTech Revolution Series™ Digester at Pheonix, Arizona-headquartered Sprouts Farmers Market's first store in Philadelphia, Pa.. The BioHiTech technology is being used in 18 Sprouts locations nationally.

BioHiTech's cost effective Revolution Series™ Digesters technology platforms can virtually eliminate landfill usage through real-time data analytics to reduce waste generation, biological disposal of food waste at the point of generation, and the processing of municipal solid waste into a valuable renewable fuel. (Source: BioHiTech Global, PR, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367-0603, rgalterio@biohitech.com, www.biohitech.com: Sprouts, www.sprouts.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BioHiTech Global,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


BIOD India Touting Biodiesel to Check Pollution (Int'l)

Date: 2019-01-07
Indian waste management company BIOD Energy Pvt. reports it is developing a 100 tpd waste cooking oil IS15607 or its equivalent European EN14214 standard biodiesel plant in the industrial town of Bawal, Haryana.

According to the World Bank, India generates more than 150,000 tpd of municipal solid waste (MSW), 83 pct of which is collected and less than 30 pct is treated. The country's daily waste generation is projected to reach 377,000 tpd by 2025.

The Indian government's Biofuel Policy of India 2018, stresses the future role of biofuels in addressing pollution and envisages a 20 pct biofuel and gadcia, Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: BIOD Energy India, Shiva Vig, CEO and Director, +91 11 4728 9966, /+91 11 4728 9900, info@biodenergy.in, www.biodenergy.in


India Planning 5,000 Compressed Biogas Plants by 2023 (Int'l)
Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry
Date: 2018-12-17
In the sub-continent, the Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry is reporting the planned construction of 5,000 compressed biogas-from-agricultural waste and municipal solid wastes (MSW) plants nationwide by 2023. The proposed facilities will have an estimated CBG production of 15 million tpy. The initiative is intended to boost the availability of affordable transport fuels, to better use agricultural residue, and provide additional revenue for farmers. The initiative would also increase the share of natural gas in India's energy mix from present 6-7 pct to 15 pct by the year 2022. (Source: Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, Press Trust of India, 16 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, www.petroleum.nic.in


Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to Employ Praxair HOB Tech. (Ind. Report)
Praxair,Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2018-11-19
Linde plc wholly owned subsidiary Praxair, Inc.reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply oxygen (O2) to Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant which is presently under construction in Storey County, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will also construct two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is expected to commence operations in early 2020.

The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  


Fulcrum Tech, Licenses Fischer Tropsch Technology (Ind. Report)
Johnson Matthey, BP,Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2018-10-05
Oil giant BP and chemicals firm Johnson Matthey (JM) report they have inked an agreement with California based Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum's drive to convert municipal solid waste into biobased jet fuel at their new Sierra BioFuels Plant near Reno, Nevada.

When fully operational early in 2020, the Sierra plant is expected to convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into roughly 11 million gpy of jet fuel.

FT technology can operate at large and small scale to economically convert synthesis gas generated from municipal solid waste and other renewable biomass into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. (Source: Johnson Matthey, BP, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Johnson Matthey, www.matthey.co; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Matthey,  BP,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  


Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-09-12
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.

Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels. (Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


Cielo Touts First Aldersyde Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2018-08-24
Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is reporting the first production of raw distillate (renewable fuels) from its commercial refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta. The facility uses its patent-pending technology which converts garbage-derived feedstocks, including wood and agriculture waste, sorted municipal solid waste and other cellulous waste products into high grade renewable diesel.

As previously reported, the Company will be following a staggered approach to adding biomass (garbage) by adding increasing amounts of feedstock until the optimal mix is achieved. Once sufficient raw distillate is produced, the next stage will be to remove the sulphur and to separate the distillate into naphtha, kerosene and diesel. The company anticipates its first sale will be in mid-fall of 2018.

As Cielo progresses through the current commissioning stage, modifications to both design and construction intended to improve the processes continue to be made. Originally, the Company's plan for Phase I was to build a refinery targeting a nominal production rate of 356 lph. The company reports that continued improvements have increased targeted outputs to between 500 and 1,000 lph for Phase I. The completion of Phase I (i.e. the current commissioning stage) is expected to be completed by early fall of 2018, and construction costs for Phase I are expected to total between $4.5 million to $5.0 million. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, Michael Yeung, CFA, VP, Business Development & Capital Markets, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 103, michaelyeung@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions ,  Renewable Diesel,  


CP Group, Fiberight Installation Underway in Maine (Ind. Report)
CP Group,Fiberight
Date: 2018-08-15
Further to our June 11 coverage, San Diego-based CP Group reports it has broken ground on a material recovery facility in Hampden, Maine. The facility will be the front-end system for Maryland-based waste-to-biofuels specialist tFiberight's waste processing and refining facility that features the company's first full-scale biofuels and biogas processing systems.

Serving 115 municipalities, the 144,000-square-foot Hampden, Maine, facility will feature technologies from CP Group for recovering recyclables and preparing residual waste for further processing on-site.

Fiberight's proprietary anaerobic digestion and biogas technology converts organic waste to biofuel and refined bioproducts. Residual waste at the facility will be processed by Fiberight's technology, upgrading the municipal solid waste (MSW) residue into industrial bioenergy products. Startup is slated for Q4 this year. (Source: CP Group. 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: CP Group, Terry Schneider, Pres., CEO, (619) 477-3175, www.cpgrp.com; Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275, info@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiberight,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


Enerkem Plans Rotterdam Methanol Production (Int'l. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-07-18
Following up on our April 2nd coverage, with the previously reported startup of it Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant, Montreal-based Enerkem plans to tap into some of the 2 million tpy of municipal solid waste (MSW) shipped to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for methanol fuel production.

Amsterdam-based chemical company AkzoNobel, and Paris-headquartered industrial gas specialist Air Liquide are participating in the project which is expected to cost approximately $232 million. When fully operational in 2020, the plant will gasify 300,000 tpy of waste to produce more than 200,000 tpy of methanol while avoiding about 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions that would have been generated through incineration of the waste. Enerkem's patented technology can break down chemically and structurally dissimilar waste, including plastic materials, into a pure syngas that can be converted into commercial-grade methanol. (Source: Enerkem, Waste 360, 17 July, 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem ,  


Biomass Eclipsed by Solar as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
US Energy Information Agency
Date: 2018-07-11
According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Solar,  US Energy Information Agency,  


Solar Outshines Biomass as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
US Energy Information Agency
Date: 2018-07-11
According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Biomass news,  US Energy Information Agency news,  


Cathay Pacific Delivering Aircraft on Jet Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
Cathay Pacific,Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2018-06-06
Hong Kong-headquartered air carrier Cathay Pacific reports it will use a 10 pct blend of alternative jet biofuel to deliver new of 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to Hong Kong over the next 4 years. The first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

In 2014, Cathay Pacific became an equity investor in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which focuses on turning municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel. As previously reported, Fulcrum broke ground on its first commercial-scale plant last month in Nevada. When fully operational in 202, the plant is expected to produce approximately 10 million gpy. (Source: Cathay Pacific, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Cathay Pacific, Rupert Hogg, CEO, www.cathaypacific.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cathay Pacific,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  


Indian Cabinet Expands National Biofuel Policy (Int'l)
India Biofuel
Date: 2018-05-16
A meeting of the Indian Government Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a new National Policy on Biofuels . The new policy categorises biofuels as First Generation (1G), which produce bio-ethanol from molasses and bio-diesel from non-edible oilseeds, and Second Generation (2G) ethanol which can be produced from municipal solid waste and Third Generation (3G) fuels like bio-CNG. Till now only 1G ethanol produced from sugarcane was permitted to be mixed in petrol.

The newly approved Policy expands the scope of raw material for ethanol production by allowing use of sugarcane juice, sugar containing materials like sugar beet, sweet sorghum, starch containing materials like corn, cassava, damaged food grains like wheat and broken rice, and rotten potatoes. It also permits use of surplus food grains for production of ethanol for blending with petrol with the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee. The policy also encourages setting up of supply chain mechanisms for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds, used cooking oil and short gestation crops.

Download the full National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: Press Trust of India, 18 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Trichy Corp. Studying MSU Biogas Plant Options (Int'l Report)
Trichy Corp
Date: 2018-05-14
In India, the municipal Trichy Corporation is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) for a detailed project feasibility report for the construction of a 100 tpd compressed biogas bottling plant. The plant would use organic municipal solid waste (MSW) to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) that could be used as alternate fuel for transportation of cooking purposes.

If constructed, the facility could produce 4,143.75 kg of methane gas and as many as 300 CNG cylinders per day. (Source: Trichy Corporation, Times of India, 14 May, 2018) www.trichycorporation.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Biogas,  CNG,  


MHIEC to Construct ¥29.8Bn Japanese MSW-to-Energy Plant (Int'l)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Date: 2018-03-23
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. is reporting receipt of an order from Kawasaki City (Kanagawa Prefecture) to construct a municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration plant in Kawasaki's Takatsu District. The existing facility will be rebuilt as a stoker type incinerator(1) with a total waste treatment capacity of 600tpd.

The order is a joint venture project with Taisei Corporation, and is valued at ¥29.8 billion Completion is slated for September, 2023. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Asia One, Mar., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Joseph Hood, PR Manager, +81-(0)3-6716-2168, mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp, www.mhi.co.jp

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Zero Waste, Enerkem Considering Rochester Waste-to-Fuel Project (Ind. Report)
Enerkem,Zero Waste Solutions
Date: 2018-03-21
Concord, Califorina-based Zero Waste Solutions' trash processing facility in Rochester could be among the first in the country to produce a renewable alternative to gasoline. If all goes as planned. Zero Waste will partner with Canadian waste treatment company Enerkem to convert waste into small briquettes called EcoTac, which burn similarly to, but cleaner than, coal. Enerkem currently has facilities that produce cellulosic ethanol in Canada, the Netherlands, and Minnesota.

To pursue the project in Rochester, Enerkem would need an approximate 10 acre site at or near the Zero Waste municipal solid waste facility. Rochester city planning, environmental and other regulatory approvals are needed for the project to proceed. (Source: Zero Waste Solutions, Sippican Week, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Zero Waste Solutions, Mike Camara, CEO, (925) 270-3339, info@zerowastesolutions.com, www.zerowastesolutions.com; Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
Sultan Qaboos University
Date: 2018-03-21
In Oman, municipal solid wastes (MSW) consisting primarily of wood, waste paper, food materials, plastics, metals and glass are being investigated by Dr Sivakumar Nallusamy, assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, as an ideal cellulosic-organic waste as a substrate for bacterial fermentation for the growth of microorganisms used for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, bioplastics and other valuable products.

The project, which is receiving grant funding from the Research Council, is converting pre-treated waste papers and other municipal solid wastes into fermentable sugars by enzymatic hydrolysis. The sugars were successfully converted into bioplastic, bioethanol and biodiesel using appropriate microorganisms. (Source: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat Daily, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, Dr. Sivakumar Nallusamy, +968 2414 2229, www.squ.edu.om/science/Departments/Biology

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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

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$100Mn ADB Loan Supports Vietnamese MSW-to-Energy Projects (Int'l)
MSW,Asian Development Bank
Date: 2018-02-07
In Vietnam, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will loan $100 million to China Everbright International Limited (CEIL) to support the construction and operation of a series of municipal solid waste-to-energy (WTE) plants to be constructed in primary and secondary cities in the Mekong Delta. The WTE plants will supply electricity to the local electricity grid.

From 2004 to 2015, waste generation in Vietnam increased by about 78.2 pct from 15.6 million tpy to about 27.8 million tpy. To date, only one plant, supported by technical assistance funds and grants, has been built with a capacity to treat 75 tpd of industrial waste and a power generation capacity of 1.93 MW. (Source: Asian Dev. Bank, OpenGov, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

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Meridian Awarded $3Mn for Lignin Conversion Tech R&D (Funding)
Meridian Waste Solutions,USDA
Date: 2018-01-12
Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, is reporting receipt of $3 million in grant funding from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian's subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. -- the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.

The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office has consequently identified the need for technologies to be developed for the efficient use of lignin as a key target for accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy.

To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis' research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis' technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum. That pathway relies on Attis' patented and patent-pending AST-Organosolv process to fractionate biomass into cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, followed by the conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into biofuel (butanol), and the conversion of lignin into acrylonitrile-butadiene-lignin (ABL Resin) using technology developed and patented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and licensed to Attis. (Source: Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., PR, Accesswire, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, Attis, www.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com, www.amsnt.com

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Covanta Extends Central Pa. Waste-to-Energy Contract (Ind. Report)
Covanta
Date: 2018-01-12
In the Keystone State, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority reports it has extended its contract with Morristown, New Jersey-based waste-to-energy power specialist Covanta to operate the Authority's waste-to-energy facilities in Dauphin and Lancaster counties. The deal wa extended to 2032. deal extending until 2032.

Together, the facilities process approximately 700,000 tpy of municipal solid waste to generate about 23 megawatts of renewable energy for the state Capitol complex. (Source: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Central Penn Business, Covanta, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, (719) 293-5569, www.lcswma.org; Covanta, Stephen Diaz, VP, (862) 345-5000, info@covantaenergy.com, www.covantaenergy.com

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Fulcrum Bioenergy Performance Insurance Provided by New Energy Risk (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2017-12-18
Menlo Park, Calif., Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Menlo Park, California-headquartered renewable energy insurance specialist New Energy Risk reports it has insured Pleasonton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant. The project, currently under construction outside of Reno, Nevada will process 175,000 tpy of municipal solid waste into more than 10 million gallons of low-carbon synthetic crude oil for conversion into transportation fuel, beginning in early 2020.

New Energy Risk, an affiliate of global insurance giant XL Catlin, provided performance insurance to support the project's financing. The insurance complemented Fulcrum's patented technology, industry-leading development team and process, as well as feedstock and off-take strategies, in order to increase project attractiveness to investors. Fulcrum's existing investors include US Renewables Group, Rustic Canyon Partners, United Airlines, Waste Management, BP, and Cathay Pacific. (Source: XL Catlin, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: New Energy Risk, Tom Dickson, CEO, www.newenergyrisk.com; XLCaitlin, www.xlcatlin.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

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Enerkem Scores $3.5Mn for Edmonton Cellulosic Biofuel Plant (Funding)
Enerkem,Western Innovation Initiative
Date: 2017-11-22
In Edmonton, Alberta, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels reports its is getting $3.5 million in Canadian federal funding through the Western Innovation Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts municipal waste into fuel. This commercial-scale facility can process 100,000 metric tpy of solid waste -- textiles, non-recyclable plastics, soiled food containers and others -- to produce over 40 million lpy of fuel-grade, cellulosic ethanol.

The plant, the first of its kind to convert non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals, will contribute to the city of Edmonton's goal of diverting up to 90 pct of household waste from landfill.(Source: Enerkem, Plant, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Western Innovation Initiative, www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/14857.asp

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Abengoa Building Fulcrum's NV MSW-to-Biofuels Plant (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy,Abengoa
Date: 2017-11-17
Abengoa reports Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. has given it the green light on construction of what will be the first municipal solid waste (MSW)-to-biofuels plant in the U.S. with gasification technology. The fuel is expected to be used in the aviation sector.

Abengoa will complete the engineering, design, construction and commissioning of the 10 million gpy plant in Nevada. The engineering, procurement and construction works are expected to begin immediately and are expected to be completed within 24 months. (Source: Abengoa, PR, 8 Nov., 2017)Contact: Abengoa, www.abengoa.com; Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150, info@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

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Alberta Waste-to-Biofuel Plant US EPA RFS Approved (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2017-11-08
Further to our Sept. 18th coverage, Montreal-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. reports it has received US EPA approval approval to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alberta facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Enerkem's Edmonton facility is the first ever municipal waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant to receive approval to sell in the United States. Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels are to be blended in the conventional transportation fuel pool by 2022. Enerkem is now registered for D3 Renewable identification numbers (RINs) credits. Previously this year, the Edmonton biofuel facility was expanded to produce 13 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol following the commissioning of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit. The Edmonton plant was funded by private sources, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Alberta Innovates and Alberta Energy. (Source: Enerkem Inc., 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Sustainable Development Technology Canada, www.sdtc.ca; Alberta Innovates, (780) 427-1956, bio@albertainnovates.ca, http://bio.albertainnovates.ca

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Enerkem's Edmonton Ethanol-from-Waste Plant Begins Commercial Production (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2017-09-18
Following on our May 3rd coverage, Montreal-headquartered biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada. The plants is the world's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal solid waste, according to Enerkem.

The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, prior to expanding production to include cellulosic ethanol with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year. (Source: Enerkem, PR, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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Fiberight's ME. Waste-to-Fuel Project Near Startup (Ind. Report)
Fiberight
Date: 2017-08-30
Following on our October 24, 2016 coverage, Maryland-based Fiberight reports its waste-to-energy plant which is under construction in Hampden, Maine, is reaching financial close and expects to begin accepting waste material from more than 100 area communities as originally scheduled. The facility may not, however begin processing biofuels from the wastre immediately and large portion of the waste may be headed for landfill sites.

Fiberight is a privately held company with operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming municipal solid waste (MSW) and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol as the core product. (Source: Fiberight, CM, 26 July, 2017) Contact: Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275, emcafee@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

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Fulcrum's MSW-to-Fuels Project Nears Approvals (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2017-08-02
Following-up on our September 7th, 2016 coverage, the Nevada Appeal is reporting the Nevada State Board of Finance is set to approve $150 million in tax exempt revenue bonds to assist Plesanton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy's planned municipal waste-to- biodiesel and jet fuel jet and diesel fuel plant at the Lockwood dump east of Reno-Sparks into synthetic crude .

When fully operational, the facility will convert 175,000 tpy of municipal waste into approximately 11 million gallons of jet and diesel fuel. Fulcrum says it has invested approximately $130 million in the project to date and has all required environmental and other regulatory approvals in hand. (Source: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Nevada Appeal, Aug., 2017) Contact: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150, info@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

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Report Recommends Cap on UK Bioenergy Crop Production (Int'l)
Royal Academy of Engineering ,National Farmers Union
Date: 2017-07-24
In the UK, a newly released report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) is calling for a cap on the production of bioenergy crops on prime agricultural lands as a means of avoiding an inadvertent increase greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the report, energy crops should only be cultivated on marginal land which is unsuitable for food production or housing, or has been degraded through deforestation.

The report also calls for a renewed focus on converting waste cooking oil, municipal solid waste, whisky production dregs and others into second generation biofuels.

On the downside, limiting bioenergy crop production could cause new problems. Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1 million tpy of feed-grade wheat into bioethanol, has previously said it could face closure if crop-based biofuels in petrol were to be restricted.

UK National Farmers Union (NFU) NFU combinable crops chairman Mike Hambly says: "This report clearly demonstrates the need for biofuels and we are pleased to see the RAENG recognise the role UK agriculture has to play in this. The report focuses heavily on the benefits of second generation biofuels -- something the NFU has long supported -- but we caution investment into this next step will only be secured on the back of first generation fuels and the Government must recognise this in future policy making." (Source: NFU, Royal Academy of Engineering, FG Insight, 28 July, 2017) Contact: NFU,www.nfuonline.com; Royal Academy of Engineering, www.raeng.org.uk

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EPA Issues 90-day Stay on Landfill Methane Rules (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2017-05-26
In the nation's capital, the U.S. EPA reports a 90-day administrative stay for the August 2016 New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines for municipal solid waste landfills. This stay will allow EPA to reconsider certain aspects of the new source standards and emission guidelines for existing landfills.

Consistent with President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order, EPA will continue to review these actions to ensure that they protect the environment and enable a growing economy.

Municipal solid waste landfills receive non-hazardous waste and under updated rules are required to install and operate landfill gas collection systems that monitor landfill gas/methane emissions.

Rule details are available HERE. (Source: US EPA, News Release, 23 May, 2017)

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NEB Report Addresses Canadian Biomass Power Generation -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Canada National Energy Board
Date: 2017-05-10
The Canada National Energy Board recently released a report on Canada's adoption of renewable power sources,

The report indicates Canada had approximately 70 biomass generating power plants in 2014 with a total installed capacity of 2,408 MW. This includes facilities that rely on wood, wood byproducts and landfill gas. Overall, biomass accounts for 1.7 pct of Canada's electric generation capacity, and 1.9 ptc of actual generation. In 2015, 12,161 GWh of biomass-based electricity were produced. From 2005 to 2015, biomass generation grew by 54 pct.

Within Canada, provinces with the highest biomass use are those with active pulp, paper and forestry industries, including Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, and New Brunswick. While few landfills in Canada recover methane for use in energy production, the report notes that some Canadian municipalities actively produce energy waste using either landfills or anaerobic digestion facilities. Landfill gas is also converted into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas in some locations.

Internationally, the report shows that biomass generation reached 518 tWh in 2015, which accounts for approximately 2 pct of global power generation. Most generation is attributed to solid biofuels, such as wood pellets and chips. However, biogas, municipal solid waste and biofuels are also used to generate power.

Download the complete NEB Canada's Adoption of Renewable Power Sources report HERE. (Source: Canada National Energy Board, May, 2017) Contact: Canada NEB, (403) 292-4800, https://www.neb-one.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

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BioHiTech Takes Minority Stake in MSW Recovery Facility (M&A)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2017-03-31
Chestnut Ridge, New York-headquartered waste management specialist BioHiTech Global is reporting acquisition of a 17.2 pct equity interest in the nation's first resource recovery facility utilizing a proprietary mechanical biological treatment (MBT) technology, developed by the Italian firm Entsorgafin, for the disposal and recycling of mixed municipal solid waste (MSW). BioHiTech, through its interest in Apple Valley Waste Conversions, has the exclusive development rights for this technology in eleven states in the northeast US and the District of Columbia.

The waste-to-solid fuel plant utilizing the MBT a patented process is currently under construction in Martinsburg, West Virginia, for commissioning in Q4 2017. The facility, which is being partially financed with a $25 million tax-exempt bond issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, will receive MSW through a ten-year contract with a regional waste hauler, approximately half of which will be converted into a clean burning EPA approved "solid recovered fuel" (SRF) through the patented MBT process. The facility has a 10-year contract for the sale of the SRF with a West Virginia that intends to use the SRF as an approved supplement to fossil fuels in cement production. (Source: BioHiTech Global, Mar., 2017) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Frank E. Celli, CEO, (888) 876-9300, www.biohitech.com

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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

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  • BETO Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Funding Notice of Intent (Funding, R&D)

    Date: 2016-12-07
    The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) reports it intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a funding opportunity announcement entitled, Integrated Biorefinery Optimization.

    The funding will support R&D to increase the performance efficiencies of biorefineries resulting in continuous operation and production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower at prices competitive with fossil-derived equivalents. This could be accomplished by improvements in ensuring reliable, continuous, robust handling and feeding of solid materials into reactors under various operating conditions; decreased capital and operating expenses by improved separation processes; production of higher-value products from waste or other undervalued streams; and analytical modeling of handling and feeding of solid materials into reactors.

    Applications that address these challenging operations and convert woody biomass, agricultural residues, dedicated energy crops, algae, municipal solid waste, sludge from wastewater treatment plants, and wet wastes into biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts will be considered under this funding opportunity.

    Download details HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, Dec., 2016)Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

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    Fiberight's Maine MSW-to-Ethanol Plant Construction set for Startup (Ind. Report)
    Fiberight
    Date: 2016-10-24
    Maryland-headquartered Fiberight LLC reports that it will soon break ground on a new $69 million municipal solid waste (MSW) plant in Hampden, Maine. The 100 or more Maine communities that presently use the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) plant in Orrington will utilize the new plant when PERC's contract to provide energy to Emera Maine at above-market rates ends. Construction is expected to resume in April, 2017. Fiberight and its backers will build and operate the solid waste-to-biofuels plant.

    Fiberight is a privately held company with operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming municipal solid waste (MSW) and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol as the core product. Pilot plant facilities have been on-going since 2008. In November 2009, Fiberight purchased a shuttered first generation corn ethanol plant in Blairstown, IA with the intent retrofit for second generation ethanol production. Initial stage investment for the Iowa plant will enable the company to commence the production of 6 MMgy cellulosic ethanol using MSW. Fiberight is targeting rapid expansion of its proto-type commercial plants in markets with 100,000 or more population, with a focus on those communities with disposal limitations and high tipping fees. (Source: Fiberight LLC, Morning Centinal, 21 Oct., 2016)Contact: Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (801) 728-9886, info@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

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