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AEG Acquires NC Woody Biomass Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
Active Energy Group
Date: 2020-04-01
UK-based Active Energy Group (AEG) is reporting acquisition of 100 pct control and ownership of the sawmill and log export activities at AEG's industrial site in Lumberton, North Carolina.

The Lumberton sawmill generates low-value waste products which Active Energy will use as feedstock for the production of CoalSwitch product and other black pellet fuels.

The CoalSwitch product is made from woody biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust and thinning, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste. CoalSwitch can be burned by old, coal-fired generation facilities without the need for a retrofit. (Source: Active Energy Group, Various Media, Apr. 2020) Contact: Active Energy, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Active Energy Group,  CoalSwitch,  Biomass,  Waste Biomass,  


UK Biotech Breakthrough Turns Waste Biomass into Biofuel (Int'l.)
University of Manchester
Date: 2019-12-20
In the UK, a move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a boost by researchers at the University of Manchester who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste agricultural biomass into biofuels and other valuable chemicals.

A collaboration between the UK and Brazil has shown that waste sugar cane and wheat straw from agricultural processes can be made directly into valuable chemicals with an increase in value of 5000-fold.

The new breakthrough demonstrates that biofuels and high-value chemicals, such as chemicals used by the food industry and precursors for human therapeutic drugs, can be produced directly from waste biomass in a single 'one-pot' process. This added value offers the potential to make the economics of biofuel production from plant-based sources more viable. The new process has the potential to add value to the process of making biofuels from plants, particularly from sugarcane and wheat straw which are abundantly found in Brazil and the UK respectively.

The work is part of a UK-Brazil five-year program grant being funded by the Biotech & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and FAPESP in Brazil. The UK has awarded more than £2 million to the University of Manchester, The University of Warwick and UCL for the project. (Source: University of Manchester, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Dr. Neil Dixon, www.mib.ac.uk; University of Manchester, www.manchester.ac.uk; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, www.bbsrc.ukri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Manchester Univ. Exploring Biofuels From Seawater (R&D, Int'l.)
University of Manchester
Date: 2019-10-18
In the UK, the University of Manchester reports researchers led by Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and supported by the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR), is using synthetic biology to help identify a more efficient and sustainable method to make biofuel using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of bio-based jet fuels -- partly made from seawater.

The Manchester research group, has discovered that the bacteria species called Halomonas, which grows in seawater, provides a viable "microbial chassis" that can be engineered to make high value compounds. This in turn means products like bio-based jet fuel could be made economically using production methods similar to those in the brewery industry and using renewable resources such as seawater and sugar. The breakthrough behind this approach is the ability to re-engineer the microbe's genome so to change its metabolism and create different types of high value chemical compounds which could be renewable alternatives to crude oil, according to the release.

Dr Benjamin Harvey and his team of researchers at the ONR facilities in China Lake, California, have pioneered this exciting work on converting biological precursors to relevant jet fuels.

Following on from this research, Professor Nigel Scrutton explained, "Effective biofuels strategies require the economic production of fuels derived from a robust microbial host on a very large scale -- usually cultivated on renewable waste biomass or industrial waste streams -- but also with minimal downstream processing and avoids use of fresh water. With Halomonas these requirements can be met, so minimizing capital and operational costs in the production of these next generation biofuels. In the case of the jet fuel intermediates we are bio-producing, they are chemically identical to petrochemical derived molecules, and will be able to 'drop-in' to processes developed at China Lake." (Source: University of Manchester, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Manchester, Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, +44 (0)161 306 5200, mib@manchester.ac.uk, www.mib.ac.uk; U.S. Office of Naval Research Global, 703-696-5031, 703-696-5940 - fax, onrpublicaffairs@navy.mil, www.onr.navy.mil/en/Science-Technology/ONR-Global

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


BP, Bunge Partner on Brazilian Biofuels JV (Int'l. Report)
BP Alternative Energy,Bunge
Date: 2019-07-24
UK petroleum and energy major BP reports it and White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. will enter into a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to establish BP Bunge Bioenergia which will operate 11 mills in Brazil, one of the largest fast-growing markets for biofuels in the world.

The new company will have a combined crushing capacity of 32 million metric tpy and will produce a mix of ethanol and sugar. It will also generate renewable electricity from waste biomass from sugar cane, which will power all sites with surplus electricity being sold to the Brazilian power grid. Bunge will receive cash proceeds of $775 million in the transaction. which the company will use to reduce outstanding indebtedness under its credit facilities. The JV will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Bunge's Geovane Consul as CEO. (Source: Bunge, BP, Biofuels Int'l, 22 July, 2019) Contact: BP Alternative Energy,Dev Sanyal, CEO, www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/what-we-do/alternative-energy.html; Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP Alternative Energy,  Bunge,  Biofuel,  Brazil Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


EIA Report Issues Biomass 2019-20 Stats, Projections (Ind Report)
US EIA
Date: 2019-06-17
In its just released June Short Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting non-hydropower renewables will provide 11 pct of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 pct in 2020.

Non-hydropower renewables provided 10 pct of electricity generation in 2018. Of that total, woody biomass is expected to generate 113,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 115,000 MWh per day in 2020. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 57,000 MWh per day of electricity in both 2019 and 2020.

In the electric power sector, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 48,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020. Generation from wood biomass is expected to reach 37,000 MWh per day this year, increasing to 39,000 MWh per day in 2020. Across other sectors, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 76,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020, with wood biomass used to generate 9,000 MWh per day in both years.

The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.269 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, increasing to 0.27 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.221 quad of wood biomass in 2019, increasing to 0.232 quad in 2020. The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.169 quad of waste biomass in both 2019 and 2020, along with 1.439 quad of wood biomass in 2019 and 1.401 quad of wood biomass in 2020. The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.044 quad of waste biomass and 0.084 quad of wood biomass in both 2019 and 2020, while the residential sector is expected to consume 0.492 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.488 quad next year.

Across all sectors, waste biomass consumption is expected to reach 0.482 quad in 2019 and remain at that level into 2020. The consumption of wood biomass is expected to reach 2.238 quad this year, falling to 2.205 quad next year. Biomass capacity in the electric power sector is expected to reach 7,071 MW by the end of this year, including 4,141 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,930 MW of wood biomass capacity, falling to 7,052 MW by the end of 2020, including 4,080 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,972 MW of wood biomass capacity. Biomass capacity across other sectors is expected to reach 6,657 MW by the end of 2019, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,791 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity is expected to fall slightly to 6,649 MW by the end of 2020, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,784 MW of wood biomass capacity. (Source: US EIA, June, 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Timber Ind. Seeks GA PSC Woody Biomass Commitment (Ind. Report)
Georgia Public Service Commission
Date: 2019-04-24
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the Georgia Forestry Association and other forest industry representatives are lobbying the Georgia Public Service Commission (GA PSC) to have its forest biomass byproducts -- tree trimmings, wastes, scraps and storm damaged timber -- converted into fuel to help power the state and to ensure woody biomass is more broadly used by the state's largest utility, Georgia Power.

Georgia Power's recently updated long-range energy plans call for more renewable energy, but do not specify biomass, the newspaper reported. Georgia Power has put the majority of its recent spending on energy generation into the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle, south of Augusta. The company has also pumped up spending on solar power throughout Georgia.

Between 1983 and 2008, Georgians replanted over 8.9 million acres in trees -- that's 975 acres a day, or 609,375 trees per day. An estimated 80,000 acres of forest land are naturally regenerated each year in Georgia. The industry's overall economic impact on the state was $35.9 billion in 2017. (Source: Georgia Public Service Commission, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April, 2019) Contact: Georgia Public Service Commission, (4040 656-4501, www.psc.state.ga.us; Georgia Forestry Association, Andres Villegas, CEO, (478) 992-8110, gfagrow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Waste Biomass,  


Austin Energy Paying $460Mn for Waste Woody Biomass Plant (M&A)
Austin Energy
Date: 2019-04-22
Austin Energy said the new facility will help them save $275 million in additional costs over the remaining term of a 20-year power purchase agreement. In the Lone Star State, Austin Energy reports it will will be acquiring a wood waste biomass-fueled power plant in Nacogdoches from Southern Power for $460 million.

Austin Energy is aiming to provide 65 pct of its customers' energy needs through renewable resources by 2027. In 2018, Austin Energy sourced 28 pct of energy from renewables, accoding to the company. (Source: Austin Energy, Statesman, KVUE, 18 April, 2019)Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400, www.austinenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Austin Energy ,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Restalk Plans California Cannabis Waste Bio-Refinery (Ind. Report)
Restalk,Circular Systems
Date: 2019-02-22
In the Golden State, Los Angeles-based Restalk Inc., a company focused on diversifying technologies and applications for cannabis bio-waste, reports the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Circular Systems, a social purpose company focused on transforming food crop waste into high value fiber for various industrial applications.

Under the LoI, the two companies will undertake multiple joint venture projects to facilitate the development and scaling of Circular Systems' "Agraloop™" biomass processing technologies.

The "Agraloop-Restalk" joint venture's primary activity will be processing cannabis and other agricultural waste biomass starting with waste generated within the Americas, particularly Northern California. The Agraloop Bio-Refinery pilot mill will develop strategically geolocated infrastructure. Which includes mobile and regional processing equipment to provide value added bio-mass focusing on up-cycling female cannabis waste as well as other regional biomass feedstocks including: industrial hemp, soy straw, wheat straw, rice straw, almond shells/hulls, and wool.

The initial project is being coordinated with the assistance of the University of California, as well as Fibershed, a non profit organization focused on propelling sustainable and regenerative fiber production. (Source: Restalk Inc., Feb., 2019 Contact: Restalk Inc., Lucas Hildebrand, Pres., info@restalk.org, www.restalk.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cannabis,  Biomass,  Bio-waste,  


Aemetis Touts Cellulosic Ethanol Demo Success (Ind. Report)
Aemetis,LanzaTech
Date: 2018-03-07
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion and and operated of an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan.

In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.

For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  LanzaTech,  


Duke Renews Poultry-Waste Biomass Power Contract (Ind. Report)
Craven County Wood Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy reports the signing of a 10-year, 360,000 megawatt-hour per year power-purchase agreement (PPA) with New Bern-based Craven County Wood Energy. Under the terms of the PPA, 90,000 megawatt-hours of the total 360,000 megawatt-hour contract will be generated with poultry liter and waste. The PPA will help Duke meet state requirements that a small part of the power its utilities sell in the state come from renewable sources, with a specific amount set aside for power from poultry waste.

Over the years, Craven County has modified the 25-year old, 50-MW biomass power plant to use increasing amounts of poultry waste and is presently upgrading the plant use the animal waste for up to 30 pct of its power. The credits, which are used to satisfy the state's renewable energy requirements, will go to both Duke Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas. (Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Biz, Feb., 2018) Contact: Craven County Wood Energy, Bob VanEllis,GM, (252) 633-9525, www.altagas.ca/our-infrastructure/operations/craven-county-wood-energy; Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Duke Energy Progress,  Poultry Litter,  Poultry Waste,  


EIA Releases 2017-18 Woody Biomass Heating Forecasts (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2017-12-15
In its December, 2017 edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects wood biomass will be used to generate 117,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, falling to 114,000 MWh per day in 2018. Generation from waste biomass is expected to increase, from 57,000 MWh per day this year, to 60,000 MWh per day in 2018.

The electric power sector is projected to consume 0.274 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass, this year, the industrial sector is expected to consume 0.18 quad of waste biomass and the residential sector -- approximately 2.3 milliuon homes -- is expected to consume 0.385 quad of wood biomass in 2017, increasing to 0.413 quad in 2018. (Source: EIA, Dec., 2017) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  US EIA,  


SEFA Support S.African Woody Biomass-to-Power Project (Int'l)
Biomass,Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa
Date: 2017-11-10
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved US$990,000 funding to support Thala Health Care Management Services planned 10-MW agriculture, forestry and timber waste biomass-to-power plant to be located 200 km south of Durban, South Africa.

The project is expected to have a significant "demonstration effect" with regards to bioEnergy and showcase Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) as an anchor for renewable energy power generation as well as have a significant impact on the region's economy.

SEFA is a US$95-million multi-donor facility funded by the governments of Denmark, the UK, the United States and Italy, and is hosted by the Renewable Energy Department of the AfDB. (Source: African Development Bank Group, PR, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: African Development Bank, www.afdb.org; Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, www.se4all-africa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass-to-Power,  


Vapor Energia Investing $63Mn in Food Waste Biomass Project (Int')
Vapor Energia
Date: 2017-10-13
In a news release, the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo government reports Vapor Energia will invest BRL 200 million ($62.7 million) over 5 years to develop a biomass-to power project that will use vegetable waste and residues as fuel.

The investments will be made in partnership with a private equity fund and DMI Group, which will allow Vapor Energia to raise all the resources needed for building the project.

Developed in Brazil, the power generation system used in this project is up to 40 pct less expensive, 21 times less polluting and 100 pct renewable, according to Vapor Energia CEO Roberto Zanella. (Source: Vapor Energia, Renewables Now, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Vapor Energia, www.linkedin.com/company/vaporenergia

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vapor Energia,  Biomass,  

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