The company's ethanol production in the 1st half of the 2020/21 financial year was 463,000 (previous year: 478,000) cubic metres, slightly below the previous year's level due to lower production in the 2nd quarter, according to the release.
CropEnergies AG is working on improvements to its biorefineries. At Wanze, Belgium, the company is investing approximately €50 million on an additional biomass boiler to be commissioned in 2023.
CropEnergies is also investing approximately €15 million in a production plant for the recovery of roughly 65,000 tpy biogenic CO2. Commissioning is slated for 2021.
(Source: CropEnergies AG, Website PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: CropEnergies AG, Phone: +49 621 71 41 90-00,
+49 621 71 41 90-04 -- fax, www.cropenergies.com
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The $13 million investment includes $2.4 million for the Wiikwemkoong Development Commission to demonstrate the effectiveness of forest-based biomass for heating in the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.
The Wiikwemkoong community has converted 102 homes to wood biomass boilers and wood pellet furnaces to reduce the community's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Canada Minister of Natural Resources, PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan, www.narcan.gov.ca
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CRB Innovations is developing a commercial pilot project to convert forestry residuals and other woody biomass sources into intermediate products that will be converted into biofuels and co-bioproducts.
The Natural Resources Clean Growth Program -- a $155-million investment fund --
also provided support to CRB Innovations collaboration with CanmetENERGY (Ottawa) to convert CRB Innovations' mid-products to drop-in transportation biofuels. The NRC investment was made through the program's Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative which provides federal laboratory support for innovators, intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities and equipment. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CNBW, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: NRCan, Natural Resources Canada Clean Growth Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/canadas-green-future/clean-growth-programs/20254#wb-cont; CRB Innovations, (819) 566-2335; CanmetENERGY, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/energy-offices-and-labs/canmetenergy/5715#wb-cont
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The European Commission is presently reforming the rules on monitoring and reporting for the ETS the period 2021-2030. The draft regulation requires that biomass complies with the Renewable Energy Directive Sustainability criteria to be considered carbon neutral. This is a critical point to ensure that biomass comes from sustainable managed forests, that it does not lead to a decrease to the forest carbon stock, and it doesn't damage biodiversity or soil and water quality.
The current EU ETS only accounts for smokestack emissions and rates the carbon emissions of biomass burning at zero. However, EASAC said in a statement that it "should not be possible to just assume that millions of tons of carbon coming out of a power station stack are 'zero'. The ETS should be reformed to link accounting to the real effects on CO2 levels in the atmosphere. This will require calculating the 'carbon payback period' for each biomass facility and its supply chain. Regulators need to know how long it will take until the initial perverse effects of biomass on climate are overcome and net reductions in atmospheric CO2 concentrations achieved', according to the release.
"The European Commission, in its recent biodiversity strategy, has recognised that sustainable bioenergy is a win-win solution for energy generation and a key tool to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. EU member states, as shown in their national energy and climate plans, rely on efficient and sustainable bioenergy to decarbonise their energy mix," the release added. (Source: EASAC, Website, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: EASAC, Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, email@example.com,
+32 2550 2332 www.easac.eu
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An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.
"In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.
The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted, Energinet.dk, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU
Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dtu.dk
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The $1.7 million project will include a biomass boiler and fuel handling system and is intended to offset use of fuel oil for heating and domestic hot water.
Along with other energy-efficient upgrades, the biomass system could reduce the Larch Center's 74,000 gpy of fuel oil consumption to 2,470 gallons and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 91 pct, according to the release.
(Source: Washington State Department of Corrections, The Reflector, 14 June, 2020)
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Valmet's scope of work includes an upgrade of the existing system and the extension of the Valmet DNA automation and information management system, along with application engineering, project implementation and installation. (Source: Valmet, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; AustroCel Hallion GmbH, +43 (0) 6245 890-0, www.austrocel.com/en
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Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. supplies technologies for efficient and environmentally sound waste-to-energy and biomass energy plants worldwide. world. (Source: B&W, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: B&W, Megan Wilson, VP Corp. Dev., 704.625.4944 email@example.com, www.babcock.com;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox, Biomass B&W Volund, Viridor, Waste-to-Energy,
The new €70 million plant will be fueled mainly by renewable woody biomass and milled peat as a secondary fuel. The biomass boiler will have a steam capacity of 191 MW and will run as a baseload plant for district heat production from September to June. Delivery and installation is expected in 2022. (Source: Valmet, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0 505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal
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The system is mobile and is designed to deliver 100kW of electricity. It is also modular with 1 MW being provided in a 10 system server farm with a compact footprint.
Under the company's business mode, there is no upfront cost to the customer and the Company owns, operates and maintains the systems.
(Source: VGrid Energy Systems, PR, Newswire, 13 April, 2020) Contact: VGrid Energy Systems, Dr. Greg Campbell, CEO, Jim Dodswort Media, (408) 203-1963, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vgridenergy.com
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The tender closes on March 5, and the biomass boilers should be operating by the end of November 2020.
(Source: Gov. of Nova Scotia, PR, 3 Feb., 2020) Contact: Gov. of Nova Scotia - Tenders, 800-670-4357, www.procurement.novascotia.ca
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At its first carbon neutral plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania, PMI implemented multiple projects to optimize its energy usage and reduce carbon emissions: upgrading utilities equipment, such as chillers and compressors, and facilitating heat recovery to optimize fuel use for heating purposes; installing a biomass boiler; procuring certified renewable electricity and offsetting natural gas carbon emissions with biogas certificates. To offset the remaining carbon emissions, PMI invested in Gold Standard certificates from climate protection initiatives.
PMI is also pursuing initiatives to address the pressing climate challenge beyond its operations. For example, it is working with farmers and suppliers across its tobacco supply chain to lower the greenhouse gas emissions in the tobacco curing process by 70 percent by 2020 (vs. 2010) and to achieve zero-net deforestation of natural forest by 2025. PMI has also set and committed to science-based targets -- greenhouse gas emissions levels that science acknowledges as tolerable for the planet -- and to go beyond these in its operations by aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.
Among its diversified portfolio, Philip Morris purchased General Foods Corp. in 1985 for $5.7 billion and Kraft Inc. in 1989 for $13 billion. Despite its move into foods, Philip Morris' tobacco business reportedly still accounts for 65 pct of its operating profit and 40 pct of its operating revenue.(Source: Philip Morris International, PR, 10 Oct., 2019} Contact: Philip Morris Int'l., Huub Savelkouls , Chief Sustainability Officer, +41 (0)58 242 5502, www.pmi.com/sustainability, www.pmi.com, www.pmiscience.com
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The facility would utilize forestry waste and wood "slash" to produce sustainable fuels. The result would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials.
Delta expects the study to be completed by the middle of 2020, at which time it will "evaluate the next steps in moving forward with the project's development" with the expectation that the project would be in production by the end of 2023. Biofuels produced at the facility could provide around 10 pct of the airline's annual jet fuel consumption in the West Coast region.
As previously reported, Delta operated its first carbon-neutral delivery flight, using biofuels on a new A321. The airline also purchases offsets for domestic flights into and out of seven high-traffic airports. (Source: Delta, Air Travel, Sept., 2019) Contact: Delta, Graeme Burnett, VP Fuel Management, www.delta.com; Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels,
Dave Smoot, www.nifa.usda.gov
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The biomass-fired CHP plant will produce approximately 20 MW of electricity and 60 MW of district heat. The CYMIC circulating fluidized bed boiler included in Valmet's delivery will use recycled wood as its primary fuels to generate 27 kg/s of high-pressure steam at a pressure of 75 bar and a temperature of 525 C. The flue gas cleaning system included in the delivery will enable fulfilling the tightening emission standards.
BS Energy, a subsidiary company jointly owned by the City of Braunschweig, Veolia Deutschland GmbH, and Thuga AG, is the regional energy supplier in Braunschweig.
(Source: Valmet, PR, Globe Newswire, 3 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Valmet, Kai Janhunen, VP, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; BS Energy, +49 531 3838000
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HM3 Energy's torrefaction technology converts biomass such as wood or grain into a coal-like material, according to the company.
The number of unnaturally severe wildfires in forests and range lands has dramatically increased in recent years, with devastating impacts on forests, wildlife, watersheds and communities. By culling out small diameter trees and performing prescribed burns, forest managers are trying to restore forests back to their former natural state, before all wildfires were suppressed. Progress, however, is painfully slow. With little to no market for the slash left after thinning operations, it is usually piled and burned. These pile burns cost forest managers money and severely impact surrounding air quality in rural communities.
HM3 Energy's torrefaction and densification technologies provide a solution to this "biomass bottleneck" by creating a profitable market for the forest slash, turning it into energy dense torrefied wood briquettes that can directly replace coal or wood pellets for dispatchable, baseload electric power generation. The ability to use biomass instead of clean wood chips makes TorrB® torrefied briquettes competitive in price with raw pellets at the coal-fired plant burner tip, according to the company website.
(Source: HM3 Energy, KJZZ/Rio Salado College, 3 June, 2019) Contact: HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara, CEO, (503) 674-3380, www.hm3energy.com;
U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.fed.us
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According to Valmet, the order is included in its first quarter of 2019 orders received, and is valued at approximately €20 million. Valmet's delivery is scheduled for 2020.
Biomasse Energie d'Alizay produces roughly 300,000 tpy of paper and is a subsidiary of DA Alizay SAS.
(Source: Valmet, PR, April, 2019) Contact: Valmet, Jouko Kylanpaa, Dir. Rebuilds and Conversions, Pulp and Energy business Line, +358 400 734 334,
Jean-Philippe Guignard, Senior Manager, Energy Sales and Service, +33 670 27 9214,
www.valmet.com; Biomasse Energie d'Alizay, www.societe.com/societe/biomasse-energie-d-alizay-499270619.html, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/biomasse-energie-d%27alizay
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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
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According to ReEngergy, the site could be redeveloped for solar energy. (Source: ReEnergy, Fox News WNYF, 8 Mar., 2019): Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, email@example.com, www.reenergyholdings.com
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Drax has invested £400,000 in the pilot, which could be the first of several projects undertaken at the power station to deliver a rapid, lower cost demonstration of BECCS. According to the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, BECCS could enable the capture 50 million tpy of CO2 by 2050 -- approximately half the UK's emissions target.
As previously reported, DRAX converted two thirds of the Selby Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal making the plant the country's largest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.
C-Capture designs world-leading, patented chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal.The company's solvent-based technology offers a safe, low-cost way to remove CO2 from emissions sources such as power stations, industrial plants and anaerobic digestion.
(Source: DRAX, PR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: University of Leeds, www.leeds.ac.uk; C-CAPTURE, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, www.c-capture.co.uk; DRAX , Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com
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The system's elevated combustion chamber air curtain, and pre-heated under-fire air, increase a smoke-free combustion efficiency. All the resulting ash is kept in the "carbonizer" with heats of 2,500 F. The system also features an internal "quenching" system that turns wood waste into biochar at the rate of 400 to 500 pounds per hour.
The company also offers mobile, high-production "sub-soilers" that incorporate biomass back into the soil. They also offer bio-security for environmentally sensitive areas. (Source: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Cdn. Biomeass, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Blake Adams
(780) 850-5934, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.prairiecreekenergy.ca
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The planed conversion, which is subject to town approval, would be completed by an outside contractor in cooperation with the school for completion in 2025. with Dartmouth. (Source: Dartmouth College, Valley News, AP, 18 Jan., 2019 (Contact: Dartmouth College,Dartmouth, Rick Mills, Exec. VP,https://home.dartmouth.edu
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The study will explore the potential conversion of up to 50,000 tonnes of sawmill hardwood residues from a BORAL owned sawmill near Port Macquarie, NSW, into renewable transport-grade diesel and bitumen using world-first technology.
The study will consider a mechanical catalytic conversion technology, developed by Spanish-based Global Ecofuel Solutions, combined with the potential biorefinery. The process has never before been used in a production-scale facility.(Source: BORAL, ARENA, AggNet, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, email@example.com, http://arena.gov.au; Boral Limited, www.boral.com.au
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Elephant grass can grow up to four meters in just 100 days and yields several harvestable crops per year. NextFuel's patented technology -- a rotary drum indirectly heated and operated with a low oxygen atmosphere --
requires very little energy to transform the elephant grass into a briquette form.
While inside that drum, volatile elements are separated from the grass, and the physical properties together with the energy content are transformed in less than 30 minutes to a clean copy of fossil fuel.
The fuel is then "densified" and turned into briquettes for industrial and electric power production. (Source: NextFuel, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextFuel, www.nextfuel.com
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The woody pellet burning power plant, which is slated for commissioning in 2021, will generate sufficient power for 110,000 households.
(Source: Andritz, Renewables 19 Nov., 2018)Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.andritz.com
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Valmet, a supplier of process technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries, will deliver a HYBEX boiler plant with a capacity of 35 MWth, utilising a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology. An electrostatic precipitator and a flue gas condenser included in the project will increases heat capacity by 10 MW. Assembly work is slated to get underway in the autumn of 2019 for a 2020 commissioning and startup.
(Source: Valmet, Renewables 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Valmet,
Frank Ligthart, Heat and Power Plant Head, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal;
Elenia Lampo Oy, www.elenia.fi
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For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.
BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com
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According to the Springfield City Solicitor, Ed Pikula, the unnamed developer has the necessary permits and a four-year window to complete the project.
(Source: City of Springfield, 22 News WWLP, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Springfiels, (413) 736-3111, www.springfield-ma.gov
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In its report, the task force noted that emissions perhaps would not necessarily shrink as most of the fuels would be produced from woody biomass from the country's abundant forests. The development of emissions depends on how much carbon the vast Finnish forests actually tie down, and that is still being debated, according to the report.
In 2017, the European Union allowed an increase in the use of wood as fuel in Finland but no major investments in the biofuel sector resulted due to the high costs and the need public financial support to the investments.
The report added that competition among pulp and biofuel industries for raw wood feedstocks could also be a problem.
(Source: Various Media, Xinhua, Sept., 2018)
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FIE claims the subsidy and the burning of peat at government owned Bord na Mona's Edenderry power station and two ESB facilities in the Midlands is leading to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the price of biomass to home users, thus increasing the burning of more fossil fuels.
The group argues that the continued co-firing of biomass comes despite the recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Council that the Government resources should not support measures that lead to increases in emissions.
The expert body concluded that the biomass subsidy for peat power plants is an "environmentally harmful" subsidy that is responsible for higher emissions levels at a "direct cost to the nation." (Source: GREEN NEWS.ie, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Friends of the Irish Environment, www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org
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BTEC is working to expand and improve the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Program in the US Farm Bill and pushing for expansion of the program in the upcoming negotiations between House and Senate conferees.
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) advances the sustainable use of wood and agricultural biomass for clean, efficient heat and combined heat and power to meet America's energy needs and strengthen local economies, according to the organization's website.
Download a copy of the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Program handbook HERE.
(Source: Biomass Thermal Energy Council, 20 August, 2018) Contact: Froling Energy, (603) 924-1001, https://frolingenergy.com; Biomass Thermal Energy Council, www.biomassthermal.org
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Accordingly, the 30-some groups are calling on the Irish government to close its three peat-powered stations by 2020, to stop subsidizing co-firing with biomass and to refuse approval for ESB's forthcoming planning application to convert its two Midlands stations to co-firing with peat.
Both the ESB and state-owned Bord na Mona plan to co-fire with increasing amounts of woody biomass and to convert them to burn 100 pct biomass by 2030. The company, which currently imports woodchip from Africa, says it aims to phase out imported biomass over time in favor of indigenous sources.
The US groups claim there is "no realistic prospect" of Ireland producing enough biomass from domestic energy crops such as willow for industrial-scale burning at peat stations and that plantations in the US will be the "most likely biomass source" for co-firing and future full biomass conversions in Ireland.
Wood pellet exports to Europe soared from 530,000 tonnes in 2009 to 3.89 million tonnes in 2014, making the US the world's leading exporter.
(Source: Green News Ireland, 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie
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"The plants, and Democratic opportunists, are blaming Gov. Chris Sununu, who vetoed a bill that would have mandated New Hampshire electric utilities buy power from the plants at above-market prices. That extra expense would be carried over into New Hampshire electric bills.
"Burning wood to produce electricity is simply not economically viable, at least not in the summer when natural gas is a much cheaper fuel source to turn electric turbines.
"When demand spikes in the winter, the price of natural gas goes up, and wood-fired plants can better compete. Instead of acknowledging the challenges of the market, biomass backers want the state to shield these plants from the laws of supply and demand.
"Policy makers have gradually separated power generation from distribution. This should lead to greater competition, but these same policy makers keep getting in the way.
"Businesses should not be subsidized by ratepayers paying artificially high electric rates.
The Legislature should sustain Sununu's veto and oppose expansion of wood chip welfare." (Source: Editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader, 3 July, 2018)
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Last fall the city center university installed two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers as supplementary heating sources and as a demonstration project in a partnership with Manitoba Hydro's Bioenergy Optimization Program. The university's sustainability and GHG reduction strategy includes a goal of 5 pct of total campus energy usage coming from renewable sources by 2025.
The system is expected to use about 170 tpy of locally sourced pellets.
(Source: University of Winnipeg, Manitoba-Cooperator, 26 May, 2018) Contact: University of Winnipeg, www.uwinnipeg.ca;
Manitoba Hydro Bioenergy Optimization Program, www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/bioenergy_optimization/index.shtm
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After a 10-week study, the researchers compared the ability of the algae and the algal combinations to multitask and found that monoculture algae were able to perform very well in one or two tasks. However, the combined algae species were better at a range of tasks.
"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental trade-off when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the report. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, GinnersNow, 28 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, email@example.com, seas.umich.edu
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For the study, scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely held idea that biodiversity can improve the performance of algal biofuel systems in the field. Overall, the researchers found that diverse mixes of algal species (polycultures) performed more key functions at higher levels than any single species -- they were better at multitasking. The researchers also found that polycultures did not produce more algal mass (biomass) than the most productive single species, or monoculture.
"The results are key for the design of sustainable biofuel systems because they show that while a monoculture may be the optimal choice for maximizing short-term algae production, polycultures offer a more stable crop over longer periods of time," said study lead author Casey Godwin, a postdoctoral research fellow at U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability.
Algae-derived biocrude oil is being studied as a potential renewable-energy alternative to fossil fuels. Because they grow quickly and can be converted to bio-oil, algae have the potential to generate more fuel from less surface area than crops like corn. But the technical challenges involved in growing vast amounts of these microscopic aquatic plants in large outdoor culture ponds have slowed progress toward commercial-scale cultivation.
In the study, research team found that while monocultures tended to be good at one or two jobs at a time, polycultures performed more of the jobs at higher levels than any of the monocultures. But at the same time, polycultures produced less biomass than the best-performing monoculture.
"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental tradeoff when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the researchers. The team's findings are scheduled for publication June 18 in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.
(Source: University of Michigan, Public Release, 18 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, firstname.lastname@example.org, seas.umich.edu
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According to Prof. Mikkola, "If we consider how ethanol is made, it's simply sugar, and that is the most common form of biomass these days. You can use food waste, agricultural waste, old newspapers -- almost anything which contains sugars that can be fermented into ethanol, and that's how we get what's needed."
The fermentation process results in the fuel equivalent of gasoline or diesel, as well as flammable gas. The new fuel can be used in any engine because it is like an exact copy of a fossil fuel, without itself containing a single fossil-fuel molecule, says Mikkola.
Prof. Mikkola argues that the petroleum industry's current practice of adding ethanol to petrol is foolish and politically motivated.
"First of all, automobile catalytic converters aren't able to handle [ethanol] because they were designed for pure petrol. The ethanol by-products get converted into carcinogenic materials, and on top of that ethanol's specific energy content is half that of petrol. So it's better to make petrol out of the ethanol and drive on pure petrol," he says.
(Source: Umea University,
Svenska Yle, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Umea University, Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, +46 90 786 52 84 , +46 70 620 03 71, email@example.com, www.chemistry.umu.se
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The company recently narrowed its list of potential sites down to a few locations in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota, after evaluating offerings from various state governments and proposals of targeted land owners, site developers, contractors, feedstock suppliers, and supply chain partners.
Attis is planning to select at least two sites in 2018. (Source: Attis Industries, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 23 May, 2018)
Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisinnovations.com
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