Bioenergy News for January 2009

Bioenergy News Archive

US House and Senate proposals for renewable energy

Just before the House of Representatives passed the US$819 billion economic stimulus package at the end of January, both the House and the Senate issued proposals for renewable energy incentives.

UK public investment in bioenergy

The biggest ever single UK public investment in bioenergy research has been announced by the main UK funding agency for the biosciences - the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Combined heat and power for whisky distillers

A joint development between Helius Energy and The Combination of Rothes Distillers Limited (CoRD) and will see the installation of a biomass-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) plant at CoRD.

Carbon Trust calls for switch to biomass heating

The UK Carbon Trust is calling for businesses to make a “massive switch” to biomass heating in its report Biomass Heating, A Practical Guide.

Waste to energy / fuel cell venture launched

Using a combination of alkaline fuel cells with plasma gasification and other existing technologies makes waste to energy viable, according to recently launched Waste2Tricity.

Process heat from biomass

Around 100 process industry sites in the Northwest of England could switch to biomass for process heat, according to regional development agency Envirolink Northwest.

All eyes on the US for renewables in 2009

As 2009 gets underway, all eyes are turned towards the US, a market poised to begin a dramatic transition in energy and climate policy, but facing decisions still steeped in political wrangling, according to analyst Emerging Energy Research.

DoE: US$200m for biorefinery projects

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced up to US$200 million over six years (2009-2014) to support the development of pilot and demonstration-scale biorefineries.

Elsevier site for energy researchers

Elsevier is launching a ‘one-stop’ site for energy researchers covering all aspects of energy including renewables.

Scottish Water plans anaerobic digestion plant

Scottish Water Waste Services has signed a contract for an anaerobic digestion plant at its Deerdykes facility outside Cumbernauld, Scotland.

WFES09 reports 132 visiting solar companies

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES09) will see 132 solar-related companies exhibiting on January 19-21, 2009.

Low-temp fuel cell from Aberdeen Uni

Academics from the University of Aberdeen are investigating the possibility of a new type of low temperature fuel cell.

NEF: Clean energy shares on the up after 61% battering in 2008?

Clean energy shares have been benefiting from an 'Obama Bounce', surging from their lows in November last year, according to leading analysis company New Energy Finance.

UK's RE industry of growing importance

Recruitment company Resourcing Solutions predicts the renewable energy industry will have a growing importance in the UK job market.

Air New Zealand tests jatropha biofuel

The first commercial aviation test flight powered by the second-generation biofuel jatropha has been successfully completed in Auckland, New Zealand.

Obama's green dollars

In a speech on 8 January, President-elect Barack Obama made it clear renewables would play an important part in saving the US economy.

VC investment in RE reaches US$2.5bn in Q4

Fourth quarter data from Greentech Media show that venture capital (VC) investment in green technologies exceeded US$2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, down 1.4% from Q3.

Alcoholic fuel cells?

Teams of researchers and scientists in New Mexico are exploring the possibility of using biofuels such as ethanol for fuel cells.