Bioenergy News for August 2011

Bioenergy News Archive

UK industry association launches Back Biomass campaign

The UK's Renewable Energy Association has launched a campaign urging the Government to Back Biomass heat and power in its proposals on the incentives regime for renewable energy.

US biodiesel production fuelled by tax incentive

US biodiesel production in the first half of 2011 has already surpassed the total for 2010, spurred by Congress' reinstatement of the biofuel tax incentive.

USDA, DoE and the US Navy partner on transportation biofuels

The US Departments of Agriculture, Energy and the Navy will invest up to US$510 million over the next three years in partnership with the private sector to produce drop-in aviation and marine biofuels for military and commercial transportation.

Bioenergy and biofuels get US$12.2m from USDA and DoE

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DoE) have awarded 10 grants totalling US$12.2 million to spur research into the cost efficiency of growing biofuels and bioenergy crops.

Wisconsin waste-to-energy project opened

A 4.8 MW waste-to-energy project has opened at Veolia Environment North America's Wisconsin Hickory Meadows Landfill.

Investors favour flexible feedstock renewable fuel start-ups

Investment in renewable fuel start-ups with flexible feedstock or diverse end products reached an all-time high of US$698 million in 2010, according to Lux Research.

Tesco ethanol biofuel qualifies for UK ROCs

Tesco's waste-to-energy derived ethanol biofuel has qualified for Ofgem's Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

DoE: Gene could increase biomass yield

Researchers have located the gene controlling ethanol production capacity in a microorganism, which could lead to increased biomass ethanol yield at lower costs.

Air Products secures permission for gasification plant

The Stockton on Tees plant will be capable of processing thousands of tonnes of waste into energy

Bharat Renewable Energy makes biofuel alliance with SG Biofuels

The two companies have started a programme to use jatropha hybrids for biodiesel production in India

UK biomass sector gets double boost

Two new Drax biomass stations in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire have been given the go ahead.

OriginOil develops new control network for algae harvesting

The sensor array will manage hundreds of interactions critical to large-scale algae production sites

Joule patents high-volume ethanol production from sunlight and CO2

Joule has patented its method for increasing the ethanol production capability of a photosynthetic microorganism.

South Africa launches renewable energy programme

South Africa’s news 20-year plan calls for 42% of new energy generation capacity to come from renewable sources.

Oxford Catalysts wins biofuel reactor order

A Fortune 500 company has placed an order for two full-scale FT microchannel reactors for a synthetic fuels plant in the US.