Bioenergy News for December 2011

Bioenergy News Archive

Ameresco to build 20 MW biomass cogenereation facility

Ameresco Inc has received a Final Acceptance Certificate from the United States Department of Energy (DoE) Savannah River Operations Office for the completion of construction of the DoE Savannah River Site (SRS) 20 MW Biomass Cogeneration Facility (BCF).

BP exits solar business

According to media reports, the company is finding it tough to "make money" from solar.

World Bioenergy Award boosted research in Brazil

The World Bioenergy Award, presented every two years, has given a lift to the work of the Brazilian researcher Laércio Couto, whose team has been studying the use of eucalyptus for bioenergy.

FuelCell Energy, Abengoa partner to develop fuel cell power plants for Europe and Latin America

US-based FuelCell Energy has announced a partnership with Abengoa in Spain to develop localized stationary fuel cell power plants for markets in Europe and Latin America. The partners will also install a 300 kW pilot project at the Abengoa headquarters in Seville.

FuturaGene sets up biomass R&D centre in China

Wood crop specialist FuturaGene has established its first biomass research and development centre in Shanghai, China, to help the country “meet its demand for sustainable fibre production and renewable energy sources.”

UK should approach bioenergy with caution

The UK could meet 10% of its energy demand using sustainable bionergy, but the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warns that the use of bioenergy is still controversial.

Biomass could provide 5th of global energy – without damaging food supply

Up to one fifth of global energy could be provided by biomass without damaging food production, according to a report from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).

Biofuel from sago waste in Malaysia

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) has started a project to extract biofuel from sago waste through its Sago Research Centre.

Doosan enters biomass market with majority stake in AE&E Lentjes

Doosan Power Systems has acquired the majority stake in AE&E Lentjes GmbH, which delivers process and plant engineering, boiler and environmental technologies as well as components for thermal power generation and energy-from-waste biomass plants.

UK's Renewable Heat Incentive opens for applications

The UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has now opened to applicants, providing payments for heat generated from renewable technologies including biomass boilers, solar thermal equipment and heat pumps installed since 15 July 2009.