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Biomass based marine fuel plant to rise in Port of Frederikshavn

The Danish port of Frederikshavn will be the site of the world’s first biomass to biofuel plant specifically for marine fuel. Canadian clean energy solutions company Steeper Energy and Aalborg University are partnering with the Port of Frederikshavn to establish a biofuel plant to produce sustainable sulfur-free marine fuel that will serve the over 100,000 vessels passing through the port annually. The availability...

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Renewable Energy Group upgrades Minnesota biodiesel facility

The Renewable Energy Group has completed upgrades to its 30-million gallon biodiesel refinery in southern Minnesota. The $21 million upgrade project began last October at the Albert Lea biorefinery. The upgrade will allow the plant to use multiple raw materials such as waste animal fats and greases and inedible corn oil, in addition to the refined vegetable oils the facility was originally built to process...

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Cool Planet to open first commercial biorefinery in Louisiana

Cool Planet Energy Systems will open their first commercial biorefinery in Alexandria, Louisiana. The facility on the Port of Alexandria in Rapides Parish will serve as a showcase facility leading the way for Cool Planet to build similar facilities across the United States. Construction on the facility is expected to be complete before the end of 2014. Cool Planet is a developer of small scale biorefineries which...

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U.S. targets 16.55 billion gallons of biofuel in 2013

Around 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels is to be blended into the Unites States fuel supply in 2013. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set the 2013 percentage standards for alternative fuel categories in the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The Energy Independence and Security Act established the R.F.S. program and the annual renewable fuel volume targets, with the goal of steadily...

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High-energy algae successfully grown at All-gas project

The All-gas project, the world’s largest projects to convert algae into clean energy using wastewater, has successfully grown its first crop of algae biomass. The European Union backed project located in Chiclana, Southern Spain aims to prove that it is possible to obtain low-cost biofuel from algae grown in wastewater. The All-gas project uses wastewater and carbon dioxide generated in biomass boilers to feed algae which are in turn...

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First commercial-scale bioethanol facility in the United States operating in Florida

Florida is now home to the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol project in the United States. Bioenergy company INEOS Bio has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at their Indian River BioEnergy Center near Vero Beach Florida. First ethanol shipments will be released this month. The Center will have an annual output of 8 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year derived from vegetative,...

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Australian scientists discover fast-growing algae for biofuel

Scientists at the University of Queensland have discovered fast-growing algae that could allow for cheaper and more efficient biofuel production. A team at the university’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, led by Dr. Evan Stephens, has identified hundreds of native species of microscopic algae from freshwater and saltwater environments around Australia. Testing the algae out against thousands of environmental conditions in...

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OriginOil processing sewage to grow algae in Paris

OriginOil has developed a process to treat liquid sewage at the point of origin and use it to feed and grow algae for fuel. A prototype of the system, known as the Electro Water Separation system, is now installed at an urban algae demonstration site near Paris. The system generates clean, nitrate-rich water which is then fed to algae grown on the building’s roofs. “This prototype waste treatment system from OriginOil worked...

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U.S. Clean Air Act now covers biomass power plants

United States’ Clean Air Act limits on carbon dioxide pollution now apply to power plants that burn biomass, following a federal court ruling. The decision was made last July 12 by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals which found that the Environmental Protection Agency had improperly exempted all sources of biogenic carbon dioxide from otherwise applicable permitting requirements. Under the Clean Air...

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Hydrocarbon biofuels get $13 million from U.S. Energy Department

Next generation biofuels research in the United States is getting $13 million in investments from the Energy Department. In line with the Obama administration’s efforts to cut down carbon pollution and increase its energy security, the Department of Energy has been taking steps to speed the development of clean and renewable biofuels. The end goal is to produce cost-competitive drop-in biofuels at $3 per gallon by...

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