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Wisconsin utility to construct 50-MW biomass plant at Domtar’s Rotschild mill site

We Energies, the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas, will add to its renewable energy portfolio by constructing a US $250-million biomass-fueled power plant at Domtar Corporation’s paper mill in Rotschild, Wisconsin. The plant will use wood, waste

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Germany: Government-subsidized 10-MW biomass plant under construction

In Germany, a biomass gasification power plant with significant investment from the government will be implementing new technology designed for decentralized heat and power generation. The plant is currently under construction at Geislingen-Türkheim, near the Swabian Alb.

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Nexterra receives 7.7 million dollars to commercialize biomass CHP system

Several Canadian research institutions and organizations awarded Nexterra Systems Corp., a leading supplier of biomass gasification systems, with 7.7 million Canadian dollars in funding for the commercialization of the company’s high efficiency biomass combined heat and power system.

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Scottish and Southern Energy plans 400-MW biomass proposal with JV partner

Forth Energy, the joint venture between utility Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) and Forth Ports PLC, said it is proposing four dedicated biomass power stations at four sites in Scotland. The plants are planned to have a total installed capacity of 400 megawatts (MW), and are proposed

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Alternative fuel for military to be discussed in energy conference

A conference that will try to address rising military fuel costs through alternative fuel innovations will be held on October 19-20 in Washington DC, hosted by the American Institute of Engineers, an association of engineers and scientists. Organized by Technology Training Corp, a California-based

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Mercedes-Benz launches improved fuel cell model to be produced in late ‘09

Mercedes-Benz just launched its fuel cell car, the B Class F-CELL, which has improvements in output, torque, operating range and starting characteristics, among others, over the F-CELL A-Class launched in 2004. Mercedes-Benz’s F-CELL car uses a lithium-ion battery with an output of 35 kilowatts

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India launches world's first hydrogen-powered three-wheeler

The world’s first hydrogen-powered three-wheeler vehicle, the Hy-Alfa, was recently launched at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention 2009 in New Delhi, India. The hydrogen powered internal combustion engine manufactured by Indian tractor manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra

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New bacteria strain to improve biobutanol production

Engineers at Ohio State University have found a way to double the production of the biofuel butanol using a new strain of bacteria. Butanol for fuel is currently produced by brewing it in a bacterial fermentation tank. Normally, bacteria can only produce a certain amount of butanol

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Rwanda’s methane gas power plant to generate up to 700 MW

Rwanda’s 4.5-megawatt (MW) Lake Kivu methane gas power plant at the Rubavu District was recently visited by World Bank president Robert Zoellick who praised the project for its potential of continuously producing 500-700 MW for 50 years.

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Customers rave about new green fuel—XcelPlus

Customers of a new biofuel produced by biomass-based fuel manufacturer XcelPlus Global Holdings, Inc. are giving positive feedback on the firm’s renewable fuel, the company reported. After its recent business success in the US Southeast, the company is targeting Florida

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