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Looking beyond 2012
Posted December 9, 2009



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W2 Energy moves forward with pilot plant, mobile gasifiers

Laurel, Md., has commissioned W2 Energy Inc., headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, to build a pilot plant for the conversion of municipal solid waste into synthetic diesel fuel and electricity. W2 has deployed "a mobile plasma-assisted-gasifier" small enough to fit inside a 45 ft. trailer, with capacity to covert 4 tons of MSW per day from Laurel's landfill. "In addition to the Laurel project, we have plans to start manufacturing more of these mobile units," said Mike McLaren of W2 Energy. "We think the marketplace is huge for products like this."READ MORE

OriginOil signs MOU with Japanese researchers

OriginOil Inc.will be collaborating with Japan's Research Institute of Tsukuba Bio-Tech to develop algae-to-jet fuel technologies. RITB recently received funding to develop algae-to-jet fuel applications from the Japan Science and Technology Agency.READ MORE Pacific West Biomass Conference

BiofuelBox wins World Economic Forum award

The World Economic Forum, a nonprofit organization that holds its annual meeting next month in Davos, Switzerland, has given an award to a biodiesel company for the first time. BiofuelBox Corp. is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and turns wastewater sludge into biodiesel. "The World Economic Forum recognizes companies they feel have the potential to change the world," said Rick Reddy of BiofuelBox. "There are five 'pillars' WEF uses to evaluate different enterprises-energy, climate change, water, education and healthcare-they saw that what we are doing fits into to three out of five of those categories."READ MORE

Explosion in glycerin refining area shuts down Imperium

Imperium Renewables Grays Harbor had nicely begun producing after a protracted shut down due to poor economic conditions when a Dec. 2 explosion shut the plant down again. "As we continue to assess the incident we are extremely thankful that no one was injured," Imperium CEO John Plaza said. "We remain committed to restarting our plant as soon as possible to produce the highest quality biofuel."READ MORE

German biodiesel industry recommends policy changes

The newest proposal from the German government doesn't go far enough to revitalize the biodiesel market industry leaders argued at the seventh biofuels conference held in early December in Berlin. The German BioEnergy Association (BBE) and the German Union for Promoting Oil Seeds and Protein Plants (UFOP) cosponsored the annual industry conference that attracted more than 450 stakeholders in the biofuel sector from 30 countries.READ MORE

Recovery act funds granted to 19 advanced biofuel projects

Several biomass-based diesel projects are among the 19 advanced biorefinery projects receiving up to $564 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate the construction of pilot, demonstration and commercial scale facilities producing advanced biofuels, biopower and bioproducts using biomass feedstocks. The announcement was made Dec. 4 by U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.READ MORE

Copenhagen summit could mean big business for biodiesel

The Copenhagen Climate Change Summit kicked off Monday and it is the largest round of political negotiations involving the environment since the Japanese talks that led to the now famous Kyoto Protocol. Several things are expected to come out of Copenhagen-if not a firm treaty-outlining a carbon pricing or cap-and-trade system. "Any deal that puts a price on carbon is bound to be good for biofuels," said Bliss Baker, spokesman for the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance.READ MORE
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