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  • Generating biomass fuel from disaster debris

    Generating biomass fuel from disaster debris

    Natural disasters create massive amounts of vegetative debris, the majority of which is landfilled or open burned. These environmentally harmful practices are the norm partly out of necessity and convenience, with a focus on clearing material as ...

    Rhodes Yepsen

  • Fuel alternatives for heavy equipment

    Fuel alternatives for heavy equipment

    High fuel prices are leading composters and wood grinders to reevaluate diesel-guzzling heavy equipment, looking to alternatives that are both more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. This could be as “simple” as filling up existing ...

    Rhodes Yepsen

  • Commericalizing cellulosic ethanol

    Commericalizing cellulosic ethanol

    Cellulosic biofuels, produced from nonfood feedstock, are expected to play a critical role in reducing the country`s dependence on imported oil. EISA, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, calls for the production of 100 million gallons ...

    Diane Greer

  • High-strength wastes boost biogas production

    High-strength wastes boost biogas production

    Water and wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) are significant consumers of energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the industry uses the equivalent of 56 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, representing three percent of ...

    Diane Greer

  • National brewery benefits from biogas

    National brewery benefits from biogas

    Anheuser-Busch has installed anaerobic digestion systems at 10 of its 12 large breweries in the U.S., with an 11th system in design. Primary drivers are cost-avoidance for wastewater treatment fees and fossil fuel purchases. ANHEUSER-BUSCH, owner ...

    Katherine Gekas

  • Biomass energy outlook

    Biomass energy outlook

    Over the last three or four weeks, my newsletter, Burning Bio News, has been oddly extreme. Timothy Searchinger, Princeton University, is churning out more antibiofuel hearsay. Dennis Avery, Hudson Institute, was in the news again putting a ...

    Mark Jenner

  • Ethanol by-product raises biogas output

    Ethanol by-product raises biogas output

    In 2007, the City of Fergus Falls, Minnesota undertook a study to evaluate adding thick corn stillage to the anaerobic digesters at its wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The goal was to determine the potential for codigesting syrup with biosolids ...

    Diane Greer

  • Biogas production and potential from U.S. Wastewater Treatment

    Biogas production and potential from U.S. Wastewater Treatment

    How many wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) have anaerobic digestion? How many are utilizing the biogas? What percentage of these facilities are feeding additional substrates into their digesters? How is the biogas being used — is it ...

    Maile Lono-Batura;Yinan Qi;Ned Beecher

  • Bioenergy Outlook: Defending the renewable fuels standard

    Bioenergy Outlook: Defending the renewable fuels standard

    Although major advances in climate change and renewable energy policies are unlikely this year, there is still much that can and must be done. It is true that there are major obstacles to progress in Washington DC, but further repeating the ...

    Edward Niblock

  • Golden opportunities in the golden state

    Golden opportunities in the golden state

    California can be a tough place to do business, but a number of new policies are in place to make it easier to develop bioenergy projects. In 2012, the state adopted a new Bioenergy Action Plan and passed several laws to promote electricity and ...

    Julia Levin

  • AD and Biogas Technology Developments in UK

    AD and Biogas Technology Developments in UK

    The anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association’s fourth annual trade show and conference — UK AD & Biogas 2013 — attracted a busy stream of visitors to Birmingham, England in early July, demonstrating a growing interest in this ...

    David Riggle

  • Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University

    Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University

    Perched on the wind-sculpted bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) is one of the world’s leading research universities, with an average R&D budget of $1 billion in each of the last three years. ...

    Marsha W. Johnston

  • Energy Company Of The Future

    Energy Company Of The Future

    Mary Powell, CEO, is leading Green Mountain Power to be a positive force for change, taking the path of lower cost, clean energy. “I am driven to make things better and am not afraid of doing things differently and taking risks,” she ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • American Biogas Council Policy Update

    American Biogas Council Policy Update

    ABC staff and members met with White House staff, legislators and federal agency officials during a recent fly-in to Washington, D.C. The American Biogas Council is celebrating its fifth year as the association for the anaerobic digestion and ...

    Maureen Walsh;Dayanita Ramesh

  • Moving Wisconsin’s Biogas Industry Forward

    Moving Wisconsin’s Biogas Industry Forward

    A recent survey of Wisconsin’s biogas industry — which includes 172 anaerobic digesters —highlights challenges and solutions needed to advance biogas facility development. Wisconsin boasts one of the highest number of anaerobic ...

    Clinton Fandrich;Amanda Mott

  • Power Of Partnerships In Sports Greening

    Power Of Partnerships In Sports Greening

    Professional and collegiate sports teams, and their leagues, develop vital partnerships to green their venues, operations and supply chain, while engaging fans to adopt sustainable behaviors. An overarching theme of the 2016 Green Sports Alliance ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • Tax Credit Tips For Biogas Projects

    Tax Credit Tips For Biogas Projects

    With the end of 2016 in plain view, anaerobic digestion (AD) projects in the development phase should examine what has to happen by December 31 in order to tap into available federal tax credits. Under current law, Section 45 of the federal tax code ...

    Kathy Parker

  • BioEnergy Outlook: Interesting Times

    BioEnergy Outlook: Interesting Times

    There is no historical evidence that the expression “may you live in interesting times” is actually a Chinese curse, but, apocryphal or not, it seems appropriate in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. Regardless of one’s ...

    Ted Niblock

  • What The AD Industry Can Learn From Solar Standardization

    What The AD Industry Can Learn From Solar Standardization

    Applying a proven project finance model to the anaerobic digestion industry is the best way to ensure projects get built and operate profitably over the long-term. THE U.S. anaerobic digestion (AD) market represents an attractive, multibillion ...

    Janice Tran;John Dannan

  • Basics Of Biogas Upgrading

    Basics Of Biogas Upgrading

    Several powerful incentives are driving biogas generators to consider upgrading their biogas to meet standards for pipeline injection and vehicle fuel markets. Producing renewable natural gas (RNG) can create opportunities to monetize lucrative RIN, ...