July 22, 2016
US Deputy Secretary of Energy, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, has urged the energy industry to attract more young people and more women into the sector to help tackle climate change. She made the comments at a roundtable discussion on ‘The importance of women in energy’, held by UK-based NGO Energy Institute and POWERful Women, a group that aims to get more women... [Read More]

July 22, 2016
US-based energy developer DCO Energy has appointed Evoqua to provide equipment and services for a new biomass cogeneration project for consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. The $200 million (€181m), 50 MW biomass/wood waste-to-energy plant, to be built by DCO Energy in Albany, Georgia, will provide 100% of the steam energy used by P&G's Albany manufacturing... [Read More]

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July 22, 2016
A team of UK researchers, including experts from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a cheap catalyst. It is the first time that this method has been demonstrated and could potentially lead to a sustainable way of producing hydrogen, which... [Read More]

July 21, 2016
Wood processing specialist Canfor has opened two new wood pellet plants worth C$58 million (€40.3m) in Canada’s British Columbia. The two plants, located at Fort St. John and Chetwynd, were built at Canfor's existing sawmills and have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets, Prince George Citizen reports. The Chetwynd plant... [Read More]

July 21, 2016
The UK’s House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has today launched a new inquiry into the economics of the UK energy market. UK energy policy over the last decade has focused on three objectives: maintaining continuous supplies of energy and minimising threats to energy security; ensuring that the costs of energy supply are competitive for business and individual... [Read More]

July 20, 2016
Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer, has launched a new insurance proposition for biogas and solar plants, projects, or facilities in the UK and Ireland. Biogas and solar are playing an increasing role in the UK's energy mix with 200 biogas plants in operation across the country. In early July, for the first time ever,... [Read More]

July 20, 2016
Brazil's power sector regulator Aneel has licensed a 5MW biomass project that won a contract in the A-5 energy auction held on 29 April. Aneel's licences confirm the tax regularity and the legal, technical, economic, and financial qualifications of the projects. Owned by local Predilecta Alimentos, the wood chip-fuelled plant will begin commercial... [Read More]

July 19, 2016
UK-based waste management company Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) has begun site preparation works at its Gloucestershire energy-from-waste (EfW) plant, despite concerns over the site’s effects on public health. To be located at Javelin Park, Gloucestershire, UBB hopes to have the construction work begin in earnest in September 2016. The company has signed a contract... [Read More]

July 18, 2016
The global death rate from air pollution will skyrocket in the next few decades lest the energy buckles down and significantly reduces its emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. In the Energy and Air Pollution special report under the World Energy Outlook, IEA says an estimated 6.5 million death are caused by air pollution annually. Of these deaths, 3.5... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
UK-based energy-from-waste (EfW) technology supplier, Energos, has entered administration, due to “cash flow issues caused by contractual disputes with their two main contractors”. Matthew Wild and Lindsey Cooper of RSM Restructuring Advisory have been appointed joint administrators of Energos. The company had four ongoing contracts for the... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
French resource management company Veolia has signed a five-year contract with Lowell Energy AD for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester. Under the contract, Veolia is charged with improving performance of the anaerobic digestion (AD) system to increase biogas and power output.  Commissioned in 2015, the Lowell Energy biogas-to-electricity... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
The abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has prompted mixed views from the UK’s renewable energy sector. The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May scrapped DECC in her Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday (14 July). DECC policy areas will now move to the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The energy portfolio will... [Read More]

July 14, 2016
The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), a representative of the UK AD industry, has called for “more ambition” for anaerobic digestion from the government in its response to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) consultation, which was submitted today. The consultation, which considers tariff levels and scheme rules from 2017, proposed to leave “caps”... [Read More]

July 14, 2016
Arizona’s first attempt to generate electricity with a mix of biomass and coal will take place later this year, using debris from forest thinning projects in northern Arizona, US. The test run will take place at the Coronado Generating Station in eastern Arizona, operated by the Salt River Project (SRP), reports Knau Arizona Public Radio. Officials plan to burn... [Read More]

July 14, 2016
Within 25 years, the US could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits, a new study finds. The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the US Department of Energy (DOE)... [Read More]

July 14, 2016
A UK biogas company has been ordered to pay £20,000 (€23,859) for poor management of a facility and polluting waterways. The UK Environment Agency said Trinity Hall Biogas poorly managed its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, which led to watercourses being polluted, the Energy Live News reports. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard... [Read More]

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