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Storm-Damaged Wood Powers Biomass Plant

Linda Hardesty

Ameresco’s biomass cogeneration facility located at the US Department of Energy Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC, is using storm-damaged timber as a result of the major ice storm in the region during February. Ameresco has been working with local officials and collectors to utilize the damaged wood for renewable energy in lieu of it   …Continue Reading


Turkey Farm Installs 179 Biomass Boilers

Linda Hardesty

British turkey producer Bernard Matthews hired Lumicity to roll out 179 biomass boilers at 21 of its turkey farms in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Lincolnshire. The dry heat biomass systems will improve circulation of heat and reduce ventilation requirements. Lumicity identified the sites, designed the project, advised Bernard Matthews through the process of tendering and negotiating,   …Continue Reading


Bioelectrically Enhanced Wastewater Powers Brewery

Linda Hardesty

The Bear Republic Brewery in Cloverdale, Calif., is using a bioelectrically enhanced wastewater-to-energy system from Cambrian Innovation. The EcoVolt system uses electrically active microbes to treat wastewater while simultaneously generating renewable biogas sufficient to generate up to 50 percent of brewery’s electricity needs and greater than 20 percent of the brewery’s heat needs. The technology offers   …Continue Reading


Farmers Should Turn Ag Waste into Energy, Says Professor

Linda Hardesty

University of Missouri scientists recommend that farmers use their agricultural waste to create a bioenergy grid. “Transporting power through power lines to remote, rural areas is very inefficient and can be expensive for farmers and other rural citizens,” said Tom Johnson, the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the MU College of   …Continue Reading


GE Invests $1.4B in New Distributed Power Business

Linda Hardesty

GE is spending $1.4 billion over four years to launch a new business – GE Distributed Power – that combines three product lines: Aeroderivative Gas Turbines, Jenbacher Gas Engines and Waukesha Gas Engines. GE says the new business will help meet the world’s growing demand for on-site power systems that are easier to finance, faster   …Continue Reading


Army Awards 20 More Contracts to Renewable Energy Firms

Linda Hardesty

The US Army Corps of Engineers awarded 20 base contracts to companies in three of the four energy-related technologies that are part of the $7 billion capacity, large-scale renewable and alternative energy power production Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).  The 20 contracts are for the following technologies: solar (15), wind (3) and biomass (2).   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

William Opalka

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. The hybrid fuel cell can use a wide variety of biomass sources, including starch, cellulose, lignin – and even switchgrass, powdered wood and algae. The new   …Continue Reading


Meat Processor Converts Waste to Energy

Linda Hardesty

BioConversion Solutions has been hired to provide a $43 million biogas conversion system that will generate electricity, steam, and clean water at Bindaree Beef’s new bio-digester and rendering plant in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia. It will also minimize odor and water issues at the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to Australian Ministry of   …Continue Reading


Ohio, Michigan YMCAs Want 100% Renewable Energy

Linda Hardesty

The YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo is collaborating with Clean Green Energy (CGE) for renewable energy at the group’s 35 facilities throughout Michigan and Ohio. The partners are in the process of negotiating site-specific power purchase agreements (PPAs) to fulfill the YMCA’s vision of becoming a net zero operation. The YMCA’s only obligation will   …Continue Reading


Constellation Builds Biogas Plant for LA Sanitation

Linda Hardesty

Constellation signed an agreement with the City of Los Angeles to design, build and operate a 27 MW renewable energy power plant at LA Sanitation’s Hyperion Treatment Plant. The sewage treatment process at Hyperion generates a class 1 renewable fuel known as digester gas. The new power plant, which will cost about $130 million to   …Continue Reading


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