Developing Economies Increasing their Share of Renewable Capacity

Carl Weinschenk

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported this week that in 2014 developing nations attracted more investment in renewable power generation than developed economies, according to North American Wind and Power. The story says that BNEF made the claim based on work done by Climatescope, an index used by the U.K., U.S. and the Inter-American Development   …Continue Reading

Advances and Challenges for the Bioenergy Sector

Carl Weinschenk

A forum on bioenergy at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in early November pointed to both good news and concerns for the sector. The fate of an alternative to any established product or service depends on the health – economic and otherwise – of the incumbent. That is at bad news for bioenergy, at least   …Continue Reading

Toyota Plant in Kentucky Rolls Out Bioenergy

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, KY, is slated to begin using bioenergy next week, according to IndustryWeek. The story says that the system will rely on methane produced at the Central Kentucky Landfill, which is about six-and-a-half miles away. It will generate 1 MW per hour, which is the energy needed to create about 10,000 vehicles   …Continue Reading

Big Biogas Project Underway Down Under

Carl Weinschenk

Biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower and Aquatec Maxcon are building a plant in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. PennEnergy reports that the 1 MW biogas plant will be one of the first in the nation. The goal is to make Yarra Valley Water’s Aurora plant energy self-sufficient. Two stainless steel digesters will be fed 100   …Continue Reading

IKEA Plans Big Solar System at Las Vegas Store

Carl Weinschenk

IKEA this week said it is putting the largest single-use solar energy system atop a commercial building in Nevada on its store in Las Vegas, which is slated to open next summer. The press release says that the installation will begin during the winter and be completed this spring. The store itself is huge: It will   …Continue Reading

Walmart, Apple Lead On-Site Renewables Challenge

Karen Henry

Walmart, Apple and the US Department of Energy are the top three on-site renewable power users, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Green Power Partners. Coca-Cola and General Motors round out the top five. As of October 26, 307 organizations have joined the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, using a total of more than 1.1 billion kWh of   …Continue Reading

Fort Drum Powered by On-Post Biomass Plant

Carl Weinschenk

Fort Drum, which is in Jefferson County, New York, is being powered by an on-post biomass plant. The goal is to fulfill the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, which calls for a quarter of the Department of Defense’s energy to come from renewable sources. The Army created a separate goal of generating 1 GW of renewable   …Continue Reading

BMW to Use Biogas to Power South African Factory

Carl Weinschenk

A Bloomberg story posted at Renewable Energy World describes the use of biogas at a BMW plant in Rosslyn, South Africa, which is about 50 miles northwest of Pretoria. The German auto manufacturer has a 10-year contract with Bio2Watt to create as much as 4.4 MW of electricity from biogas collected in the fields surrounding   …Continue Reading

Department of Agriculture: REAP Loans, Grants Available

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging rural small businesses to apply for loans and grants aimed at renewable energy and energy-related projects, according to a press release from the agency reposted at Biomass Magazine. The USDA, according to the release, is accepting applications for loans and grants for new “renewable energy systems and energy   …Continue Reading

New Biomass Bed Material Increases Efficiency, Cuts Costs

Carl Weinschenk

A change in the material used as a bed in biomass operations has been found to make the process far less expensive to run and maintain while improving efficiency, according to Biomass Magazine. The process is being developed by researchers from energy firm EON and Chalmers University of Technology, which is in Gothenburg, Sweden. The work   …Continue Reading