17 November 2016 01:04 PM GMT

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels including hydrogen and hydrocarbons. “Our findings pave the way for future engineering of the bacterium as a way to improve carbon efficiency and to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment,” said Katherine Chou, staff scientist at the NREL.

August 29th 2016
Enerkem Pioneering Conversion Of Municipal Solid Waste Into Biofuels

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada, became the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol. It announced that it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada.

August 15th 2016
Ellomay Capital Sees Growth, Investing €200m In Dutch Waste To Energy Projects

Ellomay Capital from Israel has signed an agreement with Ludan Engineering, from the Netherlands, to develop €200m ($220m) waste-to-energy projects in Netherlands.As part of the deal, Ellomay will acquire at least 51% interest in each project while Ludan will hold the remaining 49% stake.The deals are subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions, including projects reaching financial close and receiving a subsidy from the Dutch authorities. The overall cost of the projects is estimated to be approximately €200m.

August 15th 2016
Danish Investment Fund Acquires $208m, Biomass Fired, UK CHP Power Plant

The fund Copenhagen Infrastructure II and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) have acquired 100% of the biomass-fired combined heat and power plant project in Kent, UK. The power plant will have a capacity of 27.8 MW and will be fired primarily with virgin wood sourced locally in the UK. The Fund has also taken the investment decision to construct the project. The total investment in the Kent project will amount to approximately $208m.

August 12th 2016
Electricity Generation From Biomass In The US Grows By 15%

Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatt-hours (TWh) in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. In 2015, electricity generation from biomass across all sectors accounted for 11.3% of renewable electricity generation and 1.6% of total electricity generation in the United States. Nearly half of the electricity generated from biomass in 2015 was at industrial facilities outside of the electric power sector, such as pulp and paper mills. Within the electric power sector, biomass accounted for 6.3% of renewable electricity and 0.8% of total U.S. electricity generation.

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August 11th 2016
Solar Frontier Powers Device To Recycle Waste And Support Tourism In Bolivia

Solar Frontier has announced that it has provided the solar panels for a solar energy system to Projecto YOSI, an organization working to keep Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, clean and promote sustainable tourism in the region. Projecto YOSI will use the solar energy system, consisting of 40 solar panels, to power a device to recycle plastic waste into petrol, whilst also helping to address the growing problem of litter in the area. Furthermore, it’s doing so working with the local community.

August 9th 2016
U.S Department Of Energy $7m Project Funding For Fuel and Engine Technologies

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

August 4th 2016
UBM Focuses On Indonesia: Launches New Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Show

UBM has launched a major Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency trade show in Indonesia; with an emphasis on optimizing the potential of renewable energy. It also has a strong focus on supporting the sector and contributing to national energy security. Tri Mumpuni – CEO of Institute of Public Business and Economic (IBEKA), attending the press launch of Renewable Energy Indonesia said: “The economic growth will boost domestic energy needs and this will, in turn, open up opportunities for public and private investments. The […]

August 3rd 2016
New York State To Generate 50% Of Its Electricity From Clean Energy By 2030

The third-largest state economy in the US will soon obtain half of its electricity needs from renewable energy thanks to a new measure approved by the New York Public Service commission. The Empire State’s new Clean Energy Standard will diversify the state’s electricity by requiring utilities and other energy suppliers to procure over 26 percent of the state’s electricity mix with clean and renewable energy resources, including solar and wind power, in 2017, and over 30 percent by 2021, rising to 50 percent by 2030.

July 20th 2016
SoftBank Investment In India Could Exceed $10 billion. Emphasis On Clean Energy

With a series of investments in India already, SoftBank claims its investments in the country will exceed $10 billion during the next 5 to 10 years. Masayoshi Son, Chairman, and CEO of SoftBank stated that the Japanese telecom and internet giant will make its first $350 million investment in a solar project in India. “We have already invested US $2 billion and we are interested in investing more,” he said. “India has a great future. We are interested in investing in Internet companies and also in solar energy. We would make strong commitments.”

July 14th 2016
Energy Generation: IEA Finds Notable Growth In Renewables, Decline in Coal, Oil

The International Energy Agency (IEA) shared that energy generation from renewable energy sources grew by 16% across the 34 nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015. A 1% decrease in combustible fuels was also noticed; such as coal, gas, and oil, as well as combustible renewables and waste energy sources.

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