Clean Technica tells us shrub willow is producing biofuel in the US state of New York. The 1100 acre Celtic Energy Farm supplies a utility company which uses the fuel to produce electricity.800 acres produces 1 MW of electricity or enough to power 750 homes for a year. See also Evening Tribune Energy from willows comes of age in upstate NY.

TheBioenergySite notes that Russia has its largest biogas plant. BD AgroRenewables has consturcted the plant in the agricultural region of Belgorod, 700 kilometers south of Moscow.  Using maize silage, slurry and slaughterhouse waste, the facility produces 2.4 MW of electricity. This is enough to power 10,000 households. In the next few years, AltEnergo plans to build about 150 additional biogas plants in the region to enable farms to abandon their need for fossil fuels. According to a prediction from Russian experts, 150,000 GW of electricity could be generated by biogas in that country. This matches the power output of about 100 nuclear power stations.

From ieee spectrum we learn Brazil is starting to experiment with the production of cellulosic ethanol. A facility in the northeast of the country is using the leftovers of the sugcarcane-to ethanol process (bagasse and straw) to produce more ethanol. However, because cellulosic ethanol is made from agricultural waste and nonfood cropa it does not compete with the food supply.  The hope of turning raw materials like sugarcane bagasse, switchgrass, wood chips, wheat straw, and corn ­stover into useable fuel has led to a worldwide race for technologies that can make cellulosic ethanol profitable. So far this has not happened as it costs more to make ethanol from cellulose than from corn or sugarcane because of the extra equipment, chemicals, and steps involved. The Brazilian start-up, GraalBio, hopes to overcome those obstacles by using advanced techology and the abundant waste of nearby sugarcane ethanol producers. The plant it is building will be South America’s first and one of the world’s only commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants. When completed, the plant will produce 82 million liters (22 million gallons) of cellulosic ethanol per year. ­Nearly ­every car sold in the country has a flex-fuel engine, apable of running on gasoline, ethanol, or any mix of both. If this facility is successful, GraalBio plants on building five more plants by 2017.

Still with ethanol, The Hindu says the Indian state of Karnataka is planning to set up pilot plants for the production of bio-ethanol from cashew apple and coffee pulp and SUSTAINABLEBusiness thinks the commercialization of cellulosic biofuel is finally making some progress in the US.

Whiskey is being turned into energy reports the WALL STREET DAILY. Scotland’s Celtic Renewables is converting waste products that come from producing whiskey into butanol, which could eventually power automobiles. The company uses bacteria to ferment unused barley and leftover liquids to create the fuel. The company also hopes to use beer by-products, as well.

Poland is getting a combined heat and power plant fueled by biomass says Energy Business Review. The 40 MW plant to be built in Lublin will use feedstocks such as straw and wood biomass sourced from farmers in the region.

Thailand will have a pilot biomass gasification project in the central province of Saraburi, reports PennEnergy. The new 1 MW biomass gasification unit is expected to start operation at the end of this year. As part of the project, farmers will be encouraged to plant fast-growing crops, while the Nong Kae municipality in Saraburi will provide 30 tonnes of waste daily.

In the North Yorkshire region of the UK a landfill is providing electricity to 2000 homes notes Environmental News Network.

Waste Management will be converting discarded plastic into oil in the US state of Oregon reports fuel Fix. The pilot plant in Portland will rely mainly on discarded material from local manufacturing plants, mostly wrap, sheeting and hard plastics like those found in toys. By recovering that petroleum, the first of its kind plant is projected to produce about 75,000 barrels of oil a year. “Sometime by the third quarter of 2013, we will be able to make a call on whether or not it’s working the way we expect it to and where else we’re going to start building”, said Bill Caesar, Waste Management’s president of recycling and organic growth.





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