GREEENAIR tells us about Europe’s first sustainable biojet fuel production facility. British Airways is about to become the first major European airline to use commercial-scale sustainable jet biofuel in its daily operations. In partnership with Solena Group, the airline anticipates using 16 million US gallons of biofuels produced annually from a new plant to be sited in east London, UK which is due to open in 2014. The plant will convert 500,000 tonnes of waste per year into enough jet fuel to meet BA’s entire needs at London City Airport. Using Solena’s plasma gasification technology, the facility will convert biomass and organic products derived from municipal waste into synthesis gas (BioSynGas), which will then be converted into renewable jet fuel. In addition, the plant will produce some 9 million gallons of bionaptha, which is used as a blending component in petrol and also as a feedstock for the petrochemicals industry, and 20 MW of electricity for the national grid or converted into steam to be used in a district heating system.

Brazilian company Raízen expects to begin commercial production of cellulosic ethanol in 2014 according to Ethanol Producer Magazine. Raízen, the world’s biggest sugar and ethanol producer, is a  joint venture between sugar company Cosan SA and Royal Dutch Shell.  The capacity of the first mill is expected to be 10.58 million gallons (40 million liters) and another 8 mills are to be added by 2024. Celllulosic or second generation ethanol uses special micro-organisms and often cellulosic material to improve yields from sugar cane and create new products beyond simply conventional ethanol, such as aviation fuel, diesel and industrial raw materials for plastics.

China is making biofuel from waste steel mill gas reports Biofuels Digest. The post discusses several facilities in the country which are converting waste gases from steel production to produce fuels and chemicals. China has a mandate of 10% biofuels by 2020 but has ruled out using food supplies (such as corn ethanol in the US). As a result, projects like waste steel gas to ethanol take on a greater significance in that country.

In the Canadian province of British Columbia a landfill site will be heating 600 homes says Design Build Source. The extracted methane gas is expected to provide 60,000 gigajoules of energy each year, enough to provide heating and hot water for some 630 homes in the city of Kelowna. The plant is expected to be operational by 2014.

In Waste Cooking Oil Goes From Grease to Green equities informs us how food retailers in the US are converting their used cooking oil and food waste into biofuel. Large retailers like Whole Foods Market, Buehler’s Food Markets and Willow Tree Poultry Farm are using the biofuel to produce electricity to power their operations or converting it into fuel to power their vehicles.

Balkans notes that in 2010 wood and wood waste were the main source of renewable energy in the EU. These accounted for more than three quarters of energy consumption from renewables in Estonia (96%), Lithuania (88%), Finland (85%), Poland (81%), Latvia (78%) and Hungary (77%) and less than a quarter in Cyprus (13%) and Italy (24%).

Electric Light & Power discusses The World Market for Biomass Power Plants 2012/2013. A new study from Research and Markets finds the biomass market is booming and some 820 power plants with electricity capacity of 12.5 GW will be commissioned by 2016. The increasing subsidization of renewable energy by governments is the main reason for this growth.

Click Green discusses the current economic state of Europe’s biomass industry on a country by country basis. See also Renewable Energy Magazine German biogas market slumps in contrast to Europe.

The Royal Society of Chemistry looks at the unforeseen consequences of biomass in the UK and EurActive says EU palm oil policy could destroy Indonesia’s forests.

The northern Germany seaport of Wismar is becoming an important port for the importation of wood pellets says lesprom. Heat and electricity generating companies all over Europe are converting their power stations to wood pellets and require large amounts of the green fuel, most of which is coming from North America. Hence the need for large ports to store the pellets for transhipment to generating plants across Europe.

Biomass Magazine writes that Resolute Forest Products will be supplying wood pellets to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to produce electricity for the Canadian province’s grid. The wood pellet plant will be built at the company’s sawmill in Thunder Bay, Ontario and commencing in 2014 will supply the electrical utility with an annual supply of 45,000 metric tons of pellets under a 10 year agreement. OPG is phasing out the use of coal at all of its plants by 2014 and the pellets will be used at its Atikokan, Ontario generation plant.

Midwest Energy News examines the potential for wood biomass to replace coal in the US.

ecogeneration looks at how an Austrian village became energy self-sufficient using bioenergy and what Australia might learn from this example. Mureck, a farming village of 4000, uses all the biomass in the region as its source of energy. Heat, electricity and fuel are produced from used cooking oil, canola oil, pig manure and forest residue.



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