BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFAccording to POET-DSM Advanced Biofuel, their first commercial cellulosic bio-ethanol plant remains on schedule for startup in the first part of 2014 as workers continue equipment installation and other activity through the winter. “Project LIBERTY” will produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel per year – later ramping up to 25 million gallons – from corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk. Commissioning for select parts of the process is scheduled to begin in January.
  • Amyris, Inc. has announced an agreement to sell senior convertible promissory notes in a private placement for $28 million in cash proceeds. Under the terms of the agreement, one of Amyris’s largest stockholders, Temasek, in conjunction with new investors affiliated with Wolverine Asset Management, agreed to purchase an aggregate $28 million of the notes. Temasek’s participation will complete its commitment to purchase notes under the Company’s previously announced two-stage convertible note placement. Amyris expects the closing of this placement to occur on or about January 15, 2014.
  • Vestas has received a 117 MW order for the first utility-scale wind power plant to be built in Jordan. The project consists of 38 V112-3.0 MW turbines which will be installed about 180 km south of Amman, in the Tafila region, Jordan. Delivery of the turbines will start in the second quarter of 2014, and the wind power plant is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2015. The contract for the Al Tafila wind power plant includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, civil and electrical works, a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution as well as a 10-year custom-designed energy based service agreement for the entire wind power plant. The order has been placed by Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC), a company set up by InfraMed Infrastructure, Masdar and EP Global Energy (EPGE).
  • BBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 7th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, taking place March 24-26 in Orlando, FL. The 2014 main program will include 30-plus panels and more than 100 speakers, including 90 technical presentations, all within the structured framework of four informative tracks: Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass; Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal; Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas; and Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals.

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