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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: Bioenergy

Bioenergy or Biopower

Staving Off a Sunset [Biomass in California]

Biomass Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Bruce Dorminey.

"While California’s biomass power industry continues its struggle for survival, fuel suppliers are left without a home for mounting materials."

Doubly Renewable [Anaerobic Digestion & Ethanol]

Manure Manager, Mar/Apr 2016, by Treena Hein.

"Innovative anaerobic digester project in California supports another renewable energy facility: ethanol."

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), April 2015.

"Led by researchers from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, the SCOPE report is the collective effort of 137 experts from 82 institutions and 24 countries to document and analyze impacts, benefits, and constraints related to the global expansion of bioenergy. Contributors include several BETO-funded scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

Integrating Anaerobic Digestion With Composting

BioCycle, Nov. 2014, by Tom Kraemer and Scott Gamble.

"Which is better for managing source separated organics, anaerobic digestion or aerobic composting? “It’s not an either-or proposition,” suggest the authors."

Research Aims to Help Dairy Farmers Generate Sustainable Energy

Nevada Today, University of Nevada, Reno, Oct. 1, 2014, by Kirstin Swagman.

"A new, collaborative grant at the University of Nevada, Reno will further research into biomass conversion by developing a cost-effective process for large-scale dairy farmers to generate energy from manure.

The University's new grant, "Sun Grant: Power/Waste Biomass," totals more than $600,000 over two years, with the bulk of the funds coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture."


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