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  • Biofactories-009_177_

    Newman's biotech company is creating new organisms, mostly forms of genetically modified yeast, at the dizzying rate of more than 1,500 a day. Some convert sugar into medicines. Others create moisturisers that can be used in cosmetics. And still others make biofuel, a renewable energy source usually made from corn.

    "You can now build a cell the same way you might build an app for your iPhone," said Newman, chief science officer of Amyris.

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    Some believe this kind of work marks the beginning of a third industrial revolution – one based on using living systems as "bio-factories" for creating substances that are either too tricky or too expensive to grow in nature or to make with petrochemicals.

    The rush to biological means of production promises to revolutionise the chemical industry and transform the economy, but it also raises questions about environmental safety and biosecurity and revives ethical debates about "playing God". Hundreds of products are in the pipeline.

    Laboratory-grown artemisinin, a key anti-malarial drug, went on sale in April with the potential to help stabilise supply issues. A vanilla flavouring that promises to be significantly cheaper than the costly extract made from beans grown in rainforests is scheduled to hit the markets in 2014. Last month, Amyris announced another milestone – a memorandum of understanding with Brazil's largest low-cost airline, GOL Linhas Aére...

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    Herald bulletin: Former town official says he does not believe company planned to defraud anyone…

    MIDDLETOWN — this week buyers removed truckloads of alternative fuel processing equipment from a former biodiesel plant.

    The equipment was sold during a live webcast with more than 100 bidders, said DelGuidice. Maynards, an industrial asset auction, appraisal and liquidation company, purchased the equipment after E-Biofuels, LLC filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

    When E-Biofuels began production of biodiesel in 2007, officials were eager to welcome the cutting edge fuel plant to the close-knit community. Today, those former officials and many residents are wondering what went so wrong in what is now being called the largest tax and security fraud scheme in Indiana’s history.

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    In September, the U.S. Attorney brought charges against Craig Ducey, Chad Ducey, Chris Ducey, and Brian Carmichael, who operated E-Biofuels, a company which claimed to produce biodiesel from “feedstocks” including animal fat and vegetable oils. Joseph Furando and Evelyn Katirina Pattison — executives of a related New Jersey-based company — are being charged with assisting the officials at E-Biofuels in passing off fuel which had been purchased at other facilities as its own. There are 88 counts against the defendants, including allegations of conspiracy, wire fraud, false tax claims, false statements under the Clean Air Act, obstruction of justice, money laundering and ...

  • German_energy_experiment_177_

    *Movellas | Financial Times | *In the idyllic southern Bavarian community of Wildpoldsried, 2,600 villagers are diligently playing their part in a bold experiment in German renewable energy generation, known as the Energiewende. The shift away from nuclear power and fossil fuels is Germany’s most complex undertaking since reunification two decades ago. But with consumers complaining of rising energy bills and industry warning of a threat to competitiveness, whoever wins the German federal election on September 22 will face intense pressure for a rethink.

    In Wildpoldsried, scores of homes and energy-efficient public buildings are bedecked with high-tech solar panels and many obtain their heat from a communal biomass plant. Wind turbines, financed by local residents, dot the surrounding hills and several farm buildings have adjacent biogas plants. These and many similar projects produce roughly 500 per cent of Wildpoldsried’s energy requirements. Thanks to Germany’s renewable energy law (EEG), which prioritises wind and solar power over coal and gas, the surplus of electricity in Wildpoldsried – worth an annual €5m to the village – is delivered into the grid. This bill is footed by a surcharge added to German electricity bills.

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    In part due to the ecological ardour of villages like Wildpoldsried, renewable energy has been expanding more rapidly than envisaged. “I think people were surprised that...

  • Renewable Energy Professor Renews Wetlands

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    When Peter Talmage’s career as a professor of renewable energy and energy efficiency brought him from Maine to a college in Greenfield, Mass. with his wife and son, he knew that he wanted to enhance the beauty of the land that they bought in nearby Northfield and improve it as wildlife habitat. So when his wife, Chris, heard about a USDA program that would guarantee its protection and provide help in restoring wetlands on the property, they were sold. Through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Wetlands Reserve Program, Peter and Chris protected 3 ½ of 12 acres under a permanent conservation easement. They received technical and financial help reshaping wetlands that had long ago been converted to farmland. That project brought me to Talmages’ land, walking amid the waving grass and wildflowers surrounded by the sounds of chirping, buzzing, and croaking coming from thriving marshes. We were joined by District Conservationist Rita Thibodeau, of the NRCS field office in Greenfield, Mass., who helped Peter and Chris develop a conservation plan for their land and apply for the wetlands program. “The blue heron was the first one in,” Peter Talmage told us, explaining how wildlife began appearing after the wetland was created. The heron was looking for minnows that now populate the pond. The restored wetlands have already attracted a variety of waterfowl, turtles, moose, crayfish and countless beneficial bugs and insects. The sharp increase in wildlife is no accident....

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    For a country blessed with bountiful oil supplies, it may appear incongruous. But Norway is importing as much rubbish as it can get its hands on, in an effort to generate more energy by burning waste in vast incinerators. The Eurotrash business may sound like an unpromising enterprise, but it's one that is increasingly profitable. The UK paid to send 45,000 tonnes of household waste from Bristol and Leeds to Norway between October 2012 and April this year. "Waste has become a commodity," says Pål Spillum, head of waste recovery at the Climate and Pollution Agency in Norway. "There is a big European market for this, so much so that the Norwegians are accepting rubbish from other countries to feed the incinerator." He refuses to divulge the sums involved, saying only that the market is growing. Spillum is "considering requests" to burn waste from other UK towns. "As a rule we generate about 50% of our income from the fee we receive to take the waste and about 50% from the sale of the energy we create," he says. Norway is not alone. Waste to energy has become a preferred method of rubbish disposal in the EU, and there are now 420 plants in Europe equipped to provide heat and electricity to more than 20 million people. Germany ranks top in terms of importing rubbish, ahead of Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. But it's Norway that boasts the largest share of waste to energy in district heat production, according to Danish government-funde...

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    The two companies have helped to develop a project to produce electricity from waste material using GE’s Clean Cycle Heat-To-Power generator GE Power & Water and Nashville-based PHG Energy have successfully collaborated in a project to produce electricity from waste material using GE’s Clean Cycle heat-to-power generator.

    The generator is manufactured by GE Power & Water and is used around the world to convert waste heat into electricity. The system developed by the two companies, called the PHG Energy (PHGE) begins with the gasification of waste wood chips or other biomass in order to produce a clean-burning producer gas which is then combusted in a heating unit supplying the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) with the thermal source it needs to operate efficiently thereby generating enough electricity to supply around 50 homes.

    “This system integrates three proven technologies: GE's heat-to-power generator, PHG Energy's gasifier and a standard heat exchanger” said PHG Energy President Tom Stanzione. “The project is simple and elegant in its straightforward design, capable of operating on multiple and varied waste streams, and offers operating costs far below existing waste-to-energy generation systems in the marketplace.”

    The combined GE and PHGE project is being conducted in Gleason, Tennessee, at a facility owned by Boral Brick Corporation. The plant is currently available for use by the project due to closure as a result of the US recession and its impact...

  • Hindustan_times_177_

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    The inflexible land policy of chief minister Mamata Banerjee may actually generate some electrical energy for her state. Faced with a situation where it cannot procure about 247 acre land required for setting up a new garbage dump, in a last-ditch effort, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has turned to companies that turn garbage into power to get rid of the 3,500 tonnes of waste that the city generates.

    The current 88-acre dump at Dhapa is overflowing and is unfit for further use. KMC is at its wits’ end on how to deal with the solid waste generated by the city as it simply can’t find an alternative site though the search has been going on for well over five years.A desperate KMC had floated tenders inviting ‘expressions of interest’ for setting up ‘waste-to-energy’ (WTE) plants and three companies have responded to them.

    “The WTE project would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent environmental damage from landfills and provide reliable renewable energy,” member, mayor-in-council (solid waste management), KMC, Debabrata Majumder said. Though waste-to-energy projects have been discussed for years, no plant is operating in Bengal. “There are viability issues as the procedure is expensive,” said a KMC engineer.

    To reduce the cost, KMC is planning to supply the raw material — the garbage — free of cost to the companies that are finally selected for the project. KMC officials said that though three...

  • The McGill Daily » Clean energy: Ruse or Reality?

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    Quebecers have long boasted about their virtuous path to clean energy. According to theMinistère des Ressources naturelles, 97 per cent of all electricity generated in Quebec is considered ‘green.’ The province has established itself as a global leader in hydroelectricity, and more recently as a major pioneer in wind energy.

    On May 14, tech entrepreneur and McGill alumnus, Lorne Trottier, officially announced his latest contribution to higher education and science at the “Toward a 100% Clean-Energy Quebec” conference held at École Polytechnique de Montréal.

    The conference kicked-off Trottier’s newest endeavour, L’Institut de l’Énergie Trottier (IET) atÉcole Polytechnique, mirroring his venture last year, McGill’s equivalent Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED). As innovative think tanks, both IET and TISED tackle our future energy sector challenges through education, research, and community outreach, aiming to teach sustainability to Quebec’s next generation of engineers and scientists.

    Established in 2010 as a partnership between the Trottier Family Foundation, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP) takes the initiative to answer today’s hottest questions surrounding the reduction of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The project serves as a catalyst for progress in Canada’s energy sector by promoting various...

  • Asia global energy environmental issues

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    T.D.writes: I invested in carbon credits that I bought from MH Carbon Limited, after the company told me that businesses buy these credits. Mine were supposed to be sold in October.

    When October came I was told that while I stood to make a 20 per cent profit, if I waited until November this would rise to 25 per cent. It seemed sensible to wait, but then in November, MH Carbon told me no one was buying.

    The company added that in April the Government would be introducing legislation that would force businesses to buy carbon credits or face heavy fines. I invested all my savings, so now I am extremely worried.

    I have yet to see any ordinary investor make a penny from trading in carbon credits, and I am afraid you are not going to be the first – though I do have some good news for you.

    MH Carbon, based in the City of London, is run by its sole director Jeffrey Razaq, so I asked him whether it was true you were first told your credits were showing a 20 per cent profit, with a promise of more to come, yet suddenly they could not be sold at all.

    He told me he had bought the company on November 14 last year, and that the broker who dealt with you had already left by then. There was no record of what you had been told, he said.

    Well, I asked, what about the idea that the Government was going to force companies to buy carbon credits from investors like you? Razaq came up with an announcement made last June, but he had the honesty to admit that ...

  • http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2009/08/clean-energy-scams-and-what-to-do-about-them

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    As a clean energy installer, it really infuriates me when I read inflated and bogus marketing claims put forth by obvious scammers. What do you think we, as an industry, should do about this? Why don't you expose them? – Bill C., Clean Energy Installer Bill, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this question and now that we are in a clean energy renaissance, I expect it won’t be the last. To others out there, please feel free to send me examples by emailing solarsklar@aol.com along with any questions for further columns. To answer Bill’s question, I’d like to address both the installer and the consumer. Here’s my double response: Dear clean energy business: If you see a store being robbed, you call the police. If you believe you are seeing a fraudulent business making bogus claims, drop a note to your State Attorney General’s Office. Some states have consumer offices or trade commissions that deal with deceptive advertising. The best notification is a short note including a scanned PDF of the ad or promotional materials with a letter from your company saying you noticed this, have been in the clean energy business for X years. Include the URL to a publication or report that addresses an aspect of their claim. If you have a state SEIA, ASES or other clean energy group in the state, CC them as well. Dear consumer:...

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