Archive for January 2010

World’s Largest Pellet Factory Planned in U.S.

Jan 21st, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

RWE Innogy is to build a factory to produce biomass pellets in the southern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 750,000 tonnes, making it the biggest and most modern of its type in the world, the company says.

Through this new plant, RWE will be able to secure a supply of biomass at stable and competitive prices. Due to the large surplus available, wood is much cheaper in the US than in Europe with its restricted wood land availability.



The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating – Well Blog – NYTimes.com

Jan 20th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Health

Nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden has created several lists of healthful foods people should be eating but aren’t. But some of his favorites, like purslane, guava and goji berries, aren’t always available at regular grocery stores. I asked Dr. Bowden, author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” to update his list with some favorite foods that are easy to find but don’t always find their way into our shopping carts. Here’s his advice.



Farming Fuel in Middle Eastern Salt Marshes

Jan 20th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, Top Story

A new biofuels project at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute of Science and Technology will unite Boeing, Honeywell and others in search of a system to produce fuel and other useful products from biomass and seawater.

The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Project is focused on integrating aquaculture and farming to create a closed-loop system that thrives in areas where fresh water is scarce.



Landfill gas power system earns EPA award

Jan 13th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, Top Story

The Environmental Protection Agency has honored the city of Sioux Falls and POET for a landfill gas project that offsets significant energy for process steam at POET Biorefining – Chancellor.

“As this award signifies, POET wants to do more than produce renewable fuels. We want to use renewable energy to power our production process as well.” – POET Chief Operating Officer James Moe.



eSolar Licenses Technology for China’s First Solar Thermal Plant

Jan 12th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal

Concentrating solar power (CSP) company eSolar has licensed its technology to Penglai Electric, a privately-owned Chinese electrical power equipment manufacturer, for the building of at least 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar thermal power plants in China over the next 10 years. The deal was signed in the Chinese State Council building with government officials in [...]



Listening to Mozart can help premature babies gain weight

Jan 12th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Health, Music

Playing Mozart to premature babies can help them gain weight, according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper said that new research has shown that babies hearing the music used less energy, which might help them gain weight faster. The study behind this news looked at 20 healthy premature babies and found that exposure to 30 [...]



Mining Brown Gold for Dairy Farmers

Jan 8th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels

By Alyssa Danigelis  A new dairy in Texas promises to green the farming process and put more money in farmers’ pockets at a time when they are feeling the greatest pinch. The demonstration dairy facility under construction at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, plans to turn cow manure into ethanol. Usually manure is treated [...]