While the U.S. Navy reinforces its alignment with bioenergy allies in the Southern Hemisphere, new ethanol projects continue to make headlines on North American soil. Read on for these and more new stories from this week in bioenergy!


US Navy and Queensland, Australia mutually agree to advance biofuels

Australia’s Queensland and the U.S. Navy have signed a cooperation agreement to support and advance projects and initiatives related to alternative fuels development.


The agreement follows events that were recently held in Australia to promote the U.S. navy’s energy efficiency efforts and is part of the Great Green Fleet initiative, which outlines the U.S. navy’s commitment to source 50% of fuel from renewable sources by 2020. Learn more about the agreement at Naval Technology.


Advanced biorefinery proposed for eastern North Dakota

A biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, ND, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel.


The Grand Forks biorefinery is modeled after a plant already operating in Europe, according to its application. The application also states that the plant will have low operating costs and carbon footprint because it will use “new processing technology and a high degree of energy integration.” Read more about the project at The Bismarck Tribune.


Report: Canadian ethanol industry operating at full capacity

A report has found that ethanol plants in Canada have been operating at maximum capacity since 2009, as demand for fuel ethanol has often exceeded domestic supply.


Federal and provincial support programs are cited as allowing Canadian plants to operate positive cash flows despite feedstock price spikes and competition from U.S. imports. Read more on this story, including the full report, at Ethanol Producer Magazine.


Raleigh, NC awarded $50M loan for Neuse River bioenergy program

North Carolina’s environmental agency has awarded a $50 million low-interest loan to Raleigh so the city can build an anaerobic digester system at its Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility, a wastewater treatment plant.

The project, once it is finished in about five years, will transform the facility into a “large energy-generating process from a large energy-consuming process,” said T.J. Lynch, Raleigh’s assistant director of public utilities. Learn more about the project at The News & Observer.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.