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DOE announces up to $10 million in funding for 7 |
In Washington, the Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office announced the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. These projects will support BETO's work to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels from nonfood biomass feedstocks by reducing the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies.
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New catalyst to create chemical building blocks from biomass
University of Tokyo via Phys.org
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of plant biomass as a basic feedstock for the chemical industry.
Winter weather slowed architectural billings in January
Following a nine-month stretch of positive billings, the Architecture Billings Index showed no increase in design activity in January 2015. The slowdown was likely a result of winter weather conditions, says the American Institute of Architects.
Scottish company makes world's 1st biofuel from whisky waste products
Celtic Renewables Ltd, a spinout from Edinburgh Napier University's Biofuel Research Centre, has manufactured its first bio-butanol this month, which can be a direct replacement for petrol, or used as a blend, without the need for engine modification.
Timber house designed by university students withstands Cyclone Marcia
Architecture & Design
An award-winning temporary house for disaster victims, designed by three Innovative Central Queensland University students, has withstood Tropical Cyclone Marcia. Angus Hughes, Jessica Kahl and Mattison Rose designed "The Shelter Project," a social enterprise that uses industrial pallets to create homes that can be erected in a disaster zone area in minimal time.
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Cleangreen secures contract to develop biomass facility in Philippines
Energy Business Review
Cleangreen Energy (CEC) has been awarded a contract by the Philippines Department of Energy to develop a 12-megawatt biomass power plant in Bataan, Philippines. Under the biomass renewable energy operating contract, CEC will develop the integrated biomass power station in Bagac, Bataan, The Philippine Star reported.
Renewable energy: Biomass can solve power crisis, improve environment
The Express Tribune
The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to promote alternative energy resources since reliance on conventional resources is one of the biggest reasons for the ongoing energy crisis. LCCI President Ijaz Mumtaz said that bioenergy is a versatile source that could not only be used to overcome the electricity challenge but also have the potential to convert a wide variety of waste into clean energy.
Slideshow: See-through timber cabin provides shelter for a
Architect Bernd Riegger was asked to create the shelter for Waldeulen (Forest Owls), a children's charity providing outdoor education and play schemes in the Spielraum Waldis forest playground in Wolfurt, a municipality in western Austria. Openings in the walls of this wooden shelter in Austria create display compartments where children can show off treasures collected from the trails of the surrounding forest.
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