Now, fossil fuels are just biological materials that are some WICKED ancient. We can burn materials that take less than 50 years to re-generate instead, and we can grow’em right around these parts.

Biological Power Blog Posts

Maine's Conversation about Biological Power

When we talk about biological power, we mean power that is generated from converting materials that were once living, such as trees or other plants.  We will have several sub-headings (such as biodiesel, biomass and ethanol) under biological power in time; for now they are all under one umbrella.

We invite Maine's experts and novices to post their questions, concerns, insights, rants, praise or technical information about the many forms of biological power available in Maine here. Please join the conversation and check back often for updates.

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08/24/2011 - 5:03pm

A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) announced on August 11, 2011 that they have pinpointed the exact, single gene that controls ethanol production capacity in a microorganism. This discovery could be the missing link in developing biomass crops that produce higher concentrations of ethanol at lower costs.

08/19/2011 - 2:11pm

Congressman Mike Michaud praised the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Aug. 17, 2011 that eight Maine businesses will receive ten grants to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. A total of $183,339 will be provided to Maine businesses through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

08/05/2011 - 12:58pm

“Once the big investments in this most CO2-intensive fossil fuel are made...well, fait accompli. The price at the pump is kept low, for another half-decade, anyway, and then forget about investments in electric cars, or in infrastructure to power transportation with renewable energy.”

07/13/2011 - 3:11pm

Gordon Grimes is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Energy Practice Group. He has spent over thirty years representing the interests of private energy generators, banks, contractors, and other entities in the power generation industry. On June 12, 2011, Gordon was interviewed by Steve D'Agostino of  WICN 90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate serving Central New England.

07/07/2011 - 2:18pm

A smart little company in Bangor, Maine called Tethys Research LLC has pioneered the discovery and development of a technology which has the potential to revolutionize the pulp-making process, with implications for facilitating the production of cellulosic ethanol from forest products.

07/01/2011 - 1:56pm

Nobody likes opening a fridge to find food that’s spoiled, but imagine if the same mold that ruins old grapes and onions could double as a key ingredient in the recipe to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. It’s an outcome much less imaginary than you might think, thanks to US Department of Energy research on the common fungus Aspergillus niger.

06/30/2011 - 5:14pm

Now, most of us wouldn't dream of leaving Maine in August. We'd all dread having to travel to Cincinnati to attend these concurrent workshops, but if you are bidding on government contracts for construction or power purchase agreements, you may be glad you did.

06/22/2011 - 12:43pm

Karen Hamilton at the main office for Maine's community colleges offers a list of the increasing number of courses and programs designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in "green" energy technologies. They include:

06/14/2011 - 8:03pm

Maine's producers of biomass energy and biofuels may be interested in attending this national conference held in Maryland. On July 26–27, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Program will host its fourth annual conference — Biomass 2011 — at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This year's conference will feature keynote speeches by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. New this year will be a robust general session debate on the best uses of biomass, along with interactive exhibits highlighting the Department of Energy's investments across the entire bioenergy supply chain. Biomass 2011 is free and open to the public, but participants must register in advance, and attendance is limited.

For more information, see U.S. Department of Energy's site.

06/10/2011 - 2:48pm

Now, here is one that sticks in the ol' craw: Maine is biomass central, right?  Why are all these other states getting the research funding? Mainers who want to get in line for some of these research grants should check out the link at the end of this post.