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Green News – Fuel Cells and Biomass in USA gets boost with new orders, investment

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Green Industry in US continues to flourish despite the general apathy towards global warming from a significant section of the population and parties. USA is the hotbed of green innovation despite stiff challenge by China which is spending billions of dollars to become the No.1 in Green Industry and Technology. US has the lead  in Fuel Cell  Technology with a number of top companies like Fuel Cell Energy, Bloom Energy. Now a start up ClearEdge Power has got one of the biggest fuel cell orders in the world worth $85 million from Austria’s Gussing Renewable Energy. The deal calls for supplying of 50 megawatts of power by the year 2020.

Last August, ClearEdge announced an infusion of $75 million in venture capital in which Gussing was an investor. Note Fuel Cell Energy has also got big orders from South Korea. Bloom Energy has got most of its orders from USA Technology Companies as well. Fuel Cell Technology is well behind the development curve though and it will take another 10 years for it to effectively compete. Compared to that other Green Technologies like Wind and Solar Energy are much ahead of the curve

A Biomass Power Project in Connecticut has got a $225 funding from Carlye to build 37.5 MW biomass power project. The Plainfield Renewable Energy (PRE) being built by biomass power producer Enova Energy Group will use wood available from construction and demolition debris, recycled wood pallets and land-clearing materials as feestock. Note Biomass Energy is a great way to reduce Carbon Emissions if it uses waste materials which would be wasted if not used for Energy.

List of Top Biomass Power Producers

  1. Helius Energy – Helius Energy is an AIM listed company that develops and sell biomass projects.The company is currently developing the 100 MW project in Port of Bristol at Avonmouth.Also a 100MW biomass fuelled electricity pant in  Port of Southampton
  2. MGT Power – MGT Power is an independent British company currently developing two 300MW biomass power generation projects in the North East of England: the Tyne Renewable Energy Plant, and the Tees Renewable Energy Plant, which has received planning consent
  3. Prenergy Power – The company is building the world’s biggest biomass power plant in Wales,England with 350 MW capacity which will use imported wood chips as feedstock.The London firm which is owned by a PE firm in on the sale block
  4. Forth Energy – Forth Energy is developing Four Big Biomass Power Plants at the ports of Dundee, Grangemouth, Rosyth and Leith. The projects represent a £1.7bn investment in renewable energy and would have a total energy capacity of up to 500MW.The Leith Project is in the advanced stages of implementation.
  5. Laidlaw Energy Group – The company is a small US based Independent Power Producer that is listed as LLEG.The company is building a 70 MW plant in Berlin,New Hampshire.The company is also in the process of acquiring a 14 MW Biomass Plant from Renegy in California.

Wood Pellet Companies

  1. International WoodFuels
  2. New England Wood Pellet
  3. Woodstone
  4. Energex Corporation
  5. Forest Energy Corporation



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