ReEnergy Partners with Biobased Maine with New Co-Location RFP

ReEnergy facility in Fort Fairfield, ME

Today, at the National Biomass Energy Day event in Fort Fairfield, Maine, ReEnergy and Biobased Maine announce a partnership to seek technology for co-location at one or all of ReEnergy’s biomass-to-energy facilities in Livermore Falls, Ashland, Stratton, and Fort Fairfield Maine. Biobased Maine will be administering the RFP, which can be accessed here: ReEnergy RFP

Biobased Maine’s role in this partnership is to assist in finding the most viable and commercially relevant technologies to co-locate at ReEnergy’s four Maine facilities and use wood, electricity, and other site-specific assets available there to manufacture new products. Examples of industries which could co-locate with ReEnergy’s facilities include biofuels, biobased chemicals, advanced biobased materials, as well as industries such as agriculture, aquaculture, algae, or other technologies that use biomass energy co-products (heat, steam, emissions).

Charlotte Mace, executive director of Biobased Maine, said: “We’re excited for this partnership with ReEnergy, which can lead to more good jobs for rural Maine. Maine’s forest industry is still strong, viable, and well-positioned to seek partnerships with emerging technologies. The time is right to use Maine wood that currently lacks markets to manufacture next-generation products the world is demanding.”

ReEnergy owns and operates four utility-scale renewable energy generating facilities in Maine (a 39-
megawatt biomass facility in Ashland; a 39-megawatt biomass facility in Livermore Falls; a 37-megawatt
biomass facility in Fort Fairfield; and a 48-megawatt biomass facility in Stratton.) These facilities use
locally sourced, sustainably harvested, forest-derived woody biomass as fuel, in addition to woody
biomass that is residue from mill operations. Each ReEnergy facility is capable of operating as part of a
Combined Heat and Power platform: Each is adjacent to undeveloped land that is available for lease or
sale, and companies locating on those parcels could make use of affordable electricity and/or steam
generated by ReEnergy’s facility.

Proposals will be due to Biobased Maine by 5 p.m. Nov. 30th, and selected prospective partners will hopefully be selected by Dec. 29th. Biobased Maine looks forward to managing this process and working with ReEnergy to recruit exciting new industry to Ashland, Fort Fairfield, Livermore Falls and Stratton, Maine.


MTI Offers $45M in R&D Bond Funding for Equipment, Technology, and Infrastructure

The application process is OPEN now to apply for funds through the Maine Technology Institute’s new challenge grants, which will award $45 million to infrastructure, equipment, and technology upgrades for research, development and commercialization. Approved by Maine voters in 2017, these funds can be awarded to public and private entities to support the following targeted technology sectors: biotechnology, aquaculture and marine technology, composite materials technology, environmental technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, information technology, and precision manufacturing technology.

These grants could be helpful in bringing emerging biobased technology to Maine, or assisting existing Maine companies in new biobased projects.

MTI anticipates disbursing approximately $20-25 million in challenge grants during the Fall 2017 Lightning Rounds, but reserves the right to award more or less, depending on the quality and quantity of requests.


Biobased Maine Tours Cellulosic Technology

Biobased Maine’s Charlotte Mace, Steve Schley (Biobased Maine Director and Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative Board Chair), and Ashley Pringle of Maine and Co. planting a tree at API’s Integrated Biorefinery in Thomaston, GA.

As you may have read recently in Biofuels Digest, Maine is becoming a hot spot for biobased manufacturing – we have an abundance of second generation feedstock, industrial infrastructure, and other assets ready to be re-purposed for making high-value, sustainable products from renewable resources. Biobased Maine is at the forefront of this, seeking out the most viable and commercially-relevant biobased technologies for Maine. Last week, a team from Maine travelled to Georgia to tour American Process Inc.’s (API) integrated biorefinery in Thomaston, Georgia.

With the tagline “Sugar is the new Crude,” API is a global leader in the development of technologies for the commercial production of sugar and ethanol from non-food based biomass such as woodchips. A few years ago, API helped launch the successful production of cellulosic sugars at the former Old Town Fuel & Fiber facility. Now, API has expanded its impressive array of proprietary technologies to make cellulosic ethanol and high-value biobased chemicals. Biobased Maine hopes to help bring API’s technology to Maine, where we have wood chips, idle industrial equipment to re-purpose, and community support for the manufacture of high-value sustainable materials.

New RFPs for Maine’s Forest Economy

Biobased Maine is helping write the next chapter of Maine’s forest industry by participating in the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative, an industry-led group that is charting a course for the future. With several pulp and paper mills shut down, and the loss of markets for over 4 MILLION tons of wood (primarily softwood), Maine is… Continue Reading

Technology Incubator in Brunswick Available to Manufacturers and Industry

TechPlace, Maine’s premier Technology Incubator, is a 95,000 SF facility that offers early stage manufacturers in the industries of aerospace, composites, biotechnology, clean technology, and IT, shared space to operate and grow their business.  TechPlace is located on Brunswick Landing and is currently home to 30 early stage companies. The Brunswick Landing continues to attract… Continue Reading

Biobased Maine Featured by Bio-Based World News

Biobased Maine is attending Bio-Based Live Europe in Amsterdam at the end of May, an international conference and deal-making hub for the biobased industry. Charlotte Mace, Biobased Maine’s Executive Director, will be joined at Bio-Based Live Europe by new Biobased Maine Board of Directors member, Steve Schley of Seven Islands in Bangor. Bio-Based Live Europe is… Continue Reading

Sappi Seeks Biobased Technology RFP Due June 2

Today, Sappi North America in partnership with Biobased Maine, issued a RFP seeking biobased technology to incorporate into existing operations at their Westbrook mill. The Westbrook mill is the world’s leading producer of casting and release papers. As the RFP states, “Sappi is committed to sustainable operations and the importance of advancing technology in support of… Continue Reading

Biobased Maine to Attend Bio-Based Live Europe

Biobased Maine will be attending and exhibiting at Bio-Based Live Europe, an international biobased industry event in Amsterdam May 31-June 1, 2017. This conference is very brand-focused, and will feature some of the biggest brands looking to incorporate biobased materials more fully into their supply chains. Examples of brands attending this conference include: LEGO, Ikea,… Continue Reading