Tag: Maine

bluShift Aerospace successfully launches first commercial biofuel-powered rocket

bluShift Aerospace successfully launches first commercial biofuel-powered rocket

February 2, 2021 |

In Maine, the BBC reports bluShift Aerospace was successful in launching its first commercial biofuel-powered rocket in its efforts to become the “Uber” of space, calling SpaceX a freight train to space due to the difference in the rockets’ sizes. Those larger rockets can carry thousands of kilos of cargo while bluShift’s smaller Spacedust 1.0 […]

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UMaine wins DOE grant for 3D-printed wind turbines

UMaine wins DOE grant for 3D-printed wind turbines

February 1, 2021 |

In Maine, the US Department of Energy has awarded the University of Maine $2.8 million to develop an additive for 3D manufacturing of wind turbine blades. The grant will see large wind blade molds printed at UMaine’s Composite Center, home to the world’s largest polymer 3D printer, according to Habib Dagher, executive director of UMaine’s […]

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Delta Thermo Energy buys shuttered Main Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant

Delta Thermo Energy buys shuttered Main Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant

January 20, 2021 |

In Maine, local press reports that Delta Thermo Energy has been revealed as the buyer of the Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant that was shuttered shortly after its opening in April 2019 and quickly put into receivership. The company estimates that it will take just six weeks to get the mothballed facility back up and running after […]

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bluShift Aerospace set to test ethanol-fueled rocket

bluShift Aerospace set to test ethanol-fueled rocket

January 13, 2021 |

In Maine, Main Public reports that bluShift Aerospace is set to launch the world’s first ethanol-fuel rocket on Friday that will be carrying a sensor device designed by local high school students. The burn for the test flight is expected to last for 11 seconds, reaching an altitude of about 4,000 feet, just high enough […]

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New owner for Maine Fiberight facility may be close to a deal

New owner for Maine Fiberight facility may be close to a deal

December 31, 2020 |

In Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports that following several attempts to find a new owner of the MSW-to-ethanol facility built by Fiberight that was mothballed earlier this year, the Municipal Review Committee that represents 115 small communities whose waste is processed by the facility has found a potential partner. The MRC signed a Memorandum […]

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Buyer for Fiberight’s Maine MSW-to-biofuel plant on the table

Buyer for Fiberight’s Maine MSW-to-biofuel plant on the table

December 2, 2020 |

In Maine, local press reports there is a potential buyer for the Fiberight facility that has been closed since May who could bring the MSW-to-biofuel plant online by early 2021. The undisclosed company is still negotiating with the Municipal Review Committee whose waste is processed at the facility and owns the land it sits upon, […]

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Poland Spring eyes Maine forests to solve plastics dilemma

Poland Spring eyes Maine forests to solve plastics dilemma

October 5, 2020 |

In Maine, Poland Spring has partnered with the University of Maine to develop biobased packaging alternatives for the ubiquitous bottled water brand. The partnership evolved out of a meeting at a May 2019 bioplastics summit at the University of Maine. “Their innovative work is already showing how a Maine-based circular economy is possible, and this […]

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Maine Governor supports newly instated renewable chemicals tax credit

Maine Governor supports newly instated renewable chemicals tax credit

July 12, 2020 |

In Maine, Governor Janet T. Mills released a letter about the newly instated renewable chemicals tax credit, saying “Maine boasts the most competitive renewable chemical tax credit in the nation” and COVID-19 “has also provided an opportunity to pause and reflect on our current systems, and to carve a path forward that supports growth and […]

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Fiberight Maine plant shut due to lack of funding

Fiberight Maine plant shut due to lack of funding

June 17, 2020 |

In Maine, local press reports that $14.7 million in loans from bondholders for the Fiberight plant fell through the end of May which forced the facility to shut down. Coastal Resources of Maine, the company that runs the facility, says it is behind on its bills and was relying on the funding to make ends […]

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Governor Janet Mills Signs Renewable Products Tax Credit into Law

Governor Janet Mills Signs Renewable Products Tax Credit into Law

March 22, 2020 |

In Maine, Governor Janet Mills signed into law last week a tax credit that will create hundreds of jobs making climate-friendly products from renewable resources, or “biobased” products, in Maine. Supporters were grateful for Maine lawmakers’ leadership in passing this important legislation amid the state’s critical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to see […]

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