Airex Energy poised to scale up biochar technology

Airex Energy poised to scale up biochar technology

Near the St. Lawrence River, a stone’s throw away from the Gentilly nuclear power plant

Curran Renewable Energy adds high-tech furnace

Curran Renewable Energy adds high-tech furnace

When Pat Curran decided to get into the wood pellet business in 2007

Feb. 21, 2017 - In the European industrial market, spot prices have firmed recently. According to Feb. 15 Argus Biomass Markets report, the FOB Baltic spot price was €101/t and the CIF ARA spot price was US$117/t.
Feb. 21, 2017 - Equipment and operational issues as well as an uncertain market for wood pellets are cited as reasons behind Rentech's decision to idle its pellet plant in Wawa, Ont., in two weeks.
Feb. 15, 2017 - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is proud that one of its members – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – operates the Thunder Bay Generating Station, which is the only plant worldwide that has been converted from coal firing to employ advanced wood pellets as the sole primary fuel.
Feb. 13, 2017 - Sustainable Biomass Partnership has suspended PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) from issuing certificates in Canada and the U.S. for not fulfilling an SBP requirement.
Feb. 7, 2017 - Denmark's DONG Energy says it plans to make the switch to wood pellets from coal at all its coal-fired power stations by 2023.
Feb. 7, 2017 - The Moose Cree First Nation in northern Ontario is conducting a feasibility study to determine the viability of constructing or purchasing a facility to make wood pellets.
Feb. 9, 2017 - A recent study aimed at identifying untapped biomass hotspots in Canadian forests has produced findings that could help Canada to mobilize its wood-based bioenergy supply chain.
Feb. 1, 2017 - Three years ago, Canadian Biomass featured Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station on its cover (January 2014). Staff at OPG and particularly those in northwest operations look back with pride on the Atikokan conversion from coal to biomass and the many parallel successes enabled by this conversion.
Jan. 16, 2017 - To supply the bioeconomy with sufficient biomass, access to wood resources needs to be increased, growth rates accelerated and harvesting and silvicultural operations and business models improved.
Jan. 13, 2017 - Ecostrat has released a new white paper detailing the analytics behind biomass supply chains, numbers which can determine the final cost of feedstock.
Jan. 11, 2017 - Enviva Holdings, LP, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, today publicly released the first data from its groundbreaking Track & Trace (T&T) program. T&T is a proprietary system that enables Enviva to track every truckload of wood the company procures from the forest back to its source, providing a detailed understanding of the characteristics of the wood the company uses. 
Jan. 3, 2017 - The cost of harvesting, transporting and processing residual forest biomass in rural communities is too high to make it a viable industry without government support, according to researchers at Oregon State University.
Feb. 1, 2017 - Near the St. Lawrence River, a stone’s throw away from the Gentilly nuclear power plant, the old LaPrade mill in Bécancour, Que., has come back to life. In one of the old concrete pools designed to produce heavy water, Airex Energy is testing its unique torrefaction process. Their goal: develop a large-scale biochar technology made with forest biomass and agriculture waste.
Jan. 31, 2017 - Kraton Corporation, a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, specialty polymers and high-value performance products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, has announced a general price increase of $330 USD/MT on all Kraton SIS polymers.
Jan. 23, 2017 - Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve in Ontario is planning to build a biochar facility at the site of a former sawmill and wood pellet business.
Dec. 22, 2016 - Vega Biofuels, Inc. is expecting a profitable 2017 as a result of the successful evaluation of its bio-coal product as a replacement for traditional coal in coal-fired power plants.
Dec. 15, 2016 - Sandy Marshall, executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, wants to see Sarnia-Lambton's Chemical Valley in Ontario become a “hybrid chemistry cluster” with new bio-chemical manufacturing plants.
Dec. 7, 2016 - White Birch Paper’s Papier Masson mill in Gatineau, Que., is receiving $12.5 million from the Canadian and Quebec governments to produce wood fibre for the production of wood-plastic composites, the first project of its kind in North America.
Feb. 22, 2017 - After two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company to successfully use butter, cream and ghee waste as a feedstock for creating commercial biofuel.
Feb. 21, 2017 - The Newfoundland and Labrador government has signed an agreement in principle to see a $185-million biofuel plant built in Botwood.
Feb. 16, 2017 - TTcogen LLC has hired Walter Gray III to lead the development of biofuel-powered CHP projects as director of business development.
Feb. 14, 2017 - New biofuel technology is finally starting to push aside traditional biofuels like first-generation biodiesel. New facilities based on non-food feedstocks and producing novel fuels account for over half of new capacity deployment for the first time in the biofuel industry's history, according to Lux Research. However, overall output will grow at a slower pace to 67 billion gallons a year (BGY) in 2022, from 59 BGY in 2016.
Feb. 9, 2017 - Golden Isles Conservation Center, located in Nahunta, Ga., will be using an Italian pyrolysis technology never before used in the U.S., Cox Enterprises has annouced. The eco-friendly process utilizes organic materials such as wood chips to generate heat, which breaks down tires into their original components and produces synthesis oil, carbon black, synthesis gas and steel.
Jan. 26, 2017 - A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable sources of fibre.
Feb. 22, 2017 - Vortex has announced the passing of its founder, Loren Neil Peterson at 87 years old. Peterson was very familiar to many in the bulk material handling industry.
Feb. 21, 2017 - Premier Tech announces three business acquisitions, two of which are in Europe and one in the United States. Those companies have combined revenues of $50 million and employ nearly 90 people.
Feb. 10 -  On January 26 Turboden was awarded the Best Innovation Prize 2016 by its mother company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Mr. Miyanaga, president and CEO, delivered the award to Davide Colombo, Turboden Fluid Dynamic and Turbine R&D Design, at MHI headquarters in Tokyo.
Feb. 10, 2017 - Morbark has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Walt Niziolek as the new vice-president of operations and supply chain.
Feb. 8, 2017 - The Castolin Eutectic Group, a division of the Messer Eutectic Castolin GmbH Holding with headquarters in Bad Soden, Germany, has aquired Furnace Mineral Products (FMP), Inc. a privately owned corporation based in Toronto.
Feb. 3, 2017 - Canadian Biomass has the latest in biomass boiler technology available to Canadian customers.
Feb. 23, 2017 - The Atlantic Biorefinery Conference is seeking applications for presentations in the areas of biorefining and bioprocessing.
Feb. 21, 2017 - Quebec Wood Export Bureau and Wood Pellet Association of Canada are teaming up on a wood pellet quality certification seminar to be held in Montreal on March 30, 2017. This seminar – open to all – is designed for new potential applicants for certification, quality managers of already-certified producers, and auditors.
Feb. 8, 2017 - The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has announced registration and housing are now open for the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The conference will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada.
Feb. 3, 2017 - BIOCON 2017, Atlantic Canada's biorefinery conference, has opened registration for the event on June 7-9 in Fredericton.
Jan. 19, 2017 - Argus Biomass 2017, the largest international business conference in Europe, has released its agenda for the April 25-27 event in London, UK.
Jan. 16, 2017 - The Canadian Wood Waste Recycling, Business Group is hosting a one day Pathways to Sustainability Series event on Wednesday March 1, 2017 in Drayton Valley, Alta., at the new Clean Energy Technology Centre.

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