Developing a sustainable bioenergy system takes harvesting biomass at the right time according to researchers at Oklahoma State University
A special report on the bioenergy system installed by Maine Energy Systems at Cornish Elementary School
Jan. 23, 2015 - North American pellet producers are on edge, waiting for the Netherlands to define the terms that will determine whether wood pellets have been sustainably harvested. Rather than reach out to the public at large for consultations and in an effort to avoid making an unpopular decision, the government asked the NGOs (such as Greenpeace and other environmental groups) to sit down and negotiate a sustainability system with the power companies.
Jan. 23, 2015, New York - PHI Group has signed an agreement with AG Materials to jointly set up a 200,000 MT wood pellet mill in Florida, U.S.A.
Jan. 22, 2015, Vancouver—After meeting with Unifor and other truck driver representatives, BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone has committed to taking another look at the regulations introduced for the Container Trucking Act.
Jan. 15, 2015 - Construction of a proposed pellet plant at Tolko's Lavington mill will begin later this month, Tolko Industries Ltd. and Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced.
Jan. 15, 2015 - Wood pellets are flying off the shelf as fast as they're being stocked, according to a Quebec website.
Jan. 12, 2015 - A new report from FutureMetrics delves into the question: what impact will the strengthening dollar have on the US pellet export sector?
Jan. 20, 2015 – Biomass power is on the rise in Japan after the country introduced an FIT (feed-in-tariff) program in 2012. The subsidy has spurred an increase of biomass power generation facilities – 33 units of varying sizes plan to fire up in 2015.
Jan. 7, 2015, OTTAWA — The decisions we make every day directly affect the health and future of our forests. The launch of the new Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2019 Standards and Rules marks an important advancement to support better decision making all along the supply chain and to promote sustainable forest management. When a Fortune 500 company sources forest products, a landowner makes a forest management plan or a consumer buys copy paper, they can all make the right choice for our forests by choosing SFI.
Jan. 5, 2015 - A new study, co-authored by Trent University Biology professor Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos, and published in the new issue of Nature Geoscience, has found that human disturbance to land is causing the release of "old carbon" into rivers and waterways, the negative effects of which are equated to the burning of fossil fuels.
Dec. 18, 2014 – The mayor of Fort Frances is asking the Natural Resources and Forestry minister Bill Mauro to put Resolute Forest Products' local wood supply on hold until a solution is found for the sale of the Fort Frances pulp and paper mill. According to The Fort Frances Times, the mayor told the minister that he understands that the asset is owned by Resolute but he wants the minister to use his power to influence the company's decisions.
Dec. 10, 2014 - The European forest biomass sector is struggling under the weight of demand, with a lack of unified policy between countries stunting the effectiveness of transnational supply chains.
Jan. 16, 2015 – The industry must move to profitable commercialization, S2G BioChem president and CEO told Biofuels Digest. Investors must start making money to encourage more investment.
Jan. 16, 2015 - The Bio-Based & Sustainable Chemicals Summit will be held in New Orleans from Feb. 4-6 and will include networking opportunities and access to industry experts.
Dec. 19, 2014 - BioAmber has repaid the $25 million loan that it secured in June 2013 and secured a new debt facility with funds managed by Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC. The new $25 million term loan has a three-year maturity and an interest-only period that defers principal repayment until at least September 30, 2015. The Company has improved terms with Tennenbaum and the debt facility is expected to free up an additional $12 million of cash through to the end of 2015.
Like all industrial processes, the creation of pulp leaves a residue of waste. To the Canadian forest-products company Tembec, this waste has spawned a sideline business.
November 18, 2014, Montréal, Qué - Enerkem Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.
November 13, 2014, Sarnia, Ont. – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada is working with regional partners to discover opportunities for a commercial plant in Sarnia that would turn cornstalks and wheat stalks into sugars for use in the biochemical industry.
Jan. 21, 2015, Houston — Sheetz Convenience Stores, a Pennsylvania-based retailer, said it will introduce E15 fuels in its North Carolina stores this week.
Jan. 16, 2015 – In an effort to green the Staten Island Ferries, there's been an effort to pass legislation that would require five per cent biodiesel in the vessels and increase usage over time.
Jan. 14, 2015 - A Finnish company that owns the first cargo ship in the world to operate on biofuel has ordered two 4,700 dwt VG EcoCoaster general cargo ships from Dutch shipbuilder Royal Bodewes.
Jan. 14, 2015 - A new report claims that the global second generation biofuels market will reach $23.9 billion by 2020.
Jan 13, 2015 - A biorefinery in Finland is the world's first to turn wood into biodiesel.
Jan. 12, 2015 – Iris Solutions, part of waste-to-product business Shanks Group, in a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada has been chosen to design, build, maintain and operate the first closed-loop, fully-integrated organics waste management system in North America.
January 14, 2015 - Nett Technologies Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario Canada has received verification of its BlueMAX PLUS 100 SCR system by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The BlueMAX PLUS 100 SCR system represents the industry's only nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) retrofit emission control device to be commercially available to the non-road market. Nett Technologies' BlueMAX PLUS 100 SCR system has been designed to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) by a minimum of 85% from medium and heavy-duty non-road diesel engines ranging between 75 and 560 kW (100-750 hp). In addition to removing NOx and PM, the system also has the added benefit of reducing carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by 95% and hydrocarbons (HC) by 60%.This product is well suited for known PM2.5 and ozone nonattainment areas where controlling both PM and NOx are key factors towards adopting appropriate State Implementation Plans (SIPs) under the Clean Air Act. The BlueMAX PLUS 100 system consists of a passive diesel particulate filter followed by a urea SCR system."The BlueMAX PLUS 100 is a great retrofit emission control solution for non-road engines certified to Tier 1, 2 or 3 emission standards. The system is a durable and versatile emission control solution that extends the years of usage of existing construction and non-road equipment. Thanks largely to its direct-fit design, the system not only meets the latest regulations but is highly efficient in its operation," says Dr. Seyed M. Shameli, Product Development Engineer at Nett Technologies.As an innovator of non-road emission control systems, Nett Technologies Inc. has more than 20 years of experience in the design, development and manufacturing of custom retrofit solutions that control Particulate Matter (PM), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Hydrocarbons (HC), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions from all compression and spark-ignited engines.For more information, visit Nett Technologies online at www.nettinc.com.
Jan. 13, 2015 – Martin Engineering has introduced two conveyor system components designed to mitigate expensive spillage and belt wear issues at material transfer points.
Jan. 5, 2015, Buffalo, NY – Effective December 29, 2014, ownership of industrial manufacturing company, Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill, LLC has been acquired by Mr. Martin Berardi.
Dec. 19, 2014 - International trade of wood chips has steadily increased over the past decade and will likely reach a record high of approximately 36 million tons in 2014, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).
Dec. 9, 2014, Sullivan County - To minimize reliance on foreign fossil fuels and to reduce carbon emissions, Sullivan County, NH, headed by Facilities Director John Cressy and his team, conducted extensive research into biomass fuel technology. After looking at almost two dozen plants, the county purchased a Hurst (http://www.hurstboiler.com/) biomass boiler district heating system with a backpressure steam turbine/generator. The Hurst system will serve the County’s 166-bed nursing home and 168-bed prison complex as well as two smaller onsite buildings in Unity, New Hampshire.“I ran into a competitor at the Northeast Biomass Conference 2 years ago and was shown some of his equipment,” said John Cressy, Director of Facilities for Sullivan County. “We liked the concept and robust nature of the “walking floor” so I specified it in our bid package. The equipment specified by the winning bidder turned out to be Hurst equipment. I hadn’t even heard of Hurst; but after learning what I did, I was delighted that they were central to our project.” The Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) District Energy System constructed at the Unity Complex is almost entirely fueled by locally sourced, renewable wood chips (provided by Cousineau Forest Products of Henniker, N.H.). Producing inexpensive heat and electricity for the over 215,000 square feet of conditioned space, the system has replaced 95% of fuel oil purchases and 10% electric purchases in the nursing home.“Even though it’s still a new system, I’m very pleased with the Hurst equipment,” Cressy said. “It’s robust, which is important in New Hampshire, as we put heating systems through a lot up here.” At the equipment dedication ceremony in April, 2014, Jeff Barrette, Chairman of the Sullivan County Commission, stated “It [the system] has been operating since December and has already saved us about $100,000. This will significantly lower our energy costs and create a net savings in the first year of operation.” Sullivan County officials project that the annual fuel savings will pay for the construction bond within fifteen years.Authorized Hurst Boiler representative Bob Waller, and his company Thermal Systems Inc., coordinated and performed all specification and procurement services for the project. Waller and TSI oversaw the development of the equipment specifications, the equipment arrangement design, and the procurement of the components necessary to meet the requirements of the county initiative.To read the Hurst Boiler – Sullivan County, NH Biomass District Energy Project Case Study, visit http://www.hurstboiler.com/news/nh-energy-project-provides-benefits.
Jan. 23, 2015 - Aspiring energy sector entrepreneurs and emerging energy tech companies from Canada and the United States will compete for their share of over $90,000 in cash and in-kind prizes Dragon's Den style at the 2015 Energy New Venture Competition.
Jan. 20, 2015 - Edmundston, New Brunswick will host the 2015 Atlantic Biorefinery Conference from May 27 to 29.
Jan. 8, 2015, Toronto - A new report - Better Growth, Better Climate - finds that governments and businesses can improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions at the same time. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure make it possible to tackle climate change while improving economic performance.
Dec. 12, 2014 - Progress is being made at WorkSafeBC in the wake of the deadly mill explosions of 2012, according to special advisor Gord Macatee. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond asked Macatee to conduct a review of the organization after the Crown identified problems with WorkSafeBC's investigation into the explosions at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in Prince George.
As the value of raw feedstocks such as sawdust and finished products such as pellets continues to increase, the importance of streamlining biomass processing has never been greater.
“Yellow birch, yellow birch, balsam fir,” Pat Contant, operation supervisor for Wikwemikong Department of Lands and Natural Resources, is peering through a prism as he calls out the tree species while Steve Willoughby, the manager of Sault Ste. Marie Operations for Terrafact, makes notes in his file.
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International Forest Biorefinery SummitMon Feb 02, 2015
3rd Canadian Wood Pellet Heating ConferenceWed Feb 18, 2015
International Biomass Conference & ExpoMon Apr 20, 2015
International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & ExpoMon Jun 01, 2015
12th Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial BiotechnologySun Jul 19, 2015