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
Dec. 12, 2014 - Rentech, Inc. announced that Mr. D. Hunt Ramsbottom has resigned as chief executive officer and president of Rentech and chief executive officer of the general partner of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Ramsbottom has also resigned as a member of the board of directors for both companies.
Dec. 10, 2014 - Swedish forestry company, RusForest, is selling its Arkhangelsk assets in northwest Russia for approximately $31 million, including all outstanding debt. The assets include an LDK-3 sawmill and related pellet mill, forest leases and harvesting companies in the Arkhangelsk region.
Dec. 8, 2014 - The National Geographic is currently tackling a special series on energy issues. One of the issues addressed is the wood pellet industry and its exports from the U.S. into the UK to feed Drax.
Dec. 5, 2014 - Argus Media recently announced some of the speakers and panelists scheduled to participate in the Argus European Biomass Trading Conference.
It’s amazing what can happen in 18 months.
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.
Dec. 3, 2014 - Ontario has an abundance of fibre available for new users after a challenging decade that resulted in 10 pulp and paper mill closures and the same number of large sawmill closures.
November 17, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. - Two new Genome BC-funded projects led by UBC researchers will harness microbial community research to help tackle sustainable development challenges in biofuel and BC shale gas development.
November 10, 2014, Cochrane, Alta. – A paper towel landfill diversion project pilot program in Cochrane, Alta. has provided positive results for both Executive Mat Service and Cochrane RancheHouse.
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.
November 7, 2014, Montreal, Qué. – BioAmber has provided an update on the construction of its bio-succinic acid plant as part of its third quarter 2014 financial results.
October 7, 2014, Wageningen University - Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research has developed a method that can help companies and government authorities create bio-based chains, from source materials to end products.
Dec. 18, 2014 --The global second generation biofuels market (also known as advanced biofuels) will reach $23.9 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, "Global Second Generation Biofuels - Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 - 2020." Currently, Biodiesel garners the largest market share; however, the latest and the most commercially viable cellulosic ethanol would surpass biodiesel and eventually lead the market by 2020. North America generated largest revenue, as it has over 50% of the globally installed capacity base.
Dec. 18, 2014 - University of Guelph researchers are looking into whether farm waste can be transformed into energy cost-effectively. The focus is on creating a demonstration site before establishing commercially-viable operations.
Dec. 18, 2014 - Iogen Corporation, a leading developer of cellulosic biofuel technology, and Raízen, one of the world's largest producers of sugarcane ethanol, have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on schedule at Raízen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil.
Dec. 17, 2014 - MagneGas Corporation, a technology company that counts among its inventions a patented process that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, has completed construction of its latest sterilization system which has been deployed to a major hog farm in Indiana.
Dec. 8, 2014 – An economic research group released a report stating that the proposed rules on rail tank cars could cost the U.S. economy as much as $60 billion. The projected costs for the ethanol industry would increase by almost $5.3 billion at its peak year in 2019.
Forty -five years later, Nechako is still using innovation to drive its business forward.
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.
November 10, 2014, Eugene, Ore. – Peterson Pacific Corp. has introduced the Peterson 6700D, the company’s largest horizontal grinder. Powered by a 1125hp (839 Kw) Tier II, Caterpillar C32 engine (or an optional Tier 4i Caterpillar C32 engine), the 6700D is designed for the toughest jobs.
November 4, 2014, Muscatine, Iowa - Airoflex Equipment has announced the addition of the 45 Ton Portable Dumper to its lineup of equipment.
September 26, 2014, Pella, Iowa — Vermeer introduces a new trommel screen that features a new design allowing for an optional third product conveyor to optimize productivity. The TR620 is able to handle the majority of screening needs for biomass producers.
September 8, 2014, Oxnard, Calif. – Sensortech has launched its new NIR 6000 Series moisture measurement analyzers. These analyzers measure moisture in real-time and are ideally suited for on-line biomass applications.
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.
You know that kid from elementary school? The one who made a couple of mistakes, or just bad choices, and got in trouble as a result. From then on they were labelled the “bad kid.” Anything bad that happened got blamed on that kid.
Dec. 4, 2014 - Launched today is a new risk-based Technology Qualification Guidance Note that helps to minimize risks and uncertainty of novel designs, concepts or applications not covered by existing rules, industry codes or best practice.
December 1, 2014, West Lafayette, Ind. — A group of researchers at Purdue University are investigating biofuel development from trees, a study that involves several professors and students from the school’s chemical engineering and forestry departments.
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