WPAC launches website for 2013 AGM
June 18, 2013, Vancouver - Details, hotel sign-up and registration are now available online at the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) 2013 AGM & Conference official website.
International Bioenergy Conference set for next June
June 11, 2013, Prince George, BC - The largest wood-based bioenergy conference in Canada begins its 10th year in operation with the announcement of the dates for the 2014 conference.
Registration open for Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit
June 7, 2013 - The Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit (CRFA) showcases the development of clean burning, locally produced biofuels in Canada and takes place December 2 to 4, 2013, in Montreal Que.
Sarnia's Bio-hybrid Future
Sarnia has been recognized as the first home of petroleum processing in North America with the discovery of oil in 1850.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy have developed a novel way to pre-treat biomass without the use of expensive enzymes.
Biomass Emissions Control
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Canada’s Certification Edge
There are times when it makes sense to work alongside international colleagues to develop our industry, whether to promote biomass as a low-carbon addition to the global energy mix or to help establish quality or safety standards that will serve the entire supply chain.
Bioenergy conference tied to Elmia Wood
May 15, 2013, Jonkoping, Sweden - A full-day conference at Elmia Wood 2013, held next month in Sweden, will focus on the harvest and use of forest biomass.
UBC's BBRG to hold pellet workshop in Vancouver
May 2, 2013, Vancouver, BC - The Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia will hold a 1.5-day pellet workshop around the Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM to be held this fall in Vancouver.
Canadian Biomass looking for new editor
April 22, 2013, Simcoe, ON - One of Canada's premiere renewable energy brands is looking for an editor to lead its print and online ventures.
WPAC puts out call for papers for Vancouver AGM
April 21, 2013, Vancouver, BC - Organizers of the 2013 Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Annual General Meeting and Conference have put out a call for papers.
CanBio appoints new executive director
April 9, 2013, Vancouver, BC – The Board of Directors of the Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio) announced the appointment of Fernando Preto to the position of Executive Director, effective April 8, 2013.
Biomass Boiler Buyers Guide
Nexterra is a leading provider of plant-scale energy from renewable waste systems that generates energy and fuels for a range of customers
Global markets for wood pellets are projected to grow by 200 to 300% from 2012 to 2020 – from 16 million tonnes to 40-50 million tonnes.
Growing the Domestic Market
You can’t expect many homeowners or business managers to convert to pellet heating until you get them thinking about it like any other central heating option.
FPAC at 100
One hundred years ago in March 1913, a meeting was held in the King Edward Hotel in Toronto to establish an organization
Europe’s Pellet Basket
The good news for Canadian wood pellet producers keeps on coming. From rosy predictions by industry analysts to announcements of new production coming online, the future of the industry looks bright indeed.
Biomass to energy projects detailed at conference
March 14, 2013, Minneapolis, MN – Detailed information about 27 new biomass facilities recently completed or currently under construction will be presented at the International Biomass Conference & Expo to be held in Minneapolis April 8-10.
WPAC 2013 conference to hit Vancouver in fall
March 8, 2013, Vancouver - Pellet producers and industry colleagues are in for a treat this November, as the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) will host its expanded AGM in Vancouver.
Pellet Heat Conference - Selling the next tonne
March 1, 2013, Quebec - When it comes to developing a domestic pellet market, talk is cheap and people want action. That is the message received from an array of eastern Canadian pellet producers and heating appliance vendors at the first Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference.
Canadian pellets hold certification advantage
February 28, 2013, Quebec - While the growing pellet industry in the US south has some labour and logistical advantages, producers in Canada hold a significant edge in third-party certification.
Minister of the Environment to speak at Methane Expo
February 20, 2013, Vancouver, BC – The Global Methane Initiative and Environment Canada announced that the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, has confirmed his participation in Methane Expo 2013.
Final agenda set for Canadian pellet heat conference
February 18, 2013, Quebec City - The final agenda and slate of speakers have been set for next week's Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference, and includes appliances, sustainability, case studies, markets and more.
Learning About Lignin at CRIBE
The continued emergence of the Canadian bioeconomy has increased the need for homegrown solutions for pushing the agenda forward.
Garbage In, Power Out in Ottawa
Ottawa takes its garbage seriously. Anyone who lives there or visits often knows that. As either house guest or cafeteria diner, you get used to sorting garbage, with any manner of recycling being removed first, followed by an aggressive composting sort.
Industries join hands to promote bio-economy
From car parts to clothing to cosmetics, wood fibre is being turned into innovative new products and positioning the Canadian forest products industry to be a dynamic player in the growing bioeconomy.
Becoming a Biorefinery
What we are doing is changing this ethanol plant into what we call a biorefinery
Pellet conference program/sponsorship details available
January 13, 2013, Quebec City, QC - The program, exhibitor and sponsorship details have been finalized for the 2013 Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference, to be held in Quebec City February 27 to March 1. See all registration, exhibit and sponsorship details here!
Biomass International conference agenda released
January 12, 2013, Minneapolis, MN - BBI International has announced the preliminary agenda for the sixth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest biomass conference, taking place April 8-10, 2013 in Minneapolis.
Agenda for pellet heating conference set
December 27, 2012, Quebec, QC - The preliminary agenda has been set for the Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference, to be held February 27 through March 1 in historic Quebec City.
Canadian renewable fuel pioneers honoured
December 5, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association announced the 2012 Green Fuels Award Recipients, which honour pioneers in the development and commercialization of low carbon renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in Canada, at the 9th Annual Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit in Ottawa.
One Way or Another
Misleading information about sustainable forestry, bioenergy and how the carbon cycle works is prevalent in society.
Growing Ontario’s Bioeconomy
After four years of providing funding to help grow the bioeconomy in Canada, the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy is nearing the end of its current mandate.
End of an Era
When the Ontario government introduced the Green Energy Act in 2009, it sought to create a greener economy.
Effectively developing a next-generation clean tech system requires just the right combination of circumstances, and proving that the technology works is just the first step.
The Greenest Workforce
The forest products industry is hiring. That may surprise many people who have associated the sector with cutbacks and mill closures.
Here We Go Again
Two steps forward, one step back. As the biomass sector continues to move forward as an important tool in the fight against climate change, there have been recent attacks that biomass is “dirtier than coal,” an argument most thought behind us.
Making 'cents' of agricultural biomass
November 22, 2012, Guelph, ON - The financial reality of agricultural biomass is at the center of discussions taking place during a seminar at the University of Guelph today.
WPAC 2012 AGM set for Tuesday
November 25, 2012, Quebec, QC - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Annual General Meeting and conference is set to start here on Tuesday afternoon with a tour of the Cité Verte, an urban biomass district heating system.
Making 'cents' of agricultural biomass
November 22, 2012, Guelph, ON - The financial reality of agricultural biomass is at the center of discussions taking place during a seminar at the University of Guelph today.
BioTalent can help grads, subsidize talent
November 9, 2012, Ottawa - A national program is creating opportunities for both bioenergy companies and workers to move forward. The BioTalent Canada Career Focus Wage Subsidy Program makes it easier for employers to hire the talent they need—and for job seekers to gain the work experience they require.
Biomass Networking Seminar at UofG
November 7, 2012, Guelph, ON – Dr. Fernando Preto of NRC’s CanmetENERGY lab will be presenting a Biomass Networking Seminar entitled “Opportunities and Obstacles in the Use of Agricultural Biomass in the Production of Heat and Power” on Nov. 23 in conjunction with the Agricultural Biomass Business Forum, being held at the University of Guelph on November 22.
New event for the Agri-Bioeconomy
October 29, 2012, Calgary, AB – The Agri Innovation Forum is the new, much anticipated annual partnering conference focused on building connective tissue and facilitating meaningful introductions between agri-entrepreneurs, corporate strategics, and investors from across North America.
Bioenergy for rural and remote communities
October 24, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio) will be presenting a workshop discussing the immense challenges remote and rural Canadian communities face when it comes to meeting their energy needs.
Look East, Way East
More than 200 delegates attended the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) annual conference and expo held at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods over two days in Connecticut to take in a variety of presentations on the pellet industry.
When implementing a district energy system, speed is not always the first thing you think of.
The results of agricultural innovation are everywhere – on the kitchen table, in manufacturing, in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and even our gas tanks.
Carbon dioxide, that simple chemical compound of two oxygen and one carbon atom, has been rebranded as the greenhouse gas believed to be a major culprit in causing global warming and climate change.
The generation of dust never gives up and can only be fought with diligence.”
Canada could lead way in aviation biofuels
October 12, 2012, Vancouver, BC – The future is already underway with just a few snags, according to panelists at `Flying Green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels’, a plenary at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.
Biomass feedstock a workable challenge
October 12, 2012, Vancouver, BC – We can overcome – at least in theory. That was the sentiment expressed during `Overcoming Regional Biomass Feedstock Supply Challenges with Public Policy and Science’, an October 11 plenary at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in Vancouver.
CRFA Summit program announced
October 11, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The preliminary program for the 2012 Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit (CFRS) has been announced.
Bio-energy and tech campus proposed in Sault Ste. Marie
October 2, 2012, Sault Ste. Marie, ON – It's looking like the former St. Marys Paper site has a future in green energy.
Martin Engineering launches new website
September 11, 2012, Neponset, IL – Martin Engineering has officially launched its new website at www.martin-eng.com .
Biogas association joins REA
September 7, 2012, London, UK – The Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) voted to integrate the organization into the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
Biomass characterization research highlighted
August 30, 2012, New Rochelle, NY – New research into biomass characterization and the future to commercialize larger-scale, economical, plant-based biofuels and bioproducts is highlighted in latest issue of an industry journal.
CRIBE invests $500,000 in biomass research, projects
August 30, 2012, Thunder Bay, ON – The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) announced it is providing $467,212 to a partnership with Confederation College to develop the Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre (BLRC) which will contain a fuel testing lab, demonstration space, and a separate 150 KW boiler dedicated to research and learning with associated emissions monitoring equipment.
For anyone attending World Bioenergy 2012 in Jönköping, Sweden, it was clear that Canada has become a market of interest for investment and innovation in the biomass industry. Canada represented one of the largest international groups of pre-registered delegates, with a wide array of business leaders, innovators, researchers, and project coordinators representing the national interest in the bioenergy marketplace.
Renewable energy delegation headed to India
August 15, 2012, Victoria, B.C. - The British Columbia Trade and Investment Offices in Vancouver and India invite British Columbia-based renewable energy and clean tech companies to participate in a trade delegation to India from November 5-9, 2012.
Biomass Carbon Capture
Greenhouse growers have long eyed biomass as a cost-effective “green” alternative to natural gas.
Bioenergy as Heat Shield?
When the insurance industry starts talking about biomass, you know we’ve made the big time.
Canadian Biomass at PFI: Social media for the pellet industry
July 30, 2012, Manshantucket, CT - Promoting the wood pellet industry and reaching customers is about increasing value and letting people know about it – according to some experts at the annual PFI Conference.
PFI Conference Report: Wood pellet outlook
July 30, 2012, Manshantucket, CT - It’s predicted that by 2017 the North American wood pellet industry will be exporting more than 10 million tonnes, with nearly half of that coming from Canada.
U.S. government pumps $41 million into biomass research
July 26, 2012, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. federal government announced a $41 million investment in developing economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and increase the availability of renewable fuels and bio-based products.
Funding for Nippising Biomass Innovation Centre
July 25, 2012, North Bay, ON - Nippising University recently announced it will receive $23,400 for its Biomass Innovation Centre from the federal government.
New timber event nearly sold out
July 24, 2012, Portland, OR - Organizers of the new Timber Processing & Energy Expo report that 90% of the exhibitor space is already sold out and that attendee registration is now open for the event to be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.
New research hub to address burning bioenergy questions
July 18, 2012, London, UK - A new research hub announced today will investigate the efficiency and whole-life impact of a variety of bioenergy techniques and accelerate the deployment of sustainable bioenergy.
Groups urge Premiers to forge a clean energy accord
July 18, 2012, Halifax, NS - An unprecedented alliance of more than 700 companies, industry associations, labour unions, governments, and civil society groups are challenging Canada's provincial premiers to work together to develop a Canadian energy strategy that would make the nation a global clean-energy leader.
CRFA hires Director of Communications
July 17, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) announced today that Andrea Kent will fill the newly created position of Director of Communications. In the role, Ms. Kent will lead communications strategies to support CRFA members in advancing the use of clean, green and locally produced fuels.
CanBio to offer workshop on torrefied wood technology
July 12, 2012, Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Bioenergy Association is offering an opportunity to learn about the latest in torrefied wood technology, a concentrated bio-fuel for renewable energy production. What do large power plants want now? What are the results of recent tests of torrefied wood?
Feds launch wind turbine health study
July 11, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The federal government has waded into the controversy currently engulfing the Ontario provincial government over safety concerns around wind power generation.
Program allocates funds for biomass installations
July 11, 2012, Madison, Wisconsin - Wisconsin residents and businesses that install biogas or biomass-based technology can receive up to $250,000 through a newly formed renewable energy utilities program.
Denmark can triple its biomass production, report
July 10, 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark - Scientists from University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have published an extensive report that shows how the production of biomass can be increased by more than 200 per cent in an environmentally friendly way.
Many uses for biomass ends EU Conference
June 25, 2012, Milan, Italy - The 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition ended on Friday, June 22, 2012 with a focus on the many uses of biomass within the existing energy system.
Sorghum meets biofuel needs
June 22, 2012 - Sweet and biomass sorghum would meet the need for next-generation biofuels to be environmentally sustainable, easily adopted by producers and take advantage of existing agricultural infrastructure, a group of researchers led by Purdue University scientists believes.
Energy programs intact in Farm Bill
June 22, 2012 - The 2012 Farm Bill has passed the Senate and moved on to the House with the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, Rural Energy for America Program and Biorefinery Assistance Program all slated for continuation.
Cleantech adds new director
June 21, 2012, St. Louis, MO - CleanTech Biofuels, Inc. has appointed James E. Russell to its Board of Directors, bringing the total number of directors to six.
Beta Renewables wins ACHEMA Innovation award
June 21, 2012, Rivalta Scrivia, Italy - Beta Renewables has announced that it has won the ACHEMA 2012 Innovation Award in the category of Biotechnology for its PROESA technology.
Keynote speaker annunced for PFI Annual Conference
June 19, 2012, Mashantucket, CT - The keynote speaker has been announced for the Pellet Fuels Institute Annual conference, to be held July 29-31 at Foxwoods Resort.
Biotech companies receive green chemistry awards
June 19, 2012, Washington, DC - The Biotechnology Industry Organization congratulated member companies Elevance Renewable Sciences and Codexis on receiving 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.
Biomass future all about bio-chemicals?
June 14, 2012, Prince George, BC - Speakers at the first day of the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition focused on fibre supply and what products make the most sense given the realities around it. Mid to long term, more advanced bio-products seem to hold the edge.
CanBio hosting financing mission to the UK
June 14, 2012 - In 2011, CanBio went to the UK to probe for Canadian investment opportunities, and will be holding the mission again in 2012.
Biomass part of biobased jet fuel solution
June 14, 2012 - Airline companies are developing a bigger appetite for the biobased jet fuels described in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.
Details on Cleantech partnership with UN
June 13, 2012, Las Vegas, NV - Cleantech Transit, Inc. has provided further details on the proposed Public Private Partnership from a United Nations Sponsored Intergovernmental Agency.
PFI conference registration now open
June 12, 2012 - Registration for the 2012 Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Conference, to be held on July 29-31, 2012, is now open!
Forestech files suit against German Pellets
June 12, 2012 - Forestech Energy has filed suit against German Pellets regarding a failed promise to form a partnership to sell wood pellets to Europe.
Natura Energy to acquire stake in biomass distributor
June 12, 2012, Charlotte, NC - North Carolina Natural Energy, Inc. announced that it executed a letter of intent to acquire 40% ownership interest in Construction Management Institute to participate in and help manage distribution of biomass wood chip materials.
Defining the Bio-Economy at Agri Investment Forum
June 11, 2012 - The Agri Investment Forum will be taking place on June 27 in Toronto and will showcase emerging green technology to help improve the growing bioeconomy.
Study states biofuel benefits overestimated
June 11, 2012 - A commentary published in GCB Bioenergy reveals that calculations of greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy production are neglecting crucial information that has led to the overestimation of the benefits of biofuels compared to fossil fuels.
Elmia Wood fair sets eyes on the future
June 8, 2012 - With just under a year away until Elmia Wood 2013 opens its doors, planning has already begun for the theme's content and themes, and over 200 companies have already booked places at the upcoming fair.
Provincial green report card 2012 released
June 8, 2012, Toronto, ON - Corporate Knights has released its third bi-annual Green Provincial Report Card, with Ontario and British Columbia leading the pack in the race to become Canada's greenest province or territory.
$40 million available for renewable energy projects
June 6, 2012, Edmonton, AB - The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation is making $40 million in funding available for innovative renewable energy projects.
University of Hawaii receives $6 million biofuel grant
June 4, 2012, Washington, DC - The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will receive $6 million to continue efforts to convert grass and other biomass into sustainable, commercial biofuel.
USING biomass to produce its own heat and power is a natural fit for the University of Northern British Columbia.
Biomass-based energy, long ignored in North America, is finding its place in today’s energy business.
Biomass Advantage from Wood Waste
Turning a waste stream into a revenue stream and an environmental advantage is how the Canadian forest products industry approaches the use of mill and forest residues.
Bioenergy on the home front
I rarely agree with Greenpeace. In the case of bioenergy, they have become a shrill, and at times, inconsistent, voice. I distrust their motives, and in return, they question mine.
Green energy website for rural and First Nations
June 1, 2012, Vancouver, BC - Rural communities and First Nations can now access new information and tools to help them explore green energy opportunities with the launch of a dedicated website.
Hope and progress at World Bioenergy
June 1, 2012, Jönköping, Sweden - World Bioenergy 2012 has come to a close with a distinct feeling of hope, inspiration and progress according the the Swedish Minister for Information Technology and Energy, Anna-Karin Hatt.
The future of fuels
May 30, 2012, Jonkoping, Sweden - At the plenary session of World Bioenergy 2012, Harry Stokes from the USA was presented with the 2012 World Bioenergy Award for his work on renewable fuels in developing countries.