May 25, 2017 – Japan is a good news story for Canada’s wood pellet producers. As recently as 2014, Canada exported just 62,000 tonnes to Japan, but by 2016, this had increased by a whopping 350 per cent to 272,000 tonnes. Canada presently accounts for 78 per cent of Japanese wood pellet imports and we aim to maintain this position. As impressive as these figures sound, by 2030, Japan’s wood pellet imports are expected to increase from the current total of 347,000 tonnes to more than seven million tonnes per year!
May 16, 2017 - Rentech, Inc., is reporting a gross loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 of $0.7 million. A year ago the company reported a gross profit of $0.1 million. Operating loss from those continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 was $31.0 million, as compared to $10 million in the prior year period.
May 11, 2017 - Demand for industrial wood pellets in S. Korea has grown rapidly in recent years and is expected to grow significantly over the next half decade. A new white paper from FutureMetrics discusses why that growth is happening and is expected to continue.
May 10, 2017 - Workplace safety should be top of mind, no matter what industry you’re in. Canadian Biomass magazine is proud to partner with the Wood Pellet Association of Canada for two days dedicated to all things safety.
May 4, 2017 - Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. will be constructing an $85-million, 475,000-tonne wood pellet plant in the hamlet of Entwistle, Alta. Parkland County officially announced the green light for the project yesterday.
April 20, 2017 - Maine Woods Pellet Co. based in Athens, Maine, is producing 9 MW of power thanks to an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit that was installed last October.
May 24, 2017 - There is considerable talk in government circles of how Canada can improve its innovation performance. Earlier this spring, the federal government tabled its ‘Innovation’ budget. A key plank of this budget is moving forward with its committed investment in clusters and networks, which in the words of the government, is “intended to catalyze private sector dynamism, bring a critical mass of stakeholders together and connect their ideas to the marketplace”. At the same time, Canada needs to address climate change and that means shifting to a low carbon economy. Canada’s forest products industry is already a leader in both areas and is working hard to advance bio-based solutions for a low carbon economy.
May 24, 2017 - CO2 Solutions Inc. has completed the preliminary engineering phase of the project to capture carbon at the Saint-Félicien Pulp Mill, the company announced yesterday.
May 9, 2017 - It’s been almost six years since the Island Lake Biomass Harvest Experiment was established in the Martel Forest region near Chapleau, Ont., and though the project is still in its early stages, researchers have begun to share some surprising findings from their ambitious harvesting experiment.
May 1, 2017 - Sawmills in Eastern Canada have been running at record high levels in 2016, with production reaching levels almost 10 per cent higher than in 2015 and almost 40 per cent higher than five years ago. This has been very good news to the forest industry, with sawmills running at 97 per cent operating rates in late 2016, according to the WWPA. However, there are also worrisome developments regarding the large volumes of residual chips that are being generated and where the chips can be sold.
April 17, 2017 - Companies in the wood-fiber industry are modern-day prospectors of the forest, Domtar President and CEO John D. Williams said at Georgia Institute of Technology. He presented a broader vision of the industry’s future in biomaterials while giving the keynote address at the Renewable Bioproducts Institute’s Executive Conference in March.
April 13, 2017 - A new technical paper from Ecostrat explains how a computer modelling method can address risk in agricultural biomass supply chains.
May 16, 2017 - Montreal-based BioAmber is reporting a 46 per cent increase in its sales of bio-succinic acid and the addition of seven new clients in the first quarter of 2017. Company revenues for the quarter were $2.1 million.
May 12, 2017 - Toronto-based Econse Water Purification Systems (Econse) is piloting its BRÜ CLEAN commercial-scale wastewater treatment system designed for craft breweries.
May 3, 2017 - Ontario bioproducts company Noblegen is expanding its marketing activities and looking to sell its algae-based bioproducts on a global scale. Noblegen has secured $1.8 million to target the global nutritional supplements and animal nutrition markets.
April 17, 2017 - Four years after launching his first biomass venture, Talby Mckay is ready for his next challenge.
April 3, 2017 - Bird Construction, as part of the Harbour City Solutions consortium, executed a contract on March 28, 2017 to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a biosolids management facility for the City of Hamilton, Ontario.
March 27, 2017 - Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities are officially underway for OG&A BioSpecialties' Owensboro, Kentucky "HDX" Project for BioWax and BioEster production.
May 25, 2017 - University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and their collaborators have developed a new process that obtains three high-value products from biomass, tripled the fraction of biomass converted to high-value products to nearly 80 per cent.
May 23, 2017 - Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis.
May 17, 2017 - Hamilton, Ont.-based BIOX is working to complete upgrades to its Sombra, Ont., biodiesel facility this year and looking to transition from an expansion focus to operating its assets and strengthening its balance sheet, the company CEO said in its second quarter report.
May 5, 2017 - A University of Washington team has made new headway on a solution to remove beetle-killed trees from the forest and use them to make renewable transportation fuels or high-value chemicals.
May 1, 2017 - Researchers in Guelph, Ont., an hour’s drive west of Toronto, are hoping to mine the money out of sewage with a new technology that maximizes anaerobic digestion at wastewater treatment plants.
April 24, 2017 - Air Canada announced today its participation in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project (CAAFCER), a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to test the environmental benefits of biofuel use on contrails.
May 19, 2017 - Designed to enhance productivity and efficiency, John Deere is debuting its enhanced production series buckets for the 744K-II, 824K-II and 844K-III wheel loader models. The enhanced production buckets offer several new features, including an improved bucket profile, integrated narrow spill guards, bushed static bucket pin joints and optional wear plating.
May 19, 2017 - Fecon introduces the FMX Excavator Bull Hog mulching attachment for midi size excavators from 5-10 ton. With a 36-inch cutting width and variable motor that can be adjusted for 12-40 gpm the FMX is a great addition to Fecon’s excavator line up. The 36-inch model weighs 850 pounds and can be mounted on backhoes and side arm booms also.
May 17, 2017 - With changes in governments across the world, focus on biofuels is shifting faster than ever. Legislation means big changes are ahead for the industry as a whole; in many cases, efficiency is the new keyword. The technology behind Komax Systems' Scepter Tank Heater helps to meet the needs for efficiency within the processing phase.
May 16, 2017 - After pioneering atomized mist dust control cannons more than a decade ago with its powerful DustBoss designs, Dust Control Technology has changed its name to BossTek to better reflect all of the company’s successful product lines. These include the OdorBoss odor suppression technology, with its line of environmentally safe topical and airborne odor treatment agents, and the KoolBoss crowd cooling technology for large outdoor events. What hasn’t changed is the company’s dedication to equipment quality and customer service.
May 16, 2017 - Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) will be exhibiting at the 2017 Northeastern Forest Products Expo next week and will run live demonstrations of wood grinders, wood chippers, and the latest forestry attachments. CBI will be stationed at booth X-5 displaying the Magnum Force 6800BT Horizontal Grinder, the Magnum Force 5800BT Horizontal Grinder, the ChipMax 484B Portable Wood Chipper, the Stump Shear, and the Log & Stump Screw.
May 4, 2017 - Rawlings Manufacturing Inc. has introduced the VRM Super Hi Inertia Vertical Wood Hog. No cookie cutter machine can meet everyone’s space constraints or challenges. Several customers over the years have wanted a Rawlings solid rotary hog but did not have the overhead clearance in their existing footprint to allow for a clam shell opening type of machine.
May 23, 2017 - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada and media partner Canadian Biomass are proud to host this year’s AGM and conference in Ottawa from Sept. 18-20.
May 23, 2017 - Tomorrow's wood waste recycling bioeconomy utilization workshop expo event in Grande Prairie, Alta., has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.
May 2, 2017 - Pellet Fuels Institute has opened registration for the 2017 PFI Annual Conference in Stowe, Vermont, from July 23 to 25.
April 21, 2017 - Long known for their entrepreneurial spirit, and increasingly for their engineering skill, 1,200 Albertans are employed today in building cleantech businesses that seek new ways to profitably solve the environmental challenges facing the Province, and the world. Together, these startups and scale-ups have brought over half a billion dollars of investment to the province, and collectively generate over $300M in revenue annually.
April 10, 2017 - Viessmann and Fink Machine Inc. are hosting a biomass workshop in Enderby, B.C., on May 2 focused on employing wood biomass solutions when planning for a district energy system.
March 29, 2017 - The 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its highly-anticipated agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks.

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