July 18, 2018 - WPAC had a busy week in the United Kingdom during the week of April 16 to 20. We attended two meetings with the UK government, we participated in the annual Argus Biomass 2018 conference, and a group of WPAC members visited Drax Power Station at Selby and Associated British Ports at Immingham. Immingham is one of four UK ports where Canadian wood pellets are unloaded on their way to Drax. The others are the Ports of Tyne, Hull, and Liverpool.
July 11, 2018 - Learn from top speakers on how to grow Canada’s pellet market at this year’s Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM and Conference being held in Vancouver Sept. 17–19.
July 9, 2018 - With growth in pellet exports from Vietnam going from nearly zero to about 2.75 million metric tonnes per year over seven years, the obvious questions are: What are the limits to growth for that country and what will be the future production costs, and thus the future prices, for pellets produced in Vietnam? A new brief white paper from FutureMetrics addresses those questions.
July 5, 2018 - Canadian Biomass joined a tour of Pinnacle Renewable Energy's Meadowbank pellet plant south of Prince George, B.C.
June 28, 2018 - Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced that it has entered into two new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with customers in South Korea and Japan.
June 27, 2018 - Take a walk down the University of Winnipeg's Balmoral Street this spring and you’ll notice a shiny new addition to campus. The large metal silo near the entrance to Manitoba Hall might look out of place in downtown Winnipeg, but it’s an important part of the university’s new biomass heating system.
July 13, 2018 - A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce bio-based fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks.
July 6, 2018 - Imperial scientists have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production and more efficient plastic recycling.
June 27, 2018 - With the recent arrival of the emerald ash borer in New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton is warning its residents to prepare for the loss of tens of thousands of trees.
June 25, 2018 - Resource jobs are the key to building strong communities, the CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada says. Derek Nighbor says Canadian industries will continue to work with Ottawa in the hope of addressing cross-border trade issues and regulatory challenges that impact their competitiveness.
May 30, 2018 - If there's an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That's certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now, requires a two-step process to free the sugars trapped in plant matter and convert them into something else. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) think that's one step too many.
May 28, 2018 - The government of British Columbia is making changes to give rural communities additional economic and land management opportunities, by allowing them to increase the size of their community forest.
July 10, 2018 - Domtar’s Biomaterials team and research partners have been focusing time and resources on lignin development — specifically, developing lignin-based materials that could eventually serve as sustainable and biodegradable alternatives to petroleum and other fossil fuel–based products.
June 29, 2018 - Development company 4Leaf Corp is planning to build a torrefied pellet production facility in McBride, B.C., as part of a larger project that would include a power plant, sawmill and tree nursery. 
June 11, 2018 - Biochar (“bio” as in biomass and “char” as in charcoal) was virtually unknown just a year ago and now two new biochar production plants will be operating in Quebec in 2018. But will this new market create real added value to the forest products sector?
June 5, 2018 - Canada has always been an agricultural powerhouse, but these days it’s not just about selling prairie wheat, P.E.I. potatoes and maple syrup to the world. Now we’re also building bio-cars from ag-based fibres, composites and foams.
June 4, 2018 - Finland's Metsä Group has established a new innovation company, Metsä Spring Ltd. The company will, together with partner organisations, invest in new endeavours with the target to identify and develop new business opportunities in sustainable forest-based bioeconomy and circular economy.
May 31, 2018 - In labs across the world cellulose nanocrystals are being tested as an additive to all types of things — inks, bioplastics and construction products, to name a few.
July 18, 2018 - The Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) is writing to express concern with the Ontario government’s decision to terminate energy contracts, as announced by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and the impact this decision will have on many of our agricultural, municipal and industrial members.
July 11, 2018 - Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
July 3, 2018 - Foresight Group, a leading infrastructure and private equity investment manager has acquired 100 per cent of the shares in a portfolio of five operational anaerobic digestion plants from Lindhorst Gruppe, a family-owned group of companies.
June 27, 2018 - In Cestas, near Bordeaux, Air Liquide has inaugurated a biomethane production unit and a multi-energy distribution station nearby. Thanks to its complete mastery of the biogas recovery chain, Air Liquide is deploying its clean mobility offer in France, designed for road freight transport. By replacing a fossil fuel with biomethane, a renewable energy, the Group is committed to a circular economy approach serving the energy transition.
June 25, 2018 - Aries Clean Energy, a Nashville-area based company, is moving to a larger space in Franklin, Tenn., to accommodate its staffing requirements for the development of gasification projects designed to reduce greenhouse gases, minimize use of landfills, and lower waste transportation costs.
June 19, 2018 - Fuel Delivery Services, Inc. (FDS), a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products based in Stockton, Calif., recently switched their Stockton based fleet of trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. FDS provides transportation services seven days a week, 365 days a year to a variety of clients, from small jobbers to major oil companies.
July 18, 2018 - Sennebogen has introduced the new 855 E model to its line-up of material handlers to complete the largest product line of purpose-built material handlers worldwide.
June 22, 2018 - A North American pulp mill was having significant dust and spillage issues with old worn out transfer chutes. The existing chutes were not built with combustible dust containment in mind and did not control material flow.
June 21, 2018 - A dust collection system is an integral part of a facility and needs to be maintained and updated properly. The knowledge of the team in charge of keeping this vital system in tip top shape is also critical. This is especially because, as per NFPA 664, the owner has a responsibility to ensure that the facility and the combustible dust system are designed, installed and maintained properly.
June 20, 2018 - Canadian Biomass highlights some of the newest technology for collecting and suppressing combustible dust in pellet mills. 
June 18, 2018 - Preventing wood dust fires is always a challenge for any company in the forestry industry. You might think you have everything under control or say, ‘We aren't that bad,’ but the truth is, the risk is always there and we must remain vigilant in order to minimize the risk of fires from wood dust.
May 18, 2018 - Cargotec has signed an agreement with JCE Invest AB to establish a joint venture, Bruks Siwertell Group, specialised in dry bulk handling. The new joint venture will own Siwertell AB (previously part of Kalmar Business Area within Cargotec) and BRUKS Holding AB (previously part of JCE Group). Both companies are world-leading suppliers of bulk materials handling solutions. Cargotec will own 48 per cent of the shares in Bruks Siwertell Group, and JCE Invest AB will own the rest, 52 per cent. The ownerships are included to venturers' consolidated financial statements in accordance with the applicable regulation. The transaction has been signed and closed on 9 May 2018.
July 5, 2018 - Join peers from worldwide to find out the latest on sustainable fibre sourcing at this year’s Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM and Conference being held in Vancouver Sept. 17–19.
June 8, 2018 - We’ve come a long way, but there is still a ways to go. This was a prevailing sentiment from industry leaders speaking at the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition that took place in Prince George this week.
June 4, 2018 - The 8th Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition begins Wednesday, June 6 in Prince George, B.C., with a full slate of professional learning, business development and networking opportunities for industry leaders from across North America.
May 22, 2018 - The Atlantic BIOCON 2018, Canada’s premier conference on biorefining and bioprocessing, will take place May 23–24 in Fredericton, N.B. Going into its 7th year, BIOCON 2018 is a dynamic two-day conference that sparks discussion, spurs innovation and highlights new projects that are transforming our traditional industries and business.
April 30, 2018 - The Wood Products Safety Summit is taking place on June 6 in Prince George, B.C., as part of this year’s Canadian Bioeconomy Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Prince George Civic Centre.
April 27, 2018 - Process safety focuses on preventing catastrophic outcomes, such as fires, explosions, and exposure to hazardous substances, through systematic identification and management of risks in worksites engaged in potentially hazardous processes. Process safety involves the prevention of leaks, spills, equipment malfunctions, corrosion, component failures, and upset conditions that present serious risks to the health and safety of workers and, sometimes, the public. 

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