Bio-Products

Aug. 15, 2018 - Natural Products Canada has invested in Chinova Bioworks, a Canadian company whose innovative mushroom-based natural preservative has captured the interest of major food industry partners such as DSM Ventures, Rhapsody and AgFunder.
Aug. 14, 2018 - Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland reached its nominal capacity in August 2018, according to plan. This makes Metsä Group the world’s largest producer of softwood market pulp, the company states. The bioproduct mill produced its millionth tonne of pulp on Aug. 8.
July 23, 2018 - Attis Industries is planning to build its first commercial-scale biorefinery in Barnesville, Ga., to process 200 dry tons per day of biomass. 
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 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.
May 25, 2018 - Stora Enso is launching its wood-based biocomposites, DuraSense by Stora Enso. 
May 18, 2018 - Two University of Guelph research collaborations for turning waste into new products and technologies will receive more than $6 million from the Ontario government. Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement on campus May 4.
March 5, 2018 - Purdue University researchers studying whether concrete is made stronger by infusing it with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood are moving from the laboratory to the real world with a bridge that will be built in California this spring.
Jan. 22, 2018 - Fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) are predominantly made of synthetic fibres, such as glass or carbon, and a petrochemically sourced thermosetting resin or thermoplastic matrix. However, natural fibres and resins are on the rise because of their beneficial properties, competitive cost, legislative drivers, and consumer preferences. IDTechEx forecasts the revenue for bast fibres used in composite parts to exceed $140 million by 2027, which would have been greater still if the supply could be grown fast enough to match the burgeoning demand.
Jan. 12, 2018 - At UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering, mould is proving increasingly important in the domain of engineering materials and can lead to early deterioration and structural failure. This is especially the case as manufacturers adopt more bio-derived materials in the drive towards a greener future, explains researcher Bryn Crawford.
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?
March 29, 2018 - Mississauga, Ont.-based CHAR Technologies has been approved for a grant totalling $1,062,385 provided by the Government of Ontario through the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF).
March 26, 2018 - Cool Planet announced the successful completion of its 100th quantifiable, independent trial of Cool Terra, the company's flagship soil health product. The trial was conducted by the University of Florida on bell peppers, and it marks the 100th time the company has conducted a randomized yield improvement test of Cool Terra on specific crops with an independent university or researcher.
Jan. 5, 2018 - Mississauga, Ont.-based CHAR Technologies has closed on its acquisition of Toronto's Altech Group and has announced plans to manufacture and sell a biocoal product branded as CleanFyre. The GHG neutral product will be marketed as a cost-effective coal replacement.
Nov. 2, 2017 - For more than 100 years, biochar, a carbon-rich, charcoal-like substance made from oxygen-deprived plant or other organic matter, has both delighted and puzzled scientists. As a soil additive, biochar can store carbon and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it can slow-release nutrients to act as a non-toxic fertilizer.

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