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“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.
These days, fuels for cars vary almost as much as the cars themselves. Each country has its own standards for biofuel content, resulting in a mishmash of fuel compositions. In Brazil, for example, ethanol reigns supreme at the pump, and customers who want to buy 100-percent gasoline will pay a premium. In the United States, car fuel contains 10 percent ethanol. Other countries mandate a biofuel content of 20 percent, and still others leave the decision to market forces.
Bernie Debono, general manager of Norfolk Disposal, shakes his head and can’t help but laugh as he recalls his story.   For three years, his family-run waste-disposal company based in Norfolk County, Ont., worked towards building Canada’s first waste-to-fuel production plant that uses leading-edge catalytic cracking technology from Toronto-based Orion Eco Solutions.
Ten years after a report identified a surplus of wood waste going to landfills for incineration, B.C. has become the heartland of the wood bioenergy industry in Canada. Sawmill and forest residues have become a staple for the expanding wood pellet industry and the growth of co-generation facilities across the province.
Bioenergy has the reputation for being expensive and risky, but on a recent trip to Sweden, Canadian Biomass was given the opportunity to see how technology that has been in use for decades in Sweden has brought wealth, new jobs and reduced the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.
July 2, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. - A new biosensor invented at UBC could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials.
Because greenhouse crops can be grown throughout the year, they are becoming increasingly important for the food supply of countries like Canada, which have colder climates and shorter growing seasons. However, greenhouse heating can be one of the highest operating costs for a producer. Heat is typically supplied by non-renewable fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas.
June 11, 2014, Prince George, B.C. – It’s amazing the difference that moving a pellet boiler a few feet can make, but at the University of Northern British Columbia, plans to move its pellet boiler could pay huge dividends at the campus.
June 3, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Ambassador to Canada is urging this country to follow the lead of its southern neighbour in the wake of a new plan to cut emissions from coal plants by 30 per cent by 2030.
May 9, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – A new publication is helping communities across British Columbia and Alberta understand the business case for using biomass for small-scale district heating.
April 7, 2014, Corvallis, Ore. – Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.
Edmonton, Alberta’s provincial capital, is at the heart of Alberta’s resource sector but it has also become the home of the province’s booming bioeconomy.
As the largest urban centre between Winnipeg and Sudbury, Thunder Bay has two post-secondary institutions that are deeply invested in developing the region’s potential for making heat from wood.
November 6, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy.
July 15, 2013, Toronto – The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) criticized a new study by Friends of the Earth for its use of misinformation and controversial theory on land use impacts of biofuels.
July 5, 2013 - In addition to ramping up its Norsask Forest Products lumber operation in northwestern Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) is also expanding its bioenergy portfolio.
June 14, 2013, Boston, Mass. - Biomass projects continue to be met with opposition from groups of protesters who have concerns with new biomass projects, despite these projects potentially creating hundreds of jobs.

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