Jan. 23, 2015 - Aspiring energy sector entrepreneurs and emerging energy tech companies from Canada and the United States will compete for their share of over $90,000 in cash and in-kind prizes Dragon's Den style at the 2015 Energy New Venture Competition.
Jan. 20, 2015 - Edmundston, New Brunswick will host the 2015 Atlantic Biorefinery Conference from May 27 to 29.
Jan. 8, 2015, Toronto - A new report - Better Growth, Better Climate - finds that governments and businesses can improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions at the same time. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure make it possible to tackle climate change while improving economic performance.
Dec. 12, 2014 - Progress is being made at WorkSafeBC in the wake of the deadly mill explosions of 2012, according to special advisor Gord Macatee. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond asked Macatee to conduct a review of the organization after the Crown identified problems with WorkSafeBC's investigation into the explosions at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in Prince George. 
As the value of raw feedstocks such as sawdust and finished products such as pellets continues to increase, the importance of streamlining biomass processing has never been greater.
“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.

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