Sustainability
May 14, 2014, Point Tupper, N.S. – A shortage of firewood in Nova Scotia is driving up prices at the busiest time of year for that market.
May 13, 2014, Point Tupper, N.S. – Sawmill operators are raising concerns over the quality of wood being used to supply the biomass plant in Point Tupper.
February 19, 2014, Atlanta, Ga. - Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass as a fuel because of the lack of an effective catalyst system for polymeric materials.
January 21, 2014, Goteborg, Sweden - No harmful emissions, and no contribution to the greenhouse effect. At the end of December 2013, Volvo Construction Equipment's site in Braås, Sweden, completed its journey towards becoming carbon dioxide neutral. It is the first construction equipment production facility in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy.
December 23, 2013, Halifax, N.S. – The Government of Nova Scotia has given clearance for 14 renewable energy projects to proceed to the next stage of development, three of which involve biomass.
How can a business reduce its carbon footprint while investing in long-term development?
November 14, 2013, Westborough, Mass. - The International District Energy Association (IDEA) announced the release of its newest publication for the Canadian market: Community Energy: Planning, Development and Delivery – Strategies for Thermal Networks.
October 16, 2013, Edmonton, Alta. – The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation has committed more than $46 million in funding for eight renewable energy projects. The eight projects have a combined value of nearly $390 million.
September 24, 2013, Hantsport, NS – A proposed biomass project in Nova Scotia will go forward now that the necessary agricultural land to grow elephant grass has been secured.
September 16, 2013, Cocagne, NB - MHG Systems and ACFOR today announced a Letter of Intent to implement MHG’s complete ERP solution for bioenergy production processes.
August 22, 2013, London - The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released sustainability requirements for power generation using biomass that it says will provide clear targets and investor stability through 2027.
May 1, 2013, Montreal, Que. – Domtar Corp. based in Montreal, has been producing its trademarked BioChoice lignin since February at its commercial-scale lignin separation plant in Plymouth, N.C. The company believes that the operation opens a new path for the industry.
April 16, 2013, Victoria, BC – BC Hydro has issued a Request for Supplier Qualifications (RFSQ) for the utilization of non-merchantable fibre for the Site C Clean Energy Project near Fort St. John.
April 5, 2013, Victoria, BC – A B.C. program that helps rural communities turn wood waste into heat for buildings and homes is being expanded throughout the Interior.
March 5, 2013, Wellington, PE – A western P.E.I. business is hoping for a sizable expansion of its operation that uses wood chips harvested from Island forests to heat government buildings.
February 26, 2013, Charlottetown, PE – Pilot project in Prince Edward Island has been studying viability of willow production for biomass fuel.
The financial reality of agricultural biomass was at the centre of discussions that took place at the Agricultural Biomass Business Forum,
January 4, 2013, London, UK – Researchers working on the biofuel crop Miscanthus sacchariflorus, commonly known as Asian Elephant Grass, have shown that delaying flowering in the plant can result in a 50% growth increase.
The mood in Europe was positive in October as I joined over 300 attendees at the 12th Pellets Industry Forum.
October 24, 2012, Saint John, NB – A set of resource maps and an accompanying report were released by the government of New Brunswick showcasing potential locations to develop biomass resources for energy co-generation in the province.

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