Sustainability
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.
Harvesting both wood and greenhouse vegetables is what Luc Verrier has been doing for most of his career.
September 17, 2012, Reno, NV – Putting the water-use-efficient and turbo-charged photosynthesis from plants such as agave into woody biomass plants such as poplar can hedge against predicted long-term increases in temperatures and reduced precipitation. It can also provide dedicated energy crops suitable for establishment on marginal land as a source of renewable biomass.
September 7, 2012, Stockholm, SE – Successful field tests of vehicles powered by a biofuel derived from the black liquor wastes produced at a pulp mill have been conducted by Volvo Trucks.
August 23, 2012, Sacramento, CA – California’s 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan calls for increasing "community-scale, forest-based biomass facilities" that would take leftover biomass from forest thinning and commercial logging operations and burn it to produce electricity.
Michael Weedon, executive director of the Vancouver-based B.C. Bioenergy Network, greets newcomers while clutching a copy of a presentation he authored, Partnering for a Green Future.
August 10, 2012, Charlotte, NC — Rollcast Energy announced that its Greenway Renewable Power project in LaGrange, Georgia has been awarded a $250,000 grant as part of the US Forest Service Woody Biomass Utilization Grant Program.
August 8, 2012, Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Defense and Interior departments have signed a deal to boost the use of renewable energy on military land, to help strengthen energy security and reduce the military's $4 billion annual utility bill.
Jul 27, 2012, Yellowknife, NWT – The federal government announced a multi-year investment of over $5.7 million to create opportunities for a sustainable wood biomass industry in the Northwest Territories (NWT).
July 19, 2012, Port Hawkesbury, NS - The sale of a mill in Nova Scotia hinges on the running of a biomass generator, despite the fact that doing so could cost taxpayers more than they will gain from having the mill reopen.
July 19, 2012, Cranbrook B.C. – The St. Mary’s Indian Band’s biomass project will benefit from the fourth round of funding from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund with equity funding of $200,000.
July 16, 2012, Windsor, NS - Pro Farm Energy Inc. is looking to lease thousands of acres of agricultural land in hopes of growing enough Miscanthus giganteus to feed a 10-megawatt power plant developed by Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd.
A comprehensive biomass harvesting experiment is taking place in northeastern Ontario thanks to Tembec Chapleau Operations.
There is a significant volume of biomass on the landscape in British Columbia that needs to be removed to improve ecosystem resilience and sustainability, and reduce the threat of wildfires
The third Argus Biomass Trading Conference on April 19-20 in London was a great way to get caught up on the pellet industry’s latest intelligence and network with many of the major players in the global wood pellet industry.
May 9, 2012 - Rising electricity prices are always a spot of contention for consumers, but new data seems to point the blame at nuclear energy, instead of the long-victimized renewable energy sources.
Apr. 17, 2012 - Mechanical pulp sludge was once thought of as a waste product, but thanks to 20 years of research it has re-invented itself as a “super fertilizer.”

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