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The strange world of super-strong, super-light nanocellulose

The strange world of super-strong, super-light nanocellulose

October 29, 2014 |

Flexible electric circuits and solar panels? Advanced biofuels? New concretes and steel-like materials? New medical implants and sutures? Drug delivery vehicles? Cosmetics? Lightweight armor? That’s just a sample of the potential apps for nanocellulose and Borregaard is now investing in a 1000 tonne project in Sarpsborg, Norway. We investigate. The news filtered out of Norway […]

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NREL using Stampede supercomputer to see how enzymes break down cellulose

NREL using Stampede supercomputer to see how enzymes break down cellulose

July 1, 2014 |

Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose (plant cell walls). In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in January 2014, they describe a newly-discovered, naturally-occurring enzyme modeled with […]

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Resolute and Mercer to collaborate on cellulose filament development

Resolute and Mercer to collaborate on cellulose filament development

June 30, 2014 |

In Canada, Resolute and Mercer are collaborating on developing commercial applications for cellulose filaments. The two members of the Forest Products Association of Canada will be using the filaments to enhance the performance characteristics of a wide variety of products. Cellulose filaments optimize the strength, stability, flexibility and longevity of a variety of materials including […]

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Swiss researchers make breakthrough in cellulose pre-treatment

Swiss researchers make breakthrough in cellulose pre-treatment

May 7, 2014 |

In Switzerland, researchers at the Transport Processes and Reactions Laboratory, ETH Zurich, have found and patented a method to pretreat the plant parts in order to break up wood structures. Pretreatment increased the efficacy of the enzymes and the sugar yield increased twofold compared to steam pretreatment with no naphthol admixture.

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Borregaard snags $5 million in support for biobased innovation projects in lignin, cellulose

Borregaard snags $5 million in support for biobased innovation projects in lignin, cellulose

January 30, 2014 |

Now that Borregaard demonstration plant is operational — when will Norway’s biobased leader reach for scale? In Norway, Borregaard has received a commitment for US 3.01 million in support from the Research Council of Norway (NFR). The funds will be used for two different innovation projects based on biomass as a raw material. “This is […]

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NREL discovers enzyme that digests cellulose twice as fast as market leader

NREL discovers enzyme that digests cellulose twice as fast as market leader

January 9, 2014 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that an enzyme from a microorganism first found in the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia in 1990 can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading component cellulase enzyme on the market. If the enzyme […]

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Fraunhofer develop process to divide wood waste into lignin and cellulose

Fraunhofer develop process to divide wood waste into lignin and cellulose

October 28, 2013 |

In Germany, researchers with the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, opened a pilot plant on October 2 to divide waste wood into lignin and cellulose to serve as raw materials for products such as plastic. Working jointly with 12 partners from industry and research institutions, recently developed a process that enables them […]

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GS Consulting reports sales of BioMid cellulose fiber exceeded 1 million pounds

GS Consulting reports sales of BioMid cellulose fiber exceeded 1 million pounds

October 16, 2013 |

In Canada, GS Consulting reports that in the 10 months or so since it starting selling BioMid cellulose fiber, its sales have reached over 1 million pounds. An article in REINFORCED plastics.com The article describes BioMid cellulose fibers as being comprised of 900 filament, continuous, non-twisted yarns at 11 μm each. The article describes the […]

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RTP Company launches new cellulose fiber reinforced PP compounds

RTP Company launches new cellulose fiber reinforced PP compounds

August 2, 2013 |

In Minnesota, RTP has unveiled its latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fiber reinforced polypropylene compounds. These compounds, utilize Weyerhaeuser’s Thrive renewable cellulose fiber extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests. Cellulose fiber have several advantages over glass fiber reinforcement of PP include: renewable content […]

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Researchers find new method to convert cellulose for better biofuel production

Researchers find new method to convert cellulose for better biofuel production

July 2, 2013 |

In New Mexico, researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have determined that cellulose III has a less sticky surface, which means that a smaller quantity of enzymes get stuck to it non-productively. The GLBRC team had found that using one method of pretreatment to convert cellulose […]

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