Tag: biomass

US Forest Service announces opening of tribal biomass demonstration projects program

US Forest Service announces opening of tribal biomass demonstration projects program

April 17, 2019 |

In Washington, the US Forest Service announced programming for biomass demonstration projects on tribal lands. Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 amends the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), to enter into contracts or agreements with Indian tribes, and, in Alaska, tribal organizations to […]

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Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

April 14, 2019 |

In India, researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research discovered that a robust yeast strain can produce up to 15.5% more ethanol when glucose or lignocellulose biomass — rice and wheat straw — is fermented and has been isolated. With India’s biofuel target going from the […]

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Walnut farm uses BioMax tech and gets award for converting walnut shells to power

Walnut farm uses BioMax tech and gets award for converting walnut shells to power

April 14, 2019 |

In Colorado, SynTech Bioenergy, a company that transforms biomass, agricultural waste and municipal solid waste into renewable heat and electricity, congratulates customer Dixon Ridge Farms for its receipt of the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for converting its walnut shells to heat and power. The organic walnut farm and processing operation’s use of […]

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DSM reduces CO2 emissions at vitamin production facility with biomass power

DSM reduces CO2 emissions at vitamin production facility with biomass power

April 14, 2019 |

In Switzerland, Royal DSM, reduced its CO2 emissions at its vitamin production facility in Sisseln, by 50,000 tons/year through a new biomass heat and power plant on the site. The power plant was built, is owned and will be operated and maintained by energy company ENGIE and Swiss energy provider ewz. The biomass power plant […]

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Brazil’s GranBio Acquires USA’s American Process

Brazil’s GranBio Acquires USA’s American Process

March 17, 2019 |

Acquisitions are often big news but the latest announcement of Brazil-based GranBio’s acquisition of Georgia-based American Process Inc. is particularly fascinating. The acquisition of American Process Inc’s technologies, intellectual property portfolio and physical assets strengthens GranBio’s market position in the deployment of highly competitive industrial processes for conversion of biomass to renewable fuels, chemicals, and […]

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High-level switches that control wood formation have applications in biofuels

High-level switches that control wood formation have applications in biofuels

March 17, 2019 |

In North Carolina, researchers at North Carolina State University uncovered how a complex network of transcription factors switch wood formation genes on and off, which has applications for modifying wood properties for timber, paper and biofuels, as well as making forest trees more disease- and pest-resistant. The new study upends ideas about transcriptional regulatory networks […]

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Geminor acquires Norwegian biofuel producer

Geminor acquires Norwegian biofuel producer

March 9, 2019 |

In Norway, waste fuels and resource management company Geminor acquired the Norwegian biofuel producer Bøn Biobrensel AS, strengthening its position in the Nordic secondary fuels market. The acquisition means that Geminor doubles its capacity in the production of wood chips for fuel in waste-to-energy facilities. Geminor is currently England’s biggest exporter and Norway’s biggest importer […]

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The Competitive Edge: Highbury Energy

The Competitive Edge: Highbury Energy

February 13, 2019 |

Highbury Energy Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Highbury was founded in 2009 on the premise that the thermochemical conversion of biomass to syngas is an […]

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Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

February 10, 2019 |

In Washington, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been modeling to understand the costs and benefits of thinning forests and the potential for improving habitat, yielding benefits not only for the environment, but also for the economy. Decision models linking process-based and […]

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Potential trade‐offs of employing perennial biomass crops

Potential trade‐offs of employing perennial biomass crops

February 2, 2019 |

In Sweden, researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and several German-based universities have been working together on a study that aims to evaluate agricultural market impacts with biomass demand for food, feed, and PBC in four bioeconomy scenarios (‘Business as usual’, ‘Improved relevance of bioeconomy’, ‘Extensive transformation to a bioeconomy’, ‘Extensive transformation to […]

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