Tag: biomass

Researchers invent new one-step process for extracting sugars from biomass

Researchers invent new one-step process for extracting sugars from biomass

September 9, 2017 |

In Delaware, University of Delaware researchers invented a more efficient, and less costly, process for extracting sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms. Their new process requires only one step to separate out the sugars from the lignin, instead of the usual two-step process that uses harsh chemicals […]

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Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

August 12, 2017 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois – Urbana researchers are implementing a pilot program based on a three-year study that showed nearly $2 million in energy could be recovered by harvesting more than 100,000 acres of unpaved public land along highways and other rights-of-way full of weeds and grasses that can be converted to biofuel. It […]

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Researchers converting contaminated alfalfa to biomass fuel

Researchers converting contaminated alfalfa to biomass fuel

August 5, 2017 |

In Idaho, researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory are taking alfalfa contaminated with inorganic bromide and figuring out what farmers can do with the otherwise useless bales, like biomass fuel. The alfalfa was contaminated from methyl bromide, a highly toxic pesticide after a potato pest issue led to its spraying on fields, but that meant […]

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Biofuels from wood waste increasing in Arctic region

Biofuels from wood waste increasing in Arctic region

July 30, 2017 |

In Russia, scientists are looking at biofuels as another alternative energy source for Arctic regions, in addition to the existing wind power that takes advantage of the high wind speeds. The switch from oil and coal is already being made to biofuel from wood processing waste in some areas. There are already 10 biofuel producers […]

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Discarded biomass biofuel fuels fire near Cypriot cement factory

Discarded biomass biofuel fuels fire near Cypriot cement factory

July 5, 2017 |

In Cyprus, solid biofuel has been found to be the culprit for the fire that broke out at near the Vassiliko cement factory. The company uses the fuel in conjunction with discarded electricity poles to power operations, but fuel was found to be scattered around the area. High temperatures likely caused the fire to begin […]

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Chinese investors developing biomass-fueled thermal power plants in Ukraine

Chinese investors developing biomass-fueled thermal power plants in Ukraine

July 3, 2017 |

In the Ukraine, Chinese companies are looking to develop biomass-fueled thermal power plants with local partners. Shandong Qingneng Power is looking at a plant in the Lviv region although details on the project including partners and plant size are not yet confirmed, while Xi’an ShaanGu Power is looking to build a 6.7MW facility in the […]

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Biomass Pyrolysis Comes of Age

Biomass Pyrolysis Comes of Age

June 8, 2017 |

By Lorenz Bauer, Ph.D., Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest After many years of development biomass pyrolysis is finally maturing as a commercial technology. Pyrolysis is not incineration. The goal is to use heat in the absence of oxygen to convert the biomass to a more useful form while preserving as much of […]

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DOE seeking candidates for Biomass research advisory committee

DOE seeking candidates for Biomass research advisory committee

May 29, 2017 |

In Washington, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee). Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2017. Appointments will be made for three-year terms as dictated by the […]

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EU partially financing biomass heating projects in 235 Moldovan communities

EU partially financing biomass heating projects in 235 Moldovan communities

April 27, 2017 |

In Moldova, 235 communities are benefiting from European funding to install biomass heating in buildings such as schools where beforehand heating wasn’t available to the extent required due to high costs. The use of biomass is meant to create a market the local industry to grow into, reducing the need to import heating energy while […]

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Maine governor wants tighter leash on biomass grant recipients

Maine governor wants tighter leash on biomass grant recipients

March 21, 2017 |

In Maine, the governor wants a tighter leash on the two companies receiving $13.4 million in biomass subsidies over the next two years to ensure that they achieve the job creation goals and wood purchases promised in order to secure the funds. The newly created program specifically to promote these two major statewide projects that […]

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