Tag: biomass

Pulpwood biofuel being looked at in Revelstoke as replacement for propane

Pulpwood biofuel being looked at in Revelstoke as replacement for propane

October 21, 2017 |

In Canada, Revelstoke, a city in British Columbia, is looking at replacing its propane consumption with biofuel from pulpwood. A study from Canadian Biomass Energy Research was presented at a recent council meeting showing how Revelstoke could convert its own wood waste into energy and replace the more than $12 million used annually on imported […]

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DONG Energy changes name to reflect move to biomass and renewable energy

DONG Energy changes name to reflect move to biomass and renewable energy

October 14, 2017 |

In Denmark, DONG Energy, which was originally short for Danish Oil and Natural Gas, changed its name to Ørsted in a move to better reflect its transition from oil and natural gas towards renewable energy. In recent years they have been divesting their oil and gas businesses and stopped using coal and replacing it with […]

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Top 10 wood waste projects – Not letting waste go to waste

September 30, 2017 |

Wood waste is all around and ever increasing. As much as it pains tree huggers, we chop down trees to use them for buildings, paper, and seemingly everything in between. While some scientists say we have to cut down some trees in order to save them, others say we cut down too much. Regardless of […]

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BIC helps establish Hybrid Chemistry Cluster for biochemicals and biofuels

BIC helps establish Hybrid Chemistry Cluster for biochemicals and biofuels

September 24, 2017 |

In Canada, a focus on building hybrid chemistry clusters and biorefineries to maximize the value of biomass is a goal of groups like the Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. BIC helped Sarnia-Lambton establish a new Hybrid Chemistry Cluster which is to become a hub for the biochemicals and biofuels industries. A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, BIC’s executive director, told […]

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Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

September 24, 2017 |

In Iowa, new economic reports show that producing biomass fuel pellets from crop residues like corn stalks can provide a billion-dollar development opportunity for agricultural states. Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. examined the economic impact of collecting, processing, and delivering corn stover byproducts of ethanol – the stalks, stems, and leaves of corn plants – to […]

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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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