Tag: biomass

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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The Stora Enso Story – a magical tale of trees and forests

The Stora Enso Story – a magical tale of trees and forests

January 26, 2019 |

It is said that one tree can affect the entire forest. If one tree has a pest problem or catches fire or any other plethora of issues, it can spread to neighboring trees and before you know it, you have a total wipeout. But can it work in the reverse? Can one big, beautiful tree […]

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Researching cleaner, more efficient bioenergy production using neutrons

Researching cleaner, more efficient bioenergy production using neutrons

January 13, 2019 |

In Tennessee, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are studying approaches to cleaner energy conversion of biomass. Using neutron scattering at ORNL, they are investigating how biomasses degrade as they are exposed to extreme temperatures. Insights from their experiments could also point to possible applications for the byproducts of bioenergy production. “A […]

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ORNL researchers make progress on breaking down biomass using supercomputers

ORNL researchers make progress on breaking down biomass using supercomputers

December 26, 2018 |

In Tennessee, a team from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass using supercomputers. In a recent paper published in Nature Reviews Chemistry, ORNL researchers summarize key concepts derived from a decade of molecular-level simulations of biomass […]

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Thai CNG producer looks at bio-CNG and biomass power to diversify revenues

Thai CNG producer looks at bio-CNG and biomass power to diversify revenues

December 17, 2018 |

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post newspaper reports that CNG producer SKE plans to double its revenue next year on the back of investments in bio-CNG and biomass-based electricity production. Bio-CNG along with its fossil-based counterpart will likely be 60% of revenues next year with the rest coming from biomass-based power when the facility comes online […]

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