Tag: biomass

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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Stora Enso invests in sludge separation technology at mill resulting in biofuel

Stora Enso invests in sludge separation technology at mill resulting in biofuel

December 15, 2018 |

In Finland, Stora Enso will invest $24.8 million (EUR 22 million) at Skoghall Mill in Sweden in an expansion of the existing water treatment plant which is used in the production of cartons where small particles of wood fiber remain. By expanding the plant, the separation of sludge is improved, which in turn improves the […]

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Stora Enso signs agreement to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog

Stora Enso signs agreement to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog

December 2, 2018 |

In Sweden, the shareholders of Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company, signed a binding agreement regarding the intent to restructure its ownership. With this agreement, the parties aim to complete the transaction during the first half of 2019. Stora Enso’s forest holdings in Sweden will increase to 1.4 million hectares, of which 1.15 […]

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$2.5M private investment boosts Terravesta and booming miscanthus

$2.5M private investment boosts Terravesta and booming miscanthus

November 25, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, former IG Group chief executive and current Scotgold chairman Nat le Roux bought a personal stake in renewable biomass business Terravesta. Le Roux invested £2 million, or about $2.5 million, in the business, reflecting the growing importance of clean energy, and the positive prospects for the rapidly-developing miscanthus bio-economy. The investment […]

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UK Committee on Climate Change publishes reports on land use and biomass

UK Committee on Climate Change publishes reports on land use and biomass

November 20, 2018 |

In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) publishes two linked reports: ‘Land use: Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change’ finds that fundamental reform is required to ensure land becomes a more effective carbon store. The critical services we receive from the land; clean water, healthy soils, wildlife, timber and food, are threatened […]

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NREL researchers making carbon fiber from biomass a reality

NREL researchers making carbon fiber from biomass a reality

November 15, 2018 |

In Colorado, taking a page from history, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers successfully produced 50 grams of bio-derived acrylonitrile (CAN). That capped the first phase of a DOE-funded program. The second phase, now underway, calls for the production of 50 kilograms of ACN that will be converted into carbon fiber and tested. The nitrilation process, […]

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