Plumas County biomass project ribbon cutting draws a crowd

Plumas County biomass project ribbon cutting draws a crowd

This is only the beginning.

Red Rock gets go-ahead for Lakeview, Oregon, biofuels plant

Red Rock gets go-ahead for Lakeview, Oregon, biofuels plant

After countless meetings, hearings, discussions and planning, all hurdles have been cleared for construction of a new renewable energy biofuels plant in Lake County. Red Rock Biofuels, a Colorado-based company established in 2011, has had its sights set on Lakeview since 2013 as a target location to build its first operational facility; identifying the location for its proximity to rail, highways, the Ruby natural gas pipeline and an abundance of forest bi-products to be collected and converted to jet fuel.

New technique strengthens building structures using wood waste

New technique strengthens building structures using wood waste

Wood waste from furniture processing plants makes up a tremendous segment of waste produced in Singapore. In 2016 alone, in excess of 530,000 tons of wood squander were created, of which, a critical sum is as observed tidy. Rather than burning or arranging them in landfills, wood waste can be reused to make biochar, a permeable, carbon-rich material that assimilates and holds water well.

Building lithium-sulfur batteries with paper biomass

Building lithium-sulfur batteries with paper biomass

Researchers at Rensselaer have developed a patented method to use cheap and abundant paper biomass to make lithium-sulfur batteries.

Lumber’s lure: Thanks to physics, viable biofuel may grow in the woods

Lumber’s lure: Thanks to physics, viable biofuel may grow in the woods

Future biofuel production requires new catalysts—or better training for stubborn enzymes.

Maine utility regulators approve $1.2 million subsidy for controversial biomass plant

Maine utility regulators approve $1.2 million subsidy for controversial biomass plant

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to approve a $1.2 million taxpayer subsidy to an embattled biomass company operating two plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro.

Yukon logger bets on biomass to cut costs and waste

Yukon logger bets on biomass to cut costs and waste

‘We’ve been stockpiling our residuals for probably three or four years, in hopes that we could actually get it started,’ said Ivan Thompson of Bear Creek Logging.

Rio Grande National Forest puts dead trees to use

Rio Grande National Forest puts dead trees to use

Spruce beetle activity continues to decline on the Rio Grande National Forest according to 2017 aerial survey data.

Biomass owners say director of logging trade group is bad-mouthing business

Biomass owners say director of logging trade group is bad-mouthing business

Stored Solar expects to hear whether it will get a continued subsidy for two wood-energy plants, but says false rumors hurt the company’s plans.

Minnesota watershed uses wood chips, wetlands to treat water

Minnesota watershed uses wood chips, wetlands to treat water

Watershed experts are using wetlands and wood chips to try and reduce nitrate runoff in Vermillion River and other Minnesota waters.

Despite promising advances, costs keep wood biocoal on backburner(1)

Despite promising advances, costs keep wood biocoal on backburner

A northern Minnesota research lab’s biocoal product is impressive but will likely struggle to overcome economic challenges facing wood fuels.

Can a home woodstove make electricity?

Can a home woodstove make electricity?

The Alliance for Green Heat sponsors an annual competition to build a better wood stove.

Duluth steam plant to burn woody biomass

Duluth steam plant to burn woody biomass

Duluth’s steam plant will be swapping out coal and natural gas for biofuel in the near future.

More challenges for New England Biomass as Connecticut changes RPS

More challenges for New England Biomass as Connecticut changes RPS

Connecticut recently released its long-awaited Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which contains bad news (though expected) for biomass in New England.

Possible biomass shutdowns loom; $27 million loss for Minnesota loggers

Possible biomass shutdowns loom; $27 million loss for Minnesota loggers

The logging industry in Minnesota has seen a lot of changes over the past year that could negatively affect it in a big way.

Columbia Pulp receives $20M in new funding

Columbia Pulp receives $20M in new funding

The Columbia Pulp mill project has obtained additional financing to help with startup of the northern Columbia County plant, which will turn waste straw into pulp for papermaking.

WSU No. 1 in USDA research, development expenditures

WSU No. 1 in USDA research, development expenditures

Washington State University tops the list of U.S. Department of Agriculture research and development expenditures, according to the most recent figures available.

Wood chip heating fuel quality standard approved in the US

Wood chip heating fuel quality standard approved in the US

A new quality standard for wood chip heating fuel is now available.

Biomass installed capacity more than doubled in 2017

Biomass installed capacity more than doubled in 2017

Fresh data from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that biomass power projects (new generation in-service/new build and expansion) more than doubled in 2017.

Third generation biofuels implications for wood-derived fuels

Third generation biofuels implications for wood-derived fuels

Third-generation biofuels research and development is largely focused on algae as a raw material.