Forestry offers opportunities for clean energy, expert says

Forestry offers opportunities for clean energy, expert says

The forestry sector can play a key role in creating a sustainable future that makes better use of leftover material, converting it to alternative fuel sources.

Biochar as an innovative wood product: a look at barriers to realization of its full potential

Biochar as an innovative wood product: a look at barriers to realization of its full potential

There is an opportunity for more collaboration to resolve these issues, especially among the mid to large-scale producers.

Firm considers buying Tolko site in Merritt

Firm considers buying Tolko site in Merritt

When the Tolko Industries mill in Merritt shut down, Mike Heron took a long look at the community which had just lost more than 200 jobs and saw an opportunity.

California firm buys, plans to reopen Fremont bioenergy facility

California firm buys, plans to reopen Fremont bioenergy facility

After closing abruptly two years ago, a state-of-the-art biodigester facility in Newaygo County is getting a second life from one of the nation’s leading clean energy investors.

Study: carbon emissions from forest residue-based power are 115% lower than natural gas in first year; 98% lower over 100 years

Study: carbon emissions from forest residue-based power are 115% lower than natural gas in first year; 98% lower over 100 years

The Biomass Power Association today released a study by two professors demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits by using forest residue-based biomass fuel instead of natural gas in a power generation facility.

Island Lake biomass research yields compelling early results

Island Lake biomass research yields compelling early results

It’s been almost six years since the Island Lake Biomass Harvest Experiment was established in the Martel Forest region near Chapleau, Ont., and though the project is still in its early stages, researchers have begun to share some surprising findings from their ambitious harvesting experiment.

Shuttered Maine mill land one step closer to becoming an energy park 

Shuttered Maine mill land one step closer to becoming an energy park 

The company seeking to build a $240 million biorefinery in East Millinocket has reached a settlement to buy the property, which it expects to close by early June.

Edmonton plans US$1.6M wood waste natgas alternative test site

Edmonton plans US$1.6M wood waste natgas alternative test site

Canadian governments and industry are reviving the oldest fuel — wood — for a natural gas substitute billed as contributing to commitments to make the country a moral leader in arresting global climate change.

KapStone has big bucks riding on 'biomass' decision

KapStone has big bucks riding on ‘biomass’ decision

KapStone wants its wood waste boilers to earn cash.

Subsidized Jonesboro biomass plant didn’t run at all in April

Subsidized Jonesboro biomass plant didn’t run at all in April

Stored Solar, a biomass plant that qualified for taxpayer subsidies has been offline for more than a month as the company says it tries to retool its plans at the facility.

Biorefinery planned for former Old Town Paper Mill to make jet fuel

Biorefinery planned for former Old Town Paper Mill to make jet fuel

A Massachusetts-based company has launched a pilot project to make biofuels out of wood waste at the now-shuttered Old Town Paper Mill.

PG&E turns dead trees into renewable energy

PG&E turns dead trees into renewable energy

In response to California’s ongoing tree mortality crisis and increased wildfire threat, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is working with local communities and power generators to dispose of dead tree debris and turn it into renewable energy. PG&E is operating sorting and chipping yards in eight counties hard hit by tree mortality to prepare the dead tree debris for use in biomass generation facilities. The two newest sites recently opened in Placer and Nevada counties.

UMaine to launch 100-hour continuous operation campaign of new biomass to bioproducts pilot plant

UMaine to launch 100-hour continuous operation campaign of new biomass to bioproducts pilot plant

A pilot plant capable of processing up to 1 ton of woody biomass per day into chemicals that can be used to manufacture bioproducts, including biofuels, biochemicals and advanced materials, will be demonstrated in 100 hours of continuous operation at the University of Maine’s Technology Research Center (TRC) in Old Town.

Researchers find more efficient way to make oil from dead trees

Researchers find more efficient way to make oil from dead trees

The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States.

California Energy Commission awards $5 million for bioenergy power plant project

California Energy Commission awards $5 million for bioenergy power plant project

As part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, the California Energy Commission awarded a $4.9 million grant for the development of a combined heat and power facility that will produce electricity from forest biomass in Camptonville, California.

4FRI contractor goes for commercial composting

4FRI contractor goes for commercial composting

The company that holds the largest contract on the 2.4 million-acre Four Forest Restoration Initiative is moving forward with a commercial composting operation that will help use up the massive amounts of woody biomass produced from its tree thinning work.

Biomass as economic development tool

Biomass as economic development tool

The days of massive clearcuts of massive trees are largely over, at least on public land.

City approves $750M offer for Gainesville Renewable Energy Center

City approves $750M offer for Gainesville Renewable Energy Center

The Gainesville City Commission is moving forward with buying out the controversial biomass plant as a way to exit a multi-billion dollar contract.

Tracy, CA wood fired power plant looking for spark to reopen

Tracy, CA wood fired power plant looking for spark to reopen

A plant in Tracy that generates power by burning waste wood is trying to find help in its bid to start up again after two years of inactivity.

IRS issues 2017 production tax credits, ups closed-loop biomass

IRS issues 2017 production tax credits, ups closed-loop biomass

The Internal Revenue Service has published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit for 2017.