BioChar’s buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

BioChar’s buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products.

Loggers say state-subsidized biomass company not paying bills

Loggers say state-subsidized biomass company not paying bills

Loggers have cut off deliveries to a Maine biomass electricity generator because the company has stopped paying its bills, the head of an industry association said.

Video: The story of AHB: Laying the foundation for a biofuels industry 

Video: The story of AHB: laying the foundation for a biofuels industry 

In this video, members reflect on why AHB got started, how the project evolved over time, what’s been accomplished, and the lasting impacts of AHB.

Support for biomass facilities

Support for biomass facilities

A recent MyMotherLode informal poll asked “Do You Support Opening And Expanding Local Biomass (wood & organic debris burning) Facilities?”

Lumber giant Canfor makes oil from wood waste

Lumber giant Canfor makes oil from wood waste

Canadian logging giant Canfor Pulp has announced its developing the first ever commercial-scale biocrude oil plant.

Burning wood for energy ignites fierce academic row

Burning wood for energy ignites fierce academic row

Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic have become embroiled in a war of words over energy from trees. A recent Chatham House report claimed that burning wood for electricity is worse for the climate than using coal. It sparked a backlash from a group of 125 academics in the field who said the research was deeply flawed.

Ketchikan to host Alaska Wood Energy Conference

Ketchikan to host Alaska Wood Energy Conference

Registration is open for the Alaska Wood Energy Conference, which will meet in Ketchikan.

With mills struggling, a Maine lumber firm is building a biomass plant

With mills struggling, a Maine lumber firm is building a biomass plant

The shuttering and shrinking of paper mills has forced businesses across the forest products industry to take a fresh look at their approach.

Froling Energy ramps up wood chip production

Froling Energy ramps up wood chip production

Bolstered by grant funding, a Peterborough-based biomass fuel company is expanding its wood chip production.

UK government report positive on biomass

UK government report positive on biomass 

A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector.

Youngstown steam plant is world’s first to use wood fuel in new way

Youngstown steam plant is world’s first to use wood fuel in new way

Youngstown Thermal supplies the steam used to heat most of the buildings in downtown Youngstown.

Report ignites debate over biomass as climate solution

Report ignites debate over biomass as climate solution

The report, Woody biomass for power and heat: impacts on the global climate, argues that biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels because wood is less energy-dense.

Emerging technologies look to biomass

Emerging technologies look to biomass

Researchers are looking for ways to turn low-grade fiber into a wide variety of products from jet fuel to clothing to building material and more.

Japan prepares for biomass power plant surge and increases imports of wood chips 

Japan prepares for biomass power plant surge and increases imports of wood chips 

Japanese trading houses and electricity retailers are increasing their imports of wood chips and palm shells, with demand expected to surge amid a rush of construction of biomass power plants, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review. The government is revising its fixed-price power purchase scheme so that the price for biomass-generated power falls to 21 yen (19 cents) from 24 yen per kilowatt-hour, effective October, according to the news channel.

The first biomass torrefaction plant in Canada begins the commercialization of new products

The first biomass torrefaction plant in Canada begins the commercialization of new products

Airex Energy officially inaugurated its biomass torrefaction plant, located in the La Prade industrial park in Bécancour, Quebec.

Finnish researchers develop new system for drying wood chips used for bioenergy

Finnish researchers develop new system for drying wood chips used for bioenergy

A new way of drying wood chips for bioenergy has been developed by Finnish researchers.

Canada's first biomass torrefaction plant fully operational

Canada’s first biomass torrefaction plant fully operational

A Quebec biofuel developer is replacing dirty coal with environmentally-friendly combustible pellets.

$185M biofuel agreement will mean 'major changes,' Botwood mayor says

$185M biofuel agreement will mean ‘major changes,’ Botwood mayor says

Botwood is one step closer to an economic boost the mayor hopes could bring the region financial stability for decades to come.

Resource group to test biochar on soil productivity

Resource group to test biochar on soil productivity

Funding from the federal farm bill is being put to innovative use in Wallowa County, allowing a local group to continue experimenting with biochar as a soil amendment.

Alabama company buys closed biomass power plant in northern Maine

Alabama company buys closed biomass power plant in northern Maine

A shuttered, 24-megawatt power plant fueled by wood chips in Penobscot County is expected to come back on line by the end of June, bringing an estimated 300 jobs to the area.