PNG Biomass developing tree plantations to provide renewable power source

PNG Biomass developing tree plantations to provide renewable power source

PNG Biomass is developing tree plantation with the help of local landholders and communities.

The truth about bioplastics

The truth about bioplastics

Bioplastics are often touted as being eco-friendly, but do they live up to the hype?

Arizona regulators explore ramping up use of forest biomass for power

Arizona regulators explore ramping up use of forest biomass for power

Should utility customers pay a surcharge for bioenergy that helps utilize trees thinned from Arizona’s overstocked forests?

Video: Nanotechnology 

Video: Nanotechnology 

The USDA Forest Service research division is studying and testing nanotechnology, specifically, cellulose, a component of wood.

Meridian launches commercialization plans for biomass processing facility in MN

Meridian launches commercialization plans for biomass processing facility in MN

It says it has begun evaluating potential feedstocks for conversion into pulp, cellulosic sugars and melt-flowing lignin.

Request by owner of Maine biomass plants draws interest from potential partners

Request by owner of Maine biomass plants draws interest from potential partners

ReEnergy Holdings is reviewing the responses from businesses that may be willing to pay for the excess steam and hot water it produces.

Biomass plants in the Northeast scramble to change business model

Biomass plants in the Northeast scramble to change business model

In the Northeast, biomass electricity plants are staring at some tough economics. For many standalone wood-fired electricity plants, the cost of fuel (wood chips) and operations exceed what they get paid for the electricity they generate. With natural gas (and thus wholesale electricity) prices expected to remain low—and state-level support for biomass fading—biomass plants are working hard to figure out how to continue operating.

The promise of biochar for forests, grasslands, and farms

The promise of biochar for forests, grasslands, and farms

Prehistoric Indians living in the Amazon rain forest often spent their entire lives living and growing crops in one location, a feat accomplished by burning unwanted vegetation and putting the black carbon material into the soil.

Electricity landscape: Eversource customers on the hook in biomass deal

Electricity landscape: Eversource customers on the hook in biomass deal

Eversource customers are footing the bill for the company to pay $100 million over-market rate to buy energy from a Berlin biomass plant by 2020.

Wolfpack Wood Recycling’s typical jobs include clearing for subdivisions and orchard removals.

From crisis to cleanup

Wolfpack Wood Recycling’s typical jobs include clearing for subdivisions and orchard removals.

UMaine gets special designation from Department of Energy

UMaine gets special designation from Department of Energy

A new designation for the University of Maine includes $25 million in funding over five years from the Department of Energy.

Forest Service combats tree deaths with recycled wood

Forest Service combats tree deaths with recycled wood

Curtis Kvamme took an orange bucket that held just under 5 gallons of dark, black sediment, walked approximately 20 yards and dumped the sediment at the base of a pine tree that has lost many of its needles.

Research in decontaminating recovered wood for multiple re-uses

Research in decontaminating recovered wood for multiple re-uses

A recent study at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research points to methods for detecting and removing contaminants from recovered wood, that can then be recycled for many uses.

European investors to fund $53-million bio-coal plant

European investors to fund $53-million bio-coal plant

Baltania OÜ, a torrefied bio-coal pellet prodecer and 100% owned subsidiary of Dutch private equity investment firm Momentum Capital, announced that it has made a conditional investment decision to commission an industrial-scale torrefaction bio-coal plant in Vägari, Estonia.

North Idaho Energy Logs Inc.: Fueling fires far and wide

North Idaho Energy Logs Inc.: Fueling fires far and wide

As winter approaches and outside temperatures drop, business at one remote company, North Idaho Energy Logs Inc., is blazing.

No longer secret: Berlin biomass plant $52.3M cost to consumers

No longer secret: Berlin, NH biomass plant $52.3M cost to consumers

Eversource customers paid $52.3 million more than necessary between November of 2013 and last April due to a controversial contract between the utility and the biomass-burning Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin.

NGOs call on UK government to end biomass subsidies

NGOs call on UK government to end biomass subsidies

A group of NGOs have called upon the British government to end subsidies for biomass and instead invest in other renewable sources.

Nineteen nations say they'll use more bioenergy to slow climate change

Nineteen nations say they’ll use more bioenergy to slow climate change

China and 18 other nations representing half the world’s population said they planned to increase the use of wood and other plant matter from sustainable sources to generate energy as part of efforts to limit climate change.

Minnesotan loggers' group sues to stop shutdown of biomass power plant 

Minnesotan loggers’ group sues to stop shutdown of biomass power plant 

The Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota have sued to block closure of a biomass power plant in Benson.

Pine State Premium Shavings wood shavings and sawdust plant to be auctioned

Pine State Premium Shavings wood shavings and sawdust plant to be auctioned

A state-of-the-art wood shavings plant in Lincoln, Maine, is up for auction as LMJ Enterprises sells its mill and surrounding residential buildings on December 7.