December 2013

University Of Georgia Researchers Cloning Trees For Biomass Energy

University of Georgia researchers are working to produce faster-growing sweetgum trees by growing embryogenic sweetgum cultures in bioreactors. These are computer-operated systems used for growing cells under controlled conditions. “Most people think to get more trees, you just collect seeds and plant them,” said Scott Merkle, a professor of forest biology in the Warnell School […]

UK’s Demand For Wood Pellets To Fall

The quantity of wood pellets exported from North America to Europe in the second quarter of this year rose again for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to data from Wood Resources International and reported by the North American Wood Fiber Review. Between Q3 2011 and Q2 2013 volumes exported to Europe have more than doubled, […]

Virginia Biomass Energy Project Receives Federal Honor

Chillicothe’s VA Medical Center recently was honored on a national level for its contribution to positive energy changes within federal agencies as part of the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. The 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Award in the Small Team Project category identified the VA’s first biomass boiler plant and several […]

Pinnacle Renewable Energy Plans B.C. Wood Pellet Plant

An agreement between Coast Tsimshian Resources (CTR) and Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. means the two will work toward the construction of a wood pellet plant for Terrace. The deal was announced today, with a release saying the two groups have signed an agreement to work towards developing a fiber procurement plan and a partnership wood […]

Zilkha Biomass Energy’s Black Pellet Could Bring Low-Cost Energy To Hawaii

A mainland biomass company, Zilkha Biomass Energy, with ties to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen could shake up the energy scene in Hawaii by providing a quick, environmentally-friendly, lower-cost solution to fossil fuels such as fuel oil and liquefied natural gas to power up Hawaiian Electric Co.’s power stations. Houston-based Zilkha Biomass Energy, which makes power […]

EPA To Hold Hearing On Sierra Pacific’s Proposed California Woody Biomass Plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding two public hearings Tuesday on a proposal by Sierra Pacific Industries to build a wood-fired power plant in Anderson. A panel of judges ordered the EPA to hold the hearings on Sierra Pacific’s proposal to build a 31-megawatt power plant at its sawmill north of Anderson off Highway […]

German Pellets Receives ENplus Certification For Pellet Plant In Texas

The German Pellets plant in Woodville, Texas, has received the ENplus certificate. German Pellets can thus offer to its customers in Europe a steady supply of high-quality wood pellets. At the same time, the ENplus certification will strengthen the company’s position in the European market. The ENplus certificate assures now that the wood pellets produced […]

Hu Honua Bioenergy Halts Work On Hawaii Biomass Plant

Work on a Hawaii biomass facility that was expected to generate 10 percent of the Big Island’s electricity needs has been halted until developer, Hu Honua Bioenergy, receives the final regulatory permits and approvals, leaving up to 20 workers, a mix of contract workers and employees, off the job, according to John Sylvia, the company’s […]

University Of Iowa Now Burning ‘Opportunity Fuel’ In Power Plant

When a powerful cell of storms blew through Eastern Iowa on Sept. 19, homes were damaged, neighborhoods went dark and dozens of trees – including a cluster at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area – were destroyed. University of Iowa Recreational Services, which leases the recreation area from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for educational […]


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