August 2014

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Woody Biomass Plant Already Closed

When Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Johnson […]

Closing Of Maine Mill Sets Back Paper Industry’s Biofuel Effort

The recent closure of the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill is a setback for the Maine pulp and paper industry’s efforts to break into biofuels production, industry representatives said. The mill, owned by New York-based private equity firm Patriarch Partners, has ceased operations indefinitely and furloughed about 180 employees. While pulp remained the mill’s […]

Highland Pellets To Build $130 Million Facility In Arkansas

Highland Pellets LLC, an Arkansas company, today announced the building of a 500,000 metric ton per year wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The $130 million plant will create more than 35 direct jobs and an additional 482 indirect jobs with a direct financial impact of $86 million annually that will benefit local communities. […]

Virginia Tech Scientists Develop Tree Biomass Crop To Grow On Marginal Lands

Two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate. Populus, a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as cottonwoods and aspens, is being grown for bioenergy because […]

Enhancing Biofuel Yields From Biomass With Novel New Method

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals. The patent-pending method, called Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic […]

PFPI Asks For FTC Investigation Into Biomass Power Industry’s Ad Claims

Biomass power companies often violate consumer protection standards with misleading claims that wood-burning power plants are clean and carbon neutral, according to a report an environmental advocacy group has submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) said it also sent the FTC a letter asking the agency to investigate […]

Rentech Fuels Ready To Commission Ontario Wood Pellet Plant

The staff is in place, an intense series of training sessions are mostly complete, and the production facility is just about ready. Rentech Fuels Atikokan pellet plant will be commissioned for production within the month, said site manager Bill Carson on Friday. Contractors were still busy at the site, putting final touches on the bucket […]

Interfor’s Oregon Sawmill Selected For U.S. Federal Biomass Program

Canadian lumber firm Interfor Corp. said one of its Oregon sawmills has been selected to participate in a federal program in the United States encouraging the production of biomass. According to Interfor, its sawmill in Gilchrist, Ore., southeast of Portland, was chosen by the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in the […]

ReEnergy To Restart Maine Biomass Plant Idled Since 2011

The New York-based owner of four biomass plants in Maine, ReEnergy, plans to restart its Ashland operation by the end of the year, with a ramp-up that will include hiring 25 people, buying mill and forest byproducts and assessing and re-tuning equipment. Larry Richardson, ReEnergy’s CEO, said in a phone interview Monday that “a confluence” […]

Confluence Energy Powering Colorado’s Future With Diversity

The process of creating bio-based products begins deep in the forest-filled mountains of Northwest Colorado, at the end of recently abandoned logging roads and somewhere in the 20-foot-plus-high piles of twisted limbs, logs and tree parts left behind by logging companies that have taken what they can use. This is where Mike Shearer, operations manager […]


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