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May 2016

Alaska Communities Get A Boost For Biomass

Haines is one of just two Alaska communities to be awarded large wood-innovation grants from the U.S. Forest Service. The other is the Hydaburg School District. The Haines Borough will get $250,000 to use toward expanding a wood energy, or biomass, heating system. According to a Forest Service release, 77 applications were received nationwide with […]

Report: Renewable Energy Employs 8.1 Million People Worldwide

More than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry – a five percent increase from last year – according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at its 11th Council meeting. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016, also provides a global […]

Oregon Biomass Collaborative Awarded USDA Funding

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to award a groundbreaking project with funding to continue its innovative work using wood waste for renewable energy. The Oregon Torrefaction Project will convert forest wastes to a low-carbon product that can be used to heat and power homes and businesses. […]

USDA Awards Funds To Grow Wood Energy And Wood Products Markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced over $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies and strategies that promote the use of wood in commercial construction, heat and power generation, and other wood product innovations that also benefit forest health. Federal funds will leverage more than $18 million in investments […]

World’s Biomass To Be Measured With Satellite

Airbus Defence and Space is to build a satellite that that will measure forest biomass to assess terrestrial carbon stocks and fluxes. The Biomass satellite is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) next Earth Explorer mission, with a launch scheduled for 2021. According to Airbus Defence and Space, the spacecraft will carry the first space-borne P-band […]

WestJet Exploring Development Of Aviation Biofuel From Wood Waste

WestJet Airlines Ltd is hoping its new partnership with a central Alberta research center will lead to the development of an environmentally friendly biofuel that will help the carrier reduce its carbon footprint. The Calgary-based airline is working with the Clean Energy Technology Centre in Drayton Valley to explore the feasibility of using organic material […]

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