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Maine Group Acquires Pulp Mill Complex, Plans Redevelopment

OTM Holdings LLC is the new owner of the former Old Town pulp mill complex, with plans to redevelop the site into a wood-fiber-based complex comprised of multiple tenants. Terms of the purchase from MFGR LLC were not disclosed in the news release announcing the acquisition on Wednesday. OTM Holdings is a joint venture by […]

Meridian Waste Solutions Plans For Minnesota Biomass Processing Facility

Solid waste services company Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. continued a flurry of recent activity with the announcement that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Attis Innovations (formerly Meridian Innovations), has initiated commercialization plans for its first biomass processing facility in Minnesota. Attis will immediately begin feedstock evaluation and assess potential locations for commercial scale operations. In the past […]

Researchers Convert 80 Percent Of Biomass Into High-Value Products

The three main components of non-edible plant matter can now be turned into high-value products in economically favorable yields. Using the concept of an integrated biorefinery, researchers showed how multiple products are created. The streams are similar to those used in a petroleum refinery. With the new approach, non-edible plant matter could become a promising […]

Full Scale Nanocellulose Production Plant Under Study In California

Full-scale wood-based nanocellulose production at a California site could result if a feasibility study underway by the USDA’s Forest Products Laboratory pans out. The Madison, Wisconsin, research arm of the U.S. Forest Service is working with local government officials in Yreka, California, along with area timber processors, on a project that could help turn small-diameter […]

From Sawdust To Petrol

As world governments mull over global emission targets agreed at last December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), attention is turning to which new technologies can help them achieve this. Researchers at the University of Leuven say they have part of the answer, having devised a way to convert sawdust into valuable chemicals and […]

Unlocking Lignin For Sustainable Biofuel

Turning trees, grass, and other biomass into fuel for automobiles and airplanes is a costly and complex process. Biofuel researchers are working to change that, envisioning a future where cellulosic ethanol, an alcohol derived from plant sugars, is as common and affordable at the gas station as gasoline. The key to making this vision a […]

UW Madison Researchers Develop New Approach Combining Biomass, Solar Energy

In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy. For decades, scientists have been working to harness the energy from sunlight to drive chemical reactions to form fuels such […]

New Purdue University Conversion Process Turns Biomass Into Lucrative Chemicals

A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers from Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, or C3Bio, has developed a […]

New Purdue University Process Efficiently Converts Biomass To Liquid Fuel

Purdue University researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants. The researchers at Purdue University filed a patent application on the concept in 2008 and have now demonstrated that it works in laboratory experiments, said Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone […]

New Process Transforms Wood, Crop Waste Into Valuable Chemicals

Scientists today disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in “green chemistry” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lignin is the substance that makes trees and cornstalks sturdy, and […]

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