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Waste-to-energy, biomass just 2 alternatives to fossil fuels
FierceEnergy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its first-ever proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide pollution from existing power plants, concerning many fossil-fueled plant operators. But environmentalists and others are confident that renewable energy sources can help meet a potential mandate.
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UK wood pellet company invests in screening, handling equipment
Biomass Magazine
Midland Bio Energy Ltd. — a wood pellet company in Warwickshire, England — has invested $27,319 in new handling and screening equipment to improve the quality of the pellets they deliver and efficiency of the operating systems. All the equipment was refurbished and installed by biomass specialist engineers from Milson Engineering, and will enable the company to handle up to 40 metric tons per hour.
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Wood-themed tech gifts for Father's Day
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
According to author Ron Harris: If fathers are trying to stay handsome, then their technology should as well. When included in the construction correctly, items that have a blend of technology and wood can look more attractive than simple plastic or metal. Following are three noteworthy products sure to complete Dad's stylish ensemble of personal technology.
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Stronger than steel
Space Daily
A Swedish-German research team has successfully tested a new method for the production of ultra-strong cellulose fibers at DESY's research light source PETRA III. The novel procedure spins extremely tough filaments from tiny cellulose fibrils by aligning them all in parallel during the production process.
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Illinois man finds peace in woodworking
The Daily Republican
Retired telephone lineman Gerald Tanner of rural Marion, Illinois, has found peace and serenity in a small backyard shed just a few steps from his house. It's there that the 78-year-old says he gets away from the cares and woes of everyday life by making furniture for his family and tangible memories of his past out of wood. Tanner and his wife live just down the road from where Tanner was born and raised. He says that growing up in the country gave him an appreciation for nature and the rewards of hard work.
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Generation 1.5 — corn fiber to ethanol
Domestic Fuel
Somewhere between corn ethanol and cellulosic ethanol is a midpoint that can be found in the corn kernel. "Generation one is starch to ethanol and generation two is corn stover and grasses but there is cellulose in the corn kernel," explained ICM Inc. technical director Scott Kohl during a session at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference. "That's the Generation 1.5 — the fiber in the corn kernel."
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Love wood floors but not the price? Improved wood-look flooring offers the look for less
The Times-Picayune
Ever heard anyone walk into a home and say, "Yuck. Wood floors." Didn't think so. And you won't. Ever. Wood floors are always right. They are at home in any home. And unlike wall color, tile, carpet, windows, cabinets or any other home finishing or furnishing choice, you can't miss if you choose wood floors. "People love wood floors because they are elegant, classic, timeless, go with every décor, are always in season, last and are easy to maintain," said Marianne Murphy, director of operations for Floor Covering International.
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New law regulates use of wood burning stoves, initiates conversion program
St. George News
One of the new laws recently passed by the Utah Legislature is the "Wood Burning Amendments" bill, which created funding for public awareness campaigns about the effects of wood burning on air quality and to convert homes whose sole source of heat is wood burning in order to decrease air pollution, especially along the Wasatch Front where the inversion prevails.
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