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China's share in US hardwood plywood imports down in 2013
Total hardwood plywood imports were 2.9 million in 2013, 14 percent higher than in 2012. Despite the overall increase, imports from China declined by 16 percent to 1.4 million cubic meters in 2013.
China's share in total hardwood plywood imports fell from 66 percent in 2012 to 48 percent in 2013. The U.S. antidumping investigation of decorative plywood from China created significant uncertainty in the market.
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MagneGas unveils mobile liquid biomass technology
Energy Busineas Review
U.S.-based MagneGas has unveiled its mobile liquid biomass solution technology, which turns liquid waste such as sewage, sludge, agricultural manures and bio-diesel products into sterilized water. The new MagneGas technology is said to use the company's Plasma Arc Flow process that gasifies the liquid wastes.
According to the company, the MagneGas created can be used for metal working, cooking, heating, powering bi-fuel automobiles and more.
Algae can be grown as biofuel, even in cold climates
United Press International
In the natural world, algae's presence is often unwanted. Its overgrowth sucks the oxygen out of bodies of water, depleting biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. And when it appears in increasing supply along popular shorelines, property values drop, hurting local economies.
Algae isn't all bad, however. It can serve as a useful biofuel, a cleaner alternative to oil and gas.
$2.75 million energy grant to fund fuel efficiency research
New Haven Register
U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, helped announce an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technology grant of $2.75 million to a consortium led by Robert Bosch LLC in Farmington, N.M.
"I'm proud to help announce $2.75 million in federal funding to help Bosch keep innovating our way toward a more fuel efficient automotive future," Peters said.
Bring biofuel tax breaks back, renewables groups say
In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee Monday, seven U.S. renewable energy groups asked for an extension of four tax credits that support the processing and marketing of biofuels.
The letter, addressed to committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, suggests an extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, the Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit and the Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit.
USDA launches sustainable wood construction training program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced an initiative to educate architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of sustainable, advanced wood building materials, and plans for a forthcoming prize competition to design and build high-rise wood demonstration projects.
The training program will include a $1 million investment from the Forest Service and will be done in partnership with WoodWorks, a nonprofit organization that provides technical support, education, and resources related to the design of modern wood buildings for architects, engineers and developers.
This woodworking robot used to build cars and trucks
The auto industry in the U.S. hit a few speed bumps over the past few years, and while many factories have closed, it's good to see that some workers, like this industrial robot arm, have managed to find work elsewhere. Instead of building sedans, this arm now lathes solid blocks of maple into lovely wooden stools.
US biomass energy consumption grows 60 percent from 2002 to 2013
The Daily Fusion
U.S. biomass energy consumption grew more than 60 percent from 2002 to 2013. This growth is almost entirely due to increased consumption of biomass to produce biofuels, mainly ethanol but also a smaller amount of biodiesel and other biomass-based diesel fuels. In 2013, biomass accounted for about half of all renewable energy consumed and 5 percent of total U.S. energy consumed.
It's not just cars: Diesel tractors, construction equipment clean up emissions too
Green Car Reports
Cars and utility vehicles are getting greener, but they're far from the only vehicles out there.
To reduce the environmental impact of internal-combustion engines in a meaningful way, the emissions of commercial vehicles have to be curtailed as well.
Heavy-duty trucks are already getting cleaned up, and now diesel tractors and construction equipment will follow suit, as outlined by Environmental Health News.
Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns
The United Nations (UN) will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose.
A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.
Lumber sector hampered by transportation challenges, abysmal sawmill service
The business of trading solid wood products in North America continued its sluggish pace, even as warmer temperatures and better weather in several key purchasing markets provided hope that the spring sales season is just around the corner, writes Keta Kosman in Madison's Lumber Reporter.
The spring break week, the week of March 17, at schools across Canada and the U.S. brought a spurt of buying then a great lull for the rest of the week. Sentiment was positive however, as construction sites in Texas were going full-tilt and more parts of northern California also saw increased construction activity.
Carving out a future for biomass conversion to jet fuel
Lignocellulose, a raw material in biomass, can be converted to biofuels and is often considered a long-term alternative to the diminishing supply of fossil fuels. The conversion process involves biomass pretreatment, hydrolysis of constituent carbohydrates and catalytic conversion of platform chemicals. Proposed strategies to convert lignocellulose to aviation fuels have underused components, preventing their commercialization.
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