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Gasification of oil palm biomass to produce clean producer gas for heat, power generation
The process of burning fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal and natural gas releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The effect of this carbon dioxide emission into our atmosphere is causes global warming. It is crucial to develop alternative renewable fuel sources which are sustainable, cost effective and environmental friendly. These elements would increase fuel sustainability, security and reduce the adverse effects related to fuel combustion.
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US Forest Service will award $14 million for working forests
The U.S. Forest Service will award more than $14 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to seven Forest Legacy Program projects aimed at protecting over 28,000 acres of working forests, as U.S. Forest Service. “These investments strengthen each community’s economic and ecological base,” said Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary of the U.S. Forest Service.
The hydrogen wall: Looking at the prospects for drop-in biofuels
Is there a hydrogen barrier to drop-in fuels? As a trio of authors put it, part of the International Energy Agency’s Task 39 Group working on the development of a global biofuels industry, “One challenge that the development of drop-in biofuels shares with the global petroleum industry is the requirement for increasing amounts of molecular hydrogen.”
As timber industry improves, mills see setbacks with availability
Reflecting slow but mostly steady improvements in Montana’s wood products industry, lumber production and worker wages increased in the first six months of 2014, according to a new study.
But despite the optimistic numbers, logging managers in this corner of the state say they continue struggling with available inventory, due to ongoing litigation tying up forest lands and challenges within the U.S. Forest Service.
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Researchers try to leverage bamboo's strength
Journal of Commerce
A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are aiming to shake up the construction industry by developing high tech bamboo building materials. "With the demand for new buildings in rapidly developing areas like China, we need to find ways of reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry and promoting the use of renewable materials," said Gregory Smith, a professor in UBC's Department of Wood Science.
Composite material reduces cost of solar panels
Green Building Elements
Yingli Green Energy, the largest vertically integrated photovoltaic module manufacturer in the world, known as “Yingli Solar,” announced that they have successfully completed trial production of monocrystalline ingots for solar panels using new material technology. Instead of using traditional graphite crucibles when pulling monocrystalline ingots, Yingli experimented with crucibles made from a carbon-carbon composite material.
University of California Riverside engineers develop new biofuel production technology
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 Fractionation, brings researchers closer to solving the long elusive goal of producing fuels and chemicals from biomass at high enough yields and low enough costs to become a viable alternative or replacement for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals.
Boeing's figuring out how to make jet fuel from tobacco
You can’t use tobacco while flying, but your plane can. Boeing is working with South African Airways to power the carrier’s planes with biofuel derived from a new breed of tobacco plant.
Biofuels work just like fossil fuels, but they are made from renewable sources like algae, wood, agricultural waste and camelina and jatropha plants.
North American lumber production falls in May
U.S. lumber production in May totaled 2.59 billion board feet (bbf), down 6.1 perent from the April total of 2.76 billion, RISI reports. However, total production through the first five months of the year was 12.91 bbf, up 2.3 percent from the same period in 2013. Canadian lumber production was 2.03 bbf in May, down 6.5 percent from April.
Largest biomass project of its kind underway in Missouri
Construction is underway on an $80 million renewable energy project that is said to be the largest biomass project of its kind by the developer Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC.
Crews are currently installing impermeable covers on 88 existing lagoons to harvest biogas, or RNG, from Murphy-Brown of Missouri, LLC — the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Veneer versus solid: What are the benefits of each wood?
Las Vegas Review-Journal
There are still too many people that believe that solid wood is better than veneer when it comes to furniture. Today, more than ever, this idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Veneers offer any number of advantages over solid woods and are the preferred materials of many of the finest furniture manufacturers. But nowadays furniture is most often a combination of solid woods and veneers.
USDA announces inclusion of wood products in BioPreferred program
USDA via Biomass Magazine
The USDA has issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products and other materials in the BioPreferred program. The action implements changes included in the 2014 Farm Bill.
"Every day, companies across the nation are expanding markets for agriculture and growing job opportunities in rural America," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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