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Domtar’s Research in Biomaterials Science Leads to New Opportunities (11/14/2017)

By developing new and innovative ways to use trees, Domtar’s experts in biomaterials science are writing the next chapter of the company’s growth and creating renewed demand for healthy, viable forests.

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N.A. Pellet Plant Fiber Costs Fall to Lowest Levels in Four-plus Years (8/03/2017)

With the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The PFPI price indices for the U.S. and Canada have fallen 16% and 26%, respectively, since 2013. 

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Andritz Starts Key Production Technologies at Metsä Bioproduct Pulp Mill (8/21/2017)

New mill in Äänekoski, Finland, has an annual capacity of 1.3 million metric tons of pulp. 

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Japan’s Buzen New Energy to Install Valmet Biomass Boiler (3/28/2017)

Valmet will deliver a biomass-fired CYMIC power boiler and a flue gas cleaning system to Buzen New Energy LLC. located in the city of Buzen in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. With Valmet's boiler technology, the plant will be able to supply power in a stable way with high thermal efficiency and a low carbon footprint.

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Skövde Inaugurates Valmet Delivered Biomass Power Plant in Sweden (3/29/2017)

The inauguration of Skövde Värmeverk’s (Sweden) new Valmet (Finland)-delivered biomass based power plant was held this past week. The inauguration speech was delivered by Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan. Other speakers in the inauguration were Sammy Tanhua, CEO of Skövde Värmeverk, Chairman of the Board Philip Segell, and Municipal Counsellor Leif Walterum. The official inauguration was followed by a tour at the power plant.

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Thirty Three Companies Join VTT to Develop Sustainable Forest Products (8/31/2017)

Future Fiber Products project coordinated by VTT will transform laboratory-scale results into pilot-scale demonstrations for products and processes with a low carbon footprint. It will also explore how the current paper and board production infrastructure can be utilized in the field of new packaging solutions, non-woven materials, porous insulation materials, or even as replacements for EPS-based materials.

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Valmet Technology Plays Key role at Metsä’s New Äänekoski Bioproduct Mill (8/29/2017)

Equipment delivered by Valmet represents the latest technology and is highly energy-efficient. The gasification technology and recovery boiler will maximize the use of bioenergy and make the pulp mill totally fossil fuel-free. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line, and lime kiln are the largest in Europe. 

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Eagle Creek Renewable Energy Acquires Hydro Facilities from Madison Paper (8/31/2017)

Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, Morristown, N.J., USA, has completed the acquisition of approximately 30 MW of hydroelectric facilities from Madison Paper Industries, a partnership of UPM and Northern SC Paper Corp., a subsidiary of The New York Times Co., New York, N.Y.

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Pöyry Investor Partnership Process Results in Spinnova, Fibria Joining Forces (8/28/2017)

Innovative startup company and leading eucalyptus pulp producer connected for new high-value bio-based products.

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Finnpulp Granted Enviro Permit for World’s First Intelligent Bioproduct Plant (4/07/2017)

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Finland has granted the environmental permit for Finnpulp's bioproduct plant, which is to be built in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, Finland, and the wastewater treatment facility connected to the plant. The environmental permit defines the terms for the pulp plant's operation in the production phase, as well as for pipeline installation work and changes made to the shore line during the construction phase.

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Advanced Biofuels USA Names Campbell to Expanded Board of Directors (9/08/2017)

Organization elects Todd Campbell, former senior advisor for energy and the biobased economy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in the Obama Administration, to fill the first new seat. 

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Sweden Opens First Hydrocracker for Forestry-Based Green Liquid Fuels (5/22/2017)

Country’s first slurry hydrocracker for forestry-based green diesel was opened this past week in Piteå. Here, academics, institutes, and the private sector can test the technology for producing green fuels, e.g., from lignin oils or other types of bio-oils. 

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Total Corbion Now Producing PLA Bioplastics from Sugarcane (9/01/2017)

Latest achievement allows converters and brand owners to use a certified PLA (poly lactic acid) bioplastic that has been produced from sugarcane grown supporting the principles of sustainable agriculture.

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Smurfit Kappa Demonstrates Circular Business Practices at BIOBASE Conference (12/08/2017)

Company experts in the area of sustainability and R&D shared unique insights on how the company is using innovative solutions to close loops and deliver value for customers. 

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SYLFEED Project Takes Wood to Food Value Chain to Demonstration Scale (10/30/2017)

Consortium has received EUR 11.7 million funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) to demonstrate the production of sustainable feed for aquaculture from forestry material.

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Greenbelt Resources, Andrew J. Young Foundation to Co-Develop Duckweed Biorefinery (5/26/2017)

Project will focus on growing duckweed as a cash crop and selling it as a biofeed to the new biorefinery in southeast U.S.

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Canada’s First Biomass Torrefaction Plant Begins Commercialization of Products (3/01/2017)

This week, Airex Energy officially inaugurated its biomass torrefaction plant, located in the La Prade industrial park in Bécancour, Que., Canada. The industrial size demonstration plant, which required around C$10 million in public and private investments for its design, construction, and startup, showcases the latest biomass torrefaction technology, called CarbonFX™. This unique, revolutionary technology, designed by Airex Energy, significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions for many industries still using coal or coal by-products.

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Enerkem Begins Commercial Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Garbage (9/21/2017)

Company starts up state-of-the-art biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alb., Canada, the first commercial-scale plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable, mixed municipal solid waste.

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Renewable Diesel Fuel New Component in Clean Diesel Technology (4/06/2017)

With national and international policies moving toward a low-carbon, sustainable future, advanced clean diesel technologies and the emergence of low-emission renewable diesel fuel are leading to the continued growth in diesel’s dominance in the transportation and off-road sectors.

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UPM Moves Forward in Sustainable Biochemicals Business (10/26/2017)

Company is evaluating the potential of building a biorefinery in the Chemical Park Frankfurt-Höchst in Germany.

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