bioeconomy
Renowned environmentalist David Suzuki weighed in on the complex issue of biofuel sustainability, finding no one-size-fits-all solution.
Published in Green Energy
The 2016 TAPPI PEERS conference will help attendees discover new ways to improve mill reliability with innovative best practices. The theme for this year’s event is Mill Innovations: Process Reliability to Breakthrough Technologies.
Published in Conferences/Shows
A new round of research and innovation funding aimed at growing a sustainable bioeconomy in Alberta has been announced. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has approved nearly $13 million in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies.
Published in Innovation
Crews have broken ground on a major cleantech project on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Quebec.
Published in Industry News
What if nanocellulose was available to anyone who had an idea about its use? Blue Goose Biorefineries operates a pilot plant for cellulose nanocrystals in Saskatoon and sells the product online in quantities ranging from one kilo to 74 g. If you just want a small sample, the 4 g size is offered free.
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Over the past several months, a Quebec-based natural gas supplier has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second-generation renewable natural gas.
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Norske Skog has been granted NOK 6.5 million from Innovation Norway for two projects – the further development of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and the development of fibreboard.
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A new facility that will produce biocrude from wood waste is in the plans for Prince George, B.C., Canfor Pulp’s president told CBC News in early July. The company is considering a $70-million facility that could produce up to 400,000 barrels of bio-based oil per year.
Published in Industry News
To serve the growing demand for natural lignin-based products, Borregaard and Rayonier Advanced Materials have concluded a market, technical and engineering analysis regarding a new lignin operation at Rayonier’s Fernandina Beach site in Florida.
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The new methodology used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds in a new analysis. The organization says investment patterns clearly demonstrate that EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivizes advanced biofuels, causing a $22.4 billion shortfall in necessary investment.
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An online tool to help match job openings at Canadian forest products companies with job seekers, and provide detailed labour market information about the sector, has been launched by Forest Products Association of Canada and the federal government.
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The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) met June 8 in Dawson City, Yukon, to renew its commitment to key challenges and opportunities for Canada's forests and forest sector.
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Domtar is investing of $36 million for the installation of a second biomass-based generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor mill in Quebec.
Published in Industry News
The 2016 PacWest conference wrapped up on June 11 after three days of informative technical and business oriented sessions held at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alta. Attendance at the event has been growing over the past few years, reaching about 250 delegates this year plus about 50 attendees for the spousal program.
Published in Industry News
Various experts speaking at the PacWest conference on June 9 noted that a commodity product approach won’t work for the Canadian pulp and paper industry as it develops bioproducts.
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Celluforce is reporting growing interest in its innovative green chemistry product called cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). The Canadian company has recorded, over the first half of 2016, the largest CNC shipment volumes since its inception.
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The Swedish research institute Innventia has published the third in its series of forward-looking reports that have gained a lot of international attention in recent years. With this report, A Cellulose-Based Society, Innventia focuses on the conditions for a vital social transformation – from a fossil-based and linear society where products are produced, used and then thrown away, to a biobased and circular society where “waste” as we think of it today will not exist and where all material will find a new use once it has served its initial purpose.
Published in Sustainability
Evergreen Packaging has introduced a new line of cup stock made with renewable materials, including bio-based polyethylene. The company says this cup stock is one of the first of its kind. It is suitable for both hot and cold applications.
Published in Sustainability
A Canadian biofuels organization has re-launched under the name Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada). The change – from the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association – reinforces the 32 year-old association’s mission to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources.
Published in Green Energy
Canfor Pulp has formed a joint venture with an Australian company to possibly integrate its Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp's kraft and mechanical pulp mills to economically convert biomass, including wood residues from Canfor Pulp's kraft pulping processes, into biocrude oil. The biocrude can then be used to produce next generation biofuels and biochemicals.
Published in Industry News

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