Innovation
Jan. 22, 2018 - Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, and Andritz are bringing to the global market new AaltoCell technology for the production of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). Developed under the lead of professor Olli Dahl, AaltoCell allows high capacity production of MCC in pulp mills instead of small production units, while using “significantly” smaller quantities of chemicals than before, he describes.
Jan. 15, 2018 - Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, announced today the award of a US$3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian’s subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. Attis Innovations is the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.
Jan. 15, 2018 - At UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering, mould is proving increasingly important in the domain of engineering materials and can lead to early deterioration and structural failure. This is especially the case as manufacturers adopt more bio-derived materials in the drive towards a greener future, explains researcher Bryn Crawford.
Nov. 8, 2017 - Waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem has received approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alta., facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
Nov. 7, 2017 - In July of 2016, in an article published in Policy Options, I wrote: “One day soon, our children will be pulling bio-based products off the shelves without even thinking about it. But transitioning to the bioeconomy will take a coherent effort over 20 years. If Canada wants to stay competitive with its neighbours, we had better get started.”
Oct. 28, 2017 - Whether you call it the Industrial Internet or Internet of Things, or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), this wave of technology could bring about major changes to the way companies manufacture items, ship products and manage their physical assets.
Oct. 20, 2017 - The project Flagship Biorefinery has been carried out in order to investigate the prerequisites to realize a new, full scale biorefinery based on sustainable wood raw material from Swedish forests.
Oct. 19, 2017 - It’s the first day of fall as I write this editorial. And although it doesn’t feel like it today — it’s been hitting 30°C-plus all week in Toronto — change is in the air.
Oct. 3, 2017 - Columbia Pulp has begun the construction of the 140,000-tonne/year Lyons Ferry wheat straw pulp mill at 1400 Highway 261 in Starbuck, Wash. Described as the first modern mill of its kind in North America, the facility will produce commodity and specialty straw pulp for direct sale to paper and packaging manufacturers as an alternative to wood-based pulp material.
Sep. 7, 2017 - The Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre says its client Anomera has raised $1.7 million in financing to aid with its seed-stage phase.
Aug. 16, 2017 - After several months of laboratory work by the Research and Development team in Bordeaux France, Tembec says it has developed a very high viscosity cellulose grade.
Jul. 10, 2017 - An insulation manufacturer based in St-Mathieu de Beloeil, Que., has received federal funding for its project to replace petroleum-based raw materials with lignin.
Jul. 6, 2017 - BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University in Sweden say they have initiated a multi-annual collaboration to develop paper-based electrode materials.
Jul. 4, 2017 - This June, the results of a unique survey to determine the preference for the use of paper over digital communications were released after a yearlong process that involved the input of more than 7,000 consumers across 10 countries.
Jun. 27, 2017 - Not everyone thinks of innovation when they think of Canada’s forest products companies. But the federal government has fully recognized that the future of the forestry industry and its 230,000 workers depends on the success of its ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainable development in every area of its business.

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