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Oregon mill to add 20-30 jobs as a result of stewardship contract

Malheur Lumber Co. plans to add 20 to 30 jobs to their John Day Mill, going beyond a single shift for the first time since 1998 as a result of strong collaboration efforts and the launch of the 10-year stewardship contract on the Malheur National Forest.

Wood fiber to mop up oil spills

Wood fibers have potential to clean up oil spills thanks to a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge developed by Swiss wood researchers Empa.   The material is highly absorbent, but light enough to float on the service and can be used from recycled wood materials and other cellulose-containing remains such as recycled paper, wood, and agricultural by-p

$5.88 million grant promises innovations in biomass research

Humboldt State University, Forest Business Network and 14 other regional partners received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct innovative biomass research.

Biomass emissions to be cut in half?

Australian scientists have engineered a new technology which converts coal or biomass into a water-based slurry called micronized refined carbon (MRC) which has the potential to slash emissions by as much as 50%.  According to CSIRO Energy Group Executive Alex Wonhas, this technology is capable of halving carbon dioxide intensity as well as significantly reducing power costs.

Electricity from wood pellets produce less greenhouse gas emissions

A new study shows that a unit of electricity generated from wood pellets results in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50-68% lower than electricity derived from fossil fuels.  The highest emissions savings come from logging residues and pulpwood.  

Willow power: hybrid willows fuel school

The Willow Crop Green Energy power producing program was developed in Hughesville, PA with an $8,000 grant through the PA Energy Development Authority. The plant sources its power from shrub willow hybrids, which are converted into wood chips as biofuels.  European governments have been using this alternative energy source since the ‘70’s.

Rural economies could be strengthened with forest thinning in Arizona

A recent study examined the potential for small diameter wood harvesting in Arizona forests to strengthen both forest health and local economies. Analysis indicates its potential use for biomass/energy production.

Schools in Maine slash heating bills by using wood

In the heating season ending in 2013, the Forest Service credited its Wood to Energy Grant Program with helping 24 facilities, including 13 schools or school systems, replace upward of 900,000 gallons of heating oil with locally produced wood chips and pellets that provide the same energy output for less than half the price.  The $11.4 million in funding to support these projects in Maine came from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Genetically engineered poplar trees may open door for cheaper biofuels

By inserting a piece of code isolated from a Chinese herb into the DNA of a poplar tree, scientists at the University of British Columbia, Michigan State and University of Wisconsin-Madison have produced a tree designed for easy deconstruction. These trees can be sterilized to prevent “gene flow” and can be planted on agricultural land d unsuited to food crops, preventing competition.

From cheap wood to high power: cellulose to energy storage

Scientists at Oregon State University have uncovered a fundamental chemical discovery: cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees, can be heated in a furnace in the presence of ammonia and turned into the building blocks for supercapacitors.


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