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VTT Develops Combustion Technologies for Biomass – Aims at Negative Emissions (10/14/2016)

Company is seeking a carbon capture technology for Finnish power and heat production plants. The first pilots were implemented, using wood pellets, at VTT’s Bioruukki, and the results are promising.

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VTT: Faster, Better Development of Biorefinery Processes through Modeling (2/21/2018)

Modeling and evaluation method identifies which biorefinery processes will use raw materials most efficiently, reduce greenhouse gas emissions the most, or be most economical.

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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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Meridian Waste Solutions Attains Facility, Licensing for Advanced Bio-Refining Technology (11/17/2017)

Partnership with and investment into American Science and Technology invigorates the bio-economy through exclusive biomass separation and conversion technology.

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VTT to Develop New Enzymes Found in India’s Wildfire-Prone Areas for Biorefineries (11/06/2017)

An EU and nationally funded project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, called IndZyme, is looking to study whether micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are capable of breaking down agricultural waste better than commercial enzymes.

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Stora Enso to Invest in Renewable Materials (10/30/2017)

Company is investing to boost competitiveness in consumer board and biomaterials.

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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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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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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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Global Bioplastics Market to Grow 20% through 2022 (11/29/2017)

Innovative biopolymers such as PLA (polylactic acid) and PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) are the main drivers of this growth in the field of bio-based, biodegradable plastics.

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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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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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New Research and Innovation Funding Aimed at Alberta’s Sustainable Bio-Eonomy (7/26/2016)

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has approved nearly $13 million in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies. The grants are for the development of new industrial bioproducts or technologies using Alberta agriculture and forestry byproducts or other biomass.

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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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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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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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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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Södra’s SunPine to Invest SEK 250 Million in New Bio-Diesel Plant (4/18/2018)

SunPine is a world leader in the production of second-generation renewable fuels. The raw material is a by-product from pulp and paper manufacturing.

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World Wood Pellet Trade Doubles in Past Five Years (12/23/2016)

As the world works to replace fossil fuels, wood pellets are playing a key role in decarbonizing power grids. European nations, in particular, have invested heavily in pellets for both heating and electricity generation.

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Valmet, Fortum, Preem Take Bio-Oil Development to New Level (4/17/2018)

Project is a natural continuation of the consortium's earlier bio-oil project with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which resulted in commercializing integrated pyrolysis technology for production of sustainable bio-oil to replace heating oil in industrial use.

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