BOSTON, July 10, 2014 (Marketwired) - Lignin, a component of lignocellulosic biomass and a common byproduct stream from cellulosic conversion processes, has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these lignin derived chemicals such as BTX (a mixture of benzene, toluene, and xylene) and cyclohexanol lags growing feedstock supplies, according to Lux Research.Read more
As spring weather sets in, biomass availability across North America was reported strengthening so far this quarter. Wet weather, though, has made its impacts in the South, and a late spring break-up across much of the Northern tier troubled wood buyers and pushed some price incentives for material generated in-woods.
An improving lumber market, however, has sawmills steadily increasing output as the sun shines warmer. Pent-up construction demand is expected to create a plentiful flow of mill residuals for both fuel use and wood pellet production.Read more
STOCKHOLM, June 3, 2014 (Press Release) - "We're getting close to the vision of a fossil-free mill that we've lived with and that has driven our investments for a long time," says Mill Director Olov Winblad von Walter. "Our new recovery boiler, which came on line in spring 2012, is getting better and better as we fine tune it, and our increasing pulp production is also boosting our energy production."Read more
Markets for wood biomass are emerging from a winter that just wouldn't quit in the northern reaches of North America. Even into April, reports of snow were common. Consequently, heating demand was higher than a year ago, giving energy and pellet producers an extended season.Read more
Forth Energy stopped development of two Scottish biomass power projects and cancelled a third recently, which would have consumed about 3.5 million green tonnes/yr of wood fuel, mostly in the form of industrial-grade pellets (1.75 million tonnes equivalent). The large facilities would have been located at Grangemouth, Rosyth, and Dundee, and cost a combined £1.1 billion (US$1.8 billion).Read more
Spring has arrived, bringing challenges of "breakup" or "mud season" to North American woodbaskets. That said, most sources reported adequate supplies of biomass going forward until things dry out, though the Northeast and the Lake States remain an exception – having suffered a tough winter rife with logging hiccups.Read more
THUNDER BAY, ON, March 12, 2014 (Press Release) -CRIBE is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that, if successful, will lead to significant economic and operational gains for pulp mills by providing new revenue streams as well as a more efficient way to perform current processes.
This is a natural extension to an earlier GreenField project supported by CRIBE, which focused on the conditioning and pre-treatment of a variety of biomass including underutilized northern hardwood such as poplar.Read more
ROTHSCHILD, WI, Feb. 26, 2014 (Wausau Daily Herald) - The recently built power plant at Domtar paper mill is getting only 10 percent of its fuel from logging waste, which originally was supposed to supply nearly all of the plant's energy needs.
The 50-megawatt, $255 million power plant went online in November to provide steam for Domtar's paper operations and a clean source of power for WE Energies. The plant will burn 500,000 tons of biomass annually, said Cathy Schulze, a WE Energies spokeswoman.Read more