Biomass and Renewable Energy

Potential for solar cells to go greener with wood fiber components

Solar technology is often lauded as one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of energy, but new technology might help make up for one of its downfalls.  Solar cells often use a host of items such as rare earth metals and plastics, but researchers from the University of Maryland, the South China University of Technology, and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln have developed a new type of paper from wood fibers that could ultimately replace the plastic substrates u

Washington State University scientists recreate rose scent with poplars

Norman Lewis and other Washington State University (WSU) scientists are waking up the biofuels game with new proposals for economically viable woody plant products: instead of grinding up trees to produce commercial quantities of so-called cellulosic ethanol, their goal is to turn poplars into living factories that churn out modest levels of chemicals with premium price tags.

Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials certifications for GreenWood Tree Farm

The GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).  This certification was jointly conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS)with their annual Forest Stewardship Council certification renewal.

Wood-to-biofuel conference to be held in Seattle

The Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co Products Conference intends to unite the emerging wood-to-biofuel industry in the Pacific Northwest.  Set for April 28-30, 2014, at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Seattle, this conference comes two years after the USDA invested $80 million to facilitate the development of a sustainable wood to biofuels and co-products industry in the northwest United States.

Plans to develop industrial sugars from wood

Global chemical company BASF is pairing up with Renmatix Inc to use Renmatix’s new Plantrose technology to produce industrial sugars from non-edible biomass.   The process breaks down lignocellulosic sources such as wood, agricultural-residues or straw, into industrial sugars using supercritical water (water at high temperature and pressure.) This biomass will not