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Coverage of biomass since March 30, 2021.

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Sale of Pinnacle Renewable Energy complete

"...The purchase of British Columbia’s largest wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. by British energy company Drax has been completed, the company announced this week..."

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Water purification system engineered from wood, with help from a microwave oven

"...Researchers in Sweden have developed a more eco-friendly way to remove heavy metals, dyes and other pollutants from water. The answer lies in filtering wastewater with a gel material taken from plant cellulose and spiked with small carbon dots produced in a microwave oven..."

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From smoky skies to a green horizon: Scientists convert fire-risk wood waste into biofuel

"...In a study led by Barcelos and Sundstrom, the scientists used non-toxic chemicals, commercially available enzymes, and a specially engineered strain of yeast to convert wood into ethanol in a single reactor, or "pot. " Furthermore, a subsequent technological and economic analysis helped the team identify the necessary improvements required to reach ethanol production at $3 per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) via this conversion pathway. The work is the first-ever end-to-end process for ethanol production from woody biomass featuring both high conversion efficiency and a simple one-pot configuration..."

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Drax completes purchase of Pinnacle

"...The purchase of  wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. by British energy company Drax has been completed, the companies said Tuesday..."

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Portable camping stove charges gadgets using propane power

"...We've seen a number of thermoelectric camping stove/charger products over the years, and they tend to rely on wood/biomass-fueled heat. The new Gen Stove from Korea's Viva Plus presents a thermoelectric charging solution that isn't tied to live fire, powering up electronics with waste heat produced by cooking with propane or butane. It provides an easier, more universal solution for cooking and charging simultaneously..."

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Chemists at St. Petersburg University create renewable plant-based polymers

"...'This can be said about recycling the materials based on our polymers. If they are recycled without oxygen, we can get natural alcohols or their derivatives that can be restored to the same alcohols. Because they are widely found in nature, they do not harm the environment,' said Svetlana Metlyaeva, the first author of the article and a researcher at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University..."

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Geothermal power generation potential raised by both NDP and Sask. Party

"...Environment Minister Warren Kaeding was asked several questions about that, but one of his answers referenced the Deep Earth Energy Production project near Torquay. He said, “Well, I would say even directly supporting the electricity is going to be generated to support electric vehicles, SaskPower has made a commitment that they will be going up to 50 per cent renewable by 2030, which isn't very, very long from now. So you've seen a number of facilities that have been built on a commercial scale, solar facilities that have been built on a on a commercial scale..."

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Shedding Light on the Cost of Light Pollution JSTOR Daily

"...Light pollution is also damaging marine ecosystems. Zooplankton—microscopic animals that drift in the water—migrate to deeper waters during the day and back to the surface at night, to graze on algae. While they are very small, thanks to their numbers, zooplankton movement is considered one of the largest daily migrations of biomass on the planet..."

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Graphene-Containing Masks Recalled

"...Health Canada is advising people not to wear masks with graphene or biomass graphene because the masks contain toxic particles which could be dangerous if inhaled..."

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Microplastics’ contribution to melting snow: A global crisis

"...Many researchers have focused on the role of black carbon – particles formed through the combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel, and biomass – in the acceleration of melting snow but have disregarded the contribution of microplastics..."

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Thermal power nanogenerator created without solid moving parts

"...WASHINGTON, March 31, 2021 -- As environmental and energy crises become increasingly more common occurrences around the world, a thermal energy harvester capable of converting abundant thermal energy -- such as solar radiation, waste heat, combustion of biomass, or geothermal energy -- into mechanical energy appears to be a promising energy strategy to mitigate many crises..."

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Carbon-neutral 'biofuel' from lakes

"...Methane from lakes and water reservoirs makes up about 20% of global natural methane missions. "That would theoretically be enough to meet the world's energy needs," says Maciej Bartosiewicz, a postdoc in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Basel. Lakes continuously absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through the growth of phytoplankton..."

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Jobs in biomass

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

4th Class Stationary Engineer- Ottawa/Gatineau

"...electric motor, fan pump, air compressor, pipe monitors/adjusts equipment, diesel, generator, biomass boilers fuel/ash handling equipment..."

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Planning Forester

"...— through astute strategic acquisitions and strong leadership is emerging as a major player in the forestry, sawmilling, and biomass power industry..."

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Forestry Supervisor

"...Operationally, our approach is to blend technology with the expertise of committed, creative..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biomass.

254b. Could Biomass standards and zones unleash a $31 billion industry?

Duration: 4:00

"...Jordan Solomon of Ecostrat says new standards and special Bioeconomy Development Zones could unleash a $31 billion biomass industry in Canada..."

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254A. Biomass role in future economy

Duration: 4:00

"...PODCAST - This week on CKUA Radio's Green Energy Futures we learn there is 120 million tonnes of mostly waste biomass in Canada just waiting to used to produce biofuels, bioenergy and an assortment of other products..."

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From the vault: Of wheat and peat

Duration: 25:39

"...In this episode, we’ll be learning about a kind of wheat ducks love, not to eat but to hang out. ..."

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Are bioplastics better than regular plastics? (Ask NRCan)

Duration: 12:03

"...Experts Peter Gogolek and Jean-François Levasseur discuss bioplastics, a type of plastic made from renewable biomass sources like vegetable fats and oils, straw, and woodchips..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biomass.

7 Ways To Pull Carbon From The Atmosphere | Random Thursday

"...Still, carbon capture is a controversial topic and one that many people know very little about..."

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Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."

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Exploring Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforest Diversity | California Academy of Sciences

"...Fueled by sunlight and rain, rainforests are some of the most diverse energy-rich ecosystems on the planet..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about biomass relevant to the latest news.

Selection of energy matrix sources in Chile using a fuzzy logic decision approach

"...Ocean power is far superior to geothermal energy and comparable to wind power and for this reason it should be considered together with nuclear power for the future Chilean energy matrix..."

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Integration of Renewable Energy based Trigeneration Cycle: A Review

"...On this relation geothermal energy, solar energy and biomass are proposed for viable supply of renewable energy..."

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Carbohydrate Biolubricants from Algae and Cyanobacteria

"...Lipids/Oils have varied uses in energy (biodiesel), food and other sectors, and are therefore in high demand, while extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) are of limited use at present..."

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Beyond trees: Mapping total aboveground biomass density in the Brazilian savanna using high-density UAV-lidar data

"...However, their ability to store and sequester carbon is uncertain due to combined and intermingling effects of anthropogenic activities and climate change, which impact wildfire regimes and vegetation dynamics..."

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An Overview of Morpho-Physiological, Biochemical, and Molecular Responses of Sorghum Towards Heavy Metal Stress

"...This means that it is a metal tolerant, high biomass producing energy crop, and thus can be utilized for phytoremediation..."

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The crucial role of mulch to enhance the stability and resilience of cropping systems in southern Africa

"...We evaluated at, eight trial locations across southern Africa, how partial and full implementation of these components affected crop yield and yield stability compared with conventional tillage alone or combined with mulching and/or crop rotation..."

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Hydrothermal carbonization of sugarcane industry by-products and process water reuse: structural, morphological, and fuel prope

"...This result added to those from the van Krevelen diagram showed that the hydrochars presented fuel properties similar to conventional non-renewable energy sources, such as bituminous coal..."

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Microwave-assisted hydrotropic pretreatment as a new and highly efficient way to cellulosic ethanol production from maize disti

"...Aim of the study was to assess the suitability of the combined use of microwave radiation and sodium cumene sulfonate under optimized process conditions for the preparation of maize stillage biomass as a raw material for the production of cellulosic ethanol..."

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Energy and material flow management to improve EU productivity

"...A second stage empirical analysis reveals that fossil fuels (Jevons Paradox), renewable energy consumption, biomass and recycled municipal waste are positively related to the VRS efficiency scores of DMUs at the 10% level of significance, while CO2 emissions are negatively related..."

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Species-specific biomass allometric models and expansion factors for indigenous and planted forests of the Mozambique highlands

"...This affects the evolution, cycle and spatiotemporal patterns of carbon (C) storage and stocks in forest ecosystems..."

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Chilean salmon farming vulnerability to external stressors: The COVID 19 as a case to test and build resilience

"...The largest risk reduction is achieved when production biomass is divided in a more equitable manner among concession areas, suggesting the need for strategic improvements in spatial planning of the activity in the marine environment according to ecosystem carrying capacity and better practices..."

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Associating drivers of economic development with environmental degradation: Fresh evidence from Western Asia and North African r

"...Moreover, for the second model, causality has been seen from biomass energy consumption, economic development, and its square to ecological footprint, keeping the same two-way relationship among explanatory variables as in the first model..."

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