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Residues2Revenues 2024

Step changes in wood residues utilisation
  • 30-31 July 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand
    30-31 July 2024, Virtual Event, New Zealand
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Blenheim company turning wood chips into graphite

In New Zealand, a Blenheim company is turning wood chips and sawdust into graphite to be used in EV batteries. CarbonScape was founded in 2006 – with a focus on making carbon products using waste biomass like wood chips to ...
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Cheese from trees: Fonterra running on wood biomass

Fonterra’s Stirling manufacturing site is celebrating becoming the Co-op’s first manufacturing site in the South Island to get off coal and the first site to be running on 100% renewable thermal energy.  Moving to wood biomass means a reduction of 18,500 tonnes ...
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99% of Northland’s energy could be met through biomass

A new report, published by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority), shows the significant role currently unutilised, forestry residues could play – as the region reduces its reliance on fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy. Up to 99% of Northland’s ...
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NZ forestry industry establishing pan sector body

Ten organisations have signed an accord establishing as a pan sector body. Called the NZ Forest & Wood Sector Forum (NZFWSF), NZ sector associations will engage on issues of common interest or concern to the national industry and act as a ...
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Wood biomass boiler swings into action

Fonterra’s NZ Waitoa manufacturing site is now using around 50% less coal as its new wood biomass boiler swings into action. Waitoa is the third Fonterra manufacturing site to reduce coal in 2023, as part of the Co-op’s plan to ...
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72% of region’s energy needs through biomass

Forestry owners and biomass suppliers in the Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions of NZ can expect to see increased demand for wood residues as the region moves onto clean energy. A new report, published by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and ...
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Potential for biofuel in the South

Forestry owners and biomass suppliers in the Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman region can expect to see increased demand for wood residues as the region moves onto clean energy. A new report, published today by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority), ...
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Australia´s first eFuels plant announced

HIF Tasmania eFuels facility is expected to start producing up to 100 million liters of carbon neutral eFuels per year in 2028 HIF Global, the world’s leading eFuels company, on Wednesday announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Forico, Tasmania’s largest ...
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The world’s largest biomass energy company near collapse

This year has been a financial disaster for Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets for the biomass energy industry. With more than $250 million in losses to date and worsening results expected in the fourth quarter, the once ...
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Wood-fired hospital boilers replace coal

South Invercargill residents can breathe a little easier, with Southland Hospital’s massive boilers now fired by wood pellets instead of coal. The conversion took effect in September. The hospital’s two 4.5 megawatt boilers run 24 hours and 365 days a ...
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Altus wood pellets business in receivership

FTI Consulting has given wood pellets maker Altus Renewables’ suitors until September 15 to prepare their indicative bids for the business, which went into receivership last week. Altus has production facilities close to forestry areas with access to port infrastructure. ...
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MOTAT steam tram powered by trees

It’s out with the coal and in with the biofuel for steam tram no. 100, which will operate on a renewable energy source made from trees at MOTAT Live Day on August 20. Developed by Crown Research Institute, Scion, the ...
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Pacific Rim hardwood chip trade decline forecast

Most of the world’s wood chip trade is that of hardwood chips in the Pacific Rim. In 2022, the global wood chip trade accounted for about 42 million bdmt, of which about two-thirds were hardwood chips destined for pulpmills in ...
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Port Blakely’s move to in-forest biofuel recoveries

Andrew Cocking, Port Blakely’s South Island Regional Manager at last year’s Residues2Revenues event detailed the company’s progress and early innovation around extracting biofuel from their South Island forestry operations. Trials on binwood recovery started back in 2018 with one of ...
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Event Summary – Residues2Revenues 2023

As anticipated, the turnout to the second Residues2Revenues 2023 was a standout for the industry. Around 250 delegates attended the wood residues event, principally forest owners and managers, harvesting and log cartage contractors, those looking at utilising surplus residues from wood processing ...
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NZ Bio Forestry signs biochemicals MOU

Japan based Refine Holdings and NZ Bio Forestry have recently signed an MoU in Tokyo. This MoU outlines a joint research and commercial programme to develop a suite of biochemicals from Pinus radiata for the automotive, technology, EV battery, and ...
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North America’s largest biochar plant takes shape

A group of Canadian and French companies will build a $80 million plant in Quebec to turn forestry waste into biochar, a black substance which can store carbon for hundreds of years and improve soil quality at the same time. ...
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Portable biocharger converts wood waste to electricity

Claimed to be the only machine in the world eliminating wood wastes on site to power battery operating equipment and machinery. ...
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NZ Government bans new coal boilers

The NZ Government is delivering on its climate commitment to ban new coal boilers and to phase out by 2037, existing coal boilers, the Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. The National Policy Statement and National Environmental ...
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Adding value to biomass through biochar

The Biochar Network New Zealand’s campaign to increase the profile of biochar continues. A Carbon Rescue initiative stemming from the post-Gabrielle residue cleanup has helped facilitate the conversation on how to create value from biomass through the creation of biochar. ...
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Energy centre switches from coal in $2.28m project

The elimination of coal at a Washdyke (in the north of Timaru, south Canterbury, NZ) energy business will reduce CO2 emissions by 14,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 3115 cars off the road, the company says. Washdyke ...
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Feasibility of making sustainable aviation fuel in NZ

The carbon emissions from long-haul flying are a threat to the sustainability of New Zealand international tourism. Air New Zealand and the Government are to invest more than NZ$2 million in two studies to consider the feasibility of producing sustainable ...
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Bioenergy funding to better utilise forestry slash

The NZ Government is making a start on a more sustainable forestry industry with investments into a bioenergy plant, research into biomass and better forestry practices, Forestry Minister Peeni Henare has announced. “The Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use recognised current ...
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Trapped arm a sombre warning on imported machinery

A multinational company has been sentenced after a worker’s arm got caught in a bark-stripping machine which did not have the appropriate safeguards for New Zealand use. CFGC Forest Managers (NZ) Limited (CFGC) is a forest management and export company. ...
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Asia now accounts for 1/3 of wood pellet trade

Worldwide trade of wood pellets remained practically unchanged year-on -year about 29 million tons in 2022. This year was the first time shipments failed to rise year-on -year since 2017, when wood pellets became a globally traded commodity. Despite the ...
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Global in-field chipping and grinding technologies

As part of the Residues2Revenues 2023 event being run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 25-26 July for local forest owners, harvesting and wood chipping contractors and bio-fuel aggregators, an international showcase of new wood chipping and grinding technologies is being ...
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Renewable biomass given a major boost

All coal boilers to be removed from NZ schools Thanks to a NZ$10million dollar investment, all remaining coal boilers in New Zealand schools will be replaced with renewable woody biomass or electric heating sources by 2025 reducing carbon emissions by ...
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Forestry faces massive losses, as clean-up gets underway

Foresters in Hawke’s Bay face losses of up to NZ$150 million in tree crops and infrastructure following Cyclone Gabrielle, as they work to support the clean-up of woody debris in the region. Hawkes Bay Forestry Group (HBFG) member companies have ...
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Another Fonterra site switching boilers from coal

Fonterra is continuing to progress its decarbonisation work with the announcement of another site transitioning from coal and the installation of a heat pump and solar thermal system. The Co-operative will convert its coal boilers at its Hautapu site to ...
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Half a century of coal-fired power generation ends

Drax has announced that almost 50 years of power generation from coal at its North Yorkshire power station has come to an end. • Drax has announced that almost 50 years of power generation from coal at its North Yorkshire ...
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Binwood collection – converting slash into biofuel

Cyclone Gabrielle has had a devastating impact on New Zealand, bringing major concerns to the fore about climate change and forestry management. The news reports from February will stay long in the memory, particularly the huge volumes of slash that ...
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New funding for contractors for biomass innovation

EECA has a new fund which could be of assistance to those looking to make a start in the biomass business in New Zealand or increasing production of an existing business. EECAs role is to decarbonise New Zealand. One of ...
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Continued EU recognition of biomass as 100% renewable

Enviva Inc, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets ( www.envivabiomass.com) has welcomed the news that the European Union’s negotiations concluded with an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive III (“REDIII” or the “Directive”) and is pleased to hear ...
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New NZ wood pellet press opened

A NZ business that has increased the amount of wood pellets it can make by more than half, hopes more companies will switch to burning pellets instead of fossil fuels – helping put forestry waste to good use. Nelson-based company ...
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Major Wood Residues Event announced for 2023

It was eight years since the Forest Industry Engineering Association had run a wood residues programme aimed specifically at those supplying biofuels, the forest products industry. The wood residues event ran in July 2022. As evidenced by the turnout, the ...
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Wood petrochemical substitutes one step closer

Bio-refinery start-up Futurity is launching a NZ$1.5 million commercialisation study into turning wood by-products into high-value chemicals. The study will involve working to commercialise technology developed in Europe to turn lignin waste from Oji’s pulp and paper mills into replacements ...
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Processing forestry slash on-site an immediate solution

An immediate solution to solve the issue of destructive forestry waste – or slash – is available, and implementing it must be accelerated, a forest research organisation says. During Cyclone Hale and Cyclone Gabrielle, massive volumes of forest debris ended ...
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Huntly burns wood rather than fossil fuels

Genesis Energy has found its coal-burning unit in Waikato can also produce electricity when fed wood. The Huntly power station replaced planet-heating coal with wood in a trial to bring down the facility’s large carbon footprint. In a busy year, ...
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Government missing opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The announcement that the NZ Government has dropped the Sustainable Biofuels Obligation Bill is not surprising as the Government has consistently looked at the opportunities for greenhouse gas emissions reduction with the wrong lens. New Zealand is rich in sources ...
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Researchers partner to pelletise waste materials

The idea of using biomass or non-recyclable materials to produce power has been around for a long time, but techniques for developing a consistent feedstock to produce a fuel that is economical compared to coal, resistant to moisture, and has ...
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Fonterra and Genesis want to replace coal with wood

Genesis Energy and Fonterra want to use wood biomass to generate electricity and heat. Genesis interim chief executive Tracey Hickman said the companies signed an agreement to work together and explore the viability of biomass as a substitute for coal. ...
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Never grapple with slash again

A new take on an old method to deal with forestry slash is set to help New Zealand logging crews more effectively manage skid sites and landings……with the potential to increase productivity. The locally developed Falcon Slash Grapple Rake brings ...
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US$80m grant to make jet fuel from wood chips

A Georgia plant turning wood residue into jet fuel is receiving a big chunk of new federal funding to boost production, in the hopes that its products can eventually lower the climate change impact of the airline industry and other ...
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Waste not, want not: UN report on wood residues

Wood residues – the materials left over when trees are logged and processed – hold the potential to support resource-efficient energy access, revitalize rural economies and help mitigate climate change, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture ...
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Burning native timber no longer renewable energy

Labor revokes Abbott government move which allowed energy from burning wood waste to be counted with solar and wind. Electricity generated by burning native forest wood waste in Australia will no longer be allowed to be classified as renewable energy ...
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Wood-energy sector worried by EU biomass plans

European Parliament plans to exclude some types of primary wood from the EU’s renewable energy goals is causing jitters among the industry, which points to bioenergy as an essential part of the EU’s energy security. Biomass currently makes up 60% ...
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Distributed manufacturing for biomass processing

Mini factories that use residues from production forests, or horticultural, crop and natural fibres to create new wood products, biochemicals and biomaterials. New technology is making it possible to create mini manufacturing facilities that use a range of biomaterial, including ...
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Forestry firing up biomass boiler in NZ

A new biomass boiler, which uses by-product waste from the commercial forestry industry, has been commissioned at Danone’s dairy plant near Balclutha in South Otago, New Zealand. The largest biomass boiler in the country (BANZ comment: To set the record ...
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Expressions of Interest: Residues2Revenues 2023

Early expressions of interest to present at next year’s Residues2Revenues 2023 event are now been called for. This year saw record numbers of forestry, wood harvesting, timber products companies and wood residues extraction and handling specialists turn up in Rotorua, ...
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U.S. jumping on bioenergy bandwagon

Humans have a long history of turning biomass – renewable organic material from plants and animals – into energy, mainly by burning wood. But as pressure mounts on global energy providers to slash dependence on fossil fuels and increase energy ...
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Wood pellet market dynamics changing

The international trade of wood pellets has increased yearly for over ten years thanks to growing demand in Europe and Asia. Although shipments in the first half of 2022 were practically unchanged from the same period in 2021, an anticipated ...
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Europe’s energy crisis: the wood squeeze

As much as 70 percent of European heating comes from natural gas and electricity, and with Russian deliveries drastically reduced, wood — already used by some 40 million people for heating — has become a sought-after commodity. Prices for wood ...
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Drax open to tougher checks on wood imports

Drax Group (Drax) would be prepared to do a carbon analysis of wood imports for its biomass facilities amid claims from the BBC it is hacking down carbon rich forests in Canada. The power firm’s director of sustainability, Dr Alan ...
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Pellet supply shock in Europe

FutureMetrics has published a new white paper explaining how reduced pellet supplies in Western Europe and the U.K. resulting from sanctions on Russia has produced a supply shock that has vastly increased prices. In the paper, FutureMetrics President William Strauss ...
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Biochar incinerator tested for forest thinning

It looks like a dumpster fire in the forest. A new take on disposing of small trees and branches cut down during forest-thinning projects aims to turn the material into “biochar” that locks carbon into the ground and enhances dirt. ...
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Hydrogen and bio-fuels feasbility studies for Kinleith

The New Zealand Government will undertake a NZ$2 million feasibility study to explore the development of hydrogen and bio-fuels at Tokoroa’s Kinleith Mill. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the partnership between the Government and Oji Fibre Solutions, which runs the ...
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Aurecon supports Fonterra with new biomass boiler

International design, engineering, and advisory company Aurecon has been appointed to work alongside Fonterra to provide design support, project management and construction management for implementation of their largest biomass boiler to date. As detailed in their Embracing Sustainability Strategy, Fonterra’s ...
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A windfall for US wood pellets business

Environmentalists have doubts, but John Keppler’s faith in the energy source is rewarded by European customers willing to pay top dollar. On a crisp North Carolina morning, an eastern pine forest is being clear cut in a precisely choreographed hydraulic ...
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World’s largest advanced biocarbon contract for coal

More than 4 million tons of coal will be replaced with Aymium’s renewable carbon negative product, removing over 10 million tons of CO2. Aymium, a leading producer of renewable biocarbon products, announced that it has entered a long-term supply contract ...
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Opposition to NZ’s transport biofuel mandate

Biofuels – and a broader bioeconomy – are key parts of New Zealand’s recently released first emissions reduction plan, particularly for transport, forestry and a transition to a more circular use of resources. Work is moving fast, with a biofuel ...
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Europeans back 45% renewable energy goal

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday (14 September) in favour of a 45% target for renewable energy in the EU’s energy mix by 2030, paving the way for negotiations with the 27 member states to finalise the text before the ...
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Major contract to World’s largest wood pellet producer

In the United States (US), Enviva Inc., the world’s largest industrial wood pellet producer, and Alder Fuels, a cleantech developer have signed a contract for the long-term, large-scale supply of “sustainably sourced woody biomass” from Enviva to further commercialize the ...
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Govt partnership to explore sustainable wood products

A new partnership between the NZ Government and Oji Fibre Solutions could boost the development of sustainable wood products, hydrogen and bio-fuels at the Kinleith Mill near Tokoroa, creating jobs and reducing emissions across the economy Forestry Minister Stuart Nash ...
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Using biomass to take cane trains beyond diesel

Diesel is impressive. Impressive in its abundance, energy density and liquid transportability. These unique features have made it ubiquitous to heavy transport and traction in the 20th and 21st centuries. This powerful substance now runs the agricultural machinery that feeds ...
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Horticulture sector eyes new wood fibre technology

Wood fibre technology could be a game changer for New Zealand’s horticulture industry and help reduce carbon emissions Locally grown fruit, vegetables and plants are all generally grown in compost or potting mix containing peat. Peat, a highly sought-after ingredient, ...
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Introducing the Tigercat 6900 Grinder

Tigercat officially has introduced the 6900 grinder, the first regular production offering in Tigercat’s material processing category. The 6900 is the first production grinder designed and built by Tigercat. The 6900 is a heavy-duty upswing grinder made for high throughput ...
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BIOFLASH: Key takeaways from Residues2Revenues 2022

The transition from fossil to solid biofuels for producing stationary energy is now well underway with Fonterra announcing its fourth conversion to using solid biofuel to replace coal. The economics and operational benefits of bioenergy in existing and new heat ...
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Residues2Revenues 2022 Event Summary

Residues2Revenues 2022 saw an amazing turnout of well over 350 delegates, both in person and remotely involved in the conference, pre and post-event workshops and exhibitions. Not only were NZ companies in attendance but a strong contingent from across Australia travelled into ...
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OneFortyOne to export sawmill woodchips

OneFortyOne’s New Zealand’s Kaituna Sawmill and Marusumi Whangarei Co. Ltd, have signed an agreement to export wood chip to Japan with the first vessel expected to depart from Port Marlborough (Picton) before the end of the year. Port Marlborough has ...
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Another major NZ biomass installation planned

Fonterra is taking another step towards its low carbon transition with its Waitoa site in the Waikato planning to install a 30-megawatt wood biomass boiler to replace a coal boiler. Together with Te Tumuaki o Te Kīngitanga and local iwi ...
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Plant’s biomass boiler beginning operation

A South Otago dairy industry plant hopes to lead the way in green energy, as it brought a biomass boiler online last week. Danone Nutricia NZ began “hot commissioning” for a new, NZ$30 million bubbling fluidised bed (BFB) biomass boiler ...
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Project Case Study: Conveying Equipment for Wood Pellet Plant

Residues2Revenues 2022 Sponsored Post We have extensive experience providing conveying equipment for Nature’s Flame wood pellet plant in Taupo, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Nature’s Flame manufactures premium heating fuel made from wood shavings and sawdust ...
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Polytechnik recapitalised and under new ownership

Polytechnik Biomass Energy, a global technology leader in biomass combustion, wood gasification and carbonisation systems has announced that they have a new majority shareholder and has restructured in order that they can continue to offer their full range of biomass ...
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Energy demands of dairy factories met – 6x over

There is enough energy left over in forestry residues and other woody waste, such as from orchards, surplus pulp logs, and sawmill chip, to entirely replace the heat and energy demands of all New Zealand’s dairy factories, six times over.On ...
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Bioenergy is the solution for keeping lights on

The lack of electricity supply security because of thermal generation plant unavailability reinforces the importance of the need for an integrated Energy Strategy in New Zealand. Greater use of bioenergy and biofuels which are storable energy forms would ensure that ...
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The purpose of GIDI – EECA | Video

New Zealand’s Emissions Reduction Plan (May 2022) sets out the pathway for how New Zealand will meet its first emissions budgets (2022-2035) and achieve long-term climate targets. To help meet this challenge, the Government announced expanded funding of around $650 ...
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Solid BioFuels Testing | Webinar

With Residues2Revenues 2022 running next month, we are highlighting a number of key topics that will be discussed in-depth at the event. Back in 2021, Alex Bruce from Pentarch Technical Services presented an interesting webinar on solid biofuels testing within ...
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Waste disposal issues for Russian sawmills escalate

From 10 July, the Russian wood pellet exports to Europe, the main market for Russian companies, will be completely stopped. From this date, EU sanctions will come into effect, limiting the supply of wood products from Russia and Belarus. According ...
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Switching from coal to wood pellets – a Kiwi case study

As part of the upcoming Residues to Revenues 2022 event, large scale industrial heat or energy users Fonterra, Danone and the Canterbury District Health board will be outlining their recent major plant conversions to wood residues. Probably more importantly for ...
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How NZ could become a decarbonisation world leader

Energy is the double-edged sword at the root of the climate crisis. Cheap energy has improved lives and underpinned massive economic growth. But because most of it comes from burning hydrocarbon fuels, we’re now left with a legacy of high ...
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Exciting addition to In-field chipping workshop

Forest-based biofuels are occupying an increasingly important role in energy supply. Conversions of large sale industrial heat plants to renewables, including biomass is ensuring that local forest owners and wood harvesting operations are starting to sit up and really take ...
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In-field chipping equipment being showcased at Residues2Revenues 2022

Forest-based biofuels are occupying an increasingly important role in energy supply. Conversions of large sale industrial heat plants to renewables, including biomass is ensuring that local forest owners and wood harvesting operations are starting to sit up and really take ...
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Matching regional biomass supplies to end user demand

With the increased interest in bioenergy and biofuels for replacing fossil fuels a focus of sector activities is now on showing potential users where the biomass fuel they need could come from. There is no doubt that there can be ...
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Biomass replacement for school coal boilers

Thanks to a NZ$10-million dollar investment, all remaining coal boilers in New Zealand schools will be replaced with renewable woody biomass or electric heating sources by 2025 reducing carbon emissions by around 35,400 tonnes over 10 years, Climate Change Minister ...
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AU$48.2m grant for Maryvale Energy project

The Maryvale Energy from Waste (EfW) project has received an AU$48.2 million grant through the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). The Hon Darren Chester MP, Member for Gippsland confirmed the grant at Opal Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill, where the ...
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Largest project for bio-methanol from pulp waste

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and Veolia recently signed a long-term partnership agreement on the refining of crude methanol generated in pulp production at the Äänekoski bioproduct mill into commercial biomethanol. As part of this cooperation, Veolia will build ...
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Study illustrates process of fuel production from waste material

A new study has explained how fuel can be produced from renewable sources such as waste wood and straw. The findings of the research were published in the journal ‘Frontiers in Energy Research’ in collaboration with the researchers at Straubing Campus ...
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Ravensdown switching to wood biomass fuel

Ravensdown has announced that it has achieved NZ Government co-funding to accompany the co-operative’s investment to install a biomass combustor at its Dipton lime quarry. Locally supplied wood fuel will replace coal in the lime-drying process – an important part ...
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Carbon solution could decarbonise steel industry

BIOCARBON, a manufacturer based in Sydney, has found a viable solution to decarbonise the steel industry via its manufacture of a 100 per cent renewable carbon material that can directly replace fossil carbon in Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) steelmaking. BIOCARBON’s ...
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Wood Energy New Zealand Partnership formed

A partnership between Pioneer Energy and Niagara Sawmilling Company Ltd in the lower South Island of New Zealand has been formed to meet the demands of the biomass market to supply high quality product to the end users, with both ...
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Marsden Point – a generational leap to biofuels

The New Zealand Government’s biofuel mandate will require Marsden Point’s big oil tanks and Auckland pipeline – and that means it will be more efficient to go straight to high-tech second-generation biofuels. New Zealand’s only refinery stopped processing crude oil ...
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Solid biofuel powered tractors being developed

A prototype tractor which can run on solid biofuel is being developed for the primary industries by AgLoco®, a start-up company based in Christchurch, New Zealand.AgLoco® is developing advanced steam engines which burn dry woodchip to replace diesel tractors on ...
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Sustainable Aviation Fuel report released

A report released this week by the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Alliance of Australia and New Zealand (SAFAANZ) titled Bridging the price gap for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, has identified, amongst a number of other recommendations, the creation of a Jet Council ...
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Productivity and costs of logging residue chip sieving

Sieving of chipped forest fuels has recently been suggested as a way to reduce dry matter losses during storage. Sieving provides a more homogeneous acceptable material with better storage properties, which reduces the risk of energy and dry matter losses ...
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US$750m plant for biomass manufacturing

A sustainable materials company plans to spend at least US$750 million to build a biomass manufacturing facility in Louisiana that will turn wood residue into a chemical used in plastic. Origin Materials, headquartered in West Sacramento, California, said the project ...
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Specialist wood fuel suggested by Genesis

Genesis Energy believes converting part of the Huntly power station to run on biofuel could be economic, but it will need a source of the specialist wood fuel needed to be created in New Zealand, which the government could assist ...
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Reducing emissions and costs with integrated transport

Biofuels can reduce transport emissions and may reduce costs in the heavy vehicle industry reports Foresion in their latest study into Supply Chains for Future Road Transport Fuels in Australia. In some Australian states, electric vehicles still produce only slightly ...
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New biomass boiler installed by timber processor

South East Pine Sales in South Australia, has installed a new biomass boiler at its Wandilo facility, which will generate steam for their timber drying kilns and increase the efficiency of drying timber. SE Pine Sales received an AU$88,000 grant ...
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Nature’s Flame wood pellets company sold

Norske Skog has entered into an agreement with Talley’s Group, a New Zealand based dairy, fishing, produce and food company, to sell the Nature’s Flame pellets company for NZD 47.8 million. The transaction is expected to close during the first ...
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Producing clean hydrogen using wood chips

In the global race to curb climate change and reduce carbon emissions, hydrogen is considered a serious contender to replace fossil fuels. Although hydrogen ‘burns’ cleanly, with only water as a by-product, the current way of making hydrogen a reliable ...
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World’s first carbon removal plant using wood wastes

Located near Bakersfield, Calif., the facility aims to remove carbon from the air by diverting wood waste from open-air burn and landfills and converting it into carbon-negative hydrogen for transportation Climatetech innovator Mote has announced it is establishing its first ...
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Powering NZ’s future with biofuels

The NZ Government will introduce a Sustainable Biofuels Mandate to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods announced on Wednesday. “Biofuels offer a practical, low-emissions solution to reduce New Zealand’s transport sector ...
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Australian company positions itself for green energy

Sweetman Renewables expansion plans are well underway as its significance in the green energy sector grows through lucrative contracts and assets. Emerging renewables player Sweetman Renewables will expand its three business divisions after closing multiple deals, putting the company on ...
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In-field chipping equipment to be showcased

Forest-based biofuels are occupying an increasingly important role in New Zealand’s energy supply. Conversions of large sale industrial heat plants to renewables, including biomass is ensuring that local forest owners and wood harvesting operations are starting to sit up and ...
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Forestry interest in biofuel opportunities

The increasing interest in using biomass instead of fossil fuels has finally woken up the New Zealand forestry and agricultural sectors says the Bioenergy Association in its recent newsletter. Brian Cox, executive officer of the associations says “the opportunities for ...
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Biomass storage and safety guidelines

Biomass storage is an essential part of the bioenergy supply chain. Without it, there would not be a way to maintain a continuous supply of feedstock for bioenergy systems. During storage, however, natural biological, chemical and physical processes occur, resulting ...
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Biomass favourite for decarbonising SI process heat

Biomass is the clear favourite for industrial process heat users in the South Island of New Zealand looking to decarbonise their operations, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. Initial EECA data indicates that 90 per cent of high-temperature ...
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Innovative biomass to biofuel plant announced

Arbios Biotech, a joint venture of Canadian Forest Products Ltd. and Licella Holdings Ltd, has announced their decision to proceed with the development of a pioneering biomass to low carbon biofuel plant in Prince George, British Columbia. The plant will ...
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Residues to Revenues 2022 event announced

For New Zealand and Australia, it’s now been over eight years since the Forest Industry Engineering Association has run a wood residues programme aimed specifically at the forest products industry. Residues to Revenues 2022 will run in Rotorua, New Zealand on ...
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New tool for solid biofuel regional supply planning

Over half of New Zealand’s process heat demand is met by burning fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas, and in 2016 burning fossil fuels to supply process heat emitted 8.3 million tonnes of CO2e or about 28% of ...
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Fonterra reduces emissions by 11% by switching to biomass

Fonterra says it has reduced its greehouse gas emissions from coal by 11 per cent in a year, primarily due to the conversation of its Te Awamutu site to using renewable wood pellets. The reduction was reported as part of ...
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Bioenergy Wood Energy Knowledge Centre expands

With the increased interest in transitioning heat boilers from using fossil fuels to wood fuel the Bioenergy Association of NZ has been receiving a significant increase in enquiries. To help answer questions about technology, fuel availability and consenting, the Association ...
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Wood-fed hydrogen plant to be built in NSW

Emerging renewables energy business, Sweetman Renewables Limited, has inked a lucrative, multi-million dollar joint venture agreement with CAC-H2 Private Limited of Singapore to establish a hydrogen production centre of excellence in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia. The AUS$15 million ...
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Wood wastes for green hydrogen

Mountains of wood waste could be broken down into hydrogen and carbon dioxide gas to reduce fossil fuel consumption, University of Canterbury researchers say. Chemical engineers Shusheng Pang and Alex Yip are developing a novel way to make climate-friendly hydrogen, ...
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Tools from forestry bioenergy project

Attempts are being made to shift the focus of energy production globally more and more towards renewable energy sources. In Finland, the use of renewable energy increased by 1 % in 2019 compared to 2018, and it covered 38 % ...
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Another major NZ industrial plant switches to biomass

Nelson-based company biomass fuel company Azwood Energy is building a production facility near Milton to service a burgeoning biomass fuel industry. Azwood Energy general manager Brook Brewerton confirmed that one of its clients will be Danone Nutricia New Zealand, near ...
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The growing market for wood pellets

Discussions are going on about the EU-Commission’s new forest strategy. In the discussions, sawn timber is pointed out as a winner and bioenergy from the forest as a looser. Europe – the largest market for wood pellets The European market ...
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The current forest biomass controversy

A major political and environmental dispute has been heating up as the forestry industry and governments promote forest biomass — cutting trees, turning them into wood pellets, and burning them to make electricity. They claim the science shows biomass to ...
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Biomass energy from forests can be sustainable

The issue of carbon neutrality for wood-based bioenergy just won’t go away. In recent months, Politico, The New York Times, and CNN all have run high-level stories that take the Europeans to task for using wood pellets from the U.S. ...
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Biomaterials paying dividends for forestry giant

The Helsinki-based forest industry company Stora Enso doubled its business result in April-June compared to the same period last year, said the company in a recent press release. The operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of Stora Enso in ...
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Another major switch to wood biomass

As Minister for Energy and Resources Hon Dr Megan Woods officially opened Fonterra’s wood pellet boiler at its Te Awamutu plant, the Co-operative announced details for its next site to exit coal – Stirling cheese plant in Otago. Otago’s ‘fantastic ...
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Gasified woodchips power first commercial flight

UK-headed Velocys plc, a developer of advanced biofuels gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology has announced that sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from woody biomass residue feedstock using the company’s proprietary technology has been used in a commercial flight by Japan Airlines Co ...
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Biofuel truck use damaging to the environment?

CEAC warns that use of trucks with biodiesel will cause far more damage to environment than using electric trucks, overseas studies have found that production of biofuels for use in diesel truck engines will speed up the climate change, not ...
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Step Changes in Wood Residues Utilisation

Residues to Revenues 2022 is a two day conference and exhibitions planned for NZ forest owners, sawmills and wood manufacturing operations who are looking at ways to better understanding the emerging bio-energy markets. It will enable the industry to better ...
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Residues to Revenues 2022 Launching

Mark 9-10 March 2022 in your calendar. Residues to Revenues 2022 is returning due to an opportunity the New Zealand industry cannot miss. The growing demand for alternatives to fossil fuels has the potential to transform the forestry sector into ...
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