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15th February, 2010

Jatropha is no miracle plant for hungry farmers

Everyone wants an alternative to fossil fuels, but in our rush to develop biofuel alternatives, we risk creating even worse problems for ourselves

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Andrew Wasley

Jatropha biofuels: UK investors sell controversial crop as 'green'

UK fund managers are selling investments in jatropha plantations as a wallet-swelling, planet-saving financial bonanza. But the reality for poor farmers is very different

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15th February, 2010

Jatropha biofuels: the true cost to Tanzania

Billed as wonder crop, the establishment of jatropha plantations on the ground in Tanzania has been far from successful, or, in some cases, ethical

Biofuel investment and production in Tanzania is a highly contentious issue.

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February - 16 - 2010

British Airways – Putting on Green Flights

A deal has been struck by British Airways to build the first plant in Europe to produce jet fuel from waste matter.

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Friday, 12 February 2010

Arkhangelsk region to focus on Bio-energy

Bio-energy becomes one of the innovative trends for the Arkhangelsk timber industry. Until recently wood wastes haven’t been considered as available cheap resource for byproducts.

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February 1st, 2010

Will US programme increase the supply of woody biomass?

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a new federal program in the US that is intended to increase the usage of renewable energy by covering some of the costs related to the collection of woody biomass and agricultural residues, has been in effect for a few months and has created much interest, as well as confusion, within the forest industry, reports the North American Wood Fibre Review/Wood Resources International LLC

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February 1st, 2010

RWE Innogy to establish one of the biggest wood pellet plants in the South of US

RWE Innogy is to build a factory to produce biomass pellets in the southern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 750,000 tonnes, making it the biggest and most modern of its type in the world, the company says. Around 1.5 million metric tonnes of fresh wood are needed each year to produce 750,000 tonnes of pellets.

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Monday, 18 January 2010

Hekotek to win the Russian market: new order from Siberia for pellet plant

November 2009 AS Hekotek (Estonia) and Novoeniseysk LKhK (Russia, Krasnoyarsk area) signed an agreement on construction of a pellet plant with sawmilling wastes to be used as a raw material. The plant is to be launched summer 2010.

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Jan 19, 2010

White River Forest Products is eager to start up in 2010

White River Forest Products is eager to start up the former Domtar sawmill in White River, Ontario in 2010.

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Bioenergy important to forestry’s future

Bioenergy is going to play a central role in the transformation of the forest sector, although the fledgling industry is not by itself sufficient to ensure the sector is attractive to investors, forest industry analyst Don Roberts said Thursday.
The sector will increasingly need to look at how it can produce more products out of the timber it harvests, including bio-chemicals, Roberts told the seventh annual B.C. Natural Resources Forum.


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