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Coverage of biomass since December 1, 2021.

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An icefish colony discovered in Antarctica is world's largest fish breeding ground

"..."It is also significant. The extent of the biomass is to me at least unexpected. And the extent to which the fish change the bottom structure of sediment creates [a] habitat for a community that ripples up the foodweb to support a huge variety of species," he added..."

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Tree-burning Drax power plants dropped from green energy index Corporate Knights

"...In October, the world’s largest biomass-burning power generator, Drax Group, was one of 15 companies booted off the S&P Global Clean Energy Index. S&P also ditched the French bioenergy firm Albioma. The reason given: their “carbon-to-revenue footprint” was too large..."

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Could leftover canola be the next fuel to heat homes? Globalnews.ca

"...He is now ready to produce the pellets on a large scale to test their consistency. “Eventually, the world is going to phase out coal because of pollution,” said Dalia, Canada Research Chair in Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering. “The potential of using biomass to bioenergy is enormous and exciting..."

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Building The Productivity of Soils

"..."Microbial activity is enhanced, nutrient supply power and recycling is increased. From the water standpoint, water use efficiency is improved, water storage and conservation is improved by increasing that soil humus. That soil organic matter content, and also on the surface of the soil maintaining that surface protective residue cover is very important in reducing evaporation, protecting that soil from wind and water erosion..."

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SaskPower not passing on 2022 federal carbon price increase to its customers Globalnews.ca

"...The Crown utility says reduced coal emissions and more reliance on renewable energy will allow customers to pay the same rate for the carbon price next year as they did in 2021. “SaskPower is working hard to reduce its carbon emissions while keeping rates as low as possible,” Don Morgan, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said in a statement Wednesday. “Because of reduced emissions from coal generation, the addition of more than 400 megawatts of wind, solar, and biomass, as well as an improved outlook on hydro generation, SaskPower is able to avoid passing federal carbon tax rate increases on to customers in 2022..."

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Clinton Community Forest finds new uses for woody fibre

"...The project is being done in partnership with Ledcor Group and Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. , which grinds up the logging debris into hogfuel chips and ships it to Kamloops to make electricity and thermal power. Biomass logs are also sorted at River City Fibre to make pulp products and biofuel..."

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Million-dollar mitigation: ‘Impressive' Sicamous wildfire prevention work almost done

"...In addition to reducing wildfire risk, the mitigation project has other benefits. Ogino said some of the fuels removed already will be chipped and used to create biomass energy. While it’s not up and running yet, Ogino said in the future, the District of Sicamous hopes to use fuel from wildfire-mitigation efforts to power its own biomass heating system..."

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Could biological waste be the Okanagan's newest power source?

"...Biomass is natural waste that can be composted or burned like wood, animal waste, food waste, and sewage..."

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Water, water everywhere, and a tough choice about what to do with it all

"...According to Clean Energy BC, the self-proclaimed “voice of the Clean Energy industry and independent power for over 30 years”, the road to a green energy future lies in harnessing the numerous hydro, wind, and solar energy opportunities across B. C. The advocacy organization represents over 130 different groups, from First Nations with “run of river” hydro operations (like the Dasque-Middle project near Terrace), to small solar projects like the SunMine project near Kimberley, plus a handful of other innovative projects like biomass and biogas projects at landfills near Victoria (Hartland) and Cache Creek..."

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Chinese researchers achieve major breakthrough in truly sustainable 'DNA plastic'

"...Researchers have previously attempted to develop bioplastics from bio-derived raw materials such as cellulose, starch and plant oil, but the resultant bioplastics failed to uphold the principles of green chemistry and engineering in their production, use and end-of-life options. Among the flaws cited include the high temperatures needed in their production, as well as challenges in recycling and reuse of the materials in a green and low-energy consumption context..."

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Recommissioning activities begin at northern B.C. green energy project

"...BioNorth Energy plans to have biomass plant back online later this month Caledonia Courier StaffDec. 3, 2021 1:00 p. m..."

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Introducing the Earth Index Corporate Knights

"...The Earth Index is intended to measure progress toward the interconnected goals of electrification and a carbon-free electricity supply. An index value of 100 would correspond to a situation in which all the country’s energy needs were being met with electricity, which in turn was provided by clean, carbon-free sources. However, in real transitions not all end uses will be electrified as there will be contributions from other carbon-free sources (such as geothermal, direct solar, biomass and fossil fuel use with carbon capture and storage)..."

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Jobs in biomass

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Red Seal Saw Filer

"...—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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Electrical Project Engineer - 18 month Contract

"...Capstone Infrastructure Corporation is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion and aims to create a healthy, accessible and rewarding..."

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Project Manager, Environmental Planning & Ecology (Calgary, AB or Remote)

"...tidal, hydro and biomass projects, many of which are now in operation across the country..."

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1st Class - Chief Power Engineer

"...—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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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biomass.

Soil School: Feeding alfalfa for healthy soil and higher yield

Duration: 11:04

"...The soil health benefits of growing a forage crop like alfalfa are well documented..."

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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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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biomass.

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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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.

Microalgae Mediated Sludge Treatment

"...Integration of microalgae in the wastewater treatment plants not only increases the efficiency of the removal of pollutants but also significantly brings down the operational cost of the facility, which is due to the fact that microalgae are able to utilize the sunlight and uptake the inorganic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus abundant in wastewater..."

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Use of Biochar for Sustainable Environmental Remediation

"...Biochar is shown to be effective for nutrient removal from wastewater, mixed contaminant removal from stormwater, contaminated soil remediation, and fugitive landfill gas mitigation..."

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Assessment of Hydrogen as an Alternative Fuel: Status, Prospects, Performance and Emission Characteristics

"...However, among the practiced alternative sources, the most popular sources are renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, biomass energy), nuclear energy, or hybrid nuclear energy..."

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Has the European Union entered a bioeconomy transition? Combining an output-based approach with a shift-share analysis

"...Moreover, the EU Green Deal announced in 2019 targets a transition towards a low-carbon sustainable model of growth, food and energy security, biodiversity and natural resource management, where it is envisaged that the bioeconomy will play a key role..."

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Remediation by Floating Plants

"...On the other hand, as to the water pollutants contained in sewage and food factory wastewater, they are on the contrary at the same time essential elements for plants to grow such as nitrogen and phosphorous..."

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NDP-Sugar Pathways Overview of Spirodela polyrhiza and Their Relevance for Bioenergy and Biorefinery

"...Duckweeds are fast-growing aquatic plants suitable for bioenergy due to fermentable-rich biomass with low lignin and unique cell wall..."

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Intelligent Control and Monitoring of Biomass Comminution Process with the Use of Genetic Algorithms

"...The comminution process is one of the most important biomass processing operations for food, animal feeding, chemical, cosmetic and energy purposes, etc..."

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Potential of E-Fuels for Decarbonization of Transport Sector

"...E-fuels are synthetic fuels, that can be considered greener as they are produced from green hydrogen..."

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Multi-Period Deterministic Model of Sustainable Integrated of Hybrid First and Second Generation Bioethanol Supply Chains for S

"...Bioethanol production from renewable biomass has experienced increased interest in order to reduce Bulgarian dependence on imported oil and reduce carbon emissions..."

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Waste Heat Recovery Potential from Internal Combustion Engines Using Organic Rankine Cycle

"...The ORC system converts waste heat energy into useful power either for ICEs, renewable energy (geothermal, solar and biomass), or industrial waste heat energy..."

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Effect of biomass-based carbon capture on the sustainability and economics of pulp and paper production in the Nordic mills

"...Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the key negative emission technologies (NETs)..."

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Potential evaluation of biogas production through the exploitation of naturally growing freshwater macroalgae Spirogyra varians

"...Spirogyra?s biotechnological and industrial applications have recently gained the attention of researchers and used macroalgae as a sustainable biomass source for biogas, or ?third-generation biofuel..."

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