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Lignin: The Latest Developments in the Biorefinery World

This class of polymers may just overtake petroleum as the principal agent in the chemical industry: lignin. A natural, plant-based polymer, lignin ascribes to 30% of lignocellulose biomass. For context, lignocellulose biopolymers are responsible for plant structure and support. Lignin, as a largely untapped renewable resource, has set the industry… Read More

Skills Gap Pain Points Eased Through Mentorship Opportunities

There are a lot of amazing organizations out there today looking to help recruit the next generation of industry professionals through collaborations and partnerships—like Chicago Women in Trades, Revolution Workshop, and plenty more in local colleges.  The efforts of all of these organizations are focused on helping individuals understand how… Read More

U.S. Engineering Firm Makes Larch Chips More Appealing to Pulp Mills

Harmick Engineering, an American firm, has been granted patents in Canada, the United States, and Russia for the extraction of arabinogalactan and taxifolin from larch (tamarack) wood chips. Keep reading for more information.  Harmick Engineering’s CellFuel Portable Biomass Refinery This Minneapolis facility allows mills to produce sugars and ethanol from… Read More

Biomass Helps Accomplish Goal of Reduced Carbon Emissions

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency recently released a new study, concluding that biomass does, in fact, play “a significant role in a climate-neutral, circular economy.” The study is titled “Availability and Application Possibilities of Sustainable Biomass,” and draws upon 400 paper and 150 interviews. This study is the latest in… Read More