The European Union plans to turn heavily towards using renewable energy in order to reduce emissions by 80 percent before 2050. They are focused on reaching this goal, not just through the use of solar and wind but also wood pellets. In numerous European countries, the use of wood pellets to produce electricity is becoming more commonplace. Pellets are a by-product made from the sawdust, bark, chips and other pieces of scrap wood that are generated by the processing of trees into lumber. The pieces are milled, dried and pressed into a pellet shape, and the lignin in the wood plasticizes to form a natural glue that allows a pellet to remain in one piece.Read More
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Biomass co-firing is the burning of fossil fuels in coal-fired power plants in conjunction with forestry and agriculture residues, animal manure, wood wastes, such as sawdust or bark from the timber industry, waste wood and dedicated energy crops. Co-firing increases the amount of renewable biomass in the global energy mix and also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The technologies include biomass that is jointly milled with coal and fed into the same boiler, biomass that is converted into a fuel gas and then burned with coal in the same boiler, and biomass in a separate boiler that supplies steam to a coal cycle.Read More
Even in today's "paperless" world, there continues to be a huge demand for paper. Paper is made from wood pulp, which is also used to manufacture a wide variety of products from diapers to particle board to textiles. The pulp itself is the cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose components of wood fibers, which are separated from one another through steaming, cooking or mechanical grinding processes. Most pulp is made from a mixture of sawmill residue, logs, wood chips and recycled paper, and it is interesting to note that practically all of the fibers that end up as pulp originally existed as trees.