“Abundant biomass and solar resources, falling materials costs, and innovative research have launched Georgia into the national spotlight as a clean energy leader. State and federal policies have helped to make the Peach State the fastest-growing solar market in the country. In addition, the state ranks No. 1 nationally in commercial timberland, making woody biomass—energy made from wood and wood waste-derived products such as wood pellets—a major component of its renewable energy sector.”

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4 Nov 2014

Why Biomass is Key to the UK’s Energy Future

The first lady of the British energy firmament – she is the only female chief executive in the sector – Thompson has spent the past nine years trying to prove that Drax, western Europe’s largest power station, which provides 7pc of the UK’s electricity, can run on biomass.  In an interview with James Quinn, Drax chief executive Dorothy Thompson explains why the times are a-changing at the UK’s largest electricity power station.

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Georgia has once again been ranked the No. 1 state in the U.S. for business by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation’s top economic development trade publications. This ranking was determined by an annual survey of corporate site selectors, as well as a number of additional factors including the States’ performance in Conway Data’s New Plant Database.

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20 Oct 2014

Georgia Southern University October Newsletter

Below is the link to Dr. Brooks Keel’s Video Newsletter for October.

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~ Demonstration-scale facilities that can validate both process technologies and target markets are essential to a successful commercialization strategy ~ GREENVILLE, SC, October 1, 2014 — The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI (FPL), and the Georgia Southern University Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, Savannah, GA (Herty) today released the results of a survey designed to aid the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions (CAWES) in establishing its near-term work priorities.

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The addition of two wood grinding hammer mills from Schutte Buffalo Hammermill, LLC to the pilot testing facility at Georgia Southern University’s Herty Advanced Materials Development Center will allow for efficient testing of high moisture content materials for biofuel pellet feedstock.

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~ U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the USDA-Forest Service provides consortium with initial $4 million investment ~ ATLANTA, GA, August 27, 2014 — The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI (FPL) and the Georgia Southern University Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, Savannah, GA (Herty) today announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions (CAWES). The consortium’s goal is to spearhead development of commercially-viable, advanced wood-to-energy products that...

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Our very own Yohanna White who volunteers with Middle School future Engineers helped her girls create and program robots… and then teach them how to dance!

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Do not be alarmed, but you may be eating wood pulp. Or at least an additive that started out as wood.

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A direct path from cellulose to hexane has the potential to simplify routes for turning biomass into aromatic compounds like benzene or into isohexane, a component of gasoline, says Bert Sels of Catholic University of Leuven, in Belgium, who was not involved with the research. Such a process could effectively replace petroleum as a starting material for those chemicals. Some scientists have worked on catalysts to break cellulose into molecules of glucose, which can then be transformed into other chemicals. However, converting cellulose...

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