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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3 Jul 2014

Lignin as a Value-added Product

West Fraser’s Hinton pulp mill will be the first in Canada to extract lignin from its black liquor recovery stream at commercial scale using the LignoForce process developed by FPInnovations and NORAM Engineering.  Read more…

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Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels. About half of the investment will be in Asia, the region where power capacity will grow the most, according to the forecasts in a report released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance today. That will help global carbon dioxide emissions peak by the end of the next decade the London-based researcher...

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Savannah, GA June 14, 2014 – The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2014 Innovation in Nonwovens Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the nonwovens industry.  The Innovation in Nonwovens Award recognizes individuals who are advancing the industry and changing the world we live in through the development of innovative product solutions. The award was presented at NETInc 2014, a premier leading technical conference hosted by TAPPI.  This year’s award was presented to...

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