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Memorial Day is Coming!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

 

Greetings blog readers!

 

I hope this week finds you well.  Now, folks keep asking me about what’s going down on Memorial Day, so I’m going to lay out some great activities going on this weekend. 

            First off, we have the Rose Festival Fireworks taking place Friday night at 10pm to kick off the Rose Festival.  There is also the Rose Festival City Fair, complete with live musical acts, barbecue competitions, and some carnival rides that don’t really look all that safe…

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ZeaChem signs biomass supply deal for Oregon cellulosic biorefinery

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

ZeaChem, Inc., has signed a long-term binding term sheet with GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF), managed by GreenWood Resources (GWR), to supply hybrid poplar woody biomass for its first commercial cellulosic biorefinery.

The combination of GTFF’s existing tree farms in close proximity to the biorefinery, GWR’s world leadership in development and management of tree plantations, and ZeaChem’s highly efficient biorefinery technology will enable the supply of low-cost fermentable sugars used in the production of advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals for years to come, it said.

ZeaChem will integrate feedstock from a portion of GTFF’s residual fiber with local agricultural residue suppliers to achieve feedstock costs 50% less compared to Brazilian sugar cane and 80% less compared to corn based processes.

Through this combination of forest and agricultural residuals, ZeaChem has secured 100% of the feedstock supply for the first commercial biorefinery.

Under the agreement, GTFF will be the primary feedstock supplier for ZeaChem’s first commercial biorefinery. GTFF will supply cellulosic biomass from its existing poplar plantations to the biorefinery, offering new markets for its wood products.

ZeaChem’s first commercial biorefinery is expected to have capacity of 25M gallons per year (GPY) and to be located in Boardman, Oregon.

“This landmark feedstock agreement represents a major milestone on the road to developing ZeaChem’s first commercial production facility and to become the world leader in low cost production of advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals,” said Jim Imbler, president and chief executive officer of ZeaChem.

“We are proud to have GreenWood Resources, a leading supplier of economical and sustainable cellulosic feedstock, as a partner in our commercial operation. The model we have developed provides a significant strategic advantage and is something that GWR and ZeaChem will seek to replicate around the world.”

“This agreement with ZeaChem is a significant step for GTFF and for GreenWood Resources into new markets and end-uses that closely align with our sustainability goals,” said Jeff Nuss, president and chief executive officer of GreenWood Resources. “We believe that hybrid poplars are the ideal feedstock for advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals and look forward to continuing to grow with ZeaChem.”

ZeaChem is currently constructing a 250,000 gallon-per-year demonstration-scale biorefinery in Boardman, Ore.

An existing GTFF hybrid poplar tree plantation near Boardman supplies feedstock to the facility, minimizing the transportation and logistics costs of cellulosic biofuel and bio-based chemical production. Hybrid poplar trees are an excellent cellulosic feedstock because of their high yield per acre, short rotation and ability to regenerate after harvest, providing superior economic and environmental benefits.

Additional advantages of woody biomass include the ability to aggregate forestry land and the forestry industry’s common practice of signing long-term contracts.

ZeaChem’s demonstration plant in Boardman, Ore. will begin to come online in 2011. The company is now developing commercial biorefineries for the production of advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals.

GWR, founded in 1998, is a global timberland investment and property management company specializing in the acquisition, development and management of high-yield, short-rotation, sustainable tree farms.

The Bed Has Been Raised!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

 

Hey gang!  Last week saw us raise the bed!  The crew got together in the rain and occasional sunshine to build a raised garden bed.  There was plenty of fertilizer to be shoveled, oh yes.  It turned out really well.  We all had fun and learned new things.  The folks for whom we built the garden were super appreciative as they both suffer from multiple sclerosis, and have difficulty walking and gardening at ground level.  I could go on and on about it, but why do that when I can just post a bunch pictures from the event?  (more…)

Summer-y bike blog

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

 

Greetings blog readers,

On behalf of ecoShuttle and GrowingGardens I would like to say thank you to all those who came out to our event on Sunday.  I hope you all had a good time, I know I did!  I also got my first sunburn of the year and probably gained 5 pounds. (more…)

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