Inside July 2009


Balancing Act

BY Lisa GibsonExperts say forest woody biomass could become a critical component of the conversion to clean energy in the U.S. and can be a sustainable resource, but its extraction concerns conservationists. READ MORE

Cutting-Edge Co-Culture

BY Anna AustinUniversity of California-San Francisco researchers have genetically engineered a brewer's yeast and co-cultured it with a cellulose-eating bacterium. The symbiotic relationship of the two microbes has created a novel process to convert biomass into methyl halides. READ MORE

Biobutanol: Ethanol's Energy-Dense Cousin

BY Anna AustinSalem, Ore.-based Diesel Brewing is working to implement a unique business model for the gasification of waste biomass into biobutanol and other valuable energy products. READ MORE

A Lasting Legacy

BY BBI Editorial StaffFriends and colleagues of Kathy Bryan share stirring memories of her inspirational life and career. READ MORE

The Project of a Lifetime

BY Ron KotrbaEditor's Note: To honor the venerable Raphael "Ray" Katzen, who died on July 12, we are rerunning a feature that was published in the February 2006 edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biomass Magazine's sister publication, that chronicled the brilliant engineer's fascinating life and career. After a half century in ethanol, Raphael Katzen-one of the industry's greatest minds-still strongly believes in Project 20, a plan to produce and use 20 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol by 2020. Now, more than ever, his vision looks attainable. READ MORE


Boralex Chips Away at Energy Challenges

BY Larry TrojakMaine company employs creative business practices and a fleet of chippers to ensure a steady stream of feedstock is supplied to their plants. READ MORE

Industry News

Legal Perspectives

EERC Update

Biomass as a Medicine for Recovery

BY Bruce Folkedahl and Chris Zygarlicke