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[NEWS] Juniper to Biomass Facility Proposed for Oregon

– by Eric Mortenson, October 24, 2016, Capital Press


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Morihara’s company announced it has refined a process for turning logging slash or other biomass into briquettes that can be burned in coal-fired electrical plants such as the one in Boardman, Ore. His company, HM3 Energy Inc., has built a $4 million demonstration plant in Troutdale, Ore., just east of Portland. It plans to license the technology and sell it worldwide. A Japanese firm, New Energy Development Co., has invested $2 million in HM3 and said it will build a production plant at an undisclosed location in Oregon.

The fuel is produced through a method called torrefaction, in which woody debris, crop residue or other plant material is essentially roasted in the absence of oxygen. The end product is a brittle, briquette-looking material that can be crushed and burned.

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Mississippi Biomass Energy Facility Lays Off Thirty-Two Employees

– by Amicia Ramsey, March 1, 2016, ABC 11


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Nearly three dozen people were laid off at an energy plant in Clarke County.

Solvay Biomass Energy plant in Quitman laid off 32 employees last Friday. Employees affected say they found out after showing up for work that day and receiving separation agreements and severance packets.

SBE is a global energy company that made white and torrefied biomass comparable to coal, but it generates clean energy for the environment.

There is a possibility the layoffs are connected to the decision the company made to stop producing white wood pellets because of its lack of profit.

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