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Upcoming Events

  • January 27 and February 17, 2017
    Northern Tier Hardwood Association Wood Energy Workshops
    Wayne Conservation District Park Street Complex
    Honesdale, PA (Jan. 27)
    Morrisdale, PA (Feb. 17)
    More information
  • February 17, 2017
    Advanced Wood Energy for Schools, Businesses and Communities
    West Branch School District
    Morrisdale, PA
    More information
  • March 14, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Biomass harvest and logistics: Siting and supply chain optimization
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • April 5-6, 2017
    Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services
    New Short Course!
    State College, PA
    More information and registration
  • April 11, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Handling Fire Risk in Biomass Operations
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • May 9, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Ecosystem service payments for switchgrass production could improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • July 11-12, 2017
    BETO: Bioeconomy 2017-Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future
    Sheraton Pentagon City
    Arlington, VA
    More information
  • September 12-13-14, 2017
    Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy
    NEWBio will partner with MABEx for this comprehensive biomass conference.
    The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
    State College, PA
    Registration and Program available now.

New Safety & Health Resource for Biomass Producers

This best practices manual provides risk-reduction information and resources for agricultural entrepreneurs and will help biomass producers plan for effective safety and health management programs. This program planning manual has five units of recommended safety and health best practices for biomass production.

Click here for more information.
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NEWBio Project Ends

To meet project goals, NEWBio focuses efforts in eight areas: human systems, feedstock improvement, harvest-preprocessing-logistics, sustainability, safety and health, extension, education, and leadership-stakeholder involvement.

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In the Spotlight

Willow Bioenergy

Shrub willow is an important source of bioenergy with numerous environmental and rural development benefits. SUNY-ESF has created a short video to highlight some of the positive uses of shrub willow.

For more videos on shrub willow, please see the sidebar in the top left corner of the video below or click here.

Latest Bioenergy Webinar

Improving Switchgrass for Marginal Land Growth and Disease Tolerance through the Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Initiative
Lindsey Hoffman, Rutgers University

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NEW Safety and Health LearnNow Video

Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

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Position Opening: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in the Human Dimensions of Digital Technology and Big Data

The Department of Geography at the University of Guelph invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in the human dimensions of digital technology and big data. This position will build on our existing strengths in food security, environmental governance, and energy transitions and extend departmental research and teaching proficiencies into the human geographies of the information age. For more information, click here.

International Energy Workshop Call for Papers

The 36th edition of the International Energy Workshop (IEW) will be hosted by the Joint Global Change Research Institute of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, Maryland, USA on July 12-14, 2017.

The IEW is a leading conference for the international energy modelling community. In a world of environmental and economic constraints, energy modelling is an increasingly important tool for addressing the complexity of energy planning and policy making. The IEW provides a venue for scholars and researchers to compare quantitative energy projections, to understand the reasons for diverging views of future energy developments, and to observe new trends in global energy production and consumption.

Researchers and practitioners from countries around the world are invited to submit original papers with new and innovative results on scientific, technical and practical experience on the economics of energy and climate systems. As is customary for the IEW, papers should be quantitative and rigorous.

Full papers or long abstracts (minimum 1000 words) in .pdf format should be submitted online at no later than February 1st, 2017.

Energy Department Partners with Department of Agriculture for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

The Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). DOE is providing majority funding with up to $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up to $2.9 million in funding. To view the full FOA, visit the EERE Exchange. The submission deadline for concept papers is February 6, 2017, and the submission deadline for full applications is April 3, 2017. To apply for this FOA, applicants must register with the EERE Exchange.

NEWBio Year 4 Annual Report Is In!

NEWBio has completed the fourth year of its five-year project and can identify project outcomes in several areas. Our team is in the process of identifying behavioral and institutional barriers to biomass stakeholder engagement and is modeling biological, social and economic variables that influence the availability of perennial biomass crops. Harvesting and preprocessing models are assisting stakeholders in research trials even as they undergo refinement. Project team members are analyzing key sustainability metrics, improving feedstock varieties, and continuing education programs to link activities and results to diverse audiences. These activities are increasing awareness and building capacity in the bioeconomy pipeline. Read more...

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NEWBio (consortium members below) is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 
from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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