- Author: Rick Satomi
We've recently updated some of the most popular pages on the UC Woody Biomass Utilization Website, adding new features to improve access and dissemination of new information in a timely manner.
The new Power Plant map may look the same, but it is now a live interpretation of the most current data we have available, bringing a whole new meaning to "you'll know as soon as we know".
The data is also available in a variety of formats at the bottom of the page. Raw data can now be accessed:
The Past Workshop Information page has been updated to give a more consistent feel and facilitate navigation. You can now sort through all of our past workshops by name, location, or presentation date.
We have also added a new mailing list subscription option on the navigation sidebar. If you are not already on our list, Sign up Today to receive information about upcoming workshops, new research pertaining to biomass, and lots more.
What do you think about the new look? Anything else you'd like to see? Please Contact us or comment on the blog if you have any comments./table>/h2>/h2>/table>/h2>/h2>/h2>/table>/h2>/h2>
- Author: Peter Tittmann
Join us Thursday, November 7th at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center or virtually via live webinar for the last of our fall 3e Community-scale Wood Bioenergy workshop series. In this workshop, we bring together experts in woody biomass utilization and bioenergy issues from California universities, state agencies, community organizations, and private enterprise to discuss topics ranging from planning and siting to operating and monitoring community-scale bioenergy facilities.
Recent wildfire activity throughout California has made evident the pressing need to re-create the diminished legacy of California's fire tolerant forest landscape. Critical to this goal is the development of markets for low-value residues from forest management. With several recent policy initiatives coming to fruition in California (Senate Bill 1122, Assembly Bill 32), meaningful incentives for forest-based bioenergy may soon be available to help meet California's demand for stable, renewable electricity and heat. The 3e workshop brings together a diverse panel of experts, organizers, agencies, and land managers to:
- Address near term opportunities for development of bioenergy capacity in the region
- Increase practical understanding of critical environmental, engineering, and economic (3e) considerations
- Provide a forum for stakeholders to identify issues, forge partnerships and articulate a vision for the role of wood bioenergy in forest restoration and management at the regional scale.
Registration for the workshop is just $25 ($10 for students) and lunch is provided. However, space is limited and on-site attendance is only available on a first come, first serve basis so please register for this workshop ASAP. Presentations will start at 9am and run till 5pm in Room 203 of the HSU Aquatic Center. For those of you still interested but unable to join us in Eureka, we will also be hosting the workshop online and live via webinar. You can tune-in with your browser to https://uc-d.adobeconnect.
Where: Aquatic Center, Humboldt State University (Map), 921 Waterfront Drive Eureka, CA 95501
or: Join via the web at https://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/woodbio/. Registration is free for those attending via webinar. If you plan to join online, please register so we can anticipate our bandwidth requirements.
When: November 7th, 9 am to 5 pm
Who: UC Berkeley, UC Cooperative Extension, Hayfork Watershed Research and Training Center, Schatz Energy Research Center, Environmental Protection Information Center, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Six River NF, Green Diamond Resource Company, Headwaters Fund, Redwood Capital Bank, Continental Resources, North Coast AQMD, and YOU.
- Author: Gareth J Mayhead
The Redwood Region Logging Conference was held from March 17-19 2011 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka. The event was well attended despite the wet and cold weather.
Forestry and construction equipment greets visitors to the 73rd annual RRLC
Gareth Mayhead from the University of California Woody Biomass Utilization Group gave a class on Woody Biomass Utilization Opportunities on Friday morning. We looked at the broad policy landscape, trends in California and grant opportunities including the FSA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and the Forest Service Woody Biomass Utilization Grant. A pdf of the presentation is at the bottom of this post.
- Author: Gareth J Mayhead
Registration is now closed for Thursday's (December 2nd) Woody Biomass to Energy workshop in Ukiah. If you have registered for this workshop you will receive an e-mail with final details on Wednesday.
See you on Thursday.
- Author: Gareth J Mayhead
General registration is now available for a woody biomass to energy field tour on November 17 2010.
This field tour is the follow up to the Woody Biomass to Energy Workshop held in Oroville in September 2010. Places on the field tour will be prioritized towards those attended the workshop.
We will visit the following woody biomass to energy conversion facilities in the Davis area.
- Sierra Pacific Industries sawmill and power plant, Lincoln
- West Biofuels, Woodland
- Dixon Ridge Farms, near Winters
The tour will start in the Lincoln area where we will board a motor coach. Lunch will be provided. The registration fee is $20.00 payable in advance.
The focus is on showing you some practical examples of a number of the technologies discussed at the workshop. Representatives from each site will show you the technology – questions and discussion are encouraged. Rob Williams (UC Davis), John Shelly and Gareth Mayhead (UC Berkeley) will facilitate the tour and will also be available to answer questions.
Advance registration is essential for this tour – no walk-ins. Attendees of the Oroville workshop will receive priority for this field tour so long as you register before November 1st 2010. Please register before November 12 2010.
9.00 am Assemble at car pool location in the Lincoln area (TBA prior to tour)
9.15 am Board motor coach
9.30 am Arrive at the Sierra Pacific Industries sawmill in Lincoln. Tour of sawmill and cogeneration facility (sawmill provides fuel for power plant and waste steam is used to dry lumber). http://www.spi-ind.com
11.30 am Board motor coach. Depart for Woodland. Comfort break at rest area en-route. Bag lunches and drinks available
1.00 pm Arrive at West Biofuels site near Woodland. This is a biomass gasification to liquid fuels project. http://www.westbiofuels.com/Main.html
2.00 pm Board motor coach. Depart for Winters area.
2.30 pm Arrive at Dixon Ridge Farms near Winters. Tour Community Power Corporation Biomax 50 biomass to energy unit. http://www.dixonridgefarms.com/farmingandprocessing/sustainability.html http://www.gocpc.com
3.30 pm Board motor coach and return to Lincoln
4.50 pm Arrive at Lincoln
5.00 pm Close