Andritz supply processAndritz to supply a fluidized bed boiler for biomass power plant in Japan

Simon Matthis

Andritz has received an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO), Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid Circulating Fluidized Bed boiler with flue gas cleaning system for a new biomass power plant to be built in Takaoka in the prefecture of Toyama, on Honshu (main island) west coast some 250 km to the west of Tokyo, Japan for a subsidiary of Equis Bioenergy K.K.. Start-up is scheduled in 2021.

The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by ANDRITZ features lowest emissions, high efficiency and availability, and highest fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of green energy to the national grid. The biomass power plant fired with wood pellets as primary fuel will generate around 50 MWel of power.

abejas en floresMueren millones de abejas en Sudáfrica

La muerte de millones de abejas en las últimas semanas preocupa a los apicultores del suroeste de Sudáfrica, que culpan al uso incorrecto de los pesticidas en la agricultura por la drástica reducción de las poblaciones.

Según informó el canal televisivo Enca, los productores de la zona de Ciudad del Cabo, famosa por sus viñedos, buscan ya soluciones a este problema, que afecta a un insecto clave para la polinización y el equilibrio medioambiental.
“Empezamos a recibir llamadas sobre que los apicultores estaban encontrando abejas muertas frente a sus colmenas. Vine a inspeccionar mi explotación apícola y hallé resultados similares y miles de miles de abejas muertas”, declaró a esa cadena Brendan Ashley-Cooper, productor y vicepresidente de la Asociación Apícola de la provincia del Cabo Occidental.

bosque cambio climaticoEl futuro de los bosques ante el cambio climático

Los bosques y los terrenos forestales ocupan algo más del 55% del territorio de España y en la Comunidad de Madrid, nueve espacios protegidos ocupan el 15% de su superficie. Singulares por su riqueza biológica, por su interés científico o por su belleza preservarlos resulta un deber y una obligación.

Por ello Fundación Montemadrid se ha puesto manos a la obra y pone en marcha ReforestaAcción un proyecto con el que se busca recuperar el verde y frenar el avance de la deforestación ante las incertidumbres del cambio climático.

stora enso Stora Enso improves with wood products, profitability exceeds goals

Summary:
Stora Enso and UPM both made excellent results with their Wood Products business this year, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus writes. Stora Enso improved profitability while UPM's profitability dropped slightly from its all-time best. The companies have very different product portfolios and neither company publishes the results of their sawmill business separately. Stora Enso is Europe's biggest wood products manufacturer. It has 5.6 million cubic meters of sawmill production capacity. Its latest sawmill investment is the Murów sawmill in Poland. In Varkaus, a LVL factory was launched some years ago, while the Gruvön sawmill in Sweden has started test production of CLT. UPM focuses on plywood while Metsä Group produces LVL and plywood.

reforestación TRAS INCENDIOPlantas reforestadas tras incendios

Miembros del grupo de Investigación Geografía Física y Ordenación del Terreno de la Universidad de Málaga han puesto en marcha un sistema de restauración del suelo para asegurar la supervivencia del mayor número posible de plantas resembradas.

Además de rentabilizar la inversión de los plantones, esta técnica supone un ahorro económico al reutilizar subproductos obtenidos en el mismo lugar de aplicación y anular así el transporte de residuos desde las plantas de compostaje.

Restaurar la vegetación nativa es una de las maneras más efectivas de recuperar la calidad de los suelos forestales degradados.

UPM BiorefiningTemporary management arrangements in UPM Biorefining Business Area

Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM, will assume, on top of his regular duties, temporary responsibility as the Head of UPM Biorefining. The businesses and the transformative growth initiatives in Uruguay and biofuels formerly reporting to Heikki Vappula, will continue operations with existing resources and plans.

UPM will initiate a process for permanent management arrangements in due course.

UPM Biorefining consists of pulp, timber and biofuels businesses. UPM has three pulp mills in Finland and one mill and plantation operation in Uruguay. UPM operates four sawmills and one biorefinery in Finland. The main customers of UPM Biorefining are tissue, specialty paper and board producers in the pulp industry, fuel distributors in the biofuel industry and construction and joinery industries in the timber sector.

vicepresidenteUPM EVP Heikki VappulaUPM's biorefining EVP Heikki Vappula believed to have died in plane crash

UPM's biorefining group has announced that its executive vice-president, Heikki Vappula, is believed to have died in a plane crash while on a private trip in Zimbabwe on Friday.

The authorities have confirmed that his name appears on the passenger list of the crashed plane.

Jussi Pesonen, president and CEO of UPM, will assume temporary responsibility as the head of UPM's biorefining division. The businesses and the transformative growth initiatives in Uruguay and biofuels formerly reporting to Heikki Vappula, will continue operations with existing resources and plans.