Wood fibers that make up a tree once held mineral-rich water, and so are ideal for storing liquid electrolytes, making them not only the base but an active part of the battery according to an article in Sciencedaily.
Read more about the technology here.
Could wood feed the world? It appears there may be a practical way that cellulose could also feed people according to an article in Sciencemag.org. "we will have a potential of approximately 4.5 billion tons of starch, which is nearly twofold the annual production of cereal—that is, 2.3 billion tons per year now," Zhang says to the magazine.
So what exactly is Vancouver-based architect Michael Green thinking when he proposes using wood to erect urban skyscrapers and multifamily structures of up to 30 stories?
“Earth grows our food,” he says in his 2013 TED Talk. “We should move toward an ethic that the earth should grow our homes.”
SCA presents its 2012 Annual Report and Sustainability Report.
Net sales amounted toSEK85,408m (81,337). • Operating profit1) amounted toSEK8,646m (7,738). • Profit before tax1) amounted toSEK7,382m (6,413). • Earnings per share amounted toSEK7.06 (0.78). • Cash flow from current operations amounted to SEK 7,271m (5,306). • Proposed dividendSEK4.50 (4.20) per share..
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) calling on Canadian architects and builders to look more to forest products industry. The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pushing the merits of customized and pre-fabricated wood, calling on Canadian architects and builders to look more to the forest products industry according to an article in the working forest.
4Q12 Reported EPS (including discontinued operations) of $0.48. Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP, continuing operations) of $0.54 4Q12 Net sales grew approx. 5 percent to $1.53 billion Net sales up approx. 7 percent on organic basis FY12 Reported EPS (including discontinued operations) up approx. 17 percent Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP, continuing operations) up approx. 20 percent on 4 percent organic sales growth Returned $346 million of cash to shareholders, with increased dividend and repurchase of approx.
Plum Creek Reports Improved Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 according to a pressrelease from the company Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE: PCL) today announced fourth quarter earnings of $79 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, on revenues of $354 million. Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $61 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, on revenues of $315 million.
“We were able to post a five percent growth in full-year net income, ending 2012 on a strong note,” said Rick Holley, president and chief executive officer.
Wood pellet exports from North America to Europe were up over 70% in the 3Q/12 year-over-year, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review Rapid expansion of wood pellet production in both the US South and British Columbia has dramatically increased pellet exports from North America to Europe the past year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the 3Q/12, total shipments were up 70 percent year-over-year to 860,000 tons. The growth is expected to continue with numerous plans for adding capacity, particularly in the US South.
Europe's largest forest owner SCA increased profits. SCA’s Year-end Report 2012: Operating profit rose 17%, excl exchange rate effects and divestments Net sales rose 11% excl. exchange rate effects and divestments to SEK 85,408m (81,337). Operating profit increased to SEK 8,646m (7,738). Operating cash flow was SEK 9,644m (7,418). Earnings per share were SEK 7.06 (0.78). The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend by 7.1%, to SEK 4.50 per share (4.20).
Elmia’s summary of the 2012 forwarder statistics for the Swedish market shows 335 machines were registered. This is fewer than in the record year of 2011 but in no way a poor result. Machinery manufacturers had believed the forwarder market was strong until the summer but then weakened. In fact, the registration data reveal the opposite was true. What is most interesting, says Torbjörn Johnsen, business unit manager at Elmia, is that there was no visible sales decline at the end of the year. Instead, the market strengthened further.