Moving Ahead on All Fronts
Name Change - Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation
Washington, DC, November 6, 2017—Executive Director David Turpin announced at the TAPPI PEERS conference in Norfolk, Virginia, that the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance is changing its name to the Alliance for Pulp and Paper Technology Innovation, or APPTI.
“Our new name and logo preserve the central message of our earlier identity while expressing the forward progress of our current work,” Turpin told participants at the PEERS conference. “What our constituents have valued most has been the collaboration, the focus in our industry on advancing core technology, and the pursuit of breakthrough innovation to increase efficiency and sustainability. Our new logo captures those points.”
The new logo consists of the appti acronym, cast in lean-forward italics, with a fluid curve. The name preserves the strength and collaboration of the alliance concept, as well as the long-standing focus on technology and innovation. Including pulp and paper in the name establishes the industry as its continued focal point. The arc conveys energy and action. The carefully selected shade of blue represents clean air and water, both among objectives of efficiency and sustainability.
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LLNL and LBNL Researchers Explore More Energy-Efficient Solutions for Paper Industry
May, 2017 -- If you had to name the industries in the United States that use the most energy, paper manufacturing probably wouldn't immediately come to mind. In fact, the paper-making industry ranks third among the country's largest energy users, behind only petroleum-refining and chemical production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) and Lawrence Berkeley(link is external) (LBNL) national laboratories are using the national labs' supercomputing capabilities to look at more energy efficient and cost-saving ways to make paper, targeting "wet-pressing," the stage where water is removed by mechanical pressure from the wood pulp into press felts that help soak up water before it is sent through a drying process. The researchers hope to develop a model for flow and deformation of the wet porous paper during the process, saving both energy and money. The project is one of the seedlings for the Department of Energy's HPC4Mfg initiative, a multi-lab effort headed by LLNL to use high-performance computing to address complex challenges in U.S. manufacturing.
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Agenda 2020 All-Members’ Meeting at Auburn
Auburn, AL, March 23, 2017 —The Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance (now APPTI) visited Auburn University’s Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering Thursday for its allmembers’ meeting. Center director Zhihua Jiang, assistant professor at the university, hosted the event.
APPTI chair Fritz Paulsen noted the Alliance’s strong position as it transitions from roadmapping to managing a research portfolio approaching $750,000 in sponsored research. “Our growing portfolio offers a strong focus on core competency that can influence our core businesses,” Paulsen observed, “and it sends a message that the pulp & paper industry can fund quality research— providing further opportunities for matching funds and developing public/private partnerships.”
Five leaders of APPTI’s action teams reviewed their 2017 accomplishments, 2018 goals, and research projects and plans. The teams address breakthrough opportunities in next-generation pulping, black liquor concentration, reducing paper drying energy, reuse of process effluents, and cellulosic nanomaterials. Summaries of each team’s work and the five technology roadmaps can be found at www.APPTI.org. “Follow up with me or a board member, if you’re interested,” urged APPTI director David Turpin. “These projects are now being launched, and most can still welcome additional sponsors. We can enable a significant difference in our industry’s sustainability and cost profiles with success in these proof-of-concept projects seeking breakthrough improvements in resource efficiency and market opportunity.”
“We are very pleased to have you here at Auburn,” said Jiang as he welcomed the group. Steve Taylor, associate dean for research, College of Engineering, commented, “You’ll find a home here of people who understand the industry.” Dean of Engineering Chris Roberts also welcomed the group. The day included presentations of current research at Auburn University in pulping and bleaching, conversion of sludge to lactic acid, a catalytic process for gas to liquid conversion and bioenergy and bioproducts. The APPTI guests also toured the research and technical service laboratories in the center.
APPTI 2017 All Members Meeting
APPTI will hold an all-members’ meeting and tours December 11 and 12, 2017 at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The meeting will occur on the morning of December 12. The agenda will include progress reports on current projects from each of the five teams, as well as their milestones for the coming year. There will also be an update on the activities at the RAPID Institute, of which APPTI is a member, and the outlook for potential Federal matching funding of priority research projects aligned with APPTI’s goals.
On the preceding day, plans are being made for a tour of the University’s Center for Renewable Carbon on its Knoxville Campus during the afternoon of December 11. On December 12 following the all-members’ meeting, there will be a tour of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.
Advance registration is required. To participate as a guest, please contact David Turpin at David.Turpin@appti.org.
Agenda 2020 All-Members' Meeting: Western Michigan
Washington, DC, September 18, 2017 --Agenda 2020’s fall meeting, held last week at Western Michigan University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Kalamazoo, Michigan, highlighted progress in implementing the organizations research roadmaps into funded road trips.
“We are very pleased at the traction our roadmaps are gaining,” commented executive director David Turpin. “Member and company partner investment commitments in Agenda 2020-sponsored research projects in this three-year period total $1.8 million, with about half of the amount coming from industry and about half from Federal funding. Already, some of the results from proof-of-concept projects are showing promise.”
Agenda 2020 board chair Fritz Paulsen, Research & Development Manager of KapStone Paper and Packaging, announced that the organization would be undertaking a strategic evaluation of its structure and current member interests. “We’ll be looking for your involvement and comments,” he told the group, “as we examine whether each our teams should continue as they are or refocus in more immediate areas—and perhaps we need to form new teams in areas where we have not been active to date.” The staff will conduct a survey of members in preparation for a workshop tentatively planned for December 2017. Non-members who want to volunteer their perspectives are invited to contact David Turpin.
Dean Houssam Toutanji, dean of the College, welcomed the group to campus, and thanked students, faculty, and industry for their participation. Dr. Toutanji made a presentation about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the faculty expertise and the resources available in the college that make WMU an ideal partner for future collaboration. Professor and department chair Kecheng LI, chemical and paper engineering, moderated a series of presentations by faculty on topics such as lignocellulosics for fuels, flexible sensors and electronics, water removal in forming and wet-press at a fiber level, and coating and printing topics. The participants also toured the pulp and paper pilot plant and the coating and printing centers.
“We appreciate the hospitality of Western Michigan University and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences,” said Turpin. “Our members value such opportunities to learn about these capabilities and hear about the research and innovation coming from them. We especially appreciate the chance to meet the promising students we encounter.”
The next all-members’ meeting and tours are being scheduled for December 11 and 12 at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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December 9, 2016 -- AIChE's Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) announcement
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September 8, 2016 -- All-Members’ Meeting Held at NC State
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August 30, 2016 --Energy Department Funds APPTI (formerly Agenda 2020) sponsored Project to Increase Fiber Yield Washington, DC,
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