Pellets & Densified Biomass

September 15, 2016

Report details biomass heat, power production in Japan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan’s renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Finnvera to provide financing for MGT Teesside biomass plant

BY Finnvera Found In:Pellets, PowerFinnvera is contributing GBP 100 million ($132.37 million), or roughly EUR 120 million, in financing for MGT Teesside's 299 MW biomass power plant under development in the U.K. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2020. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Report details the economic, employment impact of Drax conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOxford Economics recently released a report that details the total impact of Drax Group on the U.K. economy, reporting that Drax contributed approximately GBP 1.2 billion ($1.58 billion) to the U.K.’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

CBD delivers pneumatic fuel conveying system to Lynemouth plant

BY Clyde Bergemann Found In:Pellets, PowerClyde Bergemann has been chosen to deliver the pneumatic conveying systems for the U.K.-based Lynemouth biomass conversion. The 420 MW power plant burnt its last coal in December 2015 and will reopen burning wood pellets early in 2018. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

RSB EU RED re-recognized by the European Commission

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for five years. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: The Business End of the Supply Chain

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the stories in this issue tells the story of wood pellet retailer Squier Lumber's history in distributing wood pellets; the journey they took building their business to where it's at today and the foreseen challenges for the future. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: Private Labeling Provisions

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalPFI's Standards Program has recently made private labeling provisions for issuing additional registration numbers to qualified producers who are selling wood pellets to retailers or distributors who require anonymity on behalf of the producer. READ MORE

September 11, 2016

Opinion: What Next for the Atlantic Pellet Market?

BY Hannes LechnerFound In:Pellets, PowerAlthough there is currently an overcapacity in the Atlantic pellet market, it's expected to clear up slowly, and as the three major European biomass conversion projects come online, they may help bring the market back to balance. READ MORE

September 10, 2016

Opinion: Distribution Model Cost Savings

BY Michele RebiereFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRebiere highlights three major distribution models in the pellet industry today and how short-term potential savings can be realized in these costs for pellet producers to build long-term efficiencies. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

In Depth: Riding the Wave

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSquier Lumber & Hardware Inc., a longtime staple in Monson, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, more recently has evolved into one of the premier independent pellet retailers in the U.S. Northeast. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Brown signs bills extending California GHG reduction targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 8, California Gov. Edmond Brown signed legislation strengthening the state’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by requiring the state to cut emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

In Depth: Doubling Down

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs Drax Power Station’s biomass metamorphosis comes of age and new conversions come online, investment and innovation in Britain’s ports maintain momentum. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

FutureMetrics publishes updated white paper on CPP importance

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper that reviews the impacts of increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, offers thoughts on carbon policy, and discusses the Clean Power Plan and its role in supporting a more decarbonized future. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

In Depth: Business as Usual

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBig U.K. government alterations ensued the vote to leave the EU, but for some area biomass suppliers and end users little has changed. READ MORE

September 02, 2016

SuperBIO project to support EU bioeconomy innovation

BY Bio Base Europe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the EU Horizon2020 funding program. The EUR 3.8 million ($4.24 million) project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the bioeconomy. READ MORE

September 01, 2016

Viridis chairman resigns, operations suspended at pellet plant

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:PelletsViridis Energy Inc. recently announced the resignation of its non-executive chairman of the board, Robert M. Aaron, due to health issues. The company has also temporarily suspended operations at Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd. READ MORE

September 01, 2016

Opinion: First Things First

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOur country’s farms and forests, municipal waste and food waste streams are producing vast streams of material, and we simply need to figure out how to effectively gather, prepare and convert it. READ MORE

August 30, 2016

Bayou Wood Pellets equipment to be sold at auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsMaas Companies Inc. has announced it will liquidate the assets West Monroe, Louisiana-based Bayou Wood Pellets via a lender-ordered auction on Sept. 20. The industrial building and wood pellet equipment will be sold separately. READ MORE

August 29, 2016

In Depth: The Odd Decouple

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNational laboratories are making a strong argument that the industry’s approach to biomass handling and preparation needs a paradigm shift. READ MORE

August 28, 2016

Opinion: Determining Value of Existing Pellet Plants

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, ThermalLow crude oil prices have driven the cost of heating oil in the U.S. below the cost of wood pellets for the equivalent energy in most locations. READ MORE

August 27, 2016

In Depth: A Densified Decarbonization Strategy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA tag-team effort combining biofuels and biomass expertise aims to commercialize a fuel pathway with the potential to benefit all links in the supply chain. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

Scaling Up conference to focus on Canada’s low-carbon future

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow-carbon alternative energy will be the focus of a new Canadian conference in the planning. “Scaling Up: Delivering Canada’s low carbon, biobased economy through sustainable innovation,” is set for Nov. 14-16 in Ottawa. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

In Depth: Chipping Away at a Standard

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA U.S. wood chip standard will provide benefits across the supply chain, enabling the biomass thermal sector to gain more ground in the country’s heating fuel market. READ MORE

August 25, 2016

Poyry awarded contract for Tees Renewable Energy Plant

BY Pöyry Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPX Engineering Consultants Ltd., part of the PX Group, has awarded Pöyry with the technical services assignment for its technical owner's engineering contract with MGT Power Ltd for the 299 MWe Tees Renewable Energy Plant. READ MORE

August 25, 2016

Opinion: Biomass Key Player as Renewable Thermal Gains Steam

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalWith a reinvigorated vision for what we can contribute, BTEC invites our industry partners and allied renewable thermal technologies to make those climate and economic benefits a reality. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Kingdom Pellets continues to secure financing for proposed plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalKingdom Pellets’ proposed wood pellet plant continues to secure financing. Mid-summer, the state of Vermont awarded $550,000 to the town of Lunenburg in community development funds, which the town will loan for the plant’s development. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Report details Canada’s advanced biofuel, wood pellet markets

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on the Canadian renewable fuel industry, which includes data on the country's advanced biofuel and wood pellet industries. READ MORE

August 19, 2016

DBEIS releases 2016 Digest of U.K. Energy Statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently released the Digest of U.K. Energy Statistics 2016, providing detailed analysis of production, transformation and consumption of energy in 2015. READ MORE

August 19, 2016

Report predicts growth in Italian wood pellet heating

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network has published a report on the Italian wood pellet market, noting the country consumed 3.1 million metric tons of pellets last year. READ MORE