Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 10, 2014

Pellet industry must become 'common and ordinary; embrace oil'

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsThough the biomass thermal industry is known for its progressive and forward-thinking nature, Les Otten, president of Maine Energy Systems, insists that in order to achieve its goals, the sector needs to embrace "disruptive thinking and technology." READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo hosts biomass boiler bus tour

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northeast Biomass Heating Expo being held in Portland, Maine, April 9-11, kicked off by taking a bus full of tour goers on a biomass boiler bus tour. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

SBP seeks comments on 5 biomass standards

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has opened a comment period on five draft biomass standards that make up its Biomass Assurance Framework. Public comments on the draft standards will be accepted through April 25. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

Enginuity moves to Mexico, Mo., to scale up eCARB process

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnginuity Worldwide LLC has moved its research and development activities into the Missouri Plant Science Center in Mexico, Mo., in order to produce larger quantities of its biomass-based engineered pellets for large-scale testing. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Energex recovers quickly after fire

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsAfter experiencing a fire in its Mifflintown, Pa., office and dry receiving facilities on March 29, Energex Pellet Fuel Inc.'s operation was back in full swing within two days. Old wiring appears to be the cause of the incident. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Opinion: The Biomass Industry’s Beating Heart

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the incredible efforts that members of the biomass industry make to lead the industry to success. READ MORE

March 28, 2014

New Harris Poll finds public perception of biomass held steady

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recently released Harris Poll addresses public perception of a variety of energy technologies, including biomass energy. The results show that many U.S. adults are unfamiliar with biomass energy and its benefits. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

EurObserv'ER annual report highlights EU bioenergy sector

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEurObserv'ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources, including biofuels and biomass, increased significantly in 2012. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

Opinion: Data Effort Reveals an Industry at Full Throttle

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsIncluded with the second quarter issue of Pellet Mill Magazine, you will find the 2014 U.S and Canada Pellet Mill Map. I would argue it is the most comprehensive overview of the North American pellet production complex available, anywhere. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

In Depth: Pellet Propellers

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsIn an industry with a healthy stable of innovators and advocates, few would argue with the contributions of Chris Wiberg, Les Otten and Seth Ginther READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Geechee Energy announces Georgia pellet project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsSouth Carolina-based Geechee Energy LLC has announced plans to build a 360,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant near Millen, Ga. The proposed Ogeechee River Pellet Mill project is scheduled to break ground later this year . READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Pellet Technology USA, ICM enter joint development agreement

BY Pellet Technology USA Found In:PelletsPellet Technology USA has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) joint development agreement with ICM Inc. that will see it become the exclusive contractor for PTUSA in the United States and abroad. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Exhibitors report positive outlook, serious interest at IBCE

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 1,100 attendees at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., March 24-26 came from 41 counties, 48 states and eight Canadian provinces to learn more about the growing biomass-to-energy sector. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

In Depth: The Newest in Stylish, Warm Room Heating

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsWith controls ranging from basic to highly sophisticated, pellet stoves are increasingly more efficient, easier to use and cleaner. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Opinion: Reap the Benefits of the PFI Standards Program

BY Jennifer Hedrick Found In:PelletsTwo years ago, the Pellet Fuels Institute kicked off its standards program to foster improvements in the consistency and quality of pellets manufactured in North America and to help consumers better understand what they are purchasing. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Biomass association leaders discuss triumphs, troubles

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaders of seven bioenergy trade associations participated in the International Biomass Conference & Expo's State of the Industry general session on March 25 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Ackerly, Abengoa recognized for contributions to biomass industry

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsJohn Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat, was presented with the Excellence in Bioenergy award at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo, while Abengoa Bioenergy was recognized with the Groundbreaker of the Year award. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Opinion: NSPS is on the Move, Comments Needed

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:PelletsWhile the EPA's proposed NSPS is primarily a stove regulation, the implications to pellet fuel producers is massive and we will only have a small window of opportunity to have our voices heard. Now is the time. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

Global pellet market to reach $9 billion by 2020

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsThe global market for pellets is expected to double in the next seven years, growing from a $4 billion market to $9 billion, Michele Rebiere with Viridis Energy Inc. told attendees at the Pellet Supply Chain Summit, March 24. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

In Depth: The Challenge of Forecasting Pellet Demand

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsCan the demand boost from this winter’s severe cold and energy costs be sustained? READ MORE

March 24, 2014

In Depth: Thermal Trailblazers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalCharlie Niebling, Scott Nichols, Norbert Senf and John Ackerly are committed to advancing the biomass thermal industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2014

In Depth: UK Coal-to-Pellet Conversions Ahead 

BY Keith Loria Found In:PelletsThe move from coal to biomass power continues as DECC names projects for support program. READ MORE

March 22, 2014

In Depth: At the Confluence of Forest Health and Renewable Energy

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsAs the pine beetle epidemic ravages Colorado’s stands of lodgepole pine, Mark Mathis and Confluence Energy stand ready to help clean up the devastation. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

Corinth Wood Pellets takes on expansion project

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsCorinth Wood Pellets in Corinth, Maine, is investing $7 million in a planned expansion project. Operating since 2007, the 70,000-ton-per-year plant was sold in December to the E.J. Carrier Inc., a trucking and forest products company, READ MORE

March 21, 2014

USDA highlights $33 million in rural business investments

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recently released USDA report tells the story of more than $33 million in investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013. A new interactive website map also features funding information. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

In Depth: Project Comparison Focuses Thinking on Effective Incentives

BY Eric Kingsley Found In:PelletsFour pellet heat projects provide different levels of savings and returns. READ MORE

March 20, 2014

EIA: Increase of wood in home heating most notable in Northeast

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Pellets, ThermalWood as a main heating source in homes has gained popularity in many areas of the country in recent years, but the increase is most notable in the Northeast. Nationwide, about 2.5 million households use wood as the main source of heat. READ MORE