Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 24, 2015

Sustane Technologies to produce MSW-derived pellets in Canada

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsSustane Technologies Inc. is developing a facility in Chester, Nova Scotia, that will produce waste-derived biomass pellets. The project is expected to break ground this summer and begin operations in mid-2016. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

Oregon bill creates exemptions for some biomass carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Oregon Senate has passed legislation that declares biomass as carbon neutral under some circumstances. It conditionally exempts carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion or decomposition of biomass from regulation under certain pollution laws. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

USDA partners with farmers, ranchers to address climate change

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn a speech April 23 at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

In Depth: A Solid Approach to MSW Fuel

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsThe concept of solidifying preprocessed municipal solid waste into fuel pellets or briquettes is not new, but the market has been slow to mature. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

Census Bureau highlights bioenergy in Earth Day statistics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn honor of Earth Day, the U.S. Census Bureau has released an edition of Profile America Facts and Features that includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment, including those related to bioenergy. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

U.K. renewable energy targets drive increased U.S. pellet exports

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:PelletsIn 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40 percent between 2013 and 2014. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

2015 IBCE commences with updates from association leaders

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo kicked off on the morning of April 21, with conversations amongst industry association leadership. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine and the International Biomass Conference & Expo have announced this year’s recipients of its annual industry awards, which were distributed during a ceremony prior to the April 21 general session. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Drax Biomass' first vessel sails from Port of Baton Rouge

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOn April 7, the first vessel sailed away from Drax Biomass' Baton Rouge port facilities to the Port of Tyne located on the U.K.'s East Coast. The MV TBC Princess was loaded with pellets from Drax Biomass’ southern pellet mills for power generation. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Renew Biomass acquires MFA Oil Biomass assets

BY Renew Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRenew Biomass, a newly formed investor-owned company based in Springfield, Missouri, has announced the purchase of MFA Oil Biomass assets, effective April 15. MFA Oil Biomass was formed in 2010 between MFA Oil and Aloterra Energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

2015 Heating the Midwest conference commences in Minnesota

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCollocated with the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Heating the Midwest conference began with a discussion on overcoming obstacles to speed up the deployment of biomass thermal solutions. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Gov. Shumlin announces investment in wood heat program

BY Gov. Peter Shumlin's office Found In:Pellets, ThermalVermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced new clean energy investments in Windham County totaling $1.9 million, with $1.6 million of that investment supporting the installation of wood pellet/chip heating systems for schools and municipal buildings. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Timbervest provides insight on pellet production, export activity

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsTimbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timberland assets and investments, has been actively selling and purchasing timberland acreage in a variety of states. The company provides insight on pellet feedstock and export activity. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker

BY University of Manchester Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

NexSteppe demonstrates biomass crops at commercial scale

BY NexSteppe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNexSteppe has announced that it sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Northeast Wood Products begins retrofit of third pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsNortheast Wood Products has begun retrofitting its third pellet manufacturing plant, a Jasper, Tennessee, facility that will be capable of producing up to 125,000 tons of pellets annually. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

ASABE: 2 ISO standards approved for solid biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the international community has approved two International Organization for Standardization standards for solid biofuels, including ISO 16993 and ISO 16994. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Vencor International to test hemp as bioenergy feedstock

BY Vencor International Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVencor International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an agreement to begin testing industrial hemp as a feedstock used to manufacture various torrefied products, including bio-coal, a renewable energy product. READ MORE

April 12, 2015

Opinion: Playing A Global Game

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses how the global nature of the biomass industry allows it to flourish despite policy fluctuation and uncertainty. READ MORE

April 11, 2015

In Depth: An Industry Looks at 50

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe pellet industry has grown each quarter for nearly five years. For this trend to continue, however, the sector must navigate numerous challenges, not least of which is its own success. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

SBP accepts SCS Global Services as applicant certification body

BY SCS Global Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsSCS Global Services, a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, announced that it has been accepted as an applicant certification body for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

Deal forged on Minnesota bioeconomy legislation

BY Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiobased industry, agriculture, and environmental interests recently reached agreement on legislation in Minnesota that would create production-based incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

I Say Climate Change, You Say Climate Cycle

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiologue discusses an op-ed regarding climate change partisanship by N.D. meteorologist John Wheeler. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

FutureMetrics: Convert to pellets before upgrading insulation

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalFutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper on why homeowners should switch from heating oil boilers to wood pellet boilers before upgrading the insulation in their home. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

U.S. Forest Service highlights accomplishments of CFLRP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has published a five-year report on its Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, noting the program has made 2.1 million green tons of biomass available for energy production. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Renewable Heat NY projects support growth of biomass industry

BY New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Vincent's Heating and Fuel Service have announced the kickoff of 15 commercial and residential high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet-fired heating projects. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

USDA awards funds to expand, accelerate wood energy markets

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 9, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Iowa leadership to lead trade missions to South Korea, Brazil

BY Gov. Terry E. Branstad's Office Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced that they will lead trade missions to South Korea and Brazil respectively. Both trips are aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Portucel breaks ground on pellet plant in South Carolina

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsPortucel Sporcel Group has broke ground on its Colombo Energy pellet plant in Greenwood County, South Carolina. This estimated $110 million global investment represents an important development in the company's expanding bioenergy business. READ MORE