Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Report: Japanese imports of pellets, biomass expected to increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalJapan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the country imported a record 347,000 metric tons of wood pellets last year for thermal power generation. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

In Depth: Fuel Prep Technology: Speed vs Throughput Debate

BY Peter Streinik Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhen procuring recycling and biomass fuel preparation technology for the future, should operators prioritize speed, or throughput? READ MORE

August 29, 2017

GNT to purchase, upgrade Scotia Atlantic Biomass facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerGreat Northern Timber Group has signed a tentative agreement to purchase the Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plant, pending due diligence and court approval, said Thor Olesen, CEO of GNT. The facility is expected to restart operations later this year. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

Report shows reduced carbon intensity of UK grid

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasIn the U.K., the latest Electric Insights report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Drax, found that renewables accounted for 25 percent of Britain’s electricity during the second quarter. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Arizona studying bioenergy for wildfire management

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered Arizona Public Service to evaluate forest bioenergy as part of its resource portfolio. The Arizona Corporation Commission will host its first workshop on the topic of forest bioenergy on Oct. 19. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Metsä Group starts up bioproduct mill in Finland

BY Metsä Group Found In:Pellets, Biogas, ChemicalsMetsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, came into operation as planned on Aug. 15. The facility will produce several products, including pulp, biogas and biofuel pellets from sludge. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

EIA: 500,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 80,000 tons in May, averaging $142.99 per ton, while exports for April reached 350,000 tons, averaging $135.12 per ton. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Tidwell to retire, Tooke named as new Forest Service chief

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1. He has served at the post since June 2009. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tony Tooke will take over as chief following Tidwell’s retirement. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Macquarie completes acquisition of GIB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA consortium led by Macquarie, an Australian-based bank, has completed the acquisition of the U.K. Green Investment Bank Ltd. from the British government for £2.3 billion ($2.96 billion). GIB will now operate under the name Green Investment Group. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

FutureMetrics publishes analysis of Japanese pellet market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics has published a new white paper on the Japanese industrial wood pellet market. The report predicts most of demand growth for industrial wood pellets after 2019 will come from Japan and South Korea. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

Report provides updated EU pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network notes wood pellet production in the EU reached approximately 14.8 million metric tons in 2016, accounting for about half of global production. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

DOE, AGH launch fourth wood stove design challenge

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the launch of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge in partnership with the Alliance for Green Heat. Teams from around the world will compete for up to $25,000 in prizes. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

BTEC: Testing of boiler efficiency test method to begin soon

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council recently announced that validation testing of its biomass boiler efficiency protocol will begin in September at ClearStak LLC, a Connecticut-based testing laboratory. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Rentech: Challenges continue in second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Aug. 10, Rentech released second quarter financial results, reporting the quarter continued to be challenging. During an investor call, Keith Forman, president and CEO of Rentech, discussed factors resulting in lower quarterly revenues. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

IWI to build Ontario sawmill paired with pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalInternational Wood Industries is moving forward with a plan to build a sawmill and colocated wood pellet mill in northeastern Ontario. The target construction date is in the spring 2018, with startup in January 2019. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Researchers help Idaho find a use for tainted alfalfa

BY Idaho National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA collaboration between the state of Idaho and Idaho National Laboratory could help turn 6,000 tons of alfalfa containing elevated levels of bromide into biopower used for industrial heat and electricity. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in August STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting electricity generation from renewable sources will reach 1.857 million MWh per day in 2017, falling to 1.836 MWh per day in 2018. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Construction begins on New York pellet heating project

BY New York Department of Environmental Conservation Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York Power Authority, Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, and Adirondack Park Agency recently announced the start of construction on a wood pellet biomass boiler heating loop in Essex County, New York. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Enviva reports increased productivity from modified plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 3, Enviva Partners LP released second quarter financial results, providing an update on efforts to modify it pellet production process to improve pellet quality. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

U.K. releases 2016 energy statistics

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe United Kingdom is currently ahead of its renewable energy targets laid out in the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, according to the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Fiber costs for North American pellet plants trend downward

BY North American Wood Fiber Review Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWith the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Canadian government invests $2.6 million in Sustane Technologies

BY Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanadians will benefit from well-paying jobs and business opportunities created by a Halifax-based company that turns landfill waste into clean-burning fuel, thanks to a $2.6-million investment by the government of Canada. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Changes Coming to PFI Standards Program

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalSome upcoming changes are coming to the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Self-Reflection and Realities

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProducers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

In Depth: Mitigating Pellet Silo Fires

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsSilo fires cost time, money and sometimes even lives. Minimizing the risk of, and damage from, fires should be mission-critical for responsible pellet producers. READ MORE