Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 22, 2015

Opinion: Localizing Energy Downsides

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalToo often, states export the energy impacts of their decisions to other states. This is not just an issue for U.S. states, but for countries like Germany, which ended its domestic nuclear program only to buy nuclear energy from France. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

U.K. DECC: Bioenergy generation increased during first quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published updated renewable energy statistics, reporting the renewable share of electricity generation reached a record 22.3 percent during the first quarter of this year. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

FutureMetrics predicts pellet sector is poised for consolidation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new paper from FutureMetrics predicts the U.S. wood pellet sector may be poised for consolidation due to the impact of lower heating oil prices and price pressure from domestic competition. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

EPA solicits comments on Agricultural Science Committee nominees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is inviting public comments on the list of candidates being considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on matters related to farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Viridis reports progress at Scotia Atlantic plant in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently released its financial results for its first half and second quarter ended June 30, reporting a revenue increase of 18 percent to $14.5 million during the six-month period compared to the same period in 2014. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

USDA announces incentives to establish biomass crops

BY USDA Farm Service Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Aug. 19, the USDA Farm Service Agency announced that enrollment has begun for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for designated project areas under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Greenbacks and Green Scams

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, we’ve been getting quite a few emails from readers asking for advice about which companies to invest in. While we appreciate the fact that you seem to value our opinions and insight, it’s just not our business to make those recommendations. READ MORE

August 19, 2015

Gene Hurst, founder of Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., dies at 79

BY Hurst Boiler & Welding Company Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn July 22, Clifton Eugene "Gene" Hurst, founder of the Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., died. Not only did he grow Hurst Boiler into one of the world’s leading boiler companies, but he helped to transform the boiler industry through innovation. READ MORE

August 14, 2015

USDA GAIN report highlights EU pellet, biogas markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union's bioenergy sector, including data on the use of wood pellets and biogas. READ MORE

August 14, 2015

Biomass Research and Development Committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Committee. The event is scheduled to be held Aug. 27-28 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

August 14, 2015

Pellet Storage Safety

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalEarlier this week, I wrote a story on a wood pellet storage offgassing study.Let me just say that I now realize the degree of contention regarding this matter. READ MORE

August 12, 2015

Study suggets residential pellet offgassing a nonissue

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new study, indoor storage of pellets in homes using the fuel for heat does not pose a risk of generating carbon monoxide (CO) levels above recommended thresholds. READ MORE

August 12, 2015

Forest Concepts awarded SBIR contract to improve biomass drying

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsForest Concepts LLC was recently notified that it has been awarded a two-year $499,997 Small Business Innovation Research contract from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve biomass drying efficiency. READ MORE

August 11, 2015

Rentech reports delays at Atikokan, Wawa pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Aug. 11, Rentech Inc. released its financial earnings for the three and six months ended June 30, reporting a revenue increase compared to the prior year period, but combined output, losses for its Canadian pellet plants worse than expected. READ MORE

August 11, 2015

NYSERDA makes wood heating systems more affordable

BY New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced increased levels of support through Renewable Heat NY for high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems to improve the return-on-investment for homeowners and businesses. READ MORE

August 10, 2015

PHI Group completes land acquisition for Florida pellet project

BY PHI Group Inc. Found In:PelletsPHI Group recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of 10 acres of land from Klausner Holding U.S.A., a Georgia corporation, for the Cornerstone Biomass Corp. 200,000 metric ton wood pellet project in Live Oak, Florida. READ MORE

August 07, 2015

Report predicts increase in Russian wood pellet production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the Russian Federation's pellet sector. Russia is currently the third largest exporter of wood pellets to the EU. READ MORE

August 07, 2015

Surveying Pellet Producers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalTo put together this survey, our team worked with Pellet Mill Magazine editorial board members—who are mainly pellet plant CEOs/operators—so we have a hunch the results will be of interest to you. READ MORE

August 07, 2015

Surveying Pellet Producers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalTo put together this survey, our team worked with Pellet Mill Magazine editorial board members—who are mainly pellet plant CEOs/operators—so we have a hunch the results will be of interest to you. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Pacific Ag raises $7 million from ACAP

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has announced $7 million investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners LP. The capital will enable Pacific Ag to accelerate the expansion of its operations through acquisitions, technology, equipment, sales and marketing. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Argonne scientists study benefits of bioenergy crop integration

BY U.S. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Argonne National Laboratory are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study is set to be published in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Genera Energy launches unique biomass crop planning app

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. announced the launch of its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass. The Biomass app was developed to serve as a practical, easy-to-use mobile crop planning and learning tool for biomass farmers and landowners. READ MORE

August 04, 2015

Letter urges recognition of the carbon neutrality of bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 31, 154 members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a letter to the USDA, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. EPA urging the recognition of carbon neutrality of biomass energy. READ MORE

August 04, 2015

EPC announces new version of the ENplus Handbook

BY European Pellet Council Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe European Pellet Council has announced the release of an updated version of the ENplus Handbook, which which defines the rights, responsibilities and obligations of all the participants in the certification program. READ MORE

August 04, 2015

ASABE announces progress in solid biofuel standards development

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDevelopment of international standards for solid biofuels has been ongoing since 2007; with seven of the 12 published ISO standards being completed within the past year, and another 26 standards at various stages of development. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

EPA releases Clean Power Plan, uncertainty for biomass remains

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA has released the final Clean Power Plan rules, which contain some key changes from the original rule, as well as vague language related to using certain kinds of biomass fuel as a carbon reduction method. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

DOE solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting applications for up to $4 billion in loan guarantees to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Opinion: Well-Equipped

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWhile bioenergy facilities are not built to optimize development of their components, this issue of Biomass Magazine makes clear that they are great incubators of innovation. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Enviva provides second quarter earnings, development update

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOn July 30, Enviva Partners LP released its second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $109.7 million, an increase of 60 percent over the corresponding quarter in 2014, on sales of 560,000 metric tons of pellets. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Energy bill includes language benefiting bioenergy, algae

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources introduced a bipartisan energy bill, titled the "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015." The committee was scheduled to hold business meetings on the bill on July 28 and July 30. READ MORE