Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 29, 2016

Opinion: Bullish on the Baltics

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Mill Magazine's first issue of 2016 takes a deep dive into pellet markets ascending in eastern Europe. The Baltic States and Russia are increasing pellet production and exports to surrounding European countries. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

EPA sets date for Clean Power Plan biomass workshop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA has set a date for its previously announced biomass workshop regarding its role in the Clean Power Plan. The workshop will be held on April 7 at the EPA William J Clinton East building in Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Drax Biomass shelves plans Pike BioEnergy pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass has ceased development of a proposed pellet plant that was under development in Pike County, Mississippi. The project was being developed under the name Pike BioEnergy LLC. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Scottish Equity Partners invests in Ardor Energy

BY Scottish Equity Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalScottish Equity Partners is investing up to £9 million ($12.92 million) from its Environmental Capital Fund to establish Ardor Energy,a new heat project focused platform that will fund a pipeline small–scale heat and combined-heat-and-power projects. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Opinion: Facts Matter

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United States Industrial Pellet Association and many of its members are making new waves on social media through Twitter, Facebook and other mediums to cut through the white noise and spread the message that #factsmatter. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

Opinion: Pass Me Along

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThreaded throughout this issue, in which Biomass Magazine once again turns it editorial gaze to dust management and plant safety, is a continued call for greater education, regardless of an employee’s position within a facility. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

States ask Supreme Court to block Clean Power Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Jan. 26, a group of 29 states, led by Texas and West Virginia, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block implementation of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan until a legal challenge filed in a lower appeals court is resolved. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

In Depth: Waking Up the Bear

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs demand for wood pellets continues to grow across Europe, Russia’s wood pellet industry asserts itself to earn its fair market share, constrained only by a lack of adequate infrastructure. READ MORE

January 26, 2016

Opinion: Wood Stoves and Washington Lobbyists

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalInfluenced by states and groups that want to deploy more of the cleanest and most efficient appliances, the EPA is slowly beginning to treat the wood stove sector not just as an emitter of particulates, but also as a way to reduce fossil fuels. READ MORE

January 26, 2016

Opinion: What the World Can Learn From Europe

BY Michelle RebiereFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFollowing the Paris Climate Conference, Rebiere says the heat market remains significant, but she believes the real strides in greenhouse gas emission reduction will be in the zero-carbon power generation sector. READ MORE

January 25, 2016

USDA report details Rural Development investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a report detailing the impacts investments made by its Rural Development team have had on rural America. Bioenergy investments are among those highlighted in the document. READ MORE

January 25, 2016

In Depth: Pellet Offgassing: Simple Problem, Simple Solution?

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet-derived carbon monoxide has been a cause of concern for indoor storage scenarios, but research suggests it’s an easy fix. READ MORE

January 25, 2016

In Depth: Lynemouth’s Long and Winding Road

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBuilt to support a shuttered aluminum smelter, the U.K. power station on the shores of the North Sea in Northumberland County has a new owner and a new shot at a complete transition to biomass. READ MORE

January 22, 2016

Court rejects request to delay implementation of Clean Power Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Jan. 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia denied a request for a stay that would have prevented the U.S. EPA from implementing the Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved. READ MORE

January 22, 2016

Clean Power Plan Stays…For Now

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerAnother attempt to quash the Clean Power Plan bites the dust—for the time being. READ MORE

January 22, 2016

In Depth: Baltic Boom

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalAlthough still not large consumers of pellets, the Baltic states’ increasing production capacities have resounded in the export market. READ MORE

January 21, 2016

Opinion: Paris and Pellets: Riding the Winds of Change

BY Christiane EggerFound In:PelletsThe climate agreement in Paris sent a strong message to the energy sector. Egger says the pellet sector could undoubtedly play a more important role in the transformation of the energy systems in many countries around the globe. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

NDC Technologies delivers moisture measurement system to Zilkha

BY NDC Technologies Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNDC Technologies has delivered a comprehensive, in-process near-infrared (NIR) moisture monitoring system to one of the world’s largest producers of advanced black pellet fuel, Zilkha Biomass Energy. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

In Depth: Defusing the Tinderbox

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalCost-effective techniques to mitigate dust-related risks are available to less sophisticated wood pellet mills, where a lack of capital, education, code knowledge, and proper cleaning and maintenance protocols may exist. READ MORE

January 15, 2016

The Fall Continues

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalJust over a month ago, I wrote a blog on how oil had dipped below $36 per barrel, and speculated a little on its implications to the wood pellet and wood-using energy industries. READ MORE

January 13, 2016

White paper highlights critical areas in pellet making process

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Jan. 12, FutureMetrics released a white paper author John Swaan said could be called "wood pellet making 101." The paper highlights several critical areas in the process of making wood pellets. READ MORE

January 13, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy, residential wood heat forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 9.5 percent this year. READ MORE

January 12, 2016

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2016 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 9th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

January 12, 2016

Czech utility buys UK-based Lynemouth Power Station

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Jan. 8, RWE Supply and Trading announced it has sold the Lynemouth Power Ltd., the operator of the U.K.-based Lynemouth Power Station, to EP UK Investments Ltd. (EP UK), a subsidiary of Czech utility company Energeticky a prumyslovy holding (EPH). READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Bill aims for long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit the bioenergy and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

January 05, 2016

EU opens investigation on UK support for Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the U.K.'s plans to support the conversion of part of the Drax coal power plant to operate on biomass are in line with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

December 31, 2015

UK DECC: Bioenergy production increases in third quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released third quarter energy statistics, reporting total energy production increased by 11.9 percent when compared to the prior year. The share of renewables also increased. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

University of Northern Iowa releases study of biomass feedstocks

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center recently released a final report for its Prairie Power Project, which studied biomass production of four different native species seed mixes over three different soil types for five years. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

FAO publishes global pellet statistics for 2014

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations recently published updated data on the global wood products industry that shows wood pellet production set a new record in 2014, growing by approximately 17 percent. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

Opinion: Maintaining Profitability

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels Energy markets have always been a low-margin game, but current conditions leave producers little margin for error. Thoughtful, well considered operations and maintenance strategies may well be the surest path to profitability. READ MORE