Pellets & Densified Biomass

March 19, 2015

Scotia Atlantic Biomass receives fiber inventory loan

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:PelletsViridis Energy Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd., has received a working capital loan of $2 million from Cornwall Investments LLC, which will be used to procure wood fiber for pellet production. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Bioenergy South of the Border

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLast week, I interviewed Greg Smith from Global Energy Solutions, and during our chat I asked him about opportune countries for bioenergy project development. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Ontario Power Generation reports strong year

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerOn top of opening the largest biomass-fired power station in North America, Ontario Power Generation reported 2014 income at $568 million before extraordinary gain, a 334 percent increase compared to $135 million in 2013. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Rentech releases 2014 results, nears completion of pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsOn March 17, Rentech Inc. announced 2014 financial results, reporting the company is commissioning its 45,000 metric ton Atikokan, Ontario, pellet plant and nearing the end of construction at its 450,000 metric ton Wawa, Ontario, facility. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in February. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Good For Ed Billington

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerExecutive Editor offers a congratulations to Ed Billington on the recent sale of his pellet distribution business to Drax and offers some thoughts on what it says about Drax and pellet business in general. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

Blazing a trail for biomass apprentices

BY re:heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalLeading players in the U.K.'s biomass industry have joined forces to develop a skills standard under the British government's Apprenticeship Trailblazers program. The Biomass Installation Engineer program is led by Neil Harrison of re:heat. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

WPAC approves Michele Rebiere as its new president and director

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn March 10, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada announced that its board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Michele Rebiere as the new president and director of the trade association. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

JBEI researchers use proteomics to profile switchgrass

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoint BioEnergy Institute researchers have used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass, a North American native prairie grass that is widely viewed as one of the most promising fuel crop candidates. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

Celebrating Industry Leaders

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFor the past three years, Biomass Magazine has recognized outstanding industry contributions and achievements through two special awards granted at the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

EIA reports illustrate bioenergy growth

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, forecasting that total renewables used for electricity and heat generation will grow by 2.9 percent this year. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

Project aims to help Adirondack residents switch to pellet heat

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalFinancial and technical assistance to help homeowners and businesses switch to high-efficiency wood pellet heating is now available to Adirondack homeowners and businesses through the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative. READ MORE

March 09, 2015

Viridis Energy subsidiary secures supply agreement

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a contract with an existing supplier for exclusive distribution of up to 18,000 metric tons of 100 percent Douglas fir pellets. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Green Building Standard under consideration to include biomass

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, or Standard 189.1, may include a definition of biomass, as well as requirements pertaining to the use of the source in the future. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Miscanthus ethanol increases environmental benefits, profits

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Drax acquires Billington Bioenergy

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax has announced the acquisition of Billington Bioenergy Ltd., the U.K.'s second largest wood pellet distributor. The move signals the power generator's intention to enter the country's growing biomass heat sector. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

UN funds biomass heating projects in Moldova

BY United Nations Development Programme Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe United Nations Development Programme has announced the second stage of a project in Moldova that aims to install dozens of biomass heating plants and hundreds of biomass boilers. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

In Depth: Opportunity Still Knocks

BY Carla Harper Found In:PelletsIn an industry largely focused on adding capacity in half million ton chunks, two producers acted on an opportunity they saw for far smaller pellet operations. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

GAIN report highlights status of U.K. pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network focuses on the U.K. wood pellet market. The report estimates the U.K. imported 4.6 million metric oven dried tons of wood pellets last year. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

OkoFEN introduces prototype cogeneration pellet boiler in Europe

BY ÖkoFEN Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA 5 kWe cogen pellet boiler prototype system, designed and manufactured by OkoFEN, with Qnergy's Stirling engine inside, was introduced to the market at the The World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels, Austria. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Opinion: Getting Woodstoves From Here To There—In Utah and US

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe wood heating community recently experienced two upheavals, one in Utah with a proposed ban on wintertime stove use, and the other the release of new national stove regulations. Industry agrees with the goals of each, but not the way to get there. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

USDA publishes final BCAP rule

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting

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 will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

In Depth: Pellet Plant VOCs: Best Practices In Control

BY Malcolm Swanson Found In:PelletsSince the EPA decided many years ago that volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions must be controlled, state agencies and pellet plant operations, along with many others, have gone about the task of making it happen. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

EEA: Renewables successfully reducing European GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report recently published by the European Environment Agency stresses that the deployment of renewable technologies in Europe has been an important force driving the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Operation Rescue New Hampshire's RPS

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew Hampshire's Renewable Portfolio Standard has been under attack via numerous proposed bills. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Report provides overview of European biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Drax's 2014 results show decarbonization project on time, budget

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Drax Group Plc announced 2014 full-year financial results, with Chief Executive Dorothy Thompson reporting that Drax's biomass transformation project was the company's main priority over the past year. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Lignetics, Bear Mountain Forest Products announce merger

BY Bear Mountain Forest Products Found In:Pellets, ThermalLignetics Inc. and Bear Mountain Forest Products Inc. have merged. The combined company now has five pellet plants located on the east and west coasts, with a combined production capacity of approximately 450,000 tons of wood pellets per year. READ MORE