Pellets & Densified Biomass

July 19, 2016

New research finds likely cause, solution for pellet-derived CO

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalClarkson University researchers believe they have figured out the cause of wood pellet-derived carbon monoxide, and a potential solution involving the treatment of wood fiber with ozone. The researchers expect to scale-up the study later this year. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Government to launch app to aid renewable energy exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Energy are inviting suppliers and providers of clean energy, smart grid and energy efficiency solutions to participate in an interactive directory of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

USDA GAIN report highlights Russian pellet potential

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the Russian federation’s biofuels industry, including data on likely growth with wood pellet production and exports. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

Opinion: On Our Behalf

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAnyone who has worked in the renewable energy sector generally and the wood pellet sector specifically understands how important public policy is to industry growth and stability, a notion underscored multiple times in the July/August issue. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

In Depth: Taming the Power-Hungry Beast

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew federal regulations went into effect June 1 that require motor manufacturers to produce an even broader scope of more efficient designs for the U.S. industrial market. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK government eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNewly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a larger ministerial overhaul. The functions of the DECC will be transferred to other government departments. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

(Just a Little On) Ag Pellet Potential

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCofiring is one of the themes for the December issue of Biomass Magazine, along with conversions and integrations. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Opinion: When Good Intentions Become Counterproductive

BY Charlie NieblingFound In:Pellets, ThermalNiebling says sometimes well-intended incentives, such as those associated with Renewable Heat New York, can become de facto regulations. These initiatives and others must better align with marketplace realities to build market penetration. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

UK DECC publishes Q1 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released first quarter 2016 energy statistics in its Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications, reporting 8.3 percent of final energy consumption in 2015 came from renewables. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWithin 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Opinion: Optimizing Efficiency Through Quality Management

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalIf implemented correctly, a well-designed quality management plan should target increased production efficiency to optimize pellet tonnage produced with the least amount of customer complaints or other product performance related issues. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

In Depth: Perennial Battles

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhether on the road toward complying with new regulation or championing for equal consideration in policy, the pellet industry persists in its ongoing conviction. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Researchers investigate impact of biomass harvest on wildlife

BY D'Lyn Ford, North Carolina State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth Carolina State University researchers announce results of four-year study on how biomass harvesting treatments impact wildlife, noting no significant impacts were found. The study addressed six different harvesting treatments. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for the UK?

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhile it is too early to know the full implications of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union, Ginther provides some insight on what it might mean for export/import industries, like the pellet industry. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

Spencer Group to design, build pellet facilities at Port of Tyne

BY Spencer Group Found In:Pellets, PowerSpencer Group has won a contract from Lynemouth Power Ltd. to design and build wood pellet facilities at the Port of Tyne. The contract includes design and construction of a facility for the handling, storage and rail-loading of wood pellets. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

In Depth: Sweden’s Strong Suit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForssjö Pellets exemplifies the Swedish pellet industry, at one time the global leader in pellet production and consumption. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

More On Brexit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the United Kingdom’s recent vote to exit the European Union, it has left many in the renewables sector—over here in the U.S., largely global pellet market stakeholders—what might happen to the country’s biomass sector. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

REA: New fossil power fails to deliver as biomass, renewable can

BY Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change data reveals that 5 GW of conventional, fossil fuel-powered generation that were awarded contracts under the Capacity Market scheme have missed their targets for delivering the projects. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

PFI qualifies 2 more NWP facilities into standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturing facilities owned by Northeast Wood Products into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 05, 2016

FutureMetrics releases dashboard to see Brexit market impacts

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics recently released a pellet supply chain dashboard to see what the vote by the U.K. to leave the EU could mean for the industrial pellet sector. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

UK REA: 5th Carbon Budget crucial first step reassuring investors

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. has confirmed the Committee on Carbon Change’s recommended carbon budget, laying out a 57 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels during 2027-2032 and providing renewables industry and investors more long-term confidence. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

Opinion: Permitting Progress

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe biomass industry is working to deliver air quality and environmental benefits while also complying with existing regulations READ MORE

June 30, 2016

Feasibility guide on biomass cooling released

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Agricultural Utilization Research Institute has announced the availability of a new feasibility study that shows biomass cooling can be a viable option for small-to-medium sized commercial, industrial and residential units. READ MORE

June 30, 2016

ITA seeking nominations for renewable energy committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has published a notice announcing plans to reestablish its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee and solicit membership nominations. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Georgia Biomass earns qualification, reaches delivery milestone

BY Georgia Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGeorgia Biomass has become the first industrial-scale pellet producer in North America to earn both ENplus A1 and Pellet Fuels Institute quality certifications. The company is also due to complete the loading of its 100th vessel for export to Europe. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

Opinion: Making Marketing Moves

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs pellet producers and heating equipment firms limp into the summer, there are numerous plans underway to improve the marketing of “modern wood heat,” a phrase the industry has found to be more consumer-friendly than “biomass thermal.” READ MORE

June 26, 2016

Opinion: A Unified Renewable Heating and Cooling Front

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Jarrod Petrohovich Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe state policy environment in the Northeast has become the epicenter of support for the idea of a unified coalition to support renewable thermal energy. READ MORE

June 25, 2016

In Depth: A Brilliant Backup Plan

BY Rachel Gibbons Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHaving the right fire suppression system and a plan B for when fire emergencies happen are a must for biomass energy facilities. READ MORE