Pellets & Densified Biomass

December 26, 2014

EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNominations are due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

In Depth: Combustible Dust an Explosive Issue

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsAs the pellet-making industry grows, more emphasis is being placed on mitigating and managing the potential for dust-generated fires and explosions. READ MORE

December 24, 2014

FAO report highlights global growth in pellet production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsIn late December, the FAO of the United Nations published forest products data for 2013, reporting wood pellet production soared to an all-time high last year. The growth was driven primarily by bioenergy policies and consumption targets in Europe. READ MORE

December 23, 2014

Oregon lawmakers consider incentives to replace old wood stoves

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources recently introduced draft legislation to direct the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to study the creation of incentives to encourage homeowners to replace old wood stoves. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

BY County of Ottawa, Michigan Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAt a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick-off of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Your Manias Become Science

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsExecutive Editor Tim Portz reacts to the way in which science, and scientific study are handled and mishandled by both mainstream and trade media. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

Vencor International enters agreement to produce bio-coal

BY Venco International Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVenco International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an five-year agreement with Vega Biofuels Inc. to produce bio-coal, a form of torrefied wood pellets. The initial order of 3,000 tons will be produced and ready to ship in early 2015. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

FutureMetrics paper focuses on biomass conversions

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper on the conversion of old pulverized coal plants to use advanced solid biofuel rather than coal, noting biomass conversions are a low-cost solution to comply with state renewable portfolio standards. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Portucel to construct pellet plant in South Carolina

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPortugal-based Portucel S.A. has announced plans to build a 460,000-ton-per-year pellet plant in Greenwood County, South Carolina. Construction on the $110 million project is expected to begin in early 2015, with operations commencing in 2016. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Wood Resources International: U.S. pellet exports up in Q2

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. South increased pellet exports to Europe by 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 through the second quarter of 2014. During the same period, Canada decreased exports to Europe by 25 percent, but significantly increased exports to Asia. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Your Manias Become Science

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsExecutive Editor Tim Portz reacts to the way in which science, and scientific study are handled and mishandled by both mainstream and trade media. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

Genera announces investment from WindSail Capital Group

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth financing to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

German Pellets' Louisiana plant expected to begin operations soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsGerman Pellets GmbH has released its third quarter financial results, reporting a good start to the heating season and a new 10-year contract with a European customer. The company also announced its Louisiana pellet plant will begin operations soon. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

Paul Smith's College, NYSERDA partner on renewable energy

BY Paul Smith's College Found In:Pellets, ThermalPaul Smith's College is installing a highly sustainable, state-of-the-art wood-pellet boiler system, which will heat its three academic buildings. The project was partially supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

Enviva joint venture to construct S.C. pellet, export facilities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Holdings LP and John Hancock Life Insurance Co. announced plans to develop wood pellet plants and export terminals in the southeastern U.S. Construction on a pellet plant and export terminal in South Carolina is expected to begin this month. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

Danish ministry announces biomass sustainability agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building recently posted a notice to its website announcing a new voluntary agreement formed with members of its domestic energy industry on sustainable biomass. READ MORE

December 08, 2014

Waste-derived pellet fuel manufacturing facility planned for 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsEngineered Carbon Solutions, the manufacturer of a hybrid pellet fuel made with recycled biomass material and coal, has plans to establish a mid-sized manufacturing facility in Connecticut next year. READ MORE

December 08, 2014

Official opening of biomass terminal at Port of Hull celebrated

BY Associated British Ports Found In:PelletsIt dominates the skyline in the eastern part of the city and now the Port of Hull's dedicated biomass terminal, built to support Drax Power Station's conversion to a lower carbon power generator has been officially opened. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Green Circle, Lauritzen Bulkers sign updated contract

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsLauritzen Bulkers recently announced it signed an eight-year contract with Green Circle Bio Energy for the transportation of 600,000 tons of wood pellets from the U.S. to Europe. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Greatest Show on Earth

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEyeing up the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo and working to deliver the kind of day in and day out diversity the Biomass Magazine team experiences for our attendees. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

House passes tax extenders package, Senate vote expected soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass a short-term tax extenders package that aims to retroactively extend several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and during the current year for one year, through the end of 2014. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

RFP issued for Windham County Vermont modern wood heat program

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA request for proposals to design and administer a modern wood heating program for Windham County, Vermont, has recently been issued by the Vermont Public Service Department's Clean Energy Development Fund. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

DOE awards $7 million to 2 feedstock logistics projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Australian government funds biomass harvester development

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $2 million funding support to develop a solution for collecting renewable biomass from fast growing trees.The project is scheduled for completion in 2017. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Model evaluates where bioenergy crops grow best

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFarmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect. READ MORE