Pellets & Densified Biomass

May 04, 2016

University of California mulls sawmill, CHP facility purchase

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, ChemicalsThe University of California is on the verge of purchasing the Sierra Pacific Industries Loyalton, California, mill and associated property, including a 20-MW, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass unit. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

North American wood pellet exports reached record high in 2015

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth America exports of wood pellets reached record-highs in 2015, with the U.S. Gulf States increasing shipments by 70 percent from 2Q/15 to 4Q/15, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

UK REA responds to consultation on RHI reforms

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change’s consultation on the reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive closed April 27. The U.K. Renewable Energy Association weighed in on how the reforms could impact the biomass and biogas industries. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

Nippon Paper to install torrefied pellet demonstration plant

BY Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. signed a joint research and development agreement with Phoenix Pulp and Paper Public Co. Ltd. to install demonstration facilities in Thailand for the production of torrefied pellets. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

DECC releases first quarter 2016 RHI program deployment data

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. DECC published monthly statistics and summary of quarter one deployment data for RHI program. During the quarter, there was a large number of biogas applications for the nondomestic scheme and fewer biomass applications in the domestic scheme. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Astec points to pellet division as bright spot

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite an off year overall for the global pellet market, Astec Industries reported that its pellet division continues to be a bright spot for the company. In its Q1 2016 financial earnings call, Astec reported net sales for Q1 as $278.7 million. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Winner announced in Pellet Stove Design Challenge

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA German-designed Wittus pellet stove has been named winner of the third Pellet Stove Design Challenge, an event coordinated by the Alliance for Green Heat and this year hosted by the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Lab. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Vermont funds pellet infrastructure, wood heat projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Vermont Department of Public Service has awarded $913,054 from the Clean Energy Development Fund to support local wood heat, including five grants to support bulk pellet infrastructure and 11 to support advanced wood heating system installation. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

BTEC applauds Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council expressed its support for the recent Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act. Two key BTEC-supported provisions that benefit biomass were included in this legislation. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

Opinion: Utilizing German Pellet Stove Ash

BY Karl Brunner Found In:PelletsAll in all, the best choice is for wood pellet ash usage is as a fertilizer. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

In Depth: Export Industry’s Impacts on Southern Forests, Markets

BY Tracy Leslie Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForest2Market data disproves claims regarding the wood pellet export industry and its impacts on forest inventory and fiber prices. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

Valmet to supply a wood pellet heating plant to Finland facility

BY Valmet Found In:Pellets, ThermalValmet will supply a wood pellet heating plant to Helen Oy's Salmisaari power plant. The wood pellet plant will enable Helen to increase the use of biofuels in district heat production in Helsinki, Finland. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

In Depth: Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass heating installations in northern Vermont are far from sparse. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Pellet producer Viridis Energy for sale

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPublically traded Canadian pellet production company Viridis Energy Inc. is up for sale. The company is is working with FutureMetrics LLC to solicit interest for the potential sale of Viridis Energy and all of its assets. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Senate passes Energy Bill with pro-biomass amendment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 20, the U.S. Senate passed new energy legislation by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill, titled the Energy Policy Modernization Act, or S. 2012, contains an amendment that recognizes the carbon neutrality of biomass energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Rallying for a Rebound

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAll week, I have been working to catch up after the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Vecoplan Midwest introduces containerized pellet plant

BY Vecoplan Midwest Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVecoplan Midwest has introduced its containerized pellet plant, which has the capacity to produce 1 to 2 tons of pellets per hour. The turnkey pellet production plant is housed in standard shipping containers. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 10 percent in 2016 and by 5.1 percent in 2017. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

University of Iowa, Iowa DNR agreement expands biofuel testing

BY Iowa State University, Wendy Moorhead Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have reached a landmark agreement that will help advance the UI’s renewable-energy goals while continuing to protect Iowa’s air quality. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Thompson, Roeslein biogas project awarded at biomass conference

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRecipients of the annual industry awards—Excellence in Bioenergy and Groundbreaker of the Year—were announced at the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo, currently underway at the Charlotte Convention Center April 11-14. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Industry talks lows, highs, opportunities at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow oil and power prices and a warm winter are the predominant reasons that it’s been a challenging year for every sector of the biomass industry. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

BPA commends EPA on substantive biomass workshop

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Biomass Power Association has thanked the U.S. EPA for its April 7 workshop on the role of biomass in the Clean Power Plan. During the event, scientific and state policy experts testified on the essential role biomass will play for many states. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

UK DECC releases provisional 2015 energy data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional energy data for 2015, reporting renewable electricity generation reached 83.3 TWh last year, up 29 percent from 2014, with bioenergy up 28 percent. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

BTEC calls on biomass supporters to support BTU Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council is asking biomass supporters to take action by contacting their elected legislators and asking them to support the inclusion of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act in legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

See You in Charlotte

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Biomass Conference & Expo starts next week in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE