Pellets & Densified Biomass

March 18, 2014

USDA program offers loans to farmers for biomass storage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

Valmet-supplied gasification plant inaugurated in Sweden

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Valmet Corp.-supplied gasification plant at GoBiGas (Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project) was inaugurated on March 12 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The plant will produce gas by gasifying forest residues and wood pellets. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative seeks grant proposals

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Opinion: Celebrating the Groundbreakers

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the challenges of building a biomass energy project, and the dedication and drive required to bring a project to success. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Rentech announces possible IPO, pellet progress and sale of PDU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsRentech Inc. has released 2013 financial results, reporting progress with the development of its Canadian pellet plants. The company has also announced an agreement to sell its alternative energy technology assets. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

In Depth: A Giant Step

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe pellet industry will grow by nearly 33 percent during the next two years, as foreign demand drives investment in new capacity and distribution infrastructure. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Thermogen switches technology to Zilkha

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerThermogen Industries, an entity of Cate Street Capital that is developing a pellet manufacturing facility in Millinocket, Maine, has switched technology providers and will now employ Zilkha Biomass Energy's steam-exploded Zilkha Black Pellet process. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Solvay launches production of torrefied biomass

BY Solvay Found In:Pellets, PowerSolvay has launched the production of torrefied biomass at an industrial scale in the United States. The business will be run by the recently created Solvay Biomass Energy joint venture between Solvay and U.S. company New Biomass Energy. READ MORE

March 10, 2014

USDA awards advanced biofuel payments to pellet, biogas producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 6, USDA Rural Development announced nearly $60 million in payments to 195 biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 10, 2014

FutureMetrics suggests 4.3 million homes ripe for pellet heat

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new white paper from FutureMetrics LLC makes the case for pellet heat, concluding that not only will buying local for pellet heat lower consumer heat and hot water energy bills, but keep the money in the local economy and create jobs. READ MORE

March 07, 2014

ASABE announces international standards project for biomass fuels

BY American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers reported approval of a International Organization for Standardization project to develop a standard for thermally treated and densified biomass. READ MORE

March 07, 2014

Wood pellet boiler research to commence at SUNY

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority awarded the State University of New York Canton a $163,000 to research the efficiency of automatic-feeding, wood pellet boilers. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Pellet producers offer insight on 'shortage'

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPellet retailers and consumers in some Northeast and Midwest locations have learned a lesson this heating season, as many have run out of pellets and are facing difficulties securing additional supplies. READ MORE

February 28, 2014

Study finds transatlantic pellet trade results in GHG reductions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA new study by the University of Georgia has determined that the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of a unit of electricity generated in the U.K. using imported wood pellets is at least 50 percent lower than fossil fuel-derived electricity. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

European Pellet Conference concludes in Wels, Austria

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe European Pellet Conference concluded on Thursday February 27, 2014 in Wels, Austria with a country by country market analysis moderated by the Executive Director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murray. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

European Pellet Conference opens with bullish outlook

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe morning speakers at The European Pellet Conference all outlined continued strong growth for both global pellet demand and production. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

OkoFEN tour anchors world pellet conference field day

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe European Pellet Conference in Wels, Austria opened its 2014 event with a field day featuring some of Austria's biggest operators in the biomass-to-energy industry. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

Carbon sequestration not so simple in biomass crop production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFindings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at support the USDA priority of developing new new sources of bioenergy. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

University to use Heyl & Patterson equipment in biocoal research

BY Heyl & Patterson Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHeyl & Patterson Inc. has announced the sale of an indirect-fired rotary calciner to the University of Minnesota, Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute.It will be used to transform wood biomass into torrefied wood, or "biocoal." READ MORE

February 19, 2014

Dutch power plant successfully tests torrefied biomass pellets

BY Essent Found In:Pellets, PowerA consortium consisting of Topell Energy, Essent, Nuon, GDF SUEZ, and ECN has successfully completed a large-scale cofiring test with an innovative renewable energy source at the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg, Netherlands. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

Valmet, Zilkha Biomass Energy announce collaborative agreement

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:PelletsZilkha Biomass Energy LLC and Valmet Corp. have signed a five-year collaboration agreement in the field of steam exploded black pellets. The purpose of the agreement is to bring steam exploded black pellets to the market. READ MORE

February 18, 2014

Drax considers developing additional U.S. pellet capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has released preliminary financial result for 2013, reporting that earnings were ahead of expectations, reflecting good operations and healthy spreads. The company also announced it will consider adding additional pellet capacity. READ MORE

February 18, 2014

Renewable Heat NY funds 18 woody biomass projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPromptly implementing New York's recently announced Renewable Heat NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive program funding to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment. READ MORE

February 10, 2014

Lantmannen Agroenergi, Neova to merge pellet operations

BY Lantmannen Found In:PelletsLantmannen and Neova AB are merging their respective wood pellet businesses. The new company will include Neova's wood pellet business in Sweden and the corresponding Lantmännen Agroenergi businesses in Sweden and Latvia. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Obama signs Farm Bill, announces Made in Rural America initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law during a Feb. 7 ceremony at Michigan State University. During his speech, Obama also announced the launch of a new "Made in Rural America" export and investment initiative. READ MORE