Pellets & Densified Biomass

September 26, 2014

Canfor to add pellet production to 2 sawmill sites in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsCanfor Corp. plans to collocate a pellet plant at each of the company's sawmill sites at Chetwynd and Fort St. John in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two facilities combined will have a capacity of 175,000 metric tons of pellets per year. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

EIA: Bioenergy capacity continues to increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating total in-service bioenergy capacity equaled 13,431.4 MW as of the close of July, up from 13,368.4 MW at the close of June. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Another Heating Season Upon Us

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Thermal

September 24, 2014

Montana school moving from fuel oil to wood pellets

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalEight years after its elementary became the one of the first schools in the state to use biomass as heating fuel, Troy Public Schools is in the process of converting its high school to wood pellets. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

BY State College of New York Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRobert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts." READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

USDA announces REAP funding for bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Sept. 18, the USDA announced it is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Bioenergy projects were among those selected to receive funding. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

In Depth: Achieving Sustainability Goals

BY The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFish and Wildlife Agencies can play a role in successful biomass production for bioenergy. READ MORE

September 20, 2014

In Depth: A Body of Work

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExcited by the new market the pellet sector offers for low value fiber, forest landowners work to assure pellet buyers of existing sustainable practices. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

Opinion: The Future of Pellets

BY Michele Rebiere Found In:PelletsViridis Energy Chief Financial Officer Michele Rebiere offers three predictions for the future of the global wood pellet industry. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Enviva to develop 3 new pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva LP is pursuing the development of three new wood pellet plants, including two in North Carolina, which were recently announced by state officials. A location for the third project has not been finalized. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Opinion: All Markets Great and Small

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe fourth quarter issue of Pellet Mill Magazine offers news and feature reports on industry efforts expanding on all fronts, domestic and international. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

BlueFire Renewables pursues new avenues of revenue for projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsBlueFire Renewables Inc. recently filed a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noting the company is seeking financing for its proposed Fulton, Mississippi, project from Chinese entities. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Left Out of the Energiewende?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerBiomass continues to get marginalized in most conversations in the mainstream press about renewable energy. Thoughts on 2015. See you in Miami. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Opinion: Wood Pellet Quality Schemes

BY Chris WibergFound In:PelletsUnderstanding the similarities and primary differences of various pellet quality schemes for certification: DINplus, ENplus, CANplus and the Pellet Fuel Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

In Depth: Pellet Heat for the Pink Building

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsAn Alaskan boiler retrofit illustrates the potential for biomass heating in other federal buildings. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Herty adds hammer mills, broadens scope of testing opportunities

BY Herty Advanced Materials Development Center Found In:PelletsThe addition of two wood grinding hammer mills to the pilot testing facility at Georgia Southern University's Herty Advanced Materials Development Center will allow for efficient testing of high moisture content materials for pellet feedstock. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

In Depth: Q&A: Many Hats for Hedrick

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsThe Pellet Fuel Institute’s executive director, Jennifer Hedrick, shares insights on her many roles, as well as the challenges and prospects ahead for the pellet industry. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Opinion: Positive Horizons for US Pellets Around the Globe

BY Seth GintherFound In:PelletsLooking ahead, we see industrial wood pellets playing a large role in mitigating climate change both here at home and around the world. The U.S. stands ready to continue to provide a steady, sustainable supply to meet this growing demand. READ MORE

September 14, 2014

In Depth: The Path Ahead

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsPFI conference speakers project cautious optimism. READ MORE

September 13, 2014

In Depth: Microwave Technology Aids Moisture, Density Measurements

BY Paul JadotFound In:PelletsIndustrial inline and at-line methods measure core and surface moisture of wood pellets. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: Investing Upstream

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsUK’s Drax Group pushes to bring two production facilities and a pellet terminal online in 2015. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: How Pellets Compare to Fossil Fuels in Carbon Intensity and Cost

BY Puneet DwivediFound In:PelletsWhy doesn't the United States use wood pellets instead of coal and natural gas for electricity generation? READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3-D

BY NASA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth's forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Opinion: Growing the Wood-to-Energy Sector

BY Jennifer HedrickFound In:PelletsA wood-energy checkoff would raise money for promotion, public education, new market exploration and research. All would contribute a small amount, to be administered by an industry-elected board, independent of trade associations. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Atikokan Generation Station now operating on biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Sept. 10, Ontario Power Generation announced that the Aitkokan Generating Station is now operation on biomass. The facility burned its last coal two years ago on Sept. 11, 2012. Conversion of the station began in mid-2012. READ MORE