Pellets & Densified Biomass

September 01, 2014

In Depth: Drax’s Mississippi Queen

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsWith two production facilities nearing completion in Mississippi and Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Transit Facility is a vital link between the fiber resources of the lower Mississippi and a power station in North Yorkshire, England. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Good Things in Store for Pellets

BY Bill BellFound In:PelletsWhile the more than $1 million spent to date on Maine’s pellet boiler incentives (at $5,000 per unit) pale in comparison with the $27 million for biomass thermal funding just announced by New York State, these incentives are clearly working. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

IEA releases mid-term forecast for biofuels, renewable energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, which includes forecasts for global biofuel and renewable energy growth. For the first time, the report also includes an investment outlook. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

DOE seeks input on landscape design for feedstock production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is asking for input on landscape design approaches that sustainably integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems. Comments are due Sept. 2. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Northern Energy Solutions studies feasibility of pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsNorthern Energy Solutions Ltd. is investing in an estimated $300,000 to $400,000, eight-month feasibility study to confirm details needed for the construction of a proposed 200,000 ton-per-year pellet plant in the Miramichi, New Brunswick, region. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research wins NSF grant

BY University of Louisville Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to expand. The $20 million award is being made for the "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future" project. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

John Deere, Hillco introduce single pass round bale system

BY John Deere Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHillco Technologies Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed the Hillco Single Pass Round Bale System, a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn and baling corn stover in one simple step. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Nomination deadline for export advisory committee extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has amended a recent announcement that it is accepting nominations for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee. The deadline is now set for Aug. 29. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

FutureMetrics compares costs and benefits of advanced pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper that compares the costs and benefits of torrefied pellets and steam exploded pellets with traditional white pellets. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Manitoba grant program to help support switch to biomass

BY Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Manitoba government has doubled the Biomass Energy Support Program funding to $1 million, with the additional $500,000 of new funding targeted to applied research projects that will support the growth of the biomass industry. READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Genera Energy provides insight in choosing a biomass solution

BY Genera Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy recently released a new infographic featuring a visual overview of biomass feedstock and guidelines for choosing the best solution for every biomass project. The four-page infographic highlights key supply chain elements. READ MORE

August 25, 2014

Highland Pellets to build 500,000 ton-per-year plant in Arkansas

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsHighland Pellets LLC has announced plans to build a 500,000 metric-ton-per-year pellet plant Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Construction is expected to begin in October with pellet production beginning in March 2016. READ MORE

August 21, 2014

UK nondomestic RHI reaches 1 GW wood heat, $1.26 billion invested

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association and Wood Heat Association are reporting a milestone has been reached under the country's nondomestic Renewable Heating Incentive. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Viridis sees solid Q2 with ramped production, expanding markets

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsDespite external obstacles that impacted Q1, Viridis Energy reported a progressive Q2 during financial earnings call. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Kleangas announces agreement to acquire Wisconsin pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasKleangas Energy Technologies Inc. recently announced a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire a company in Wisconsin that owns a 15,000 metric ton pellet production facility and a landfill gas-to-energy plant with 2.4 MW of capacity. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

Andritz reports solid activity in pellet sector in Q2 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Andritz Group has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting solid project activity in the biomass pelleting sector. Overall, Andritz reported order intake of EUR 2.98 billion ($3.98 billion) for the period. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Platts announces industrial wood pellet price assessments

BY Platts Found In:Pellets, PowerPlatts has expanded its electric power offerings to include a weekly spot price assessment for Europe-delivered industrial wood pellets and a suite of U.K. wood pellet profitability spreads at different fuel efficiencies. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Opinion: The CAPEX/OPEX Dance

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWithout the right equipment, the profit margins made producing biomass energy products will erode and eventually disappear. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA's biogenic accounting framework. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Residential wood heat incentives trending

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn New York and Massachusetts, residential wood heating incentives are on a roll, and the industry is beginning to see trends, according to John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

First international standards in solid biofuels published

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the first seven international standards in the expanding industry of solid biofuels have been published. In addition, work has also begun on part eight of the series. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Progress continues on development of solid biofuel standards

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMeeting recently in Stockholm, ISO Technical Committee 238, Solid Biofuels, made measurable progress toward developing the content for a series of physical property test standards and related topics. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Opinion: The Many Benefits of Replacing Coal With Wood Pellet Fuel

BY William Strauss Found In:PelletsElectricity generated from pellets in converted coal plants is almost the same cost as electricity generated from natural gas, by far the cheapest way to make new, low-carbon power. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

Stoel Rives: IRS issues new guidance on ITC/PTC

BY Stoel Rives LLP Found In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe IRS has issued guidance that clarifies and modifies prior guidance regarding the "beginning of construction" requirement for qualifying for the Section 45 production tax credit (PTC) and the Section 48 investment tax credit (ITC) READ MORE

August 11, 2014

In Depth: Pressing For Success

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsFocused on innovation, reliability and efficiency, pellet press manufacturers are keeping pace with demands of rapidly expanding pellet markets. READ MORE

August 10, 2014

In Depth: Warming Up To Outdoor Wood Heaters

BY Katie Fletcher Found In:Pellets, ThermalOutdoor wood appliance manufacturers are feeling the heat of new regulations, but many were already focused on providing cleaner and more efficient systems. READ MORE

August 08, 2014

Expansion of fiber business outlined in Rentech Q2 earnings call

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech CEO Hunt Ramsbottom outlined the company's continued efforts to expand its fiber business in a quarterly earnings call. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Drax loses appeal over CfD, expected to proceed with conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 7, Drax Group plc released a statement indicating that its second unit conversion is no longer eligible for an investment contract. Rather, the company is expected to proceed with the conversion with support under the Renewables Obligation. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

USDA report aims to provide uniform method for GHG assessment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a report that provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

AgriLife Research: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study outlines how mesquite measures up relative to other bioenergy feedstocks with regard to economic and greenhouse gas efficiency. READ MORE