Pellets & Densified Biomass

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

Hekotek announces pellet plant orders in Latvia, Belarus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEstonia-based Hekotek has made two announcements regarding the development of pellet plants in recent months, including the development of a new pellet plant in Latvia and a pellet plant expansion in Belarus. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

INL successfully tests oxidation catalyst in torrefaction system

BY Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAdvanced Torrefaction Systems LLC has collaborated with the Idaho National Laboratory to test a catalytic oxidation technology designed by ATS to address problems that have hampered the development of large-scale torrefaction plants. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Lynemouth conversion progresses, Doosan Babcock awarded contract

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn mid-May, the owner of U.K.-based Lynemouth Power Ltd. issued a brief statement confirming plans to convert the power station to biomass are proceeding according to schedule. Doosan Babcock has been awarded a contract to convert the facility. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2016 conservation grants

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia, has announced the recipients of its 2016 grants. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Opinion: The Tip of the Industry’s Spear

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHeavy logging equipment is the epitome of the tip of the spear when it comes to biomass harvesting, the area of focus of the June issue of Biomass Magazine. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

USDA announces application periods for BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency has announced incentives will resume this month through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the USDA, $3 million is available for BCAP during fiscal year 2016. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

May 22, 2016

Opinion: A Proliferation of Fuel Standards

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhere there are already accepted and useful standards in place, the creation of another standard may cause uncertainty and confusion in the industry, as well as present another hurdle for fuel suppliers. READ MORE

May 21, 2016

In Depth: Foraging for Efficiency

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Holland is plowing the path to commercial use of woody biomass crops for bioenergy. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

Port of Tyne to handle pellets for Lynemouth plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K.-based Port of Tyne has announced plans to start building new facilities to handle, store and transport wood pellets for Lynemouth Power Ltd., which is making good progress with its plan to convert from coal to biomass. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

In Depth: Workhorses of the Woods

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Big Four equipment manufacturers in the forest harvesting space discuss product offerings and technological advancements to improve emissions, operator comfort and safety, productivity and efficiency. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

PFI: 2 additional plants qualify for PFI standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two additional pellet plants into the Pellet Fuels Institute standards program, including NWP Jasper LLC and New England Wood Pellet's Allegheny plant. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

SBP approves third certification body

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third SBP-approved certification body. PwC has been approved for certification of biomass producers in Canada and the U.S. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Opinion: What is ‘Green’ Heating?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalIf the country is serious about renewable energy, it means getting a lot more serious about all renewable heating options. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Northeast Wood Products ready, waiting to ramp up production

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNortheast Wood Products LLC commenced pellet production in December at its retrofitted 120,000-ton-per-year pellet plant located in Jasper, Tennessee, and now is poised for ramp up, but will wait on the sidelines until the market rebounds. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Clean Power Plan court delayed, moved to full bench

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerOn the court’s own motion, the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan oral arguments scheduled for June 2 have been pushed back to Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced on May 16. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Wood Pellet Association of Canada announces leadership change

BY Wood Pellet Association of Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEffective May 12, Michele Rebiere has resigned as president of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Former vice president Rene Landry will serve as president until the next general meeting of the membership is held in September. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

UM researchers earn $1.4 million grant to study biomass

BY University of Montana Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Montana researchers will use a grant awarded by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

In Depth: Expanding the Bioenergy Workforce

BY Betsy Fradd Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSkilled, professional, and motivated technicians and operators are in demand for first-generation, advanced biofuel and cogeneration plants, and other bioenergy facilities. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

USDA funds 18 projects to increase wood energy markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has announced more than $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies and strategies that promote the use of wood in heat and power generation, commercial construction, and other wood product innovations. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

Opinion: More Art Than Science

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe May/June issue of Pellet Mill Magazine covers the industry's relationship with feedstock, the market dynamics impacting feedstock buyers and sellers, as well as industry requirements ensuring sustainability within a feedstock program. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

White paper refutes letter to Congress claims on biomass energy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEarlier this month, FutureMetrics LLC published a white paper that discusses why an editorial the Washington Post published at the end of April, and the letter to U.S. Congress the article was based on, are wrong about biomass for energy. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 11.3 percent in 2016 and 4.4 percent in 2017. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

In Depth: Feedstock: The Single, Biggest Contributor

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalStockpiled inventory throughout the pellet supply chain is putting downward pressure on raw material prices—a possible advantage for some producers long-term. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

EIA releases 2016 International Energy Outlook

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. Energy Information Administration released its International Energy Outlook 2016, which continues to show rising levels of energy demand over the next three decades. Renewables are the fastest-growing energy source over the projection period. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Rentech Q1 2016: domestic pellet sales down big, rebound expected

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 11, Rentech Inc. reported first quarter results significantly below historic levels, attributing a main reason as being the struggles faced by the domestic wood pellet industry in the face of a warm winter and low oil prices. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Andritz reports good project investment in biomass pelleting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerAndritz recently released first quarter financial results, reporting sales of nearly EUR 1.29 billion ($1.46 billion), down 8.5 percent from the same period of 2014. According to the company, all business areas recorded a decline in sales. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Opinion: Change the Game

BY Michele Rebiere Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDiversification and sustainability are key to the future of the pellet sector. Rebiere says the industry must band together to invest in the long-term development effort of a domestic industrial market to support pellet producers of all sizes. READ MORE