Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 04, 2014

Danish government: biomass, wind, contenders for renewable goals

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Danish Energy Agency has released a report that concludes it is technically possible the country could become fossil fuel independent by 2050, as well as reach the government's goal of fossil fuel independent electricity and heating by 2035. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

In Depth: Standardizing Pellet Safety

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsCountries around the globe are combining efforts to develop robust safety standards for pelletized biofuels. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Opinion: Safety Essential to Global Biomass Use

BY Nicole Forsberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSafety should be considered a core value, not a priority or a separate bullet point, that top management strives to combine with productivity, quality or even profitability. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Opinion: Response to Tragedy Can Make or Break a Business

BY Cam McAlpine Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOrganizations with well-thought-out communications strategies fare better in the face of crises. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Texas A&M study: Bioenergy sorghum could help with GHG emissions

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy sorghum may offer more than another energy supply; it may offer a "sink" for greenhouse gases, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study funded by the AgriLife Research Cropping Systems bioenergy program and a USDA grant. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

Viridis Energy 'well positioned for breakout year'

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsCanadian wood pellet manufacturer Viridis Energy Inc. released its Q1 financial results, reporting that despite a six-week trucking strike and extreme weather, the company increased revenue by 143 percent from Q1 2013. READ MORE

May 29, 2014

Senators advocate for EPA biogenic carbon emissions framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA group of 12 Senators recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina MCarthy, asking her to address the regulatory uncertainty over biogenic carbon emissions. READ MORE

May 29, 2014

Scottish whisky distilleries add biomass boilers with GIB funding

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. Green Investment Bank recently announced funding for a pipeline of energy efficiency projects at a number of Scottish distilleries, including the installation of biomass boiler systems. READ MORE

May 28, 2014

Garb grabs pellet gear in asset purchase agreement

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, PowerFlorida-based Garb Oil & Power Corp. has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire process equipment for pellet production and a 40,000 square foot warehouse. The agreement is expected to close later this year. READ MORE

May 28, 2014

U.S. Navy supports ASU's development of algae-based biofuels

BY Arizona State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDennis McGinn, U.S. Navy assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, recently visited Arizona State University, where he spoke about the parallels between the Navy's energy challenges and those of civilian cities and industries. READ MORE

May 23, 2014

EIA: U.S. wood pellets doubled in 2013 due to European demand

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:PelletsWood pellet exports from the United States nearly doubled last year, from 1.6 million short tons (approximately 22 trillion Btu) in 2012 to 3.2 million short tons in 2013. More than 98 percent of these exports were delivered to Europe. READ MORE

May 23, 2014

Strauss: Pellets to be solution for inevitable US carbon policy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. is likely to follow the E.U.'s lead in increasing use of renewables for power generation to lower carbon footprint. Sustainably managed wood pellets are solution to reliable baseload generation. READ MORE

May 22, 2014

USDA to offer BCAP funding

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced support for agriculture producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 22, 2014

Sen. King pushes Biomass Thermal Utilization Act

BY Sen. Angus King's office Found In:Pellets, ThermalSen. Angus King, I-Maine, renewed his push to promote the economic and environmental benefits of biomass thermal energy on May 15 by filing the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013 as an amendment to legislation pending before the Senate. READ MORE

May 21, 2014

Drax plans another Mississippi pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsA unit Drax Group that is currently constructing a 450,000-ton wood pellet production facility near Gloster, Miss., is planning to build an additional facility roughly 40 miles away in Magnolia, Miss., according to documents filed with the state. READ MORE

May 21, 2014

Webinar focuses on air emissions from pelletizing wood

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsTackling emissions at pellet plants was the topic of the latest offering in Biomass Magazine's webinar series. Dryers produce the most emissions, but producers must consider VOC development from hammermills and post-dryer operations as well. READ MORE

May 21, 2014

RusForest releases 2013 results, provides update of Russian plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsRusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, recently announced the results of its 2013 annual report. The company began operations of a 100,000 ton-per-year pellet mill in Arkhangelsk, Russia, earlier this year. READ MORE

May 20, 2014

Draft appropriations bill aims to cut funding for BCAP, REAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, which aims to reduce funding levels for several Farm Bill Energy Title programs. A subcommittee markup session on the legislation was held May 20. READ MORE

May 20, 2014

Sweden, Minnesota seminar highlights bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweden and Minnesota are moving full speed ahead on a partnership that is serving to address complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation. A May 19 seminar brought stakeholders together to discuss the initiative. READ MORE

May 19, 2014

BPA, BIO comment on EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions in rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Biomass Power Association and Biotechnology Industry Organization are among the more than 1.24 million groups and individuals that provided public comments on a proposed U.S. EPA rule that would regulated carbon emissions at certain power plants. READ MORE

May 16, 2014

IRENA: Renewables employ 6.5 million globally

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a study that determined 6.5 million people were employed by the renewable energy globally last year. The report highlights the role that renewables play in the global economy. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Vermeer to showcase perennial grasses at its global headquarters

BY CenUSA Bioenergy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVermeer Corp. and CenUSA Bioenergy, a multi-state USDA sponsored research project led by Iowa State University, have announced a new, perennial grass energy collaboration. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Repreve Renewables adds genetic assets from Mendel

BY Repreve Renewables Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables announced it has purchased certain genetic assets or germplasm for its giant miscanthus grass product development program from Mendel Biotechnology Inc., a privately held company in Hayward, Calif. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

Purdue, Navy partner to advance the use of alternative energy

BY Purdue University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of the Navy and Purdue University signed a statement of cooperation May 8, agreeing to work together to convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps' energy consumption to alternative sources, including biofuels, by 2020. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

Rentech provides fiber, pellet update in Q1 investor call

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsWhile revenues attributed to its wood fiber business represented just one-third of Rentech's first quarter revenues, CEO Hunt Ramsbottom opened the Q1 investor call with a point-by-point update of the company's rapidly expanding wood fiber business. READ MORE

May 13, 2014

HSU wins $5.8 million federal grant for biomass research

BY Humboldt State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHumboldt State University, along with 15 regional partners, has received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to conduct innovative biomass research. READ MORE

May 13, 2014

UK report highlights economic impact of bioenergy, biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association has published the results of an analysis that determined the renewable energy supports more than 100,000 jobs in the U.K. and has attracted almost $50.95 billion in investment since 2010. READ MORE

May 12, 2014

Drax announces progress with biomass projects, co-firing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc released an interim management statement on May 9, reporting progress with its biomass energy operations and the development of its U.S. pellet plants. In May, the company began operating an enhanced co-firing unit. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

USDA accepting applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is seeking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. Up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees is expected to be made available for the fiscal year 2014 awards. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

B.C. partnership to provide wood feedstock for PBEC pellet mill

BY Tolko Industries Found In:PelletsRepresentatives of Tolko Industries, Nazko First Nations and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. have announced an innovative partnership for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. Under the partnership, fiber will be supplied to PBEC's pellet mill. READ MORE