Pellets & Densified Biomass

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

May 08, 2014

EPA seeks comments on RE-Powering initiative draft action plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is seeking public comments on its new draft action plant for the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. The program promotes renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

Konza confirms sale of torrefaction system

BY Konza Renewable Fuels Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalKonza Renewable Fuels and Aeon Energy Solutions are pleased to announce a full scale commercial 100,000 metric ton per year torrefaction system has been ordered. Expected delivery is early 2015 to a European based corporation. READ MORE

May 07, 2014

Obama climate change report points to bioenergy for forest health

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Obama Administration has released a new U.S. National Climate Assessment, which it describes as the most comprehensive scientific climate change assessment ever generated. READ MORE

May 06, 2014

Rentech acquires New England Wood Pellet

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalRentech Inc. has acquired all three of New England Wood Pellet's facilities, a $34.5 million investment that adds 240,000 tons to Rentech's annual pellet output. The facilities are located in Jaffrey, N.H., Schuyler, N.Y., and Deposit, N.Y. READ MORE

May 02, 2014

University of Iowa, Repreve, to host miscanthus planting day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Iowa and Repreve Renewables will host a miscanthus rhizome planting field day on May 7. During the demonstration, which is open and free to the public, 13 acres of miscanthus will be planted via Repreve's ACCU DROP planter. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

Biomass heating programs, incentives featured at conference

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, ThermalThree biomass heating programs were showcased during an evening session at 2014 Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo in Green Bay, Wis. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of all sectors of the biomass industry connected at the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

Emunite to pelletize Viaspace Giant King Grass in Guyana

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 28, Viaspace Inc. announced a contract with Emunite Energy Solutions Inc. to provide Giant King Grass for a proposed pellet mill. The company has also announced progress with Giant King Grass production in California. READ MORE