Pellets & Densified Biomass

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

EIA predicts increase in wood heating this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, along with its Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting household expenditures related to heating will increase this winter. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Aeon Energy provides torrefaction equipment to WWD

BY Aeon Energy Solutions Inc Found In:Pellets, PowerAeon Energy Solutions Inc. announces that Western Wood Development LLC, a Northern California-based company, has fully committed to using Konza Renewable Fuel as the base torrefaction technology for its torrefied pellet product. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

University of Maine at Fort Kent contracts with Northeast Pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalLocated in the thinly populated, heavily forested North Maine Woods, Ashland, Maine, is home to Northeast Pellets’ mill, which can now ramp up production for the heating season fortified with a new contract with the University of Maine at Fort Kent. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

BETO establishes Agile BioFoundry to streamline biomanufacturing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Agile BioFoundry, a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Biogenic CO2 coalition launches grassroots campaign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has launched a grassroots campaign to urge the U.S. EPA to remove its regulatory roadblock to the development of the emerging bioeconomy. The coalition has also sent letters to 2016 presidential candidates. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Studstrup Power Station now fueled by wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOne of the biggest biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) stations in the world is located in Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. The Studstrup Power Station began to use wood pellets instead of coal as fuel on Oct. 10. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Logistec opens warehouses to handle pellets at Brunswick Terminal

BY Logistec Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLogistec Corp. has announced the opening of its newly built bulk warehouses in Brunswick, Georgia. The update included an overhaul of the bulk load-out system, construction of a new ship loader, and significant upgrades to the conveyor system. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Graanul seeks SBP certification for 2 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest’s Imavere and Ebavere Estonia-based pellet plants are moving toward Sustainable Biomass Partnership certification. The first evaluation audits to be carried out by NEPCon Estonia are expected to take place in December. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Study finds biomass harvesting techniques with minimal impacts

BY USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA set of newly published studies evaluated nearly 40 years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

UK DBEIS publishes Q2 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published Energy Trends, Energy Prices publications, covering new data for the second quarter of 2016. Bioenergy and waste production saw the largest percentage change on a year earlier. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

New Biomass Energy obtains majority interest in Mississippi plant

BY New Biomass Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew Biomass Energy recently announced that it has acquired the majority interest in the Mississippi torrefaction plant and plans to continue the production of torrefied biomass. Initial production will be supplied to Portland General Electric. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

Vermont to publish energy compliance standards

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Vermont Department of Public Service has published its draft recommendations for regional and municipal energy planning and standards for issuing a determination of energy compliance. Final documents are required under Act 174 of 2016 by Nov. 1. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Sustane Technologies to produce pellets from MSW in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsSustane Technologies Inc. recently finalized a 20-year contract with the municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia, to make the commercialization of its process that converts municipal solid waste into biomass pellets a reality. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Opinion: On Campus

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCollege and university campuses are loaded with physical attributes that make them ripe for biomass deployments. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Court hears oral arguments in Clean Power Plan challenge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The hearing, held before a panel of 10 judges, spanned nearly seven hours. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Northern Forest Center holds information session on pellet heat

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northern Forest Center is offering incentives that help Vermonters switch to wood pellet boilers and furnaces. An information session about these heating systems and the incentives is scheduled to be held on Oct. 4 in West Burke, Vermont. READ MORE

September 24, 2016

In Depth: Molding the Bulk Market

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsSolutions are said to be found along the fine line between order and chaos, so perhaps this is where the answer lies to expanding a nascent U.S. bulk wood pellet distribution infrastructure. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Policy Exchange releases report on decarbonizing UK domestic heat

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K.-based Renewable Heat Association announced the renewables industry supports conclusions of the Policy Exchange’s recent report on decarbonizing the U.K. heating sector, particularly the future role of biomethane in this effort. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Snow Timber Pellets qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Snow Timber Pellets of Hurley, Wisconsin, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Biomass terminal construction celebrates milestone

BY Graham Construction Found In:Pellets, PowerGraham Construction is celebrating after recording 1 million man hours free of any RIDDOR notifiable incidents while building the biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool for its client Peel Ports. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

KPA Unicon, Renewa join forces in Europe

BY KPA Unicon Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTwo Finnish energy solution suppliers are joining forces through a merger in which KPA Unicon Group Oy is purchasing the entire share capital of Renewa Oy. The parties aim to finalize the acquisition by the end of September. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

PFI changes PFI Standards Program labeling system

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Fuels Institute has announced a change in the labeling system for its PFI Standards Program to accommodate the common practice of private labeling. The change allows the pellet producer to request an additional registration number. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Coproducts and Product Diversification

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasNovember is a unique topic for Biomass Magazine—Coproducts & Product Diversification. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Website now available for wood-to-energy checkoff program

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe wood-to-energy checkoff initiative that’s been in the works for the past few years recently launched a website to provide updated information about the program as well as a way to ask questions about the initiative. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Report details biomass heat, power production in Japan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan’s renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Finnvera to provide financing for MGT Teesside biomass plant

BY Finnvera Found In:Pellets, PowerFinnvera is contributing GBP 100 million ($132.37 million), or roughly EUR 120 million, in financing for MGT Teesside's 299 MW biomass power plant under development in the U.K. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2020. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Report details the economic, employment impact of Drax conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOxford Economics recently released a report that details the total impact of Drax Group on the U.K. economy, reporting that Drax contributed approximately GBP 1.2 billion ($1.58 billion) to the U.K.’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

CBD delivers pneumatic fuel conveying system to Lynemouth plant

BY Clyde Bergemann Found In:Pellets, PowerClyde Bergemann has been chosen to deliver the pneumatic conveying systems for the U.K.-based Lynemouth biomass conversion. The 420 MW power plant burnt its last coal in December 2015 and will reopen burning wood pellets early in 2018. READ MORE