Biomass Power

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 26, 2014

EIA: U.S. added 108.8 MW of bioenergy capacity in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the August issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating that the U.S. added 108.8 MW of bioenergy capacity in June, including 74 MW of capacity from wood and wood waste. 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 26, 2014

Geringhoff to participate in Poet-DSM Project Liberty trials

BY Geringhoff Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGeringhoff will participate in Poet-DSM's Project Liberty trials, starting with an open house and tours at Poet's facilities in Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Sept. 3. Trials are being performed with the Geringhoff Horizon Elite XL Stover Collection corn head. READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Bluesphere announces expansion into landfill gas-to-energy

BY Bluesphere Corp. Found In:Power, BiogasBluesphere Corp. has announced it is pursuing a strategy to work in partnership with landfill owners to convert harmful methane gas emissions from landfills into electricity. The process is based on readily available technology. READ MORE

August 22, 2014

Year sees notable increase in UK renewable power, biodiesel use

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsRenewables' share of electricity generation in the U.K. consisted of a record 19.4 percent share in Q1 2014, up 6.9 percent from the same quarter in 2013, according to U.K. energy trend statistics released by the U.K. DECC. READ MORE

August 22, 2014

Geneticists develop tree biomass crop to grow on marginal lands

BY Virginia Tech Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsTwo Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate. 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 20, 2014

Sunvault Energy pursuing 10 MW AD project with recent MOU

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasAboriginal Power Corp. recently signed a memorandum of understanding that could result in the development of a commercial 10 MW anaerobic biomass power project to be located on Vancouver Island. READ MORE

August 19, 2014

Vermont Gas adds RNG and supports future production

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRenewable natural gas (RNG) has been delivered to homes and businesses in Franklin and Chittenden Counties near Burlington, Vermont since the beginning of August through Vermont Gas's distribution system. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

GIB announces investment in biomass CHP project

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalJohn Laing and the U.K. Green Investment Bank have announced plans to invest in a new biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant near Craigellachie, Moray, will generate 87.4 GWh of electricity and 76.8 GWh of heat annually. 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

Researchers develop technique to convert biogas into hydrogen

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Power, BiogasA new technique that transforms stinky, air-polluting landfill gas could produce the sweet smell of success as it leads to development of a fuel cell generating clean electricity for homes, offices and hospitals, researchers say. 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

Biogen begins operations at food waste AD plant in the U.K.

BY Biogen Found In:Power, BiogasAnaerobic digestion specialist Biogen has successfully completed construction and begun operations at the largest food waste anaerobic digestion plant in Wales, which will recycle 22,500 metric tons of food per year into 1 MW of electricity. 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 14, 2014

Researcher: Regulations needed to identify invasive feedstocks

BY University of Illinois Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn response to the need to prevent invasive species, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Opinion: Railroad Ties: An Essential Biomass Power Fuel

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerBiomass power plants use approximately 815,000 tons of railroad ties per year, distributed among 13 facilities in seven states. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Schumer introduces bill to make biogas eligible for ITC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., recently introduced legislation that aims to encourage the construction of anaerobic digestion facilities by adding biogas to the list of renewable energy sources that are eligible for a 30 percent investment tax credit. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

In Depth: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerBest Available Control Technology solutions vary according to project characteristics and site specificities. 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 11, 2014

Construction underway on Missouri anaerobic digestion project

BY Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC Found In:Power, BiogasConstruction is underway in Missouri on an innovative $80 million renewable energy project, developed and constructed by Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC in collaboration with Murphy-Brown of Missouri LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc. 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 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

Utility proposes low buyback rate for customer-sited bioenergy

BY RENEW Wisconsin Found In:Power, BiogasContained in Milwaukee-based We Energies' pending rate filing is a proposal to cut the buyback rate for new customer-sited bioenergy projects by more than half, down to 4.24 cents per kilowatt-hour beginning in January 2016. 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

Grid synchronization achieved at Texas bioenergy facility

BY Gemma Power Systems LLC Found In:PowerGemma Power Systems LLC has completed initial synchronization of the Woodville Renewable Power Project with the electric grid operated by the Midwest Independent System Operator. READ MORE