Biomass Power

July 15, 2016

USDA GAIN report highlights Russian pellet potential

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the Russian federation’s biofuels industry, including data on likely growth with wood pellet production and exports. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

SRP to test burn forest debris at coal plant

BY Salt River Project Found In:PowerSalt River Project is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, Arizona, to improve the health of Arizona's forests and watersheds. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

Opinion: On Our Behalf

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAnyone who has worked in the renewable energy sector generally and the wood pellet sector specifically understands how important public policy is to industry growth and stability, a notion underscored multiple times in the July/August issue. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

In Depth: Taming the Power-Hungry Beast

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew federal regulations went into effect June 1 that require motor manufacturers to produce an even broader scope of more efficient designs for the U.S. industrial market. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK government eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNewly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a larger ministerial overhaul. The functions of the DECC will be transferred to other government departments. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Vermont AD system demonstrates operational success

BY Vermont Technical College Found In:Power, Biogas“Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College, is operating at full capacity and successfully putting electricity onto the grid. At full power, the system transforms 16,000 gallons of waste to 8,800 kwh of electricity daily. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Veolia signs contract to operate, maintain AD system in Michigan

BY Veolia Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasVeolia recently signed a five-year contract with Lowell Energy AD, managed by Sustainable Partners of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK plant hosts scientists, farmers interested in miscanthus

BY BWSC North Lincs Found In:PowerThe Brigg Renewable Energy Plant recently hosted a visit from scientists and farmers to explore the use of miscanthus as a fuel for renewable energy and support groundbreaking research into miscanthus growing. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

(Just a Little On) Ag Pellet Potential

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCofiring is one of the themes for the December issue of Biomass Magazine, along with conversions and integrations. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

UK DECC publishes Q1 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released first quarter 2016 energy statistics in its Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications, reporting 8.3 percent of final energy consumption in 2015 came from renewables. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWithin 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

NTU, NEA collaborate to develop waste-to-energy research facility

BY Nanyang Technological University Found In:PowerThe National Environment Agency recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore to co-fund the development of a S$40 million ($29.7 million) waste-to-energy (WTE) research facility. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

In Depth: Perennial Battles

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhether on the road toward complying with new regulation or championing for equal consideration in policy, the pellet industry persists in its ongoing conviction. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Nebraska awards grant to Enginuity for BioCoal project

BY Enginuity Worldwide Found In:PowerEnginuity Worldwide recently announced that Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality has awarded the company a $250,525 grant to develop BioCoal Fuel using its patented rotary compression technology. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Researchers investigate impact of biomass harvest on wildlife

BY D'Lyn Ford, North Carolina State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth Carolina State University researchers announce results of four-year study on how biomass harvesting treatments impact wildlife, noting no significant impacts were found. The study addressed six different harvesting treatments. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Gaz Metro converts biomass into renewable natural gas

BY Gaz Metro Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGaz Metro has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second-generation renewable natural gas. The trials were carried out in collaboration with G4 Insights at the Natural Gas Technologies Centre. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for the UK?

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhile it is too early to know the full implications of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union, Ginther provides some insight on what it might mean for export/import industries, like the pellet industry. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

USDA awards REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe USDA has awarded Rural Energy for America Program funding to 821 projects supporting energy efficiency improvements and the installation of renewable energy systems, including $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

Spencer Group to design, build pellet facilities at Port of Tyne

BY Spencer Group Found In:Pellets, PowerSpencer Group has won a contract from Lynemouth Power Ltd. to design and build wood pellet facilities at the Port of Tyne. The contract includes design and construction of a facility for the handling, storage and rail-loading of wood pellets. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

In Depth: Sweden’s Strong Suit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForssjö Pellets exemplifies the Swedish pellet industry, at one time the global leader in pellet production and consumption. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

More On Brexit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the United Kingdom’s recent vote to exit the European Union, it has left many in the renewables sector—over here in the U.S., largely global pellet market stakeholders—what might happen to the country’s biomass sector. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

Hadfield Wood Recyclers wins North Wales biomass plant contract

BY Hadfield Wood Recyclers Found In:Power, Thermal Hadfield Wood Recyclers has won a contract to supply 45,000 metric tons of biomass fuel to a new 5.4-MW, wood-fueled plant in Wrexham, North Wales. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

REA: New fossil power fails to deliver as biomass, renewable can

BY Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change data reveals that 5 GW of conventional, fossil fuel-powered generation that were awarded contracts under the Capacity Market scheme have missed their targets for delivering the projects. READ MORE

July 06, 2016

PHG Energy Tennesee waste gasification project progressing

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerWork is progressing at the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, waste-to-energy plant, and Field Rep. Evann Freeman from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office recently visited the site to check in on progress. READ MORE

July 05, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass-fired boiler to Russian pulp mill

BY VALMET Found In:Power, ThermalValmet will deliver a biomass-fired boiler plant and related automation and environmental systems to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. Valmet’s delivery is scheduled for 2017. READ MORE

July 05, 2016

FutureMetrics releases dashboard to see Brexit market impacts

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics recently released a pellet supply chain dashboard to see what the vote by the U.K. to leave the EU could mean for the industrial pellet sector. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

Ontario awards contracts to 14 small-scale bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOntario’s Independent Electricity System Operator has announced it is offering 396 long-term contracts for 241.43 MW of small-scale renewable generation, including 14 contracts for 3.45 MW of bioenergy. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

RWE commissions German biogas plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasRWE recently commissioned a state-of-the-art biogas plant in Bergheim-Paffendorf, Germany. The facility has a thermal capacity of 7.4 MW and is designed to feed up to 700 cubic meters into the gas grid per hour. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

UK REA: 5th Carbon Budget crucial first step reassuring investors

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. has confirmed the Committee on Carbon Change’s recommended carbon budget, laying out a 57 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels during 2027-2032 and providing renewables industry and investors more long-term confidence. READ MORE