Biomass Power

March 11, 2014

RES ceases development of proposed biomass plant in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerU.K.-based renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. recently announced it is ceasing development of its proposed biomass power plant at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, England. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Public meeting rekindles Minn. biomass plant talks

BY Chris HansonFound In:PowerRoughly 30 people from Red Lake Falls, Minn., traversed through harsh winter weather on Feb. 27 to attend a public meeting regarding a proposed $300 million, 30-MW biomass energy plant project. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Cool Planet breaks ground on commercial facility

BY Cool Planet Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsCool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company's first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

House tax proposal would alter biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., has released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the "Tax Reform Act of 2014," would alter, and in some cases repeal, tax incentives for biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

GE launches Distributed Power business

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasGE has announced the launch of a new Distributed Power business that combines the Aeroderivative Gas Turbine, Jenbacher Gas Engine and Waukesha Gas Engine product lines. The company will invest $1.4 billion over four years in the new business. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

Viaspace tests grinding equipment for Nicaragua plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerViaspace Inc. has announced it conducted a full production-scale test of Giant King Grass grinding equipment on Feb. 18 at the Greenway Recycling Facility in Portland, Ore., using a stationary grinder manufactured by West Salem Machinery Co. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

European Pellet Conference opens with bullish outlook

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe morning speakers at The European Pellet Conference all outlined continued strong growth for both global pellet demand and production. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

New Holland provides tractors to ISU BioCentury Research Farm

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University's BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. A model T8.330 and a T5.115 tractor with a loader were loaned to the facility. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

2 additional biomass companies win Army MATOC contracts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiative Task Force, has announced two additional biomass energy companies received Multiple Award Task Order Contracts. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

Carbon sequestration not so simple in biomass crop production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFindings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at support the USDA priority of developing new new sources of bioenergy. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Study unveils vast potential of UK biomass resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new study has found the U.K. could generate up to 44 percent of its energy needs from domestic biomass sources by 2050. The study was completed by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

FERC: U.S. adds biomass power capacity in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has published its Energy Infrastructure Update for January, reporting that three new biomass power generation units were placed into service during the month. READ MORE

February 20, 2014

ReEnergy scores PPA from Army

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerMore than eight months after the 28-megawatt (MW) ReEnergy Black River biomass plant at Fort Drum, N.Y., began producing power, the U.S. Army has issued a Notice of Intent to award the facility a 20-year power purchase agreement. READ MORE

February 20, 2014

Solar-induced hybrid fuel cell produces electricity from biomass

BY Georgia Institute of Technology Found In:Powerresearchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

University to use Heyl & Patterson equipment in biocoal research

BY Heyl & Patterson Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHeyl & Patterson Inc. has announced the sale of an indirect-fired rotary calciner to the University of Minnesota, Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute.It will be used to transform wood biomass into torrefied wood, or "biocoal." READ MORE

February 19, 2014

Dutch power plant successfully tests torrefied biomass pellets

BY Essent Found In:Pellets, PowerA consortium consisting of Topell Energy, Essent, Nuon, GDF SUEZ, and ECN has successfully completed a large-scale cofiring test with an innovative renewable energy source at the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg, Netherlands. READ MORE

February 18, 2014

Drax considers developing additional U.S. pellet capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has released preliminary financial result for 2013, reporting that earnings were ahead of expectations, reflecting good operations and healthy spreads. The company also announced it will consider adding additional pellet capacity. READ MORE

February 18, 2014

MV Technologies to supply H2SPlus system to landfill gas project

BY Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources Inc. Found In:Power, BiogasStrategic Environmental & Energy Resources Inc. has announced that its MV Technologies subsidiary received a $1.2 million order to supply a high-capacity H2SPlus hydrogen sulfide removal system to a large landfill operation in the western U.S. READ MORE

February 17, 2014

Proposed bioenergy plant denied certificate of public good in Vt.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Vermont Public Service Board has denied North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project LLC's petition for a certificate of public good (CPG) for its proposed 25-to-35-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Springfield, Vt. READ MORE

February 14, 2014

Fortum releases 2013 financial results, invests in new CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalFinland-based Fortum has released financial results for the fourth quarter of last year and announced a new investment in a multi-fueled combined-heat-and-power plant under development in Naantail, Finland. READ MORE

February 13, 2014

Virgin Islands biogas project progressing

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasA biogas project being developed by Tibbar Energy in the U.S. Virgin Island's St. Croix is making steady progress. CEO Tania Tomyn said the 7 MW project, which will utilize Viaspace Inc.-licensed Giant King Grass, is moving full speed ahead. READ MORE

February 13, 2014

DECC opens consultation on Offtaker of Last Resort proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has opened a public consultation on its Offtaker of Last Resort proposal, which would provide eligible renewable electricity producers with a guaranteed backstop route-to-market at discounted prices. READ MORE

February 12, 2014

Covanta discusses biomass, energy facilities in financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerCovanta Holdings Corp. has released financial results for 2013, reporting operating revenue of $1.63 billion, down from $1.643 billion in 2012. Income from continuing operations was $45 million, compared to $134 million in 2012. READ MORE

February 11, 2014

EIA revises wood, waste biomass forecasts in monthly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration revised its forecast for energy production from wood and waste biomass in its February Short-Term Energy Outlook. The industrial sector is expected to be the largest consumer of wood biomass this year. READ MORE

February 11, 2014

50 MW Dutch bioenergy plant commences operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerA 49.9-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant recently began operations at the Delfzijl port in the northern region of the Netherlands. The Bio Golden Raand facility is operated by the Dutch utility Eneco. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Obama signs Farm Bill, announces Made in Rural America initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law during a Feb. 7 ceremony at Michigan State University. During his speech, Obama also announced the launch of a new "Made in Rural America" export and investment initiative. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo to address Farm Bill

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe passage of the Farm Bill will positively impact the biomass industry and help to spur on additional development of renewable energy, according to several leading biomass companies and organizations that praised the long-awaited bill. READ MORE

February 06, 2014

Report provides estimates of bioenergy capacity, investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides estimates of new bioenergy production capacity and recent project investments. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

OSU receives grant to investigate redcedar, biofuels and water

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEastern redcedar trees are extremely invasive, are an incredible fire danger, and large, open-grown trees can use upwards of 42 gallons of water a day during the summer. However, removed invasive trees could serve as a biofuel feestock. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

EPA names landfill gas projects of the year

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasThrough its Landfill Methane Outreach Program, the U.S. EPA has recognized three U.S. landfill gas-to-energy projects as being exceptional projects of 2013. The projects are located in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia. READ MORE