NFR BioEnergy to develop bagasse pellet projects in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, chief operating officer of NFR BioEnergy, have announced the company will make a $312 million capital investment to install bagasse pellet plants at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in Louisiana.
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Enviva to develop 2 pellet plants in North Carolina

North Carolina officials have announced that Enviva plans to develop two new pellet production facilities within the state. The development was made possible, in part, by an award to Enviva from the state Job Development Investment Grant program.
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Atikokan Generation Station now operating on biomass

On Sept. 10, Ontario Power Generation announced that the Aitkokan Generating Station is now operation on biomass. The facility burned its last coal two years ago on Sept. 11, 2012. Conversion of the station began in mid-2012.
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Bioenergy shines in Thunder Bay

This week, Thunder Bay celebrates openings of the Ontario Power Generation Bioenergy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College and OPG's converted Atikokan Generating Station, and also welcomes the Canadian Bioenergy Conference.
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Biomass Power Louisiana signs engagement letter for pellet plant

Biomass Power Louisiana LLC, a subsidiary of Biomass Secure Power Inc., moves forward with the financing of its biomass wood pellet plant in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with a signature on a non-binding engagement letter.
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Herty adds hammer mills, broadens scope of testing opportunities

The addition of two wood grinding hammer mills to the pilot testing facility at Georgia Southern University's Herty Advanced Materials Development Center will allow for efficient testing of high moisture content materials for pellet feedstock.
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EIU to reap research opportunities through land use partnership

For some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses. Local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their property for research.
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Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

Genera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability.
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Global wood pellet demand to reach 50 million metric tons by 2024

Global wood pellet demand is rapidly expanding. According to a new study by RISI, pellet demand is projected to grow from an estimated 23 million metric tons in 2014 to 50 million metric tons in 2024.
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Partnership fuels expansion of UNBC's bioenergy system

Students, communities and the environment will benefit from the expansion of the University of Northern British Columbia's award-winning bioenergy heating system, thanks to a $1.1-million contribution from the government of British Columbia.
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RusForest provides update on Russian pellet mill in Q2 results

Sweden-based RusForest AB has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting the company produced 19,320 metric tons of pellets during the first six months of 2014, including 12,830 metric tons during the second quarter.
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PFI announces relationship change with HPBA

The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced that it is changing its long-standing relationship with the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association in order to better provide the level of services required by its diversifying membership.
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Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

Viaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. At the University of California site in Holtville, California, two planting methods were compared.
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New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3-D

A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth's forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle.
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