Report predicts increase in Russian wood pellet production

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the Russian Federation's pellet sector. Russia is currently the third largest exporter of wood pellets to the EU.
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Rentech reports delays at Atikokan, Wawa pellet plants

On Aug. 11, Rentech Inc. released its financial earnings for the three and six months ended June 30, reporting a revenue increase compared to the prior year period, but combined output, losses for its Canadian pellet plants worse than expected.
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Study suggets residential pellet offgassing a nonissue

A new study, indoor storage of pellets in homes using the fuel for heat does not pose a risk of generating carbon monoxide (CO) levels above recommended thresholds.
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PHI Group completes land acquisition for Florida pellet project

PHI Group recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of 10 acres of land from Klausner Holding U.S.A., a Georgia corporation, for the Cornerstone Biomass Corp. 200,000 metric ton wood pellet project in Live Oak, Florida.
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USDA GAIN report highlights EU pellet, biogas markets

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union's bioenergy sector, including data on the use of wood pellets and biogas.
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Biomass Research and Development Committee to meet in August

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Committee. The event is scheduled to be held Aug. 27-28 in Washington, D.C.
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Letter urges recognition of the carbon neutrality of bioenergy

On July 31, 154 members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a letter to the USDA, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. EPA urging the recognition of carbon neutrality of biomass energy.
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ASABE announces progress in solid biofuel standards development

Development of international standards for solid biofuels has been ongoing since 2007; with seven of the 12 published ISO standards being completed within the past year, and another 26 standards at various stages of development.
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EPC announces new version of the ENplus Handbook

The European Pellet Council has announced the release of an updated version of the ENplus Handbook, which which defines the rights, responsibilities and obligations of all the participants in the certification program.
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Pacific Ag raises $7 million from ACAP

Pacific Ag has announced $7 million investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners LP. The capital will enable Pacific Ag to accelerate the expansion of its operations through acquisitions, technology, equipment, sales and marketing.
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Forest Concepts awarded SBIR contract to improve biomass drying

Forest Concepts LLC was recently notified that it has been awarded a two-year $499,997 Small Business Innovation Research contract from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve biomass drying efficiency.
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NYSERDA makes wood heating systems more affordable

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced increased levels of support through Renewable Heat NY for high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems to improve the return-on-investment for homeowners and businesses.
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Argonne scientists study benefits of bioenergy crop integration

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study is set to be published in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy.
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Genera Energy launches unique biomass crop planning app

Genera Energy Inc. announced the launch of its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass. The Biomass app was developed to serve as a practical, easy-to-use mobile crop planning and learning tool for biomass farmers and landowners.
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