Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 19, 2016

Report predicts growth in Italian wood pellet heating

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network has published a report on the Italian wood pellet market, noting the country consumed 3.1 million metric tons of pellets last year. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

Norden, Enviva sign contracts for transport of wood pellets

BY Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S Found In:Pellets, PowerDampskibsselskabet Norden A/S, a global independent shipping company founded in 1871, has contracted with the Enviva family of companies to transport 11 million tons of wood pellets from the U.S. to Europe over a 15-year period. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

Fortum contracts with MGT Teesside to operate, maintain facility

BY Fortum Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFortum has signed a 10-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement with MGT Teesside Ltd. in the UK. The agreement covers the operation and maintenance services of a new 299 MW biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power plant to be located in the U.K. READ MORE

August 16, 2016

Hekotek to deliver pellet plant equipment to project in Siberia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsIn early August, Hekotek announced it has signed an agreement with Boguchansky LPK to deliver pellet plant equipment for a facility in Boguchany, Russia, which is located in the province of Siberia. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

Tees REP finalizes project financing, Enviva off-take agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 8, MGT Teesside Ltd. announced it has finalized financing arrangements for the U.K.-based Tees Renewable Energy Plant. A few days later, Enviva announced its previously announced agreement to supply wood pellets to the plant is now firm. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

RHNY offers comprehensive approach to wood heat expansion

BY Mark Watson Found In:Pellets, ThermalIn 2014, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority launched the $27 million Renewable Heat New York program, which built upon NYSERDA’s biomass R&D program with the aim to create a self-sustaining wood heat industry. READ MORE

August 12, 2016

Canfor celebrates recent completion of two Canadian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis summer Canfor Corp. officially marked the opening of its two new pellet plants collocated at company sawmills in Chetwynd and Fort St. John. Combined, the plants have a capacity of 175,000 metric tons of industrial-grade wood pellets. READ MORE

August 12, 2016

Application period opens for biomass support program in Manitoba

BY Manitoba government Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Canada and Manitoba governments are supporting a greener, more sustainable economy through the $1-million Biomass Energy Support Program, which awards grants to support the switch from coal to biomass and for applied biomass research. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

Rentech reports improved industrial pellet production during Q2

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 10, Rentech released second quarter 2016 results, reporting improved pellet production at its Canadian plants, with average weekly production increasing 50 percent and 10 percent at Wawa and Atikokan, respectively, compared to quarter one. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

Program announced for Heating the Midwest 2016 Conference & Expo

BY Heating the Midwest Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Heating the Midwest 2016 Conference & Expo will take place Oct. 11-13 at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan. A pre-conference tour will be offered Oct. 11, with the two-day conference officially opening Oct. 12. READ MORE

August 10, 2016

CEQ guidance addresses biogenic emissions from land management

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Council on Environmental Quality has issued final guidance on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in National Environmental Policy Act reviews that addresses certain biogenic emissions. READ MORE

August 09, 2016

Andritz highlights pellet, bioenergy orders in financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasAndritz Group has released financial results for the first half of 2016, reporting good project and investment in the biomass pelleting sector and noting several orders related to bioenergy projects. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

Enviva Q2 results highlight long-term offtake pellet contracts

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP announced its second quarter of 2016 financial and operating results, reporting increased income, quarterly distribution and outlook for the remainder of the year, driven by higher contracted wood pellet sales volumes. READ MORE

August 02, 2016

Drax Biomass earns SBP certificates issued by SCS Global Services

BY Drax Biomass Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe first Sustainable Biomass Partnership certificates issued by SCS Global Services were recently presented to Drax Biomass Inc. for its Morehouse BioEnergy and Amite BioEnergy wood pellet manufacturing facilities. READ MORE

August 01, 2016

Drax talks operations, supply chain, Brexit in half-year results

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc had a very good first half of the year operationally, is generating 70 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, has drastically lowered its emissions and the Sustainable Biomass Partnership continues to grow. READ MORE

July 29, 2016

Commission to study Maine’s biomass industry to meet in August

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA commission put together by Maine legislature to study economic, environmental and energy benefits of Maine’s biomass industry is scheduled to hold its first meeting Aug. 2. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

REA: Surprise UK renewable heat cuts put investments at risk

BY Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (previously the Department of Energy and Climate Change) laid an amendment in Parliament to the Renewable Heat Incentive to reduce support for biomass combined-heat-and-power systems. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

BTEC updates mission and vision statements

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council recently announced its updated mission and vision statements. BTEC engaged in a series of facilitated strategic planning sessions throughout the fall of 2015. These efforts reaffirmed BTEC’s mission and vision. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Alternative market opportunities discussed at 2016 PFI conference

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe PFI 2016 conference wrapped in Asheville this week, bringing together individuals from the public and private sectors, academia and government institutions. The last session offered potential market opportunities pellet producers could consider. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Opinion: Equipped to Innovate

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn every issue of Biomass Magazine dedicated to equipment and equipment innovations, the men and women who put these machines to work jump off the page. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

Biogenic carbon emissions panel to hold teleconference Oct. 12

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board has announced plans to hold a public teleconference of the SAB biogenic carbon emissions panel on Oct. 12 as part of its continuing review of the framework for biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

Astec reports solid quarter, expects new pellet plant order

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAstec Inc. reported a solid second quarter with a 9.9 percent increase in net sales in Q2 2016 compared to Q2 2015, a change of direction from last quarter’s 3.5 percent decrease in net sales in Q1 2016 compared to from Q1 2015. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

In Depth: Brexit and Biomass

BY Amanda Saint Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThere are real concerns about what Brexit means for the future of the U.K.’s renewable energy sector, which has grown significantly with the help of EU-funded investments and subsidies. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

Opinion: Keeping Score

BY David Spindler Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDCM Logic has developed a simple and straightforward way of measuring Boiler Plant Effectiveness, or BPE. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

WBA issues report on the importance of bioenergy in Europe

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recent study published by the World Bioenergy Association addresses the challenges European cities are facing within global climate mitigation policy and explains the contributions biomass can offer to reduce the use of fossil fuels. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

Endowment launches updated bioenergy database, mapping tool

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities recently announced the launch of the revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool. The site, www.wood2energy.org, is the most comprehensive database of its kind in North America. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

2016 PFI conference underway in Asheville, North Carolina

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute returns to Asheville, North Carolina, for its annual conference being held July 24-26, hosting approximately 170 attendees and nearly 30 exhibitors. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

In Depth: Apparatus Advantage

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn-house pellet plant labs enable fuel quality monitoring, an asset for regularly audited producers. READ MORE

July 24, 2016

In Depth: Baltic Rim Wood Fiber Supply and Demand

BY Tracy Leslie Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalChip quality market data will enable Baltic States to further capitalize on the energy chip export industry as it expands. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Billion-Ton Update authors discuss report findings

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 19, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 Billion-Ton Update, its methodology and data collection strategies, findings and goals. READ MORE