Pellets & Densified Biomass

October 20, 2016

Drax Biomass collaborates to protect Louisiana wetlands

BY Drax Biomass Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass Inc., a pellet manufacturer operating in the Southeast, marked National Bioenergy Day by declaring the cypress and tupelo stands found in forested wetlands, including the Atchafalaya Basin, to be off-limits for its timber purchases. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Report documents economic benefit of New Hampshire wood heating

BY NH Wood Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe NH Wood Energy Council recently released a report documenting the economic and environmental benefits of heating community, commercial and institutional buildings with modern wood chip and pellet technology. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

BPA marks fourth Annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day, more than 40 organizations across the United States and Canada opened their doors on Oct. 19 to local residents and stakeholders, inviting them to learn more about biobased power, thermal and fuels. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

Yeongdong biomass conversion in Korea to be complete in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn 2015, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction secured a contract from Korea South-East Power to convert the Yeongdong Thermal Power Plant Unit 1 to biomass. That conversion project is currently under way, with completion expected early next year. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

Pöyry reports biomass cofiring as one option to coal conundrum

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerPöyry Management Consulting released a point of view report this month, considering the role of coal in a lower-carbon economy. Pöyry makes the argument that the future role of coal in the global energy mix must include cofiring with biomass. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

American Biomass acquires Okanagan Wood Pellets from Viridis

BY American Biomass Corporation Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalAmerican Biomass Corporation Inc. has completed its purchase of Okanagan Wood Pellets from Viridis Energy, Inc. With this acquisition, Okanagan brand pellets will be available this fall to retailers exclusively from American Biomass. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

VTT develops combustion technologies for biomass

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is seeking a carbon capture technology for Finnish power and heat production plants. The first pilots were implemented, using wood pellets, at VTT's Bioruukki and the results are promising. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

FutureMetrics offers wood pellet demand, spot pricing estimates

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics LLC released a white paper with estimates of industrial wood pellet tonnage demand and spot prices. The tonnage estimates are based on optimistic scenarios for cofiring or full-firing wood pellets in large pulverized coal power. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

EIA predicts increase in wood heating this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, along with its Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting household expenditures related to heating will increase this winter. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Aeon Energy provides torrefaction equipment to WWD

BY Aeon Energy Solutions Inc Found In:Pellets, PowerAeon Energy Solutions Inc. announces that Western Wood Development LLC, a Northern California-based company, has fully committed to using Konza Renewable Fuel as the base torrefaction technology for its torrefied pellet product. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

University of Maine at Fort Kent contracts with Northeast Pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalLocated in the thinly populated, heavily forested North Maine Woods, Ashland, Maine, is home to Northeast Pellets’ mill, which can now ramp up production for the heating season fortified with a new contract with the University of Maine at Fort Kent. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

BETO establishes Agile BioFoundry to streamline biomanufacturing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Agile BioFoundry, a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Biogenic CO2 coalition launches grassroots campaign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has launched a grassroots campaign to urge the U.S. EPA to remove its regulatory roadblock to the development of the emerging bioeconomy. The coalition has also sent letters to 2016 presidential candidates. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Studstrup Power Station now fueled by wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOne of the biggest biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) stations in the world is located in Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. The Studstrup Power Station began to use wood pellets instead of coal as fuel on Oct. 10. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Logistec opens warehouses to handle pellets at Brunswick Terminal

BY Logistec Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLogistec Corp. has announced the opening of its newly built bulk warehouses in Brunswick, Georgia. The update included an overhaul of the bulk load-out system, construction of a new ship loader, and significant upgrades to the conveyor system. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Graanul seeks SBP certification for 2 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest’s Imavere and Ebavere Estonia-based pellet plants are moving toward Sustainable Biomass Partnership certification. The first evaluation audits to be carried out by NEPCon Estonia are expected to take place in December. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Study finds biomass harvesting techniques with minimal impacts

BY USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA set of newly published studies evaluated nearly 40 years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

UK DBEIS publishes Q2 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published Energy Trends, Energy Prices publications, covering new data for the second quarter of 2016. Bioenergy and waste production saw the largest percentage change on a year earlier. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

New Biomass Energy obtains majority interest in Mississippi plant

BY New Biomass Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew Biomass Energy recently announced that it has acquired the majority interest in the Mississippi torrefaction plant and plans to continue the production of torrefied biomass. Initial production will be supplied to Portland General Electric. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

Vermont to publish energy compliance standards

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Vermont Department of Public Service has published its draft recommendations for regional and municipal energy planning and standards for issuing a determination of energy compliance. Final documents are required under Act 174 of 2016 by Nov. 1. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Sustane Technologies to produce pellets from MSW in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsSustane Technologies Inc. recently finalized a 20-year contract with the municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia, to make the commercialization of its process that converts municipal solid waste into biomass pellets a reality. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Opinion: On Campus

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCollege and university campuses are loaded with physical attributes that make them ripe for biomass deployments. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Court hears oral arguments in Clean Power Plan challenge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The hearing, held before a panel of 10 judges, spanned nearly seven hours. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Northern Forest Center holds information session on pellet heat

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northern Forest Center is offering incentives that help Vermonters switch to wood pellet boilers and furnaces. An information session about these heating systems and the incentives is scheduled to be held on Oct. 4 in West Burke, Vermont. READ MORE

September 24, 2016

In Depth: Molding the Bulk Market

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsSolutions are said to be found along the fine line between order and chaos, so perhaps this is where the answer lies to expanding a nascent U.S. bulk wood pellet distribution infrastructure. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Policy Exchange releases report on decarbonizing UK domestic heat

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K.-based Renewable Heat Association announced the renewables industry supports conclusions of the Policy Exchange’s recent report on decarbonizing the U.K. heating sector, particularly the future role of biomethane in this effort. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Snow Timber Pellets qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Snow Timber Pellets of Hurley, Wisconsin, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Biomass terminal construction celebrates milestone

BY Graham Construction Found In:Pellets, PowerGraham Construction is celebrating after recording 1 million man hours free of any RIDDOR notifiable incidents while building the biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool for its client Peel Ports. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

KPA Unicon, Renewa join forces in Europe

BY KPA Unicon Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTwo Finnish energy solution suppliers are joining forces through a merger in which KPA Unicon Group Oy is purchasing the entire share capital of Renewa Oy. The parties aim to finalize the acquisition by the end of September. READ MORE