Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 04, 2018

PFI welcomes Tim Portz as executive director

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Fuels Institute recently announced that it has hired Tim Portz to serve as the organization’s executive director. Portz, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, previously served as executive editor of Biomass Magazine and Pellet Mill Magazine. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Opinion: Every Last Drop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOne of the most common deterrents to investment in equipment and technology that will ultimately save bioenergy plants money is exactly that—money. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

UK bioenergy production up during the third quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released updated energy statistics in late December, reporting that the share of low carbon electricity accounted for a record high of 54.4 percent during the third quarter of 2017. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Enviva announces new joint venture, acquisition of pellet plant

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has announced a new joint venture (JV) with affiliates of The John Hancock Life Insurance Co. to acquire, develop and construct pellet plants and deep-water marine terminals. A South Carolina facility is expected to be the first acquisition. READ MORE

December 29, 2017

In Depth: The ABCs of ORCs

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOrganic Rankine cycle systems are a good fit for companies with biomass waste streams to produce combined heat and power, and, in some cases, sell power to the grid. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

Rentech files bankruptcy, sells Atikokan, NEWP pellet plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech has filed for bankruptcy and sold off the bulk of its assets, including an Ontario wood pellet plant and U.S. wood pellet business New England Wood Pellet. The bankruptcy filing lists Lignetics of New England Inc. as the buyer of NEWP. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

DOE announces plan to modernize department

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its intent to modernize the agency’s organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy files for IPO in Canada

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 15, Canadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy filed a preliminary prospectus with securities regulatory authorities in Canada for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of common shares. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

EIA releases pellet production, sales data for September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, announcing respondents reported producing 433,464 tons of utility pellets and 133,344 tons of heating pellets in September. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Drax reports biomass outage following rail-related fire

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has announced an unplanned outage on the rail unloading facilities at Drax Power Station is restricting biomass deliveries to plant. Drax also said generation on two biomass-fired units has been reduced. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Alberta to provide funding to support biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn early December, the government of Alberta announced plans to award $1.4 billion over seven years to support innovative projects funded by the Climate Leadership Plan. A portion of that funding will support bioenergy and biofuel projects. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

NB Power to find new fuel source for Belledune plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerNew Brunswick, Canada-based NB Power has announced plans to eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2030 by identifying a new energy source for its Belledune Generating Station. The utility is investigating the use of hydrogen, biomass and natural gas. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

EIA revises 2017, 2018 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, revising its 2017 and 2018 forecasts for bioenergy production and residential wood heating. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

FutureMetrics paper discusses fighting, preventing storage fires

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsFutureMetrics has released a new white paper focused on best practices for fighting and preventing fires in wood pellet storage domes and silos. The paper is authored by John Swaan, senior operations expert at FutureMetrics. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

Wood Stove Design Challenge announces initial round of finalists

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalInventors, universities, and manufacturers are competing to design an integrated thermoelectric generator and wood stove that is optimized for both home heat and electrical power output as part of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge. READ MORE

December 04, 2017

In Depth: Biomass in Japan’s Best Energy Mix

BY Anna Simet & Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDemand for imported biomass is expected to surge in Japan, in the midst of an aggressive energy landscape overhaul. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

In Depth: Molding a New Pellet Design

BY Jason Hendry Found In:PelletsWhat began as a project focused on developing pellets that could be shipped via pipeline led to the development of a new type of torrefied pellet that has increased bulk energy density, durability, and resistance to moisture. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Drax Biomass: LaSalle BioEnergy begins pellet production

BY Drax Biomass Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass Inc. has begun start up production at its newest facility, LaSalle BioEnergy in Urania, Louisiana. The facility is the third pellet plant in DBI’s portfolio and has an annual capacity of 450,000 metric tons. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

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 Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

In Depth: The Asian Biomass Market: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

BY Pedro Campilho Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe bioenergy market in Asia Pacific is still fairly immature compared to the European market. However, recent developments have led to expectations of significant biomass demand. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

AFF, Enviva partner on forest certification, habitat restoration

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerThe American Forest Foundation and Enviva Holdings LP have partnered to help private forest landowners across the Florida panhandle certify their forests are sustainably managed, and restore longleaf pine forests to improve wildlife habitat. READ MORE

November 21, 2017

19 countries agree to scale up bioenergy targets

BY Biofuture Platform Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCountries representing half of the global population and 37 percent of the global economy agreed to scale up the low-carbon bioeconomy, and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

Research finds wood pellets cut home heating GHGs in half

BY Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station Found In:Pellets, ThermalUsing wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Canadian pellet exports up 46 percent from 2015 to 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanada’s National Energy Board has announced Canadian wood pellet exports increased by 46 percent between 2015 and 2016. The growth is attributed to growing global demand for biomass-fired electricity generation to replace coal-fired generation. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Researchers reduce CO emissions from stored wood pellets

BY Clarkson University Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently announced that Clarkson University discovered a new process to eliminate the release of dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) gas from wood pellets in storage. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

EIA: 610,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which includes data for August. The report estimates total U.S. production capacity is nearly 12.71 million tons per year. READ MORE