Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 06, 2018

OMB reviews rule to amend 2015 residential wood heater regulation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe White House OMB is reviewing a proposal that aims to amend a 2015 rule that set performance standards for new residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces that would allow retailers additional time to sell older appliances. READ MORE

August 03, 2018

EIA: 630,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 630,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in April, with sales reaching 600,000 tons. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

Drax signs £40 million contract with Siemens for turbine upgrades

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Power, which operates the biggest power station in the U.K., has signed a new £40 million contract with Siemens for the upgrade of turbines on three of its biomass units over the next three years. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

UI seeks proposals for densified biomass solid fuel trials

BY University of Iowa Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Iowa has opened a RFQL seeking suppliers to develop densified fuel that blends miscanthus with other high-BTU feedstocks. The university intends to attract pellet producers who can supply it with up to 125,000 tons of fuel per year. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

Astec redefines its role in the pellet plant market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsAstec Industries Inc. recently released second quarter financial results and explained that while it will continue to serve as an equipment supplier to the pellet industry, the company will no longer finance plants or act as an EPC contractor. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

Drax reports progress with unit conversion, LaSalle pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group has released financial results for the first half of 2018, reporting lower than expected EBITDA due to two unplanned outages. Good progress, however, is being made with the fourth biomass unit conversion and a Louisiana pellet plant. READ MORE

July 23, 2018

Player Design building Maine pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsPlayer Design Inc., a Maine-based engineering, drying and energy equipment provider, is in the midst of building a pellet manufacturing plant in Sanford, Maine. The 35,000-to-capacity facility should be operational later this year. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

In Depth: Dissecting a DHA

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCombustible dust fire and explosion expert Jason Krbec discusses the critical role dust hazard analyses play in incident prevention. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

Report explores future of Vietnam pellet industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPellet exports from Vietnam grew from nearly zero to approximately 2.75 million metric tons per year over the past seven years, according to FutureMetrics. The organization has published a new white paper exploring the country’s pellet export sector. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

DOE launches new lab partnering service

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

SHI to supply pellet-fueled power plant to customer in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerSumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. has established a joint enterprise with Nippon Steel and Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd. and announced an order from Kanda Biomass Energy K.K. for a 75,000 kW biomass power plant to be located in Kanda-machi, Japan. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

AEBIOM rebrands to Bioenergy Europe

BY Bioenergy Europe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasAEBIOM has revealed its new corporate identity, Bioenergy Europe, which aims at giving a clearer, more united voice to Europe’s first source of renewable energy. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Sumitomo SHI FW wins contract for biomass CFB boiler island

BY Sumitomo SHI FW Found In:Pellets, PowerSumitomo SHI FW (SFW) announced July 10 that it has been awarded a contract by GS Engineering and Construction for design and supply of the Dangjin Biomass No. 2 Power Plant Project Boiler Island in South Korea. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

In Depth: Seller Beware

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalCalifornia’s notorious Prop 65 has cost wood product manufacturers around the country millions of dollars, and an upcoming requirement could exacerbate the issue. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

In Depth: Growing and Grilling: The Annual PFI Conference in Review

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalMembers of the Pellet Fuels Institute gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC, to discuss growing the market for residential pellet stoves, policies to help achieve growth, and the mainstream approach of grilling to expose pellets to a wider audience. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

In Depth: Protecting the Process

BY Jeff Nichols Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProper analysis, design, engineering and administrative controls, training, and housekeeping will ensure your plant is safe as possible. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

Spanner RE2 supplies 10 biomass CHP plants to company in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSpanner RE2 has announced it will install 10 biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants, including peripherals, at a major corporation in Nagano, Japan, later this year. The plants will have a combined capacity for 490 kWe and 1.1 MWth. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

Opinion: American Wood Stoves: Delay and Deregulate, or Innovate for the Future?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA recently announced that it was going to provide some relief to the wood stove industry by reopening and modifying the Obama-era regulations that would have set stricter emission limits on stoves and boilers in 2020. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

EIA updates short-term bioenergy capacity, generation estimates

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide more than 10 percent of electricity generation this year, up from slightly from 2017. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

US, Canadian pellet feedstock price indices up in early 2018

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:PelletsThe U.S. and Canadian pellet feedstock price indices increased in early 2018, driven mainly by higher demand for pellets in Europe and Asia, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

Opinion: Deflagration Prevention and Protection in Biomass Facilities

BY Geffrey Mitchell Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExplosions in the biomass industry are constant threats that have the potential to harm employees, stop production or destroy an entire facility READ MORE

July 09, 2018

ITA seeks nominations for renewable energy advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsThe ITA has renewed its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and is soliciting nominations for membership. Renewable fuels, including liquid biofuels and biomass pellets, are among the goods addressed by the committee. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

ISO committee advances development of standards for solid biofuel

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDevelopment of international standards for solid biofuels advanced at a recent meeting of the ISO committee responsible for that work, according to the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

Opinion: Wood Pellet Industry Insurance Risks

BY Bryan Gaston Found In:PelletsFire risk within the wood pellet industry is high. While this raises numerous commercial, health, safety and environmental issues for operators within the industry, it also raises insurance questions. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

UK renewable energy generation sets new record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released first quarter 2018 energy statistics, reporting that the renewables’ share of electricity generation increased to a record high of 30.1 percent during the quarter. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 5, President Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Drax rebrands train wagons used to deliver biomass

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerSince it upgraded half of the power station near Selby in North Yorkshire to use sustainable biomass instead of coal, Drax has transformed its business to become Europe’s biggest decarbonization project. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

EIA proposes to extend, update densified biomass fuel reporting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has filed a notice in the Federal Register requesting a three-year extension of data collection related to its monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, along with certain changes to the collection form. READ MORE