Pellets & Densified Biomass

September 30, 2015

U.S. DOE requests information on clean energy for remote Alaska

BY U.S. DOE Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. DOE is proposing a new initiative to significantly accelerate adoption of sustainable clean and energy efficiency strategies in remote rural Alaskan communities. READ MORE

September 29, 2015

Rutgers report assesses New Jersey bioenergy potential

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA recent Rutgers University assessment on bioenergy potential in New Jersey found that the state producers over 7 million dry tons of biomass annually, over 4 million of which could be recovered and used to generate power, heat or vehicle fuel. READ MORE

September 28, 2015

U.S. DOE releases second Quadrennial Technology Review

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThis month, the U.S. DOE released its second Quadrennial Technology Review. The report examines the current status of clean energy technologies, identifying clean energy research opportunities for the power sector. READ MORE

September 28, 2015

Opinion: A Great Fit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEach year, during the production of the on-site and small-scale issue of Biomass Magazine, a theme we hadn’t anticipated emerges. READ MORE

September 25, 2015

Westervelt Renewable Energy earns SBP certification

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWestervelt Renewable Energy has achieved Sustainable Biomass Partnership certification from NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International. READ MORE

September 25, 2015

Three former Coast Guard biomass boilers on way to Alaska

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThree biomass boilers are being shipped to Haines, Alaska, with the potential to heat a variety of buildings throughout town. The boilers are expected to arrive next month and utilize either wood pellets or locally produced wood chips as a feedstock. READ MORE

September 25, 2015

In Depth: Packing a Punch

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalComprised of an American-made engine and boiler vessel, and an Austrian burner and pellet design, Okofen’s compact Pellematic Smart_e marks the next evolution in wood pellet energy. READ MORE

September 23, 2015

Pelletfinger: An Epilogue

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerPellet Mill Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz doubles back to his USIPA conference preview to see if his questions were answered and what he learned. READ MORE

September 23, 2015

Senate democrats release national energy bill

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBuilding on the U.S. DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review installment released earlier this year, U.S. Senate democrats released a tax reform proposal that aims to early on address U.S. energy challenges predicted in the report. READ MORE

September 22, 2015

B&W Volund, Stobart win England biomass CHP plant contracts

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPlans for the Teesside Renewable Energy Plant, a 40-MWe biomass cogeneration facility to be located at Port Clarence in Cramlington, Northumberland, England, continue to advance,. READ MORE

September 22, 2015

Opinion: ENplus Update: Navigating New Changes

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn August, the European Pellet Council released updates to the ENplus quality management scheme for wood pellets. Chris Wiberg outlines the substantive changes as they pertain to North American pellet producers. READ MORE

September 22, 2015

NSF International becomes SBP-approved certification body

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has today announced that NSF International has become an ‘SBP-approved’ certification body. READ MORE

September 21, 2015

USIPA conference opens with an eye on new leadership in UK

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerUSIPA's 5th Annual Exporting Pellets Conference opened in Miami with a cautious eye on the first conservative majority in the United Kingdom in nearly 20 years, and the potential implications for the industrial wood pellet industry. READ MORE

September 21, 2015

Opinion: Industry’s Balancing Act

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs the 2015-’16 heating season approaches and retailers begin to build pellet inventories, Pellet Mill Magazine dug into the complexities of operating a year-round facility that manufactures a seasonal product for its September/October issue. READ MORE

September 18, 2015

Opinion: Pellets Still the Affordable, Available, Renewable One

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUpcoming U.S. Industrial Pellet Association 5th Annual Exporting Conference occurring during an exciting time for the industry. Seth Ginther says it's critical the industry remain flexible as it heads into a period of expansion and diversification. READ MORE

September 18, 2015

In Depth: Entrusted to Biomass

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe National Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving the United Kingdom’s most priceless historic sites, is including biomass heat in its ambitious transition toward renewable energy. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Opinion: UK Biomass Heat: Ready for Takeoff?

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe United Kingdom biomass heat sector is experiencing turbulent times, due to a near-perfect storm of market factors, subsidy review and fallout from dramatic growth in the industry since the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive in November. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

In Depth: 2015 Producer Survey - Capacity, Capital, Storage Partner in 'Pellet Dance'

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA sampling of producers offers a glimpse of the delicate balance between meeting yearly pellet demand and stranding precious capital. READ MORE

September 16, 2015

In Depth: Panamaxing It Out

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the consumption of wood pellets in European power stations matures, shipping efficiency is maximized by utilizing the largest vessels available. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Opinion: Nature’s Call for Biomass Standards

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalA lack of respected national and international standards for biomass production and utilization can only hamper the biomass industry’s growth and standing. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Finnish technology launched into U.K. forestry, energy markets

BY MHG Systems Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFinnish MHG Systems’ mobile and internet cloud service was launched last week, offering forest owners a tool to take control of their forest resource management. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Joint venture to commercialize biomass processing technology

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalActive Energy Group plc and Biomass for Energy have announced a joint venture with Utah-based Biomass Energy Enhancements LLC to commercialize a pretreatment technology that BEE says enables biomass to be utilized as a direct replacement for coal. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Opinion: Pellet Fuels Institute Updates Standards Program

BY Jennifer Hedrick Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute makes several modifications to standards program. PFI Executive Director Jennifer Hedrick says a major modification to the program involves a reduction in sampling frequency for pellet manufacturers. READ MORE

September 14, 2015

In Depth: Matching Pellet Supply With Growing Demand

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalDespite fluctuations, producers and distributors agree: Good relationships and communication can help keep stores stocked with wood pellets during the busy heating season. READ MORE

September 14, 2015

Pelletfinger: A Miami Preview

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsIn anticipation of the 5th Annual Exporting Pellet Conference Executive Editor Tim Portz shares his own "Things to Find Out" list. READ MORE

September 11, 2015

The Military's Renewable Fuel/Energy Progress (Or Lack Thereof)

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn this day, I’m working on the November issue of Biomass Magazine, which has a semi-befitting them: U.S. Military Bioenergy Production & Use READ MORE

September 10, 2015

DOE offers $6 million for Native American energy projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis month, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a report showing threats to tribal energy infrastructure are expected to increase, and also announced a $6 million grant opportunity to establish clean energy projects on tribal lands. READ MORE

September 09, 2015

NEPCon earns first Sustainable Biomass Partnership approval

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerNEPCon, a Danish non-profit offering forest certification services, becomes the first certification body to earn full approval from the Sustainable Biomass Partnership to complete SBP audits for producers of woody biomass inputs. READ MORE

September 08, 2015

FutureMetrics releases dashboard on pellet demand for cofiring

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Sept. 7, FutureMetrics provided a new dashboard analyzing and calculating industrial wood pellet demand for U.S. power plants under various cofiring scenarios. READ MORE

September 04, 2015

Vermont law school releases report on sustainable biomass use

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Institute of Energy and Environment at Vermont Law School recently released a report covering sustainable ways to increase the use of woody biomass for electricity generation while protecting Vermont’s forests. READ MORE