Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 06, 2018

Drax moves closer to coal-free future with unit four conversion

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Power Station June 6 took a step closer to achieving its coal-free ambitions by taking its fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline as part of a planned outage program as it prepares to convert it to run on sustainable biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

EIA: 640,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 640,000 tons during the month. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Walz Scale develops volumetric measurement systems for biomass

BY Walz Scale Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIllinois-based Walz Scale has developed new volumetric measurement systems for the biomass industry. The non-contact laser based measurement systems provide high accuracy volume measurement for trucks and conveyor belts. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 4, a group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Pinnacle announces off-take contract with Japan-based Hanwa

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerPinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has entered into a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Japan-based Hanwa Co. Ltd. Under the contract, Pinnacle will supply Hanwa with 75,000 metric tons of wood pellet annually, beginning in 2022. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

UK government CCS team visits Drax Power Station

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerA group of senior policymakers and government officials has visited Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, to learn more about the U.K.’s largest power station and its plans to pilot new carbon capture technology. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: The “S” Word, Points and Counterpoints

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBiomass’ carbon neutrality and forest sustainability have been two topics of heated debate, especially over the past decade, as the global wood pellet industry has flourished. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Mathematics of Demand

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe most obvious challenge the pellet industry will confront as we work to turn demand around is our lack of touchpoints with consumers when they are making home and space heating decisions. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Busy Time for ISO TC 238

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile the efforts of ISO TC 238 are ongoing, they are greatly accelerated each year during the annual plenary and working group meetings, which are being held in Espoo, Finland, May 28 to June 1. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: The Ideological Divide

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, PowerUnderstanding the positions of those opposed to the wood pellet industry is critical to overcoming and reconciling differences. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: Wood Pellets in the Emerging Asian Biomass Market

BY Racheal Levinson Found In:Pellets, PowerThere is no doubt that Asia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly, but a big unknown is how much of a role wood pellets will play in meeting the emerging demand, and where will those pellets come from. READ MORE

May 22, 2018

Opportunities for wood pellets made of sawdust in the Netherlands

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe government of the Netherlands has filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network outlining current market opportunities for wood pellets, primarily those made of sawdust. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Drax to pilot Europe’s first carbon capture storage project

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax has announced that it is to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe, which, if successful, could make the renewable electricity produced at its North Yorkshire power station carbon negative. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

House votes down 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 198 to 213 to defeat the 2018 Farm Bill. One day prior to the vote, members of the House defeated a proposed amendment by a vote of 75 to 340 that would have repealed the Farm Bill’s Energy Title. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

US Forest Service awards Wood Innovation Grants

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 16, USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen announced the award of almost $8 million in Wood Innovation Grants to expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

Graanul Invest increases efficiency of pellet plants

BY SIA Graanul Invest Found In:PelletsSIA Graanul Invest has concluded an agreement with the Central Finance and Contracting Agency of Latvia and the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia on the realization of the project to increase the efficiency of its pellet plants. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

IRENA: Renewable energy industry employs 10.3 million

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has announced the renewables industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally last year, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016. Approximately 10.3 million are now employed by the renewable energy industry. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

California executive order on forest fires recognizes bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 10, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order that aims to protect communities from wildfire and climate impacts. The California Biomass Energy Alliance said it is encouraged that Brown recognizes the importance of biomass energy. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Bioenergy, ag groups urge Congress to oppose House Farm Bill

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council in conjunction with the Agriculture Energy Coalition and the Biomass Power Association is urging Congress to oppose H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

AEC urges House to oppose elimination of Farm Bill’s energy title

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 14, the Agriculture Energy Coalition sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the elimination of a stand-alone energy title and exclusion of mandatory funding for energy programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 11, 2018

EIA: Biomass power capacity to increase in 2018

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

May 10, 2018

UK college opens bioenergy training center

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.K. Prime Minister Theresa May recently helped celebrate the opening of a new bioenergy training center at the U.K.-based Berkshire College of Agriculture. The new energy center will provide training in in biofuel engineering and related skills. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

EIA: 600,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently announced that U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 620,000 tons and selling 600,000 tons of fuel products in January. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Report analyzes biomass supply, demand in Asia to 2030

BY Hawkins Wright Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAsia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly. Wood pellet imports into South Korea and Japan have grown exponentially in the past few years. In 2017 South Korea imported 2.4 million tons (Mt) of wood pellets, 20 times more than was imported in 2012. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Pinnacle enters new off-take contracts with Japanese customers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsOn May 2, Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting it generated record first quarter revenue and announcing it has entered into new off-take contracts with customers in Japan. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Sweetwater, Graanul announce first commercial biorefinery

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweetwater Energy and Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

USDA solicits applications for Repowering Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to create heat or power. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Enviva discusses Chesapeake fire, productivity improvements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsOn May 3, Enviva Partners LP released first quarter 2018 financial results, providing an update of restoration work at the Chesapeake terminal following a recent fire and reporting year-over-year productivity improvements. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

DOE offers bioenergy research funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Wood formation model to fuel progress in bioenergy

BY North Carolina State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood. READ MORE