Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 05, 2019

Report: EU demand for wood pellets continues to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recent report filed with the USDA FAS's GAIN predicts the EU market for wood pellets will likely grow this year but cautions future expansions could be limited by sustainability requirements introduced by individual member states. READ MORE

July 30, 2019

UK renewable electricity generation set record in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasRenewables accounted for a record 33 percent of U.K. electricity generation last year, up 3.8 percent from 2017, according to updated data released by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy July 25. READ MORE

July 27, 2019

Opinion: Contemplating Conveyor Safety

BY Holger Streetz Found In:PelletsMany conveyors still look as they did in the 1800s—they consist of little more than a chain pulling paddles through a metal box. READ MORE

July 26, 2019

EESI: Jobs in renewable fuels, biomass energy up in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Environmental and Energy Study Institute released a fact sheet on jobs in renewable energy, energy efficiency and resilience July 23 that shows U.S. jobs in renewable fuels and biomass power both increased from 2017 to 2018. READ MORE

July 26, 2019

Canadian government awards nearly $1 million to WPAC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe government of Canada is investing nearly $1 million in the Wood Pellet Association of Canada in an effort to strengthen international demand for Canadian wood products. The award was announced as part of $24 million funding package. READ MORE

July 26, 2019

Opinion: Early Detection of Spontaneous Combustion in Pellet Mills

BY Derek Stuart Found In:Pellets Spontaneous heating and spontaneous combustion pose risks in any location that handles and processes woody biomass. READ MORE

July 25, 2019

Drax to add 350,000 metric tons of pellet capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc released its half-year financial report July 24, reporting increased profit. The company also discussed plans to expand pellet production capacity and reported an increase in biomass power output. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

In Depth: Safety Front and Center

BY Gordon Murray Found In:PelletsThe Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s Safety Committee is striving to eliminate incidents in the wood pellet industry. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

EDA awards $10M grant to build pellet storage at Florida port

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $10 million grant to the Panama City Port Authority in Panama City, Florida, to support the development of a new biomass bulk storage facility. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

In Depth: Why Hasn’t Torrefaction Taken Off?

BY Thomas P. Causer Found In:PelletsFor well over a decade, numerous academic institutions, research institutions, governmental agencies, and private industries have focused on commercializing torrefaction technology, READ MORE

July 22, 2019

Uskmouth conversion on track, pellet plant begins commissioning

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerSIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd. has announced the biomass conversion of the coal-fired Uskmouth power station in Newport, U.K., is on track to begin operations by 2021. Once complete, the 220 MW facility will be fueled with waste pellets. READ MORE

July 22, 2019

In Depth: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsConsumer awareness, quality and collaboration were the buzzwords at the 2019 Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Conference. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

USDA: $400 million still available for REAP loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced July 18 that more than $400 million is still available for renewable energy system and energy efficiency loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Enviva thanks NCDEQ for hearing on expansion of Sampson plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP issued a statement July 15 thanking the North Carolina DEQ for the opportunity to hear from stakeholders at a public hearing regarding new emission control equipment to be installed at its pellet plant in Sampson County. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Pinnacle to build pellet plant in Alberta, signs 2 new contracts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy announced plans in early July to build a new pellet plant in Alberta. Later in the month, the company said it has entered into two new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with customers in Japan and South Korea. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Mississippi DEQ approves permit for Enviva’s Lucedale plant

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:PelletsThe Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board has approved Enviva’s permit to begin construction on its Lucedale wood pellet plant. Enviva Chairman and CEO John Keppler thanked the community of Lucedale for its support. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet July 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an opening meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held July 25 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

IRENA: Bioenergy employed 3.18 million people globally in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIRENA recently released the sixth edition of it Renewable Energy and Jobs report, announcing the renewable energy sector employed at least 11 million people last year, directly and indirectly. Bioenergy employed approximately 3.18 million people. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

Bergs Timber acquires 100,000-ton-per-year pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsSweden-based Bergs Timber signed an agreement June 27 to acquire all shares in wood pellet producer Fågelfors Hyvleri AB. The acquired business primarily consists of a new 100,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant located in southeast Sweden. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

EIA updates 2019, 2020 bioenergy forecasts

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 nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of utility-scale generation this year, increasing to 13 percent next year. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Enexor Bioenergy to expand operations in Tennessee

BY Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Enexor BioEnergy officials announced July 8 that the renewable energy company will expand its operations and move into a new manufacturing facility. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Anellotech successfully demos biomass pretreatment technology

BY Anellotech Found In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsAnellotech’s MinFree technology, an innovative, patent pending biomass pretreatment process, has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton per day scale. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

USDA: Wood pellet exports up in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data July 3, reporting wood pellet exports reached 553,882.9 tons in May, up from 415,836.2 tons during the same month of the previous year and up from 424,680.5 tons in April. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 710,000 tons in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 770,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in March, with sales reaching 710,000 tons. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

UK releases Q1 energy statistics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. sourced 35.8 percent of its electricity from renewables during the first quarter of 2019, up from 30.5 percent during the same period of 2018, according to data released by the U.K. government on June 27. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

C-Capture secures grant to scale up Drax carbon capture pilot

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerC-Capture, working alongside the Drax Group, has secured a £5 million grant from the U.K. government for a two year program of work to progress its bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project at Drax Power Station. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

UK law commits to net-zero emissions, REA says BECCS is needed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. officially established a law June 27 requiring net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Earlier in the week, the U.K. REA released a paper outlining the role biorenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) can play in meeting that goal. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

FuelCell Energy, Drax announce new carbon capture project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerFuelCell Energy Inc. announced June 27 it has entered into a contract with Drax Power Station for an application of its carbon capture solution. Drax secured £500,000 ($633,503) in government funding to support the project. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Wehrum leaves EPA, Isdal becomes deputy assistant administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum will leave his post at the agency at the end of June. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal will become acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana. READ MORE