Pellets & Densified Biomass

October 03, 2018

UK bioenergy production up in second quarter of 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasNew data released by the U.K. government shows renewables accounted for a record 31.7 percent of the country’s electricity generation during the second quarter of 2018 while generation from coal fell to a record low. READ MORE

October 03, 2018

Drax puts innovative robot technology to the test

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerHundreds of train movements each month at Drax, the U.K.’s biggest power station, could soon be managed by the robot—reducing the time needed to check-in fuel deliveries by up to six hours each day. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Pellet project in Maine awarded $200,000 REAP grant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA proposed wood pellet plant in Maine was recently awarded a $200,000 grant through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program. The REAP award was announced by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: The Snares of Pelleting Mahogany Residues

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThere are more variables to take into account when it comes to different types of wood. We all know how to handle soft wood like pine and spruce, and even hardwood such as oak and beech, but what about mahogany residues? READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: Taking it to the e-Streets

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThis heating season, the Pellet Fuels Institute is launching a social media beta test in selected markets across the country in an effort to increase consumer awareness of wood pellets as an option for residential heat. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: Barbeque Pellet Quality

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalDespite their increase in popularity, there are currently no published standards or any other known guidance for manufacturing and using BBQ pellets. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: A Fertile Opportunity for Renewable Heating

BY Scott Nichols Found In:Pellets, ThermalSometimes, nice old buildings present fertile opportunities for renewable heating makeovers with wood pellet boilers. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: More Than Just Price

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile costs are important to any manufacturer, many other factors are involved when wood pellet producers choose a packaging supplier. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: Operation Diversification

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalMulti-highway accessible and a prime location for exports to Asia, the Port of Stockton has acreage ripe for development, 24-7 cargo availability, and wants pellet manufacturers to know it’s open for business. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

Fram Renewable Fuels purchases former SEGA Biofuels pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA division of Fram Renewable Fuels has acquired an idle pellet plant in Brantley County, Georgia, and is working to restart the facility. Operations at the 120,000-million-ton-per-year plant are expected to resume in November. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Waste to Wisdom project publishes final report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Waste to Wisdom project has released its final report and project deliverables. The four-year project aimed to make better use of forest residues. The effort, which was led by Humboldt University, wrapped in late 2017. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

Drax rail project named as best in class

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerThe partnership between Drax Power Station and Davis Wagon Services saw a new fleet of freight wagons designed and built to deliver biomass. Now, the program has been named project of the year by the Rail Freight Group. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Cellulosic biorefinery to break ground in North Dakota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsA biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in spring 2019. The facility, under development by New Energy Blue, will feature Inbicon technology. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

In Depth: Forecasting Industrial Wood Pellet Prices

BY William Strauss Found In:PelletsFutureMetrics has developed a comprehensive model for estimating the cost to produce and ship industrial wood pellets to a foreign port. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

HPBA: Wood stove manufacturers need more time to meet EPA regs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is speaking out in support of a bill that aims to push back the effective compliance date of new source performance standards for residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

Enviva reports minimal hurricane damage

BY Enviva Partners LP Found In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP reported Sept. 17 that its facilities have incurred only minor damage from Hurricane Florence. The company's production facility in Sampson County, North Carolina, was briefly idled but has already resumed operations. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

PFI launches pellet heat social media beta test

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalBeginning Sept. 18, and continuing for the next four months, social media ads carrying messages extolling the benefits of using wood pellets for residential heat will be delivered to consumers in eight markets across the United States. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

EIA: 680,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 680,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching 610,000 tons. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

EPA’s SAB to address biogenic CO2 framework at Sept. 26 meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EPA has announced its Chartered Science Advisory Board will hold a teleconference Sept. 26 to address several issues, including a new draft SAB review of EPA’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

Valmet to deliver BioTrac system for black pellet plant in France

BY Valmet Oyj Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalValmet has agreed with FICAP on the delivery of a continuous steam explosion system, BioTrac, for production of black pellets at a facility in France. Black pellets produced at the plant will be used for district heating and in coal power plants. READ MORE

September 11, 2018

Pinnacle discusses entrance into US pellet market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsDuring a recent investor call, Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. provided details on the company’s entrance to the U.S. pellet market through the acquisition of the majority share in an Alabama pellet plant and indicated plans for continued growth. READ MORE

September 11, 2018

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in September outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September 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 2017. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

French pellet producer installs second Dieffenbacher ClassiSizer

BY Dieffenbacher Found In:PelletsFrench pellet producer Biozyl recently installed its second ClassiSizer from Dieffenbacher. The ClassiSizer unit can handle heterogeneous raw materials, various chips dimensions and different wood species. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK government reduces GHG threshold for new biomass CHP projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. government has issued its response to a consultation on its Contracts for Difference scheme, announcing its decision to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) threshold for new biomass projects. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Pinnacle to acquire 70% stake in Alabama pellet plant

BY Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 70 percent interest in an operating industrial wood pellet production facility located in Aliceville, Alabama, from The Westervelt Co. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSustainable Resources Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations turn costly waste into revenue-generating income streams, is embarking on a new project that has the potential to be the biggest initiative in company history. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wood Yard Wisdom

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMany factors come into play when designing the ideal wood yard and fuel handling system for a bioenergy or wood pellet operation. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

In Depth: Pellets from Pallets

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, ThermalPerspectives vary on whether wood pallets are a suitable pellet feedstock, but those using them insist it’s a good use for the fiber, and that their product can stand up to tests. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

EchoPro pulse radar sensors provide reliable measurement

BY Flowline Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFlowline has announced its EchoPro 26 GHz pulse radar sensors work with powders, grains, pellets and aggregates in dusty environments with limited space and varying angles of material repose. READ MORE