Pellets & Densified Biomass

October 29, 2014

Rentech commences start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility

BY Rentech Inc. Found In:PelletsRentech Inc. announced Oct. 28 that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing and final commissioning. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Herty launches Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions

BY Georgia Southern University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Herty Advanced Materials Development Center has announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions, which aims to spearhead development of commercially-viable, advanced wood-to-energy products. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Biomass industry welcomes record pellet demand in Northeast

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council have announced the biomass industry is experiencing record demand for wood pellet heating fuel in the United States, particularly in the Northeastern region. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enviva files $100 million IPO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed $100 million initial public offering (IPO). The Form S-1 registration was filed on Oct. 28. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

BlueFire announces LOI from China EXIM to finance Fulton project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 23, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has received a letter of intent from the Export Import Bank of China to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its proposed biorefinery project in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

National Bioenergy Day: Minnesota event features pellet boiler

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service Chippewa National Forest Ranger Station in Walker, Minnesota, celebrated the second annual National Bioenergy Day Oct. 22 by hosting an open house at its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified facility. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania pellet plant to be sold at auction in November

BY Maas Companies Found In:PelletsThe former Great American Pellets facility, real estate and equipment assets, will be sold during an online, lender-owned auction Nov. 11. The auction is being conducted in conjunction with Comly Auctioneers & Appraisers and Maas Companies. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

Growing Along With the Industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOI grant to support pellet feasibility study in New Mexico

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThirteen tribal and mineral development projects in New Mexico, one of which will investigate the possibility of developing a wood pellet plant, were awarded more than $2.8 million in grants by the Department of Interior. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

German Pellets provides update of La. plant in financial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman Pellets has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting increased net income. The company also indicated its Urania, Louisiana, facility is on track to begin production by the end of the year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

What I Learned from Danny Fortson

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerIn June I joined another journalist in Louisiana and Mississippi to look closely at the emerging pellet industry. His recently published story proves how difficult it can be to tell this story accurately and in the broader global energy context. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Enviva to acquire Green Circle, Miss. project expected to proceed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Development Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Enviva LP, recently announced an agreement to acquire Green Circle Energy Inc. The transaction is not currently expected to impact the development of a proposed pellet plant in Mississippi. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Virginia releases new energy plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Fire reported at British Columbia pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.'s pellet plant in Burns Lake, British Columbia, experienced a fire on Oct. 9. The incident occurred in one of the facility's large drying units. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Research aims to help dairy farmers generate sustainable energy

BY University of Nevada, Reno Found In:Pellets, PowerA new, collaborative grant at the University of Nevada, Reno will further research into biomass conversion by developing a cost-effective process for large-scale dairy farmers to generate energy from manure. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

EIA predicts higher natural gas, electricity prices this winter

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EIA has released its short-term energy and winter fuels outlook, which predicts that, albeit paying higher prices for natural gas and electricity, homeowners will enjoy overall lower heating expenditures this winter. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

BlueFire announces EPC contract for Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 8, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced it has signed a master engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its proposed 19 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

DECC responds to criticism of Drax conversion, CfD contracts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has spoken out to criticize an article published by the U.K.-based Daily Mail that questions the environmental benefits of the Drax Group biomass conversion and the sustainability of U.S. wood pellets. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Northeast Wood Products pellet capacity to near 350,000 tons

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsIn a span of about eight months, Northeast Wood Products LLC will have gone from no presence in the industry to possessing nearly 350,000 tons of U.S. wood pellet production capacity. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

Miami Advice

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerExecutive Editor Tim Portz's candid assessment of the hottest topics at this year's U.S. Industrial Pellet Association Exporting Pellets Conference. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

USIPA conference wraps with impassioned producer panel

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe final panel at USIPA's Exporting Pellets conference featured producers frustrated but resigned to the fact that they will have to continue efforts to prove that their industry is sustainable. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Andritz rolls out OEM option wireless heat sensor for pelletizers

BY Andritz Inc. Found In:PelletsAndritz Inc. and SST Wireless Inc. announced that the companies are collaborating to produce a customized version of SST's wireless heat sensor technology for deployment on Andritz's wood pelletizers as an OEM option. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

USIPA conference opens with blend of optimism and caution

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe fourth annual Exporting Pellets Conference, hosted and produced the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, opened with a blend of reported progress and urged caution. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Forest Energy Corp. qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:PelletsThe Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Forest Energy Corp. into the PFI Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

The Earth Partners acquire South Dakota pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsLand restoration and bioenergy development company The Earth Partners LP has acquired Deadwood Biofuels, a 71,000-ton wood pellet plant in Deadwood, South Dakota. The company plans to develop additional pellet projects in other regions of the U.S. READ MORE