Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 05, 2019

EIA: 790,000 tons of densified biomass sold in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 710,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in December, with sales reaching 790,000 metric tons. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Opinion: ENplus: The US Perspective

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe ENplus quality certification scheme serves an important role for U.S. wood pellet producers, but there is at least one key issue that has limited its adoption within the U.S. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Sustainability requirements in Japan could increase pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Japanese government is reportedly considering enacting a policy that would require palm kernel shells (PKS) to be meet sustainability criteria. A new FutureMetrics whitepaper predicts the policy could increase demand for wood pellets. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

DOE: Journal issue addresses challenges to bioenergy production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has announced a compendium of new research that explores how grinding, sifting, drying, pelletizing and chemically treating biomass before it reaches the biorefinery could help solve big challenges plaguing today's bioenergy industry. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Opinion: Through a Glass Darkly

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe 2018-‘19 home heating season is a perfect case study of the yearly challenge wood pellet manufacturers and their retail partners face when trying to plan for, produce and have available enough wood pellets to meet demand. READ MORE

April 03, 2019

Opinion: Convincing Plant Managers to Spend Money

BY Holger Streetz Found In:PelletsSometimes, the goals of the plant manager and the maintenance manager are opposing. A good maintenance plan helps clear the mist. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

UK bioenergy capacity, generation increased in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. government has released new energy data, reporting that renewables accounted for a record 33.3 percent of electricity generation last year. Bioenergy generation increased 12 percent when compared to 2017. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

In Depth: The Value of Experience

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalDesign and operation of a successful wood pellet plant boils down to experience and attention to detail, with a heavy focus on fiber. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

In Depth: A New Wave of Drying Techniques

BY Patrick C. MillerFound In:Pellets, ThermalFrom Europe to Latin America, the biomass industry is developing better drying technologies. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

SAB sends letter to EPA regarding review of biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent letter authored by the chair of the U.S. EPA’s SAB and addressed to Administrator Wheeler outlines the SAB’s findings with regard to its review of the EPA’s 2014 Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

USDA: January wood pellet exports reach 386,779 tons

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn March 27, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data that indicates the U.S. exported 386,778.7 metric tons of wood pellets in January, up from the 374,531.2 tons exported in January 2018. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

Pinnacle resumes pellet production at Entwistle plant

BY Pinnacle Renewable Energy Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy announced that it resumed production of wood pellets at its facility in Entwistle, Alberta, using dry fiber on March 29. The company also announced a new long-term, take-or-pay contract with Sumitomo Corp. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

In Depth: Built to Last

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsCalifornia Pellet Mill has expanded over the years through smart acquisitions buttressed by reliable equipment and top-notch service. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

In Depth: Biomass Conversion: Moving Advanced Carbon Materials to Market

BY June Breneman Found In:Pellets, ThermalNRRI is experimenting with a variety of pellet shapes and binders to create enhanced BTU output biomass-based fuel products. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

REA: Report shows bioenergy is the leader in UK renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has released new a report that is the first installment in its Bioenergy Strategy, an industry-led review of bioenergy’s potential and the policies needed to maximize its potential through 2030 and beyond. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Report details employment in biofuel, biomass power industries

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative released a report in March that details current employment in a variety of U.S. energy sectors, including ethanol, other biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

Enviva announces drop-down transactions related to Hamlet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP has announced drop-down transactions related to a joint venture that owns a 600,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant under construction in Hamlet, North Carolina, and increased its guidance for 2019. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

ERA funds wheat-ethanol plant, woody biomass project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsERA has announced funding to support several projects through its Partnership Intake Program, including a biorefinery that will produce ethanol and biogas and a technology that will utilize biomass waste materials in the production of wood biomass. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

UK port handles 30,000-ton shipment of wood pellets

BY Associated British Ports Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Port of Hull recently completed the largest shipment of wood pellets ever handled at ABP's Dry Bulks Terminal. The ABP operations team successfully discharged nearly 30,000 metric tons from the 200 meter Isadora vessel, destined for Drax. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 19, 2019

Report: Maine can benefit by encouraging switch to pellet heat

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalFutureMetrics has released a new white paper that states Maine could dramatically improve its economy by enacting a policy that helps reduce dependence on heating oil by supporting the use of locally produced wood pellets as heating fuel. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts, predicts capacity increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 13 percent next year. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EIA: 800,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that 82 operating U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 730,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 800,000 metric tons. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Dutch biomass consumption to reach 2.3 million tons by 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsBiomass consumption in the Netherlands is expected to grow from 1.8 million metric tons in 2018 to about 2.3 million tons in 2020, according to a report filed by the Dutch government with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Natural Resource Canada funds study for potential pellet project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalOn March 5, Natural Resources Canada announced plans to invest $220,000 to support a study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

In Depth: From the Ground Up

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalNew York pellet producer Curran Renewable Energy and its associated businesses have deep roots in forestry, and long-term plans for further growth. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

In Depth: Feedstock Sourcing for Project Success: US South Advantages

BY Stan Parton Found In:PelletsThe U.S. South offers global bioenergy producers vast forestry resources and minimal feedstock volatility. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

USDA data shows US wood pellet exports increased 17% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 6.04 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2018, up approximately 17 percent when compared to the 5.14 million metric tons exported in 2017, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on March 6. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

BTU Act reintroduced in House, Senate

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalA bipartisan group of lawmakers renewed efforts to establish an investment tax credit for high-efficiency wood heating installations in late February with the reintroduction of the Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act. READ MORE