Pellets & Densified Biomass

December 01, 2018

In Depth: Maintaining Momentum

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Industrial Wood Pellet Association’s Seth Ginther discusses a decade of growth, and what’s on the horizon for the still-expanding industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2018

In Depth: Biomass Storage: Fire Suppression Using Nitrogen Inerting

BY Vipul Dholakia, Xiaoyi He and Joanna Benson Found In:Pellets, ThermalA silo fire can be devastating and expensive, leading not only to the complete loss of stored material, but also to an extended production loss by the plant. Nitrogen inerting is an effective solution to mitigate risk. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

Drax takes action to cut shipping supply chain emissions

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax has partnered with Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Ultrabulk, and Humphreys Yacht Design to tackle the issue of CO2 emissions from the shipping industry. A feasibility study will examine the potential to use Fastrig technology on Ultrabulk ships. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Biomass UK calls CCUS action plan ‘a strong step forward’

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Nov. 28, the U.K. government released an action plan that aims to enable the development of the nation’s first carbon capture, usage and storage project. Biomass U.K., an affiliate of the U.K. REA, has spoken out in support of the action plan. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Pinnacle begins pellet production at new British Columbia plant

BY Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced Nov. 27 that it has commenced initial pellet production at its new production facility in Smithers, British Columbia, which is owned 70 percent by Pinnacle and 30 percent by West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

EPA proposes to amend 2015 NSPS for residential wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has issued a proposed rule to amend its 2015 NSPS for residential wood heaters that would provide retailers additional time to sell existing inventories of heaters and forced air furnaces. The agency also issued a related ANPR. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Drax: Bioenergy carbon capture, storage pilot now underway

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerThe commissioning of an innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot plant at Drax Power Station has started, with the first carbon dioxide expected to be captured in the coming weeks. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Pöyry selected as EPCM contractor for torrefied pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsOn Nov. 21, Pöyry announced Baltania OÜ has awarded the company an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract for a torrefied pellet plant under development in Vägari, Estonia. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Andritz to supply fluidized bed boiler for biomass plant in Japan

BY Andritz Found In:Pellets, PowerInternational technology group Andritz has received an order from Toyo Engineering Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid Circulating Fluidized Bed boiler with flue gas cleaning system for a new biomass power plant to be built in Kamisu. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Report finds biomass can play bigger role in UK energy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Nov. 15, the U.K. Committee on Climate Change published a report on biomass that has determined sustainably sourced biomass feedstocks can play a fundamental role in decarbonizing the U.K. economy. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

European Parliament approves REDII

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with the European Council in June on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). READ MORE

November 13, 2018

Canadian government awards funding to Quebec pellet project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe Canadian government has announced it will provide financial support to aid the development of a fully integrated industrial wood pellet and sawmill complex under development by Granule 777 Inc. in Quebec adjacent to its Barrette-Chapais sawmill. READ MORE

November 12, 2018

Enviva to expand capacity at Northampton, Southampton plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners has released third quarter financial results, reporting increased revenue, net income and gross margin. The company also announced plans to expand its operations, including the addition of new capacity at two existing pellet plants. READ MORE

November 12, 2018

Drax generates £1.6 billion and supports over 17,500 UK jobs

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerBased on Drax’s operations in the energy sector and its use of British businesses across its supply chain, an analysis by Oxford Economics estimates that the company contributed £1.65 billion to the economy and supported 17,500 jobs last year. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

Renewables account for more than 50% power capacity in Britain

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe latest Drax Electric Insights report shows Britain’s power system hit a new milestone during the third quarter of 2018, with installed capacity from renewables overtaking capacity from fossil fuels for the first time. READ MORE

November 07, 2018

EIA updates bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. EIA has released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provided more than 10 percent of electricity generation in 2018, increasing to nearly 11 percent in 2019. READ MORE

November 07, 2018

Atlantis releases update on Uskmouth conversion, pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerSIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd. has announced the conversion of its U.K.-based Uskmouth Power Station is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. Once operational, the facility will generate 220 MW of power using energy pellets made from waste. READ MORE

November 07, 2018

US ambassador visits Drax Power Station

BY Drax Group Found In:PelletsU.S. Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson recently visited Drax Power Station to learn more about the U.K.’s largest power station. About 60 percent of the biomass used to fuel the power station comes from the U.S. South. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

Pinnacle reports progress with commissioning at 3 new plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting strong operations for existing pellets plants. The company also provided an update of ongoing commissioning activities at three new facilities. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

EPA, USDA, DOE send letter to Congress on biomass neutrality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EPA, UDSA and DOE sent a letter Congress Nov. 1 describing the agencies’ work to ensure consistent federal policy on forest biomass energy and promote policies that encourage the treatment of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy solution. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

Contest on National Mall to showcase wood, pellet stoves

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Wood Stove Design Challenge, an international competition to showcase innovative and clean-burning wood stoves, will begin on Nov. 9 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., according to the Alliance for Green Heat. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

EIA: 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in July, with sales reaching 570,000 tons. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Enviva to supply pellets to power plant being converted in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Oct. 31, Enviva announced that off-take contract agreements with Mitsubishi Corp. are now firm. The announcement follows news released by Mitsubishi the previous day indicating construction is underway on a biomass power plant conversion in Japan. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

UK’s BIG raises equity from investors to fund growth

BY Bioenergy Infrastructure Group Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasBioenergy Infrastructure Group, an independent power producer specializing in biomass and waste-to-energy, recently announced the completion of a new equity raise from its existing shareholders to fund the next stage in its growth and development. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Opinion: Small World, Small Industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe modern wood heat industry in the U.S. is made of an interconnected network of believers, working in cohesion, tirelessly advocating and working to grow the market, one installation at a time. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

FutureMetrics paper shows benefits of coal-to-pellet conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics has published a new white paper that shows why countries, states and provinces that are serious about lowering carbon emissions from the power sector should pursue the use of wood pellets as a replacement for coal. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Regulatory barriers on agenda for biomass R&D committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will hold an opening meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 15-16. The meeting will address regulatory barriers impacting bioenergy growth. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

CEEM recognizes Kiel for commitment to biomass heating

BY Clean Energy Economy Minnesota Found In:Pellets, ThermalMinnesota Rep. Debra Kiel (R-Crookston) was recently presented with the 2018 Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota. She has championed a bill to assist homeowners purchase advanced biomass heating systems. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Opinion: Smoke and Mirrors

BY John Crouch Found In:Pellets, ThermalOur industry overwhelmingly supports the idea of a changeout program authorization, but any sincere effort to implement such a program needs to have a meaningful chance of passage and include industry input during the drafting process. READ MORE