Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 17, 2017

Forest Fuels opens new wood pellet depot in Liverpool

BY Forest Fuels Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe ready availability of wood pellets for biomass boilers in the North West of England has been boosted with the arrival of Forest Fuels to its new facility in Liverpool. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

In Depth: Denmark's Biomass Reboot

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe smallest Nordic country is having a big impact on European pellet demand as DONG Energy, the country’s largest energy company, pivots away from coal and toward woody biomass. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2017 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

In Depth: Q&A: SBP: What’s New & Next

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAppointing its first, full-time CEO, Carsten Huljus, is just one step in the Sustainable Biomass Partnership’s transition to an established certification system. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

In Depth: Eastern Europe Exporters

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAlthough a number of East Central European countries lack domestic demand, exports continue to climb, fueling demand in neighboring heating markets. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

EIA releases 2018 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will fall by 0.3 percent in 2017 and increase by 7.3 percent in 2018. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Drax: 2016 renewable energy makes it UK’s greenest Christmas yet

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax recently announced more than 40 percent of the electricity generated on Christmas Day came from renewable sources, making it the greenest Christmas in the U.K. ever for energy generation. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Appalachian Wood Pellets qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Appalachian Wood Pellets of Kingwood, West Virginia, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Opinion: Europe’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Proposals

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission released its "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, including one major proposed revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive, Ginther says, with 2030 energy targets set for the whole EU, rather than for each member state. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Graanul seeking SBP certification on all 4 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest AS Estonian plants are applying for SBP certification. The main evaluation audits are completed at the Imavere and Ebavere Graanul OÜ pellet plants and audits for Osula and Helme are scheduled for February. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Certification body NEPCon OÜ SBP status suspended in Russia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Jan. 11, Sustainable Biomass Partnership issued a statement that the approval status of NEPCon OÜ, which became an SBP-approved certification body in September 2015, is suspended as of Jan. 6 in Russia. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

UK DBEIS publishes Q3 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerAt the end of 2016, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications for Q3 2016, reporting renewables share of electricity generation increased to 25 percent. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Enviva launches wood supply tracking system

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Holdings LP recently released the first data from its groundbreaking Track & Trace (T&T) program. T&T is a proprietary system that enables Enviva to track every truckload of wood the company procures from the forest back to its source. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

MHG Systems announces e-commerce service

BY MHG Systems Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA novel e-commerce service, Wuudis, was recently announced by developers MHG Systems and Wuudis Ltd. The service forest allows owners to manage their forest information safely in one place. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Opinion: Strong O&M Programs Scale

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOurs is an industry that scales well. Large or small, biomass operations must make a commitment to sound operations and maintenance fundamentals if they are to be successful. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

GB Railfreight announces contract with Lynemouth Power

BY GB Railfreight Found In:Pellets, PowerGB Railfreight (GBRf), one of the largest rail freight operators in the U.K., has announced it has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd. following a successful tender submission. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

In Depth: Big Data Pays Big

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerCondition monitoring advantages biomass power producers by reducing critical equipment failure while maximizing uptime and profits. READ MORE

January 01, 2017

Opinion: Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

BY Dave Mance III Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe industry needs to champion wood, lest we lose the culture and the infrastructure that has built up around its use. READ MORE

December 31, 2016

Opinion: Lean Manufacturing, Wood Supply Chain Optimization

BY Stan Parton Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe wood fiber supply chain involves much more than moving raw materials from point A to point B; it is a complex system that is constantly affected by a number of variables between point A and point B. READ MORE

December 30, 2016

In Depth: Bearing Down

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsProducers seeking to drive down overall operating expenses must find ways to prolong roller and roller bearing life. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

A Treat for Stats Nuts

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released an online, interactive global energy atlas. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

In Depth: North Country Knowhow

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAcclimated to the brutal winter conditions in its Adirondack Mountain location, a New York boarding school is mastering its heating fuel logistics. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Enviva begins exports at Port of Wilmington

BY North Carolina State Ports Authority, Enviva Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and began loading the first export shipment to Europe last week. The ship is expected to depart before year-end. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Ontario cooperative releases biomass agronomy guides, videos

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently released biomass agronomy guides and videos for switchgrass and miscanthus production. READ MORE

December 26, 2016

Wood pellet trade doubles over 5 years, driven by biomass power

BY RISI Found In:PelletsA new study from RISI focuses on how the European pellet supply stream may evolve. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

UK RHI reform met with mixed feelings for biomass

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently announced new tariffs for biomass boilers and other renewable heat technologies under the Renewable Heat Incentive in its response to the consultation that closed in April. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

EC approves state aid for third Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 19, The European Commission announced it has determined that U.K. support for the conversion of the third generating unit of Drax Power Station from coal to biomass complies with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Pinnacle, NORDEN sign contract for transport of wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsDampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has announced a nine-year contract to transport pellets for Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Under the contract, NORDEN will transport wood pellets from western Canada to Europe beginning in 2018. READ MORE