Pellets & Densified Biomass

February 06, 2020

Prodesa to supply belt dryer for new Pinnacle pellet plant

BY Prodesa Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy, a wood pellet producer based in Canada, relies on Prodesa expertise for the design, manufacturing and commissioning of a low temperature belt dryer for its new wood pellet plant in High Level, Alberta. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Biomass leaders provide state of the industry at int’l event

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 13th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo opened with a roundtable discussion among biomass association leaders that covered topics including the state of the industry, policy, carbon markets, and what is needed to grow public support. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Biomass awards center discussion on new messaging, markets

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsAt the 13th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo Feb. 3-5 in Nashville, Tennessee, two exceptional, well-deserving candidates in the biomass space took home the Excellence in Bioenergy Award and the Groundbreaker of the Year Award. READ MORE

February 03, 2020

Report: Waste biomass can help California meet net-zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new report released by LLNL has determined California can achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045 at modest cost using technology that is already demonstrated and mature, including carbon capture from waste biomass utilization. READ MORE

January 31, 2020

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet Feb. 6

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an open meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held on Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

January 30, 2020

Skeena Bioenergy responds to local pellet shortage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsSkeena Bioenergy, the owner of a 75,000-metric-ton-per-year wood pellet plant located in Terrace, British Columbia, announced on Jan. 28 plans to donate pellets to local residents in response to a local shortage of home heating fuel. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

EPA submits final rule to amend 2015 NSPS for wood heaters to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalA final rule under review by the OMB is expected remove certain minimum requirements for pellet fuel contained in current EPA regulations for residential wood heaters and provide retailers with additional time to sell certain wood heating appliances. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Innogy sells German biomass cogeneration plant, pellet facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman energy company Innogy has sold a biomass cogeneration plant and adjacent wood pellet plant to Austria-based Cycleenergy Holding GmbH. The company also recently announced its U.S. pellet plant is operating above nameplate capacity. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

Opinion: New Year, New Decade

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIt’s a new year, and the future is bright for the North American wood pellet industry. This is true for both the domestic and export industry segements. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

DOE offers $96 million for bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Jan. 23 announced it will award up to $96 million for bioenergy research and development to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

Pinnacle charters ship to transport wood pellets to Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., a wood pellet producer based in Canada, recently announced company representatives attended a christening and launching ceremony for a ship Pinnacle is chartering to transport wood chips to Japan. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

Opinion: A Banner Year

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, Thermal If a sector’s health is determined by the opportunities in front of it, it would be hard to argue that the residential wood pellet industry has ever been healthier. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

BLM issues notice on tribal biomass demonstration projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Bureau of Land Management has published a notice focused on eligibility and selection criteria for a program that provides woody biomass from BLM and Forest Service lands to support tribal and Alaskan Native biomass demonstraton projects. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

In Depth: Fiber, Inventory and Sales

BY Anna Simet Found In:PelletsPellet Mill Magazine reviews the U.S. EIA’s most recent Monthly Densified Fuel Report. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Renewables account for record share of UK electricity in Q3 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. recently released third quarter 2019 energy statistics, reporting the renewables share of electricity generation reached a record 38.9 percent during the quarter, up from 32.9 percent during the same period of 2018. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Opinion: Spare Part Reflections

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalSpecialized service providers can offer alternatives that save money and outage time while supporting the local economy. READ MORE

January 17, 2020

UDSA: US pellet exports reach nearly 778,000 tons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 777,976.5 tons of wood pellets in November, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Jan. 7. Exports were up when compared to both the previous month and November 2018. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund protects North Carolina watershed

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Found In:PelletsAn important piece of the Little River watershed in the North Carolina Piedmont region will be protected for years to come in part through the help of a $20,000 grant from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund to the Three Rivers Land Trust. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

EIA predicts modest increase for waste biomass power capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to reach 19 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021, up from 17 percent in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

DOE to provide $75 million for bioenergy crops research

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient to changing environmental conditions. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

Opinion: The Science is Clear on Renewable Wood Energy

BY Brian Rogers Found In:Pellets, ThermalThanks to the hard work of university scientists and the United Nations IPCC, the case for bioenergy has been made even stronger in 2019. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

In Depth: Northern Ambition

BY Matt Merritt Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe steady build-out of Canada’s industrial wood pellet industry continues, driven by multiple motivations. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Report: Russia wood pellet production continues to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts that Russia’s wood pellet industry will continue to increase production and exports in response to growing demand from Europe. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Enviva provides special donation towards forest conversation

BY Enviva Found In:PelletsEnviva recently made a sizeable donation to the North Carolina Tree Farm Program to keep the state’s forests healthy and productive. The donation was made in celebration of Enviva’s 15th anniversary and provides funding for a tree farm workshop. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Opinion: The Wide Umbrella of Bioenergy

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe versatility and wide umbrella of biomass fuel and technologies are some of my favorite things about the industry. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

Port of Stockton reports first wood pellet shipment

BY Port of Stockton Found In:PelletsThe Port of Stockton announced that the first wood pellet shipment from the port was successfully loaded to the M/V Global Serenity in December. National Carbon Technologies shipped the pellets from Michigan and they were loaded by Metro Ports. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Drax Biomass appoints new leader

BY Drax Biomass Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass Inc. announced Jan. 6 that Matt White will become its new senior vice president and run Drax’s U.S. biomass operations from its headquarters in Monroe, Louisiana. Drax Biomass produces wood pellets for use at Drax Power Station. READ MORE

January 04, 2020

In Depth: Reduce Conveyor Maintenance Time Through Better Access

BY Jerad Heitzler Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalImproved conveyor access can significantly reduce maintenance time and prevent injuries. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 870,000 tons in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufactures produced approximately 840,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in September, with sales reaching 870,000 tons. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

In Depth: The Growing Importance of PKS in the Japanese Biomass Market

BY Rachael Levinson Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Japanese biomass market—particularly its relative fuel flexibility compared to the wood pellet-dominated European market—will create an interesting trading environment as demand grows in the coming years. READ MORE