Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 05, 2022

FutureMetrics paper discusses future pellet demand from Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerJapanese demand for wood pellets has grown rapidly over the past five years, with that demand primarily generated by small facilities. Moving forward, FutureMetrics is predicting that future increased demand will come from larger power stations. READ MORE

January 04, 2022

Andritz: Biomass-fired CFB boiler in Japan reaches new benchmark

BY Andritz Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Andritz biomass-fired PowerFluid CFB boiler with flue gas cleaning system delivered to Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding for the biomass power plant in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, has fullfilled all performance garantee parameters. READ MORE

January 03, 2022

5th Wood Stove Design Challenge launches with January workshop

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, along with the Alliance for Green Heat, on Dec. 16 announced the launch of the 5th Wood Stove Design Challenge, with the final competition scheduled for winter 2023. READ MORE

December 28, 2021

Valmet to supply boiler to 112 MW biomass plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerValmet announced on Dec. 28 it will supply a biomass power boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Tahara Biomass Power LLC, a 112 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant under development in Japan. The facility will be primarily fueled with wood pellets. READ MORE

December 28, 2021

Albioma acquires Quebec pellet plant

BY Albioma Found In:PelletsAlbioma has acquired the La Granaudière wood pellet production plant located in the Canadian province of Quebec. The 200,000-metric-ton per year facility was idled in mid 2021. Albioma plans to recommission the facilty in early 2022. READ MORE

December 22, 2021

UK offers phase 2 funds for Biomass Feedstock Innovation Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government on Dec. 20 announced its now accepting applications for phase two funding under the Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Program. Entities that received phase one funding are eligible to apply. READ MORE

December 21, 2021

DOE establishes new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy on Dec. 21 announced the establishment of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that will help deliver on President Biden’s bold climate agenda, create new, good-paying jobs and reduce polution. READ MORE

December 21, 2021

PFI highlights economic, environmental benefits of wood pellets

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Dec. 13, the Pellet Fuels Institute published “Sustainable from the Beginning: 3 Facts about Wood Pellet Manufacturing and Use,” a document that outlines the economic and environmental benefits of wood pellet heating and grilling. READ MORE

December 21, 2021

Drax to invest £40M in next stage of BECCS project

BY Drax Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax plans capital investments of around £40 million at its North Yorkshire power station during 2022 on the first phase of its BECCS project and ensuring it remains on track to begin delivering vital negative emissions technology in 2027. READ MORE

December 14, 2021

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 910,000 tons in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 810,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in August, with sales reaching 910,000 tons. READ MORE

December 14, 2021

Drax contracts to supply 2.8M tons of pellets to third parties

BY Drax Found In:PelletsDrax has announced that its subsidiary, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., has agreed to acquire the pellet sales contract book of Pacific BioEnergy Corp., adding 2.8 million metric tons of orders for counterparties in Japan and Europe. READ MORE

December 08, 2021

USDA: US wood pellet exports down in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 422,109.4 metric tons of wood pellets in October, down from both 690,515.4 metric tons the previous month and 624,359.4 metric tons in October 2020, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Dec. 7. READ MORE

December 08, 2021

Agenda released for International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine has released the agenda for the 15th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 14-16, 2022 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida. READ MORE

December 08, 2021

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund issues request for proposals

BY Enviva Found In:PelletsThe U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has eleased a new request for proposals for the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. A total of $500,000 funding will be awarded to protect forests in North Carolina and Virginia. READ MORE

December 07, 2021

EIA updates bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasRenewables are currently expected to account for 22 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2022, up from 20 percent in 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Dec. 7. READ MORE

December 02, 2021

TORXX expands into U.S. market

BY TORXX Kinetic Pulverizer Ltd. Found In:PelletsTORXX Kinetic Pulverizer Ltd. has increased its commitment to the U.S. market through its recently formed, wholly owned subsidiary, TORXX Kinetic Inc. The new subsidiary is based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. READ MORE

December 01, 2021

Drax announces plans to double pellet production capacity by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc on Dec. 1 announced plans to double its biomass pellet production to 8 million metric tons per year by 2030. The company also announced commissioning is nearly complete at its facility in Demopolis, Alabama. READ MORE

November 30, 2021

In Depth: Thinking Inside the Box

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsProdesa’s mobile pellet plant technology is aimed at minimizing investment risk. READ MORE

November 29, 2021

REEEAC schedules meeting for Dec. 9

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Dec. 9. The event is open to the public, but registeration is required. READ MORE

November 29, 2021

UK REA names new chair of Wood Heat Forum

BY U.K. Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology has announced Terence McCracken as the new chair of its Wood Heat Forum. McCracken currently serves as U.K. and Ireland director of sales for Innasol, a distributor of biomass boilers. READ MORE

November 29, 2021

In Depth: Assessing the Global Supply Landscape

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHawkins Wright weighs in on what might be in store for the broader wood pellet industry. READ MORE

November 28, 2021

In Depth: Consequences of Load Strategy

BY Holger Streetz Found In:PelletsFatigue is a slow, often undetected damaging process of material under iterating mechanical loads, temperatures and other impacts. READ MORE

November 26, 2021

In Depth: Conveyor Technology:Designing for the Future by Innovating the Present

BY Todd Swinderman Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBulk handling is evolving when it comes to safety, efficiency and automation. READ MORE

November 25, 2021

In Depth: A Rational, Pragmatic Off-Ramp to Decarbonization

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUsing sustainably sourced wood pellet fuel in place of coal is an essential part of the low-carbon energy transition. READ MORE

November 24, 2021

In Depth: Surveying Costs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Mill Magazine shares the results of a producer survey evaluating inflation and increased commodity prices in the wake of the pandemic. READ MORE

November 23, 2021

USDA amends scoring provisions for REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development on Nov. 22 issued a notice announcing amended scoring provisions for the Rural Energy for America Program. Applications will now receive priority points for advancing key priorities under the Biden-Harris administration. READ MORE

November 18, 2021

Enviva honored for conservation efforts by Ducks Unlimited

BY Enviva Found In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP on Nov. 15 announced it was the recipient of the “Benefactor’s Roll of Honor” award by Ducks Unlimited. The distinguished award was presented to Enviva at a recent Raleigh DU event. READ MORE

November 17, 2021

Feenstra amendment bolsters use of woody biomass for bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Nov. 16 approved an amendment to the National Wildlife Fire Risk Reduction Program Act offered by Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, that aims to bolster bioenergy and biofuels production. READ MORE

November 17, 2021

Enviva, J-Power sign MOU for long-term supply of wood pellets

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP and Tokyo-based utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the long-term, large-scale supply of sustainable wood biomass from Enviva's manufacturing facilities in the U.S. READ MORE

November 15, 2021

IRENA: Global bioenergy jobs at 3.52 million in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy accounted for approximately 3.52 million of the 12 million global renewable energy jobs in 2020, according to an annual jobs report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in late October. READ MORE