Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 17, 2019

In Depth: Self-heating Hazards of Biomass Materials

BY Vahid Ebadat Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe biomass energy sector is growing rapidly, and the number of fires and explosions in the industry is unfortunately growing along with it—it’s time to act. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Power generation from renewables to increase in 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 710,000 tons in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 710,000 tons. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

UK to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasBritish Prime Minister Theresa May announced June 12 that the U.K. Parliament has introduced legislation that will mandate the country achieves net-zero emissions by 2050. Bioenergy is expected to help reach that goal. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2019 grants

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Found In:PelletsThe Enviva Forest Conservation Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 grants. The projects funded will help conserve a total of more than 7,450 acres and protect ecologically sensitive bottomland forests in Virginia and North Carolina. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Pellet-fueled cogeneration plant opens in Croatia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalResalta, an energy developer active in Central and Eastern Europe, announced June 6 that a wood pellet-fueled cogeneration plant in Slatina, Croatia, is now operational. The facility has an electric capacity of 5 MW and a heat capacity of 12 MW. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Active Energy provides update of Lumberton CoalSwitch plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsU.K.-based Active Energy Group released a progress update June 4 on its CoalSwitch manufacturing facility in Lumberton, North Carolina, reporting the company is making rapid progress in advancing construction of the project. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

REA: Bioenergy needed to meet net-zero GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has released the second installment of its industry-led Bioenergy Strategy, reporting that bioenergy can meeting the U.K.’s projected shortfall of the 5th Carbon Budget and the impending nuclear gap. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Enviva launches enhanced, expanded global sourcing policy

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:PelletsEnviva Holdings LP, in partnership with the Earthworm Foundation, has announced that it is enhancing its responsible sourcing policy to better accomplish its commitment to the highest possible standards in sustainability. READ MORE

June 03, 2019

Report: Biomass accounts for 5.3% of Britain’s power in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerData recently released by Imperial College London as part of the Drax Electric Insights Quarterly report shows that biomass accounted for 5.3 percent of the Britain’s electricity supply mix during the first quarter of 2019. READ MORE

June 03, 2019

Rail project at Louisiana port will benefit pellet shipments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced a future rail project at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge will allow for expedited shipments of wood pellets. He said development of the project is expected to begin in the near future. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

Sawmill begins operations, will provide feedstock to pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe new $115 million LaSalle Lumber Co. LLC facility was dedicated in Urania, Louisiana, May 29. The sawmill will provide residual wood waste from its lumber operations to Drax Biomass’s adjacent LaSalle Bioenergy pellet plant. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

Drax: Energy companies announce new zero-carbon UK partnership

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures have signed an MOU committing them to work together to explore how a large-scale carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) network and a hydrogen production facility could be constructed in the mid-2020s. READ MORE

May 24, 2019

Opinion: Wood Chips, GoodChips

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalBioenergy Europe has brought forward the “GoodChips” program, which is being offered as the first international certification scheme for wood chips as it pertains to their use as a solid biofuel. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Graanul Invest submits winning bid for Texas pellets assets

BY Graanul Invest Found In:PelletsAn affiliate of Graanul Invest submitted the winning bid in the auction conducted on May 9 for the assets of Texas Pellets Inc. and German Pellets Texas LLC. The assets include a pellet plant in Woodville, Texas, and a port terminal in Port Arthur. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

In Depth: Saving A Sawmill

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsWith the local pulp mill closed, a revived sawmill in British Columbia develops a pellet project to turn residue disposal costs into a revenue stream to save the business. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

In Depth: Fiber Factors

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWet weather, the China trade war and new commercial trucking laws could soon impact fiber supply and prices for some producers, if not already. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

UK official visits bioenergy carbon capture project at Drax

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerU.K. Government Minister and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP, has visited Drax Power Station to find out about its world-first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

In Depth: Saving the Environment and Bottom Lines by Reducing Emissions

BY Becky Long Found In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the largest sources of emissions is from the creation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), by thermally damaging product in the dryer itself. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Canada invests in national bioeconomy strategy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian government has announced it invested $200,000 in Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a not-for-profit business accelerator based in Sarnia, Ontario, to support the development of a national bioeconomy strategy. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 610,000 tons in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufactures produced approximately 670,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in January, with sales reaching 610,000 tons. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

USDA: US pellet exports reach 610,554 tons in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data May 9, reporting the U.S. exported 610,554.3 tons of wood pellets in March, up from 501,563.9 tons exported in February, and up from 374,446 tons in March 2019. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Enviva discusses plans to expand pellet capacity in Q1 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP discussed plans to increase production capacity during a first quarter 2019 earnings call held May 9. Permitting is underway for the Port of Pascagoula and a new pellet plant in Lucedale, Mississippi. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Pinnacle to increase capacity at 2 British Columbia pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy has announced plans to expansion production at its Williams Lake and Meadowbank pellet plants. The company also has a plan in place to rebuild the dryer area of its Entwistle plant, which experienced a fire in February. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

EIA predicts increase in renewable energy generation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook on May 7, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of electricity generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Bill introduced to establish a federal clean energy standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasSen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced legislation May 8 that aims to establish a federal clean energy standard. Several forms of bioenergy meet the bill’s definition of clean energy. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Forest Service announces 2019 Wood Innovation Grant awards

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 7, the Forest Service awarded over $8.9 million through the Wood Innovations Grant program. Thirty-nine business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states are matching the grants with an additional $8.8 million. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Andritz supplies boiler to 75 MW biomass power plant in Japan

BY Andritz Found In:Pellets, PowerAndritz has received an order from Hitachi Zosen Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system for use in a new 75 MW biomass power plant. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2023. READ MORE