Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 21, 2015

2015 IBCE commences with updates from association leaders

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo kicked off on the morning of April 21, with conversations amongst industry association leadership. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine and the International Biomass Conference & Expo have announced this year’s recipients of its annual industry awards, which were distributed during a ceremony prior to the April 21 general session. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Drax Biomass' first vessel sails from Port of Baton Rouge

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOn April 7, the first vessel sailed away from Drax Biomass' Baton Rouge port facilities to the Port of Tyne located on the U.K.'s East Coast. The MV TBC Princess was loaded with pellets from Drax Biomass’ southern pellet mills for power generation. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Renew Biomass acquires MFA Oil Biomass assets

BY Renew Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRenew Biomass, a newly formed investor-owned company based in Springfield, Missouri, has announced the purchase of MFA Oil Biomass assets, effective April 15. MFA Oil Biomass was formed in 2010 between MFA Oil and Aloterra Energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

2015 Heating the Midwest conference commences in Minnesota

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCollocated with the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Heating the Midwest conference began with a discussion on overcoming obstacles to speed up the deployment of biomass thermal solutions. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Gov. Shumlin announces investment in wood heat program

BY Gov. Peter Shumlin's office Found In:Pellets, ThermalVermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced new clean energy investments in Windham County totaling $1.9 million, with $1.6 million of that investment supporting the installation of wood pellet/chip heating systems for schools and municipal buildings. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Timbervest provides insight on pellet production, export activity

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsTimbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timberland assets and investments, has been actively selling and purchasing timberland acreage in a variety of states. The company provides insight on pellet feedstock and export activity. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker

BY University of Manchester Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

NexSteppe demonstrates biomass crops at commercial scale

BY NexSteppe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNexSteppe has announced that it sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Northeast Wood Products begins retrofit of third pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsNortheast Wood Products has begun retrofitting its third pellet manufacturing plant, a Jasper, Tennessee, facility that will be capable of producing up to 125,000 tons of pellets annually. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

ASABE: 2 ISO standards approved for solid biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the international community has approved two International Organization for Standardization standards for solid biofuels, including ISO 16993 and ISO 16994. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Vencor International to test hemp as bioenergy feedstock

BY Vencor International Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVencor International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an agreement to begin testing industrial hemp as a feedstock used to manufacture various torrefied products, including bio-coal, a renewable energy product. READ MORE

April 12, 2015

Opinion: Playing A Global Game

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses how the global nature of the biomass industry allows it to flourish despite policy fluctuation and uncertainty. READ MORE

April 11, 2015

In Depth: An Industry Looks at 50

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe pellet industry has grown each quarter for nearly five years. For this trend to continue, however, the sector must navigate numerous challenges, not least of which is its own success. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

SBP accepts SCS Global Services as applicant certification body

BY SCS Global Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsSCS Global Services, a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, announced that it has been accepted as an applicant certification body for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

Deal forged on Minnesota bioeconomy legislation

BY Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiobased industry, agriculture, and environmental interests recently reached agreement on legislation in Minnesota that would create production-based incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

I Say Climate Change, You Say Climate Cycle

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiologue discusses an op-ed regarding climate change partisanship by N.D. meteorologist John Wheeler. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

FutureMetrics: Convert to pellets before upgrading insulation

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalFutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper on why homeowners should switch from heating oil boilers to wood pellet boilers before upgrading the insulation in their home. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

U.S. Forest Service highlights accomplishments of CFLRP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has published a five-year report on its Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, noting the program has made 2.1 million green tons of biomass available for energy production. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Renewable Heat NY projects support growth of biomass industry

BY New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Vincent's Heating and Fuel Service have announced the kickoff of 15 commercial and residential high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet-fired heating projects. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

USDA awards funds to expand, accelerate wood energy markets

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 9, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Iowa leadership to lead trade missions to South Korea, Brazil

BY Gov. Terry E. Branstad's Office Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced that they will lead trade missions to South Korea and Brazil respectively. Both trips are aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Portucel breaks ground on pellet plant in South Carolina

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsPortucel Sporcel Group has broke ground on its Colombo Energy pellet plant in Greenwood County, South Carolina. This estimated $110 million global investment represents an important development in the company's expanding bioenergy business. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in short-term outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting total renewables used for electricity and heat generation are expected to grow by 3.4 percent this year. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

In Depth: Empowering Exporters

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsResources made available by the International Trade Administration equip companies with the tools, financing and knowhow required to increase renewable exports. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Opinion: WRI Wrong On Wood Pellets

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetric's William Strauss counters findings of a paper released by the World Resource Institute. READ MORE

April 07, 2015

Opinion: The UK’s Untapped Market Potential

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, Thermal Neil Harrison, vice chairman of the Wood Heat Association, discusses major market drivers and trends in the U.K. heating market. READ MORE

April 06, 2015

In Depth: Navigating the Sea of Approval

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalAttempting to expand the North American wood heat sector, U.S. distributors seek proven European technology to further foster market development. READ MORE

April 03, 2015

Senators advocate for bioenergy appropriations in letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA group of five senators recently sent a letter to two Senate subcommittees asking them to support funding for programs that bolster the development of thermal and electric biomass energy technologies, supply chains and market opportunities. READ MORE