Pellets & Densified Biomass

September 15, 2014

In Depth: Q&A: Many Hats for Hedrick

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsThe Pellet Fuel Institute’s executive director, Jennifer Hedrick, shares insights on her many roles, as well as the challenges and prospects ahead for the pellet industry. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Opinion: Positive Horizons for US Pellets Around the Globe

BY Seth GintherFound In:PelletsLooking ahead, we see industrial wood pellets playing a large role in mitigating climate change both here at home and around the world. The U.S. stands ready to continue to provide a steady, sustainable supply to meet this growing demand. READ MORE

September 14, 2014

In Depth: The Path Ahead

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsPFI conference speakers project cautious optimism. READ MORE

September 13, 2014

In Depth: Microwave Technology Aids Moisture, Density Measurements

BY Paul JadotFound In:PelletsIndustrial inline and at-line methods measure core and surface moisture of wood pellets. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: Investing Upstream

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsUK’s Drax Group pushes to bring two production facilities and a pellet terminal online in 2015. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: How Pellets Compare to Fossil Fuels in Carbon Intensity and Cost

BY Puneet DwivediFound In:PelletsWhy doesn't the United States use wood pellets instead of coal and natural gas for electricity generation? READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3-D

BY NASA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth's forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Opinion: Growing the Wood-to-Energy Sector

BY Jennifer HedrickFound In:PelletsA wood-energy checkoff would raise money for promotion, public education, new market exploration and research. All would contribute a small amount, to be administered by an industry-elected board, independent of trade associations. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Atikokan Generation Station now operating on biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Sept. 10, Ontario Power Generation announced that the Aitkokan Generating Station is now operation on biomass. The facility burned its last coal two years ago on Sept. 11, 2012. Conversion of the station began in mid-2012. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Enviva to develop 2 pellet plants in North Carolina

BY Gov. Pat McCrory's office Found In:PelletsNorth Carolina officials have announced that Enviva plans to develop two new pellet production facilities within the state. The development was made possible, in part, by an award to Enviva from the state Job Development Investment Grant program. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

NFR BioEnergy to develop bagasse pellet projects in Louisiana

BY Gov. Bobby Jindal's office Found In:PelletsLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, chief operating officer of NFR BioEnergy, have announced the company will make a $312 million capital investment to install bagasse pellet plants at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in Louisiana. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

Bioenergy shines in Thunder Bay

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis week, Thunder Bay celebrates openings of the Ontario Power Generation Bioenergy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College and OPG's converted Atikokan Generating Station, and also welcomes the Canadian Bioenergy Conference. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

Biomass Power Louisiana signs engagement letter for pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsBiomass Power Louisiana LLC, a subsidiary of Biomass Secure Power Inc., moves forward with the financing of its biomass wood pellet plant in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with a signature on a non-binding engagement letter. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

EIU to reap research opportunities through land use partnership

BY Eastern Illinois University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFor some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses. Local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their property for research. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Bioenergy research continues march toward energy independence

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn September, October and November the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems will take to the road to show off research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Global wood pellet demand to reach 50 million metric tons by 2024

BY RISI Found In:PelletsGlobal wood pellet demand is rapidly expanding. According to a new study by RISI, pellet demand is projected to grow from an estimated 23 million metric tons in 2014 to 50 million metric tons in 2024. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Partnership fuels expansion of UNBC's bioenergy system

BY British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education Found In:Pellets, ThermalStudents, communities and the environment will benefit from the expansion of the University of Northern British Columbia's award-winning bioenergy heating system, thanks to a $1.1-million contribution from the government of British Columbia. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

RusForest provides update on Russian pellet mill in Q2 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerSweden-based RusForest AB has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting the company produced 19,320 metric tons of pellets during the first six months of 2014, including 12,830 metric tons during the second quarter. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

PFI announces relationship change with HPBA

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute has announced that it is changing its long-standing relationship with the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association in order to better provide the level of services required by its diversifying membership. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBrookhaven National Laboratory has announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Hard to Handle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIf someone were to design an energy input with the sole aim of creating the most difficult material handling challenge imaginable, they would likely end up with something that looks very much like biomass. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

In Depth: Drax’s Mississippi Queen

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsWith two production facilities nearing completion in Mississippi and Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Transit Facility is a vital link between the fiber resources of the lower Mississippi and a power station in North Yorkshire, England. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Good Things in Store for Pellets

BY Bill BellFound In:PelletsWhile the more than $1 million spent to date on Maine’s pellet boiler incentives (at $5,000 per unit) pale in comparison with the $27 million for biomass thermal funding just announced by New York State, these incentives are clearly working. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

IEA releases mid-term forecast for biofuels, renewable energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, which includes forecasts for global biofuel and renewable energy growth. For the first time, the report also includes an investment outlook. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

DOE seeks input on landscape design for feedstock production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is asking for input on landscape design approaches that sustainably integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems. Comments are due Sept. 2. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Northern Energy Solutions studies feasibility of pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsNorthern Energy Solutions Ltd. is investing in an estimated $300,000 to $400,000, eight-month feasibility study to confirm details needed for the construction of a proposed 200,000 ton-per-year pellet plant in the Miramichi, New Brunswick, region. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research wins NSF grant

BY University of Louisville Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to expand. The $20 million award is being made for the "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future" project. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

John Deere, Hillco introduce single pass round bale system

BY John Deere Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHillco Technologies Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed the Hillco Single Pass Round Bale System, a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn and baling corn stover in one simple step. READ MORE