Pellets & Densified Biomass

March 31, 2017

ETI project to focus on biomass impurities, bioenergy economics

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Energy Technologies Institute has launched a new biomass feedstock improvement process project that aims to show how the removal of impurities and contaminated material from sustainable biomass could make bioenergy cheaper and more efficient. READ MORE

March 31, 2017

Thunderbolt Biomass to build South Carolina wood pellet plant

BY South Carolina Regional Development Alliance Found In:Pellets, ThermalThunderbolt Biomass Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, South Carolina. The company is planning to invest $6 million in the project, creating 35 new jobs. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Opinion: What Tangled Webs

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe April issue of Biomass Magazine, the companion issue for the International Biomass Conference & Expo, offers a data-rich and comprehensive assessment of the role that imports and exports play in the broader biomass-to-energy segment. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Trump Executive Order puts Clean Power Plan on chopping block

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA new Executive Order signed by the president on March 28 requires a review of the Obama-enacted Clean Power Plan, and eliminates numerous other climate and environmental regulations, including rescinding a moratorium on mining coal on federal land. READ MORE

March 28, 2017

In Depth: The Art and Advantages of Briquetting

BY Mogens S. Knudsen Found In:PelletsIn recent years, as the focus on renewable energy has grown, the applications for briquettes have grown concurrently, as have different technologies and new applications. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

Micro biomass CHP plant fired up in Fukushima, more planned

BY ENTRADE Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Nishigo E3 plant uses biomass available in the region—for instance, pellets derived from waste wood and saw dust—to provide a hotel and a spa resort with electricity and heat. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

In Depth: Sizing Them Up

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsA close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

In Depth: Addressing Biomass Energy 'Alternative Facts'

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, ThermalRecent assertions of a new report on biomass energy are grossly inaccurate. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

Opinion: Expanding Wood Heat in New England

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalLast year’s closure of a number of Maine’s paper mills and biomass electric facilities has given rise to a number of initiatives designed to stem, and then reverse the tide. These initiatives are now being placed on the table. Which will succeed? READ MORE

March 23, 2017

In Depth: Sustaining Maine’s Legacy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEfforts to reinvigorate the state’s biomass industry—including two fiber export projects in development—are focused on saving and generating jobs while boosting Maine’s economy. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

In Depth: US Forest Product Exports to Asia

BY Stan Parton Found In:Pellets, ThermalFrom the April issue of Biomass Magazine, this data-packed report from Forest2Market suggests existing North American infrastructure can light the way for biomass exporters. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

DBC launches North American forest sector study

BY The Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation has launched an extensive research study on the North American forest sector, with specific focus on small forest owners. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

Paper examines small-scale, pellet-fueled CHP potential in US

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalSmall-scale, pellet-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) has the potential to become a major part of the distributed generation smart grid of the future, according to a new paper by FutureMetrics. READ MORE

March 20, 2017

WPAC invites Canadian pellet producers to join safety committee

BY WPAC Safety Committee Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Wood Pellet Association of Canada Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

EBRD study: Biomass could aid energy challenges in Turkey, Egypt

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe combined biomass of Turkey and Egypt could generate enough electricity to supply 700,000 homes and renewable fuels to replace more than 2 million metric tons of oil each year. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Opinion: Expanded Use of Modern Wood Heating and Improving Air Quality

BY Adam Sherman Found In:Pellets, ThermalIncreasingly, modern wood heating is recognized as an effective strategy for reducing fossil fuel use, while stimulating local economies and creating markets for low-grade wood. Yet, there remains apprehension from state policy and rule makers. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Opinion: A West Coast Rebound

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalUnfortunately, the wet and cold conditions that delivered good, or by some accounts, even great, years in the U.S. West weren’t experienced all across North America, particularly in the Northeast, which experienced another soft winter. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Opinion: Pellet Specification & Method Comparisons

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile the PFI and ISO standards seem very similar in many ways, it is important to note the often subtle differences in the specifications and the referenced test methods, as PFI and ISO are not always comparable. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

In Depth: A Mixed Bag

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the 2016-’17 heating season winds down, producers across the country once again confirm that, in the pellet business, Old Man Winter determines the haves and the have nots. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Q1 2017: 50% of U.S. South pellet plants used mill, forest waste

BY Wood Resources International Found In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

In Depth: Green Heat in the Great White North

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalStakeholders discuss how to build out the domestic wood pellet heat market in Canada. READ MORE

March 10, 2017

Australia pellet plant to reopen

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsFive years after Plantation Energy Albany made its last pellet shipment to an overseas customer and subsequently shut down, the facility will reopen, according to consulting company Argonaut. READ MORE

March 10, 2017

EBRD commits $365 million to Greek renewable energy project

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a major step towards strengthening the green economy in Greece, the EBRD Board of Directors has approved a framework committing up to €300 million ($365 million) to finance renewable energy investments in the country. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

Valmet to supply multifuel boiler to Japan power plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalValmet will provide a multifuel boiler and flue gas cleaning system to a 112-MW power station being built plant in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan. The advanced circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler will be capable of cofiring coal and biomass. READ MORE

March 06, 2017

Drax Biomass, AFF Launch initiative to support private landowners

BY Drax Biomass Found In:Pellets, PowerTogether Drax Biomass and the American Forest Foundation have launched an initiative to support private forest landowners in northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas and increase the commercial and ecological value of these lands. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Perry confirmed as US energy secretary

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFormer governor of Texas Rick Perry has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as secretary of energy, in a vote of 62 to 37. Perry replaces Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Standards program adds Dry Creek Products, Pacific Coast Pellets

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute announced the qualification of two pellet fuels producers to the PFI Standards Program: Pacific Coast Pellets of Shelton, Washington, and Dry Creek Products of Arcade, New York. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Fiber By-Products qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute announced on Feb. 28 the qualification of Fiber By-Products of White Pigeon, Michigan, to the PFI Standards Program as the 21st pellet manufacturer and 34th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Drax bids to acquire two distressed pellet plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax announced on Feb. 27 that it is participating in separate processes for the acquisition out of bankruptcy for the operating assets of Texas Pellets in Woodville, Texas, and Louisiana Pellets in Urania, Louisiana. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Opinion: A Matter of Scale

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough the completion dates of two projects featured in the March issue of Biomass Magazine were critical for vastly different reasons, despite the massive difference in scale, the construction approaches to hit each deadline had a lot in common. READ MORE