Pellets & Densified Biomass

November 07, 2016

USIPA kicks off with building optimism for US producers overseas

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe 6th Annual USIPA conference kicks off in Miami with a keynote panel on Cross-Atlantic biomass perspectives, including remarks from Tom Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service; Bruce Westerman, U.S. Congressman; and Nigel Adams, U.K. MP. READ MORE

November 04, 2016

Kentucky pellet project wins $2.52 million grant

BY Gov. Matt Bevin's office Found In:Pellets, ThermalHarlan Wood Products LLC was awarded a $2.52 million grant from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement to develop a 75,000-ton pellet plant that will produce pellets for export to Europe, primarily Italy and Denmark. READ MORE

November 04, 2016

Hopeful Takeaways From Miami

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn anticipation of the 6th annual U.S. Industrial Pellet Association conference, the associate editor of Pellet Mill Magazine shares what she hopes herself and others can learn while visiting Miami. READ MORE

November 03, 2016

UK REA: Next steps for biomass heat to be discussed in November

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasSince the last annual conference of the U.K.’s wood heating and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) industries, installations in several sectors have slowed in the face of months of policy instability and uncertainty. READ MORE

November 02, 2016

Northern Forest Center studies GHG impacts of wood pellet heating

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northern Forest Center has released a study detailing the environmental benefits of wood pellet heating. The analysis shows wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent compared to oil and 59 percent compared to natural gas. READ MORE

November 02, 2016

UK wood pellet imports expected to reach new record in 2016

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, PowerWood pellet imports to the U.K. fell 24 percent year-over-year in August after record high imports during the first half of 2016, but are expected to reach a new all-time high this year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

October 31, 2016

Astec: Arkansas pellet plant on schedule, more projects planned

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsDue to the ability to secure and ship orders at more profitable rates, as well as favorable infrastructure and wood pellet equipment activity, Astec Industries reported an earnings improvement of 200 percent in Q3 2016 compared to Q3 2015. READ MORE

October 31, 2016

Energy consulting firm launches new company for wood fiber sales

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAeon Energy Solutions recently launched UFSDA LLC, a company created to focus on the fiber side of the business, sourcing and supplying biomass-based products and feedstocks, while AES remain focused on biomass equipment sales. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Biomass research and development committee to meet in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has been scheduled to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

Opinion: A Shot in the Arm

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEnergy revenues alone are not enough right now.The open question is whether or not coproduct markets can grow enough to make a difference. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

NEB report illustrates Canadian renewable power landscape

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn mid-October, the National Energy Board released a report, noting Canada generates almost two-thirds of its electricity from renewable resources. Hydro is the dominant source of renewable power in the country, followed by wind, biomass and solar. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

USDA awards $327 million in REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses adopt renewable energy sources or implement more efficient energy options. The investment includes $327 million in Rural Energy for America Program funding. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

Opinion: The United Kingdom's New Path

BY Frank Aaskov Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOver the past six months, the political landscape in the United Kingdom has changed significantly. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

In Depth: Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProduction and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

European Biomass Association releases 2016 bioenergy outlook

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAEBIOM releases its annual statistical report, providing an in-depth look at the European bioenergy sector. Recent editions have included analysis of support schemes for biomass heating, electricity and transport, and market forecasts. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Biomass Heats New Hampshire EPA Office

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe New Hampshire environmental protection and public health agencies just finished installing a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art biomass heating plant at its facility in Concord. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Opinion: Upcoming Biomass Politics

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe outcome of Maine's Biomass Study Commission’s work depends on politics. READ MORE

October 23, 2016

Opinion: CHP from Biomass: The Next Generation

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Aaron Aber Found In:Pellets, ThermalBTEC has taken a lead in promoting biomass CHP. The organization’s CHP Working Group is preparing to release a factsheet and whitepaper on the topic. READ MORE

October 22, 2016

In Depth: Cooking Up Higher Margins

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs another heating season approaches, low heat market margins have pellet producers looking toward other end uses for greater market stability and increased profits. READ MORE

October 21, 2016

USDA to invest in expanding wood energy markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has announced it will invest up to $7 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

UK government compromises on tariff reductions for biomass CHP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has announced a government official has acknowledged that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will soften changes introduced to tariffs for certain biomass combined-heat-and-power plants. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Enviva to acquire Sampson plant from joint venture affiliates

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Oct. 17, Enviva Partners LP announced that Enviva Wilmington Holdings LLC has offered to sell it the entity that owns a pellet plant in Sampson County, North Carolina, along with a 10-year, 420,000 metric-ton-per-year off-take contract. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Drax Biomass collaborates to protect Louisiana wetlands

BY Drax Biomass Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass Inc., a pellet manufacturer operating in the Southeast, marked National Bioenergy Day by declaring the cypress and tupelo stands found in forested wetlands, including the Atchafalaya Basin, to be off-limits for its timber purchases. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Report documents economic benefit of New Hampshire wood heating

BY NH Wood Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe NH Wood Energy Council recently released a report documenting the economic and environmental benefits of heating community, commercial and institutional buildings with modern wood chip and pellet technology. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

BPA marks fourth Annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day, more than 40 organizations across the United States and Canada opened their doors on Oct. 19 to local residents and stakeholders, inviting them to learn more about biobased power, thermal and fuels. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

Yeongdong biomass conversion in Korea to be complete in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn 2015, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction secured a contract from Korea South-East Power to convert the Yeongdong Thermal Power Plant Unit 1 to biomass. That conversion project is currently under way, with completion expected early next year. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

Pöyry reports biomass cofiring as one option to coal conundrum

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerPöyry Management Consulting released a point of view report this month, considering the role of coal in a lower-carbon economy. Pöyry makes the argument that the future role of coal in the global energy mix must include cofiring with biomass. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

American Biomass acquires Okanagan Wood Pellets from Viridis

BY American Biomass Corporation Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalAmerican Biomass Corporation Inc. has completed its purchase of Okanagan Wood Pellets from Viridis Energy, Inc. With this acquisition, Okanagan brand pellets will be available this fall to retailers exclusively from American Biomass. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

VTT develops combustion technologies for biomass

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is seeking a carbon capture technology for Finnish power and heat production plants. The first pilots were implemented, using wood pellets, at VTT's Bioruukki and the results are promising. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

FutureMetrics offers wood pellet demand, spot pricing estimates

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics LLC released a white paper with estimates of industrial wood pellet tonnage demand and spot prices. The tonnage estimates are based on optimistic scenarios for cofiring or full-firing wood pellets in large pulverized coal power. READ MORE