Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 02, 2017

In Depth: Big Data Pays Big

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerCondition monitoring advantages biomass power producers by reducing critical equipment failure while maximizing uptime and profits. READ MORE

January 01, 2017

Opinion: Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

BY Dave Mance III Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe industry needs to champion wood, lest we lose the culture and the infrastructure that has built up around its use. READ MORE

December 31, 2016

Opinion: Lean Manufacturing, Wood Supply Chain Optimization

BY Stan Parton Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe wood fiber supply chain involves much more than moving raw materials from point A to point B; it is a complex system that is constantly affected by a number of variables between point A and point B. READ MORE

December 30, 2016

In Depth: Bearing Down

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsProducers seeking to drive down overall operating expenses must find ways to prolong roller and roller bearing life. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

A Treat for Stats Nuts

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released an online, interactive global energy atlas. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

In Depth: North Country Knowhow

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAcclimated to the brutal winter conditions in its Adirondack Mountain location, a New York boarding school is mastering its heating fuel logistics. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Enviva begins exports at Port of Wilmington

BY North Carolina State Ports Authority, Enviva Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and began loading the first export shipment to Europe last week. The ship is expected to depart before year-end. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Ontario cooperative releases biomass agronomy guides, videos

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently released biomass agronomy guides and videos for switchgrass and miscanthus production. READ MORE

December 26, 2016

Wood pellet trade doubles over 5 years, driven by biomass power

BY RISI Found In:PelletsA new study from RISI focuses on how the European pellet supply stream may evolve. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

UK RHI reform met with mixed feelings for biomass

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently announced new tariffs for biomass boilers and other renewable heat technologies under the Renewable Heat Incentive in its response to the consultation that closed in April. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

EC approves state aid for third Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 19, The European Commission announced it has determined that U.K. support for the conversion of the third generating unit of Drax Power Station from coal to biomass complies with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Pinnacle, NORDEN sign contract for transport of wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsDampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has announced a nine-year contract to transport pellets for Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Under the contract, NORDEN will transport wood pellets from western Canada to Europe beginning in 2018. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Enviva Partners completes Sampson drop-down acquisition

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Sampson plant in North Carolina and associated off-take contracts from Enviva Holdings LP’s joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

EIA begins monthly reporting of wood pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the initial results of a new survey launched in January 2016 to gather information on wood pellets and other densified biomass production, sales and inventory. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

ETI: Survey reveals public support for bioenergy in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent survey found strong public support for the production of bioenergy in the U.K., from both biomass and waste. Approximately 80 percent of respondents were in favor of bioenergy playing a bigger role in the country’s energy mix. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

Denmark's largest power station replaces coal with wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor the past 18 months, Avedøre Power Station has been converting its coal-fired power station unit, and the entire combined-heat-and-power plant is now able to produce electricity and heat based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Highland Pellets commissions Arkansas pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerHighland Pellet’s 600,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is officially open and undergoing commissioning and is expected to be producing pellets by the end of the year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 21. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EIA updates 2017 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Drax to acquire Opus Energy, 4 OCGT development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 6, Drax Group plc announced plans to acquire Opus Energy Group Ltd. and four open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) development projects. Drax also said it is continuing to monitor opportunities to acquire additional wood pellet plants. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

A Few Good Plugs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsToday is the last day to submit an abstract for the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Colombo Energy becomes 17th qualified into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn Nov. 30, the Pellet Fuels Institute qualified Colombo Energy of Greenwood, South Carolina, into its Standards Program, which now represents 17 pellet manufacturing companies, among them 29 facilities. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Out With the Old, In With the New

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe best argument our industry has going for it in the context of a Trump administration is its ability to produce jobs, and for the next four years, we’d be wise to build our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on that premise. READ MORE