Pellets & Densified Biomass

October 02, 2017

Opinion: Forestry Sector Supports Wood Energy

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhen the pellet industry in Maine started up eight years ago, other forest product sectors were less than enthusiastic, but wood energy now has support from the entire forestry sector. READ MORE

September 30, 2017

In Depth: Pressing for a Good Season

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalFall has arrived, and pellets are moving off the shelves. Meanwhile, producers play the annual wait-and-see game. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

New papers examine coal, wood pellet cofiring at US power plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIf the U.S. wants to begin replacing coal with wood pellets at power plants, the government must provide incentives similar to the ones that solar and wind currently receive, according to University of Georgia researchers. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

In Depth: Port Investments in Pellet Handling

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Pellets, ThermalVarious North American ports have recently completed or will soon begin major investments in wood pellet storage, handling and loading capabilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

In Depth: To Market, To Market

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalOver two decades, Pacific Northwest retailer Coastal Farm and Ranch has grown its pellet appliance and fuel business from a seasonal offering to a year-round, vital aspect of what it provides its customers. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsTrestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

Webinar highlights transportable biomass conversion facilities

BY Waste to Wisdom Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTransportable biomass conversion facilities and the economics of using forest harvest residues to produce biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood is the topic of a Sept. 27 webinar hosted by the Waste to Wisdom research project. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

EIA: Densified biomass production reaches 570,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced respondents providing data for its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report produced 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, and sold 430,000 tons. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

UK proposes reduced support for biomass under RO, seeks comments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. government is seeking public comments on two proposed options aimed at controlling costs of non-grandfathered biomass conversion and co-firing units under the Renewables Obligation. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Report: Italian wood pellet consumption expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalItaly recently filed a report on its wood pellet market with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting its use of wood pellets will reach 5 million metric tons in 2020. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

PA Pellets qualifies under PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of PA Pellets of Ulysses, Pennsylvania, to the PFI Standards Program as the 38th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

Weir restores valves as part of Lynemouth biomass conversion

BY Weir Engineering Services Found In:Pellets, PowerWeir Engineering Services has partnered with Lynemouth Power Station to contribute to the project that will convert the plant from a coal fired to a biomass fired power station, including the overhaul of eleven butterfly valves and gearboxes. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Tooke sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTony Tooke was sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Sept. 1. Tooke replaced former Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement in August. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

In Depth: The Changing Pellet Storage Landscape

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsStructural design, dust management and fire safety features are making domes a popular choice for large-scale wood pellet storage. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Report: Japanese imports of pellets, biomass expected to increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalJapan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the country imported a record 347,000 metric tons of wood pellets last year for thermal power generation. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

In Depth: Fuel Prep Technology: Speed vs Throughput Debate

BY Peter Streinik Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhen procuring recycling and biomass fuel preparation technology for the future, should operators prioritize speed, or throughput? READ MORE

August 29, 2017

GNT to purchase, upgrade Scotia Atlantic Biomass facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerGreat Northern Timber Group has signed a tentative agreement to purchase the Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plant, pending due diligence and court approval, said Thor Olesen, CEO of GNT. The facility is expected to restart operations later this year. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

Report shows reduced carbon intensity of UK grid

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasIn the U.K., the latest Electric Insights report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Drax, found that renewables accounted for 25 percent of Britain’s electricity during the second quarter. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Arizona studying bioenergy for wildfire management

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered Arizona Public Service to evaluate forest bioenergy as part of its resource portfolio. The Arizona Corporation Commission will host its first workshop on the topic of forest bioenergy on Oct. 19. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Metsä Group starts up bioproduct mill in Finland

BY Metsä Group Found In:Pellets, Biogas, ChemicalsMetsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, came into operation as planned on Aug. 15. The facility will produce several products, including pulp, biogas and biofuel pellets from sludge. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

EIA: 500,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 80,000 tons in May, averaging $142.99 per ton, while exports for April reached 350,000 tons, averaging $135.12 per ton. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Tidwell to retire, Tooke named as new Forest Service chief

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1. He has served at the post since June 2009. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tony Tooke will take over as chief following Tidwell’s retirement. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Macquarie completes acquisition of GIB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA consortium led by Macquarie, an Australian-based bank, has completed the acquisition of the U.K. Green Investment Bank Ltd. from the British government for £2.3 billion ($2.96 billion). GIB will now operate under the name Green Investment Group. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

FutureMetrics publishes analysis of Japanese pellet market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics has published a new white paper on the Japanese industrial wood pellet market. The report predicts most of demand growth for industrial wood pellets after 2019 will come from Japan and South Korea. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

Report provides updated EU pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network notes wood pellet production in the EU reached approximately 14.8 million metric tons in 2016, accounting for about half of global production. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

DOE, AGH launch fourth wood stove design challenge

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the launch of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge in partnership with the Alliance for Green Heat. Teams from around the world will compete for up to $25,000 in prizes. READ MORE