Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 28, 2016

Georgia Biomass earns qualification, reaches delivery milestone

BY Georgia Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGeorgia Biomass has become the first industrial-scale pellet producer in North America to earn both ENplus A1 and Pellet Fuels Institute quality certifications. The company is also due to complete the loading of its 100th vessel for export to Europe. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

Opinion: Making Marketing Moves

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs pellet producers and heating equipment firms limp into the summer, there are numerous plans underway to improve the marketing of “modern wood heat,” a phrase the industry has found to be more consumer-friendly than “biomass thermal.” READ MORE

June 26, 2016

Opinion: A Unified Renewable Heating and Cooling Front

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Jarrod Petrohovich Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe state policy environment in the Northeast has become the epicenter of support for the idea of a unified coalition to support renewable thermal energy. READ MORE

June 25, 2016

In Depth: A Brilliant Backup Plan

BY Rachel Gibbons Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHaving the right fire suppression system and a plan B for when fire emergencies happen are a must for biomass energy facilities. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

UK votes to leave the EU, Prime Minister Cameron to resign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. has voted to leave the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intention to resign. The referendum, known as the Brexit, was held June 23, with 51.9 percent voting to leave the EU and 48.1 percent voting to stay. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

Smith Flooring qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Smith Flooring of Mountain View, Missouri, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

In Depth: The Future of Freight

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe primary mode of biomass transport—diesel power—continues to get cleaner and more efficient. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

Peel Ports announces milestone in supply of biomass to Drax

BY Peel Ports Found In:Pellets, PowerSeven months after opening phase 1 of its biomass terminal, Peel Ports has dispatched more than 400 freight services from the railheads at the Port of Liverpool to Drax power station in North Yorkshire. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

PHI Group to acquire pellet plant in Southeast US

BY PHI Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPHI Group recently announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a wood pellet manufacturing company in Southeastern United States. The identity of the target company and certain details are being kept confidential until closing. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Pacific Ag acquires Calagri

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers. READ MORE

June 14, 2016

REN21 report shows increased use of biomass in heat, power

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasREN21 recently published its annual overview on the state of renewable energy, reporting 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power and renewable heat both increased, along with renewables used in transportation. READ MORE

June 13, 2016

White paper discusses state of pellet market, Japanese potential

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics released a white paper discussing the current state of the industrial wood pellet markets and new opportunities for growth in the Japanese market. A dashboard associated with coal-to-wood pellet conversions also received updates. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Ontario finalizes cap and trade program, releases action plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThree weeks after Ontario finalized its cap and trade program, which takes effect July 1, the provincial government released the full version of its new Climate Change Action Plan. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

REA reports UK energy growth threatened by recent policy changes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently published its annual statistical REView 2016 report on the U.K renewable energy industry, reporting that despite record employment levels in 2015 recent policy changes threaten renewable energy growth. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Vermont clean energy jobs report features wood energy data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recent report on Vermont’s clean energy industry has determined the state has the highest number of per capita clean energy jobs in the nation. The wood energy industry is among the clean energy industry segments addressed in the report. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year. The report includes data on bioenergy employment. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Crash Course on Contributions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, I have been contacted a lot about how to get articles published in Biomass Magazine, so today I’m going to give a quick crash course on submitting contributions. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Enviva to supply pellets to Lynemouth

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP has announced the execution of a new take-or-pay off-take contract to supply wood pellets to Lynemouth Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Energeticky a prumyslovy holding (EPH). Deliveries are expected to start next year. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

Idaho pellet project works to overcome challenges

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough an Idaho pellet plant project announced last spring hasn’t yet come to fruition, the project is still alive and working to overcome final hurdles. Centennial Renewable Energy plans to build the project on the site of a former timber plant. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

USDA awards $8.8 million under Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsOn May 27, the USDA announced more than $8.8 million in awards through its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which makes payments to producers for advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass other than corn kernel starch. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Trestle, Larksen partner to reduce CO2 from ethanol, coal power

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsTrestle Energy LLC and Larksen LLC have announced a collaboration to commercialize a new fuel pathway management platform to enable ethanol producers to reduce their fuel carbon intensity and facilitate the use of biomass pellets at power plants. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

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 is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

Hekotek announces pellet plant orders in Latvia, Belarus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEstonia-based Hekotek has made two announcements regarding the development of pellet plants in recent months, including the development of a new pellet plant in Latvia and a pellet plant expansion in Belarus. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

INL successfully tests oxidation catalyst in torrefaction system

BY Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAdvanced Torrefaction Systems LLC has collaborated with the Idaho National Laboratory to test a catalytic oxidation technology designed by ATS to address problems that have hampered the development of large-scale torrefaction plants. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Lynemouth conversion progresses, Doosan Babcock awarded contract

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn mid-May, the owner of U.K.-based Lynemouth Power Ltd. issued a brief statement confirming plans to convert the power station to biomass are proceeding according to schedule. Doosan Babcock has been awarded a contract to convert the facility. READ MORE