Pellets & Densified Biomass

February 24, 2017

Airex Energy inaugurates Quebec torrefaction plant

BY Airex Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 24, Airex Energy officially inaugurated its biomass torrefaction plant, located in the La Prade industrial park in Bécancour, Quebec. The industrial-size demonstration plant showcases Airex's trademarked CarbonFX technology. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Alberta Innovates issues EOI for waste-to-energy technologies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAlberta Innovates, a provincial agency focused on advancing energy and environmental technology, has released a call for expression of interest (EOI) for companies to showcase waste conversion technologies fit for small and urban rural communities. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Opinion: Biomass Thermal Legislative Advances

BY Aaron Aber Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council is beginning the year with a strong focus on developing codes and standards for biomass thermal energy in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Astec weighs in on strong year, future wood pellet projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAstec Inc. reported a solid year in 2016, having grown both revenue and net income quarter-over- quarter and year-over-year, on top of an end-of-year record backlog and a larger-than-anticipated number for pellet plant revenue. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: True Sustainability in Pine Bluff

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalWhile pellets produced at Highland Pellets’ new facility leave for overseas, the benefits remain in the surrounding community of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Opinion: Trump, Obama and Wood Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalEven though President Trump is a climate change skeptic and put the head of Exxon in charge of our state department, could he still do something good for our modest slice of the residential renewable energy movement? READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: North Central Area’s Biomass Reboot

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAfter 30-plus years of operation, a biomass heating system at a school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was replaced by the company that originally built it. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Pellet producer Equustock acquires South Dakota, New York plants

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsEquustock LLC announced two recent plant acquisitions in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Kingsbury, New York. The Rapid City plant is the former Mountain Pine Management facility and the site in Kingsbury is the former location of Royal Wood Shavings. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. He has served as attorney general of Oklahoma since November 2010. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Drax reports good operational year, discusses future in biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax Group has released its preliminary results for 2016. Via webcast, CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed challenges and successes over the past year, as well as some of the company’s future goals for biomass conversions and wood pellet production. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

PFI qualifies 20th pellet producer to standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalFiber Energy Products and Forest Energy Corp. each had a wood pellet manufacturing plant qualify for the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program, bringing the total number of qualified facilities to 20. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Alberta awards $60 million to 31 bioenergy companies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThrough its Bioenergy Producer Program, the government of Alberta has awarded $60 million to 31 different companies that have built or are in the process of constructing in-province bioenergy projects READ MORE

February 08, 2017

EIA updates bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting the non-hydro renewables share of U.S. electricity generation will be 9 percent in 2017 and 10 percent in 2018. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Evolution Markets brokers residential wood pellet futures trade

BY Evolution Markets Found In:Pellets, ThermalEvolution Markets recently announced it has facilitated the first futures trade in residential wood pellets on the Euronext exchange. The trade was between Swedish utility Vattenfall and a European energy company. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

DONG Energy to stop all use of coal by 2023

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDONG Energy has decided that by 2023, coal will no longer be used as fuel at the company's power stations. The power stations will be replacing coal with sustainable biomass. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Spencer Group reaches milestone on Port of Tyne pellet project

BY Spencer Group Found In:Pellets, PowerThree major silos have been erected as the centerpiece of large-scale wood pellet facilities at the Port of Tyne. The project is well on the way to completion, with the facilities due to be fully operational later this year. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

2017 Heating the Midwest Conference to colocate with IBCE

BY Dovetail Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHeating the Midwest has announced it will colocate its 6th annual 2017 conference and expo with the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The HTM event will be held April 10. READ MORE

January 25, 2017

Company plans pellet plant in Brazil

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsBrazil’s Secretary of Economic Development, Science and Technology formally announced that company Butiá Indústria e Comércio de Pellets Ltda’s plans to construct a 36,000-ton wood pellet plant in the municipality of Butiá, Brazil. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

Ecostrat releases white paper on biomass supply chain analytics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEcostrat Inc. recently released a white paper providing evidence for why industry developers and lenders should stay up to speed with the latest developments in biomass supply chain research and analytics. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

PFI Standards Program qualifies New York, Maine pellet plants

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturers to the PFI Standards Program, including Lignetics’ Strong, Maine, facility and New York-based Instantheat Wood Pellets. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European researcher aims to generate more value from biomass

BY Imperial College London Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRoberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his work on lignin valorization. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsObama is out, Trump is in. Today, a new era begins. We live in a great country. As an industry, we’ll keep fighting the good fight. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Opinion: Industry’s Adolescence is Behind Us

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe wood pellet industry has doubled in the past five years, and Pellet Mill Magazine's executive editor, Tim Portz, says the next five years will be defined by the industry's ability to grasp the global opportunity that lies in front of it. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

White paper offers Trump a strategy to benefit coal, wood pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics released a white paper this month providing a strategy for how the Trump administration can help save the coal industry while boosting the industrial pellet industry with policy that supports the cofiring of wood pellets with coal. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Emerson awarded contract to help convert Lynemouth to biomass

BY Emerson Found In:Pellets, PowerEPH Lynemouth Power has awarded Emerson a contract to help convert the 44-year-old coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass-fueled power plant. Emerson is responsible for helping the project come online within budget and on time. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Opinion: European Wood Pellet Market Potential

BY Hannes Lechner & John Dawson-Nowak Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBesides more growth potential in the industrial market to 2025, the likely expansion of the premium sector post-2020 offers an opportunity for North American producers to soften the impact of predicted demand decline for industrial pellets post-2027. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

EPA defers action on petitions regarding biomass, WtE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA has published a notice of final action on petitions for reconsideration and petitions for administrative stay regarding emissions guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions and compliance times for electric utility generating units. READ MORE