Pellets & Densified Biomass

September 22, 2015

Opinion: ENplus Update: Navigating New Changes

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn August, the European Pellet Council released updates to the ENplus quality management scheme for wood pellets. Chris Wiberg outlines the substantive changes as they pertain to North American pellet producers. READ MORE

September 22, 2015

NSF International becomes SBP-approved certification body

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has today announced that NSF International has become an ‘SBP-approved’ certification body. READ MORE

September 21, 2015

USIPA conference opens with an eye on new leadership in UK

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerUSIPA's 5th Annual Exporting Pellets Conference opened in Miami with a cautious eye on the first conservative majority in the United Kingdom in nearly 20 years, and the potential implications for the industrial wood pellet industry. READ MORE

September 21, 2015

Opinion: Industry’s Balancing Act

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs the 2015-’16 heating season approaches and retailers begin to build pellet inventories, Pellet Mill Magazine dug into the complexities of operating a year-round facility that manufactures a seasonal product for its September/October issue. READ MORE

September 18, 2015

Opinion: Pellets Still the Affordable, Available, Renewable One

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUpcoming U.S. Industrial Pellet Association 5th Annual Exporting Conference occurring during an exciting time for the industry. Seth Ginther says it's critical the industry remain flexible as it heads into a period of expansion and diversification. READ MORE

September 18, 2015

In Depth: Entrusted to Biomass

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe National Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving the United Kingdom’s most priceless historic sites, is including biomass heat in its ambitious transition toward renewable energy. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Opinion: UK Biomass Heat: Ready for Takeoff?

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe United Kingdom biomass heat sector is experiencing turbulent times, due to a near-perfect storm of market factors, subsidy review and fallout from dramatic growth in the industry since the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive in November. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

In Depth: 2015 Producer Survey - Capacity, Capital, Storage Partner in 'Pellet Dance'

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA sampling of producers offers a glimpse of the delicate balance between meeting yearly pellet demand and stranding precious capital. READ MORE

September 16, 2015

In Depth: Panamaxing It Out

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the consumption of wood pellets in European power stations matures, shipping efficiency is maximized by utilizing the largest vessels available. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Opinion: Nature’s Call for Biomass Standards

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalA lack of respected national and international standards for biomass production and utilization can only hamper the biomass industry’s growth and standing. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Finnish technology launched into U.K. forestry, energy markets

BY MHG Systems Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFinnish MHG Systems’ mobile and internet cloud service was launched last week, offering forest owners a tool to take control of their forest resource management. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Joint venture to commercialize biomass processing technology

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalActive Energy Group plc and Biomass for Energy have announced a joint venture with Utah-based Biomass Energy Enhancements LLC to commercialize a pretreatment technology that BEE says enables biomass to be utilized as a direct replacement for coal. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Opinion: Pellet Fuels Institute Updates Standards Program

BY Jennifer Hedrick Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute makes several modifications to standards program. PFI Executive Director Jennifer Hedrick says a major modification to the program involves a reduction in sampling frequency for pellet manufacturers. READ MORE

September 14, 2015

In Depth: Matching Pellet Supply With Growing Demand

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalDespite fluctuations, producers and distributors agree: Good relationships and communication can help keep stores stocked with wood pellets during the busy heating season. READ MORE

September 14, 2015

Pelletfinger: A Miami Preview

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsIn anticipation of the 5th Annual Exporting Pellet Conference Executive Editor Tim Portz shares his own "Things to Find Out" list. READ MORE

September 11, 2015

The Military's Renewable Fuel/Energy Progress (Or Lack Thereof)

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn this day, I’m working on the November issue of Biomass Magazine, which has a semi-befitting them: U.S. Military Bioenergy Production & Use READ MORE

September 10, 2015

DOE offers $6 million for Native American energy projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis month, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a report showing threats to tribal energy infrastructure are expected to increase, and also announced a $6 million grant opportunity to establish clean energy projects on tribal lands. READ MORE

September 09, 2015

NEPCon earns first Sustainable Biomass Partnership approval

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerNEPCon, a Danish non-profit offering forest certification services, becomes the first certification body to earn full approval from the Sustainable Biomass Partnership to complete SBP audits for producers of woody biomass inputs. READ MORE

September 08, 2015

FutureMetrics releases dashboard on pellet demand for cofiring

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Sept. 7, FutureMetrics provided a new dashboard analyzing and calculating industrial wood pellet demand for U.S. power plants under various cofiring scenarios. READ MORE

September 04, 2015

Vermont law school releases report on sustainable biomass use

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Institute of Energy and Environment at Vermont Law School recently released a report covering sustainable ways to increase the use of woody biomass for electricity generation while protecting Vermont’s forests. READ MORE

September 04, 2015

Biomass Magazine's Big-Deal Directory

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAround 8,500 copies of Biomass Magazine's industry directory will be mailed out to biomass power plants, pellet plants, attendees of our International Biomass Conference & Expo, and lots of other industry events. READ MORE

September 02, 2015

Eggborough Power Station to close, biomass not an option

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerA 2,000-MW, coal-fired power plant in North Yorkshire, England, announced it will stop producing power at the end of March and close, rather than converting to biomass as once proposed. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Halted particleboard plant working toward pellet conversion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNext week, a full consultation report for the conversion of Northern Engineered Wood Products’ particleboard facility to a wood pellet plant in Smithers, British Columbia, is expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

South Korean Market On Ice

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsSouth Korea, the second largest export market for Canadian pellet producers have introduced regulations that are legally impossible for those producers to comply with, effectively shutting down the Canadian-Korean pellet trade. READ MORE

August 31, 2015

Wood pellet boiler rebates available in Vermont

BY Renewable Energy Vermont Found In:Pellets, ThermalVermonters can get up to $5,500 to help switch from fossil fuel to local wood heating. Cash incentives are available from the Clean Energy Development Fund and Efficiency Vermont. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Opinion: Getting It Right

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSo often in this industry, our gaze falls to the moment biomass is converted into power, thermal energy, biofuels or pellets. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

Astec Industries receives $30 million pellet plant order

BY Astec Industries Found In:PelletsAstec Industries Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement and received a related down payment to build, deliver and install the first production line of a new turnkey wood pellet production facility. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Opinion: Insight on Incentives

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs this year’s harsh Maine winter drew to a close, pellet boiler systems benefiting from Efficiency Maine’s $5,000 rebate incentive were being installed at the rate of one per day. In June, only 15 were installed. READ MORE

August 23, 2015

In Depth: Master of Logistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBy securing advantageous points of distribution in the Southeast and fine-tuning its transport and storage tactics, wood pellet giant Enviva is well-positioned to satisfy growing overseas demand. READ MORE

August 22, 2015

Opinion: Localizing Energy Downsides

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalToo often, states export the energy impacts of their decisions to other states. This is not just an issue for U.S. states, but for countries like Germany, which ended its domestic nuclear program only to buy nuclear energy from France. READ MORE