Pellets & Densified Biomass

February 04, 2014

Senate approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 4, the U.S. Senate approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 67 to 32. The vote was the final legislative action needed before President Obama can sign the legislation into law. READ MORE

January 31, 2014

FERC: 777 MW of biomass capacity came online in 2013

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects has reported that 269 megawatts (MW) of biomass capacity was brought online in December, bringing the total for 2013 to 777 MW of new biomass capacity. READ MORE

January 31, 2014

Webinar focuses on port development for pellet projects

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsMore than 200 listeners tuned into Biomass Magazine's Jan. 30 webinar, which showcased pellet port developments and projects. The event featured four speakers who discussed various aspects of developing pellet export facilities. READ MORE

January 31, 2014

Swedish facility warms up pellet production in Russia

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsSwedish forestry company RusForest AB has announced the start of wood pellet production at the LDK-3 sawmill at Arkhangelsk in the northwestern region of Russia. Construction on the plant began in June 2103. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

Farm Bill: Offerings for plant operators, investors, developers

BY Kyle Althoff Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Farm Bill is a five-year piece of legislation that typically takes six years to develop and reach consensus among U.S. senators, representatives, and the president. Orchestrating this feat is nothing short of a miracle. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

Seminar addresses carbon accounting and forest management

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalResources for the Future hosted a seminar Jan. 29 focused on the issues of carbon accounting and forest management. The event, titled “Considering the Contributions of Forests in the Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” was cosponsored by the Soc READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Opinion: Kudos to Our Ag Innovators

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the impact farmers and ag innovators are making on energy crop development. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Houses approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives has approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 251 to 166. The farm bill conference committee approved the conference report for the bill on Jan. 27. A U.S. Senate vote is expected next week. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Obama: climate change is a fact

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJob creation, higher wages and investments in the U.S. education system were a few of several focus points during President Obama's State of the Union address, which reiterated the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. READ MORE

January 28, 2014

Conference committee passes Farm Bill, votes expected soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe agriculture committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have announced a bipartisan agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill. The House is expected to vote on the measure on Jan. 29, with a Senate vote expected soon after. READ MORE

January 27, 2014

In Depth: From Recipe to Scientific Formula

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsPenn State Researchers are working to develop a solid understanding of energy crops and their densification behavior, which could remove much of the guesswork in creating a quality pellet. READ MORE

January 26, 2014

Opinion: Winter Brings Industry Boosts

BY Bill BellFound In:PelletsMaine Pellet Fuels Association Executive Director Bill Bell weighs in on winter sales trends and Maine pellet policy developments. READ MORE

January 25, 2014

In Depth: Masterminding Miscanthus

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerResearchers and companies are crafting custom recipes for planting and managing miscanthus for power and biofuel production. READ MORE

January 24, 2014

Meeting the needs of famers critical to biomass, residue harvest

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the baling of crop residues and forage crops is nothing new, the sheer volume that will be required to supply a commercial biorefinery makes developing a reliable, cost effective supply chain a challenge. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

EurObserv'ER solid biomass report reflects growth in the EU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEurObserv'ER has published its annual Solid Biomass Barometer, reporting that primary energy production from solid biomass is growing. The analysis estimates that solid biomass use in the E.U. increased to 82.3 million tons of oil equivalent in 2012. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

EU proposal sets renewable energy targets, ignores biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission has published a proposal calling for a greenhouse gas reduction of 40 percent below the 1990 level along with an EU-wide 27 percent binding target for renewable energy by 2030. The proposal doesn't address transport fuels. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

Dean Tiessen Memorial Fund to honor agricultural entrepreneur

BY Rural Ontario Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA memorial fund has been established to honor the vision and memory of southwestern Ontario agricultural entrepreneur Dean Tiessen of New Energy Farms, who died tragically in Brazil late last year. READ MORE

January 20, 2014

CCEMC supports biogas, MSW pellet projects

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, BiogasAlberta-based, Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation has added its support to 12 new renewable energy projects during 2012 and 2013, bringing its total to 51 projects with $213 million in committed funding. READ MORE

January 17, 2014

Herty announces mobile pellet mill

BY Herty Advanced Materials Development Center Found In:PelletsThe Herty Advanced Materials Development Center has announced the addition of a new mobile pellet development unit (MPDU), a versatile pellet system designed for rapid screening of feedstocks and processing conditions. READ MORE

January 16, 2014

CBI flail debarking, chipping system chosen for Rentech expansion

BY Continental Biomass Industries Inc. Found In:PelletsA new project is underway for Continental Biomass Industries Inc. to design and build three flail debarking and chipping systems for Rentech's Canadian wood pellet facilities scheduled for installation in the spring of 2014. READ MORE

January 15, 2014

AgEC says 2014 budget agreement highlights need for Farm Bill

BY Agriculture Energy Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2014 Consolidated Appropriations agreement to be considered by Congress today leaves Farm Bill energy programs with no discretionary funding for the year, highlighting the need for Congress to prioritize consideration of the 5-year Farm Bill. READ MORE

January 15, 2014

Genera Energy showcases commercial biomass harvesting concept

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. is showcasing some of the most cutting-edge, effective and innovative commercial harvesting techniques available in the biomass industry as it begins its latest harvest of biomass energy crops. READ MORE

January 13, 2014

Enviva resumes production following fire

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva LP's 500,000 metric ton-per-year pellet plant in Southampton County, Va., resumed production less than two days after a fire broke out in the facility's pellet processing system. The fire began in the early morning hours of Jan. 8. READ MORE

January 13, 2014

Researchers identify a coppicing response gene in biomass willow

BY Rothamsted Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRothamsted Research scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative, have discovered a gene that contributes to the coppicing response of willows. READ MORE

January 09, 2014

New York to launch biomass heating initiative

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released his agenda for 2014, which includes plans to launch a biomass heating initiative in the state. The effort will help the "high-efficiency and low-emission biomass heating industry reach scale." READ MORE

January 09, 2014

Fire at Enviva facility not expected to result in major downtime

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA fire broke out at Enviva LP's 500,000 metric ton pellet facility in Southampton County, Va., in the early morning hours of Jan. 8. According to a statement released by the company, the fire began in the facility's pellet processing system. READ MORE

January 08, 2014

Rabobank predicts greater use of agricultural residues in the EU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report recently published by the Netherlands-based Rabobank predicts that agricultural residues will play an increasing role in European bioenergy production through 2020. Woody biomass, however, is expected to continue to dominate the industry. READ MORE

January 07, 2014

Aconex software supports development of Zilkha pellet plant

BY Aconex Found In:PelletsAconex, a provider of construction project management software, is supporting Zilkha Biomass Energy in the design and building of its 275,000 metric ton-per-year black pellet fuel plant, which is expected to be operational in 2015. READ MORE

January 07, 2014

Study evaluates biorefining opportunities in South Australia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe VTT Technical Research Center of Finland recently authored a report for the Australian government that investigates bioenergy opportunities in the Green Triangle region, located in the country's southwest region. READ MORE

January 07, 2014

NY creates $1 billion Green Bank for clean energy development

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasNew York has committed $210 million in initial funding for the $1 billion NY Green Bank initiative. First introduced by N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2013 state of the state address a year ago, the bank is expected to open for business early in 2014. READ MORE