Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 07, 2014

AgriLife Research: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study outlines how mesquite measures up relative to other bioenergy feedstocks with regard to economic and greenhouse gas efficiency. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Bioenergy week planned in Ontario

BY Canadian Bioenergy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanadian Bioenergy Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, Lakehead University, Confederation College and the Biomass Innovation Centre of Nipissing University are partnering to offer a full-slate of events from Sept. 8-13 in Ontario. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

Ontario pellet plant expected to begin operations in Q4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerResolute Forest Products Inc. provided a brief update on the status of its pellet plant under development in Thunder Bay, Ontario, during its second quarter investor conference call. The facility is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

USDA announces inclusion of wood products in BioPreferred program

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products and other materials in the BioPreferred program. The action implements changes included in the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

August 05, 2014

Proposed pellet plant to export product to South Korea

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA proposed pellet plant under development near Mission, British Columbia, aims to produce wood pellets for export into industrial markets in South Korea and other Asian markets. The project is being developed by SMG Wood Pellet Inc. READ MORE

August 01, 2014

Joint venture to develop pellet plants in Vietnam

BY PHI Group Inc. Found In:PelletsPHI Group Inc. recently announced that it has signed a memoranda of understanding with two Vietnam-based wood processing companies to set up joint venture wood pellet factories in Central and Southern Vietnam. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

2014 PFI conference considers market outlook

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe pellet market outlook dominated presentations at the Pellet Fuels Institute annual conference held July 28-29 in Orlando, Florida. During the event, several speakers highlighted the expected growth markets around the globe. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Waters' New Biotech solidifies proposed export facility location

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsWaters' New Biotech, a pellet manufacturer headquartered in Wisconsin, has received approval of a letter of intent from commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority for a possible lease of land at the Port of Gulfport in Mississippi. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Zilkha Biomass Energy to develop pellet plant in Arkansas

BY Zilkha Biomass Energy Found In:PelletsZilkha Biomass Energy has announced it is building a facility in Monticello, Arkansas, to manufacture their Zilkha Black Pellet. The company plans to invest $90 million in the facility and create 52 new jobs. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Drax provides operational update during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Drax Group plc has announced financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that biomass now accounts for more than 20 percent of the its output. Both the first converted unit and the enhanced cofiring unit are performing well. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Genera Energy introduces proprietary feedstock management systems

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGenera Energy Inc. has announced the deployment of two new proprietary feedstock management systems, Energy Grange and Supply AssureBoth systems were developed through years of R&D and in-the-field testing. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

N.Y. announces biomass thermal incentives, RPS solicitation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 29, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two announcements that will benefit bioenergy projects within the state, including the official launch of Renewable Heat N.Y. and the availability of funding to support clean energy generation projects. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Drax one step closer to securing CfD for second unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA recent regulatory filing made by the Drax Group plc indicates the company could be one step closer to securing an investment contract for a second biomass unit conversion under the Final Investment Decision Enabling (FID Enabling) mechanism. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

150 federal buildings found to be candidates for pellet boilers

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Biomass Secure Power secures location for Louisiana pellet mill

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsThe board of directors of the Natchitoches Parish Port Commission approved a notice of intent to lease Biomass Secure Power Inc. 75 acres of land to build their proposed pellet plant within the confines of the Port of Natchitoches. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Report discusses future of European pellet, biogas markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent report filed with the USDA indicates the European Commission expects heat and power production from biomass to account for about 45 percent of the renewable use in Europe by 2020. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

DECC announces draft CfD budget, gets program approval from EC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that starting in October, renewable energy projects in the U.K. will complete for a budget of more than GBP 200 million as part of the government's reforms to the electricity market. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Pellet-fired heating system in use at hospital in New Brunswick

BY Government of New Brunswick Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Grand Falls Hospital is one of the first public buildings in New Brunswick, Canada, to utilize a new energy-efficient, pellet-fired heating system. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

BC pellet producers step up to reduce dust explosion hazards

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsBritish Columbia pellet producers are facing stepped up safety inspections by WorkSafeBC. Administrator Gord Macatee prepared a review and action plan that outlines plans for an agency restructuring and reviews mitigation of safety hazards from dust. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

U.K. DECC model confirms GHG benefits of North American pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that scientific analysis has proven that biomass from North America can help decarbonize U.K. electricity supplies. The analysis was performed using a new model developed by the DECC. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Athens Energy new tax credit eligibility helps spur investments

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA biomass power plant in Athens, Maine, received certification for Maine New Markets tax credits from directors of the Finance Authority of Maine. The facility is run by Athens Energy LLC, a sister company of Maine Woods Pellets Co. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

E-Pellets acquires Georgia mill for wood pellet production

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsE-Pellets Group LLC recently acquired the formally boarded up Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in Athens, Georgia, to convert it into a wood pellet production facility. The facility is expected to produce 450,000 metric tons annually by August 2015. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsViaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

USDA funds state wood energy teams, wood-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states. An additional $1.25 million was awarded to nine projects under the Wood-to-Energy grant program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Court sides with Drax in challenge to DECC subsidy decision

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn July 14, Drax Group plc announced the U.K.'s High Court has declared that the company's second unit biomass conversion was indeed eligible for an investment contract under the Final Investment Decision Enabling mechanism. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Drax Biomass to move headquarters to Georgia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsDrax Biomass is moving its headquarters from Burlington, Massachusetts, to the Atlanta, Georgia, suburb of Sandy Springs. The announcement was made July 8 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE