Pellets & Densified Biomass

November 06, 2014

Rentech closes on sale of alternative energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 4, Rentech Inc. announced it has closed on the sale of its alternative energy technologies to Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co. Ltd. for a total of $15.3 million. The transaction was first announced in March. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Forest Service opens $5 million funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking proposals for projects that substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the U.S. to support forest management needs. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

New Bedford Waste to manufacture fuel briquette from recyclables

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Bedford Waste Services LLC, a sister company of ABC Disposal Service Inc., is building a commodity, municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling and Eco-Tac briquette manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Pellet exports from U.S. South continue to grow

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:PelletsPellet shipments from the U.S. and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the U.S. South increasing and Canadian volumes declining, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Requiem for Mary Rosenthal

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsI offer a personal remembrance for one of the biomass industry's own, Mary Rosenthal, upon hearing the news of her passing. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

Opinion: Hurry Up and Wait

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOD is the single largest user of energy in the world, spending nearly $20 billion annually on heat, power and liquid fuels. READ MORE

November 02, 2014

Opinion: Maintaining Industry Stability

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAll looks good for Maine’s pellet industry. Spurred by $5,000-per-unit consumer rebates from the state’s Efficiency Maine energy agency, pellet boiler firms are installing at a combined rate of one unit per day. READ MORE

November 01, 2014

In Depth: Cautious Optimism

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMarkets that gave rise to the pellet industry will begin to plateau, but the promise and growth of new market opportunities are very real. READ MORE

November 01, 2014

Opinion: Perfect Storm for a Pellet and Firewood Shortage

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs winter approaches, the groundwork is being laid for a perfect storm of unprecedented firewood shortages in the Northeast and Great Lake states. READ MORE

October 31, 2014

Resolute Forest Products ramps up production at pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsResolute Forest Products Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that its 45,000 ton-per-year Thunder Bay pellet project is now in ramp-up mode. READ MORE

October 31, 2014

British Columbia introduces innovative, flexible forest license

BY British Columbia Found In:PelletsThe Province of British Columbia has created a new type of forest license that allows emerging, innovative forestry companies to more effectively respond to fluctuations in the supply of wood fiber. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Everbright International announces straw pellet project in China

BY Everbright International Found In:PelletsChina Everbright International Ltd. has signed an investment agreement with the People's Government of Rudong County in Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, for pellet project that will take in straw and agricultural waste as feedstock. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Opinion: Engaging Communities Nationwide with Bioenergy

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOct. 22 marked the second annual National Bioenergy Day. What started as a grassroots effort to help bioenergy organizations engage better with their communities is becoming a widespread recognition of the benefits of the many types of bioenergy. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Rentech commences start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility

BY Rentech Inc. Found In:PelletsRentech Inc. announced Oct. 28 that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing and final commissioning. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Herty launches Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions

BY Georgia Southern University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Herty Advanced Materials Development Center has announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions, which aims to spearhead development of commercially-viable, advanced wood-to-energy products. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Biomass industry welcomes record pellet demand in Northeast

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council have announced the biomass industry is experiencing record demand for wood pellet heating fuel in the United States, particularly in the Northeastern region. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enviva files $100 million IPO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed $100 million initial public offering (IPO). The Form S-1 registration was filed on Oct. 28. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

BlueFire announces LOI from China EXIM to finance Fulton project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 23, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has received a letter of intent from the Export Import Bank of China to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its proposed biorefinery project in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

National Bioenergy Day: Minnesota event features pellet boiler

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service Chippewa National Forest Ranger Station in Walker, Minnesota, celebrated the second annual National Bioenergy Day Oct. 22 by hosting an open house at its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified facility. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania pellet plant to be sold at auction in November

BY Maas Companies Found In:PelletsThe former Great American Pellets facility, real estate and equipment assets, will be sold during an online, lender-owned auction Nov. 11. The auction is being conducted in conjunction with Comly Auctioneers & Appraisers and Maas Companies. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

Growing Along With the Industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOI grant to support pellet feasibility study in New Mexico

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThirteen tribal and mineral development projects in New Mexico, one of which will investigate the possibility of developing a wood pellet plant, were awarded more than $2.8 million in grants by the Department of Interior. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

German Pellets provides update of La. plant in financial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman Pellets has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting increased net income. The company also indicated its Urania, Louisiana, facility is on track to begin production by the end of the year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

What I Learned from Danny Fortson

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerIn June I joined another journalist in Louisiana and Mississippi to look closely at the emerging pellet industry. His recently published story proves how difficult it can be to tell this story accurately and in the broader global energy context. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Enviva to acquire Green Circle, Miss. project expected to proceed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Development Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Enviva LP, recently announced an agreement to acquire Green Circle Energy Inc. The transaction is not currently expected to impact the development of a proposed pellet plant in Mississippi. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE