Pellets & Densified Biomass

May 14, 2014

Rentech provides fiber, pellet update in Q1 investor call

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsWhile revenues attributed to its wood fiber business represented just one-third of Rentech's first quarter revenues, CEO Hunt Ramsbottom opened the Q1 investor call with a point-by-point update of the company's rapidly expanding wood fiber business. READ MORE

May 13, 2014

HSU wins $5.8 million federal grant for biomass research

BY Humboldt State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHumboldt State University, along with 15 regional partners, has received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to conduct innovative biomass research. READ MORE

May 13, 2014

UK report highlights economic impact of bioenergy, biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association has published the results of an analysis that determined the renewable energy supports more than 100,000 jobs in the U.K. and has attracted almost $50.95 billion in investment since 2010. READ MORE

May 12, 2014

Drax announces progress with biomass projects, co-firing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc released an interim management statement on May 9, reporting progress with its biomass energy operations and the development of its U.S. pellet plants. In May, the company began operating an enhanced co-firing unit. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

USDA accepting applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is seeking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. Up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees is expected to be made available for the fiscal year 2014 awards. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

B.C. partnership to provide wood feedstock for PBEC pellet mill

BY Tolko Industries Found In:PelletsRepresentatives of Tolko Industries, Nazko First Nations and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. have announced an innovative partnership for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. Under the partnership, fiber will be supplied to PBEC's pellet mill. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

EPA seeks comments on RE-Powering initiative draft action plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is seeking public comments on its new draft action plant for the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. The program promotes renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

Konza confirms sale of torrefaction system

BY Konza Renewable Fuels Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalKonza Renewable Fuels and Aeon Energy Solutions are pleased to announce a full scale commercial 100,000 metric ton per year torrefaction system has been ordered. Expected delivery is early 2015 to a European based corporation. READ MORE

May 07, 2014

Obama climate change report points to bioenergy for forest health

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Obama Administration has released a new U.S. National Climate Assessment, which it describes as the most comprehensive scientific climate change assessment ever generated. READ MORE

May 06, 2014

Rentech acquires New England Wood Pellet

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalRentech Inc. has acquired all three of New England Wood Pellet's facilities, a $34.5 million investment that adds 240,000 tons to Rentech's annual pellet output. The facilities are located in Jaffrey, N.H., Schuyler, N.Y., and Deposit, N.Y. READ MORE

May 02, 2014

University of Iowa, Repreve, to host miscanthus planting day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Iowa and Repreve Renewables will host a miscanthus rhizome planting field day on May 7. During the demonstration, which is open and free to the public, 13 acres of miscanthus will be planted via Repreve's ACCU DROP planter. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

Biomass heating programs, incentives featured at conference

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, ThermalThree biomass heating programs were showcased during an evening session at 2014 Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo in Green Bay, Wis. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of all sectors of the biomass industry connected at the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

Emunite to pelletize Viaspace Giant King Grass in Guyana

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 28, Viaspace Inc. announced a contract with Emunite Energy Solutions Inc. to provide Giant King Grass for a proposed pellet mill. The company has also announced progress with Giant King Grass production in California. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

UK DECC opens sustainability registration for biomass fuel

BY U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change Found In:Pellets, ThermalStarting April 30, woodfuel suppliers will be able to register their fuels as sustainable by applying to the Biomass Suppliers List. This is a major milestone in ensuring biomass supported under the Renewable Heat Incentive. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

Winter propane crisis frames Midwest biomass heating opportunity

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe opportunities of Midwest biomass heating in a post-propane crises market was the topic of discussion during the opening session of the 2014 Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo in Green Bay, Wis. READ MORE

April 30, 2014

Opinion: Maintaining the Momentum

BY Bill Bell Found In:PelletsMaine Fuel Pellet Alliance Executive Director Bill Bell talks about the upcoming challenges the Northeast pellet industry faces. READ MORE

April 29, 2014

In Depth: From Fluff to Fuel

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsTennessee-based WastAway engineers pellets from MSW that is treated with steam and pressure. READ MORE

April 28, 2014

Pinnacle Renewable begins development on 7th pellet mill in B.C.

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy has begun development of its seventh pellet mill facility in British Columbia, which when completed will bring the pellet producer's total capacity up to 1.5 million metric tons. READ MORE

April 25, 2014

New ISO wood pellet standards published; safety effort begins

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsThe International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for solid biomass fuels will be available for purchase in the next week in the ISO store. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Viridis Energy lands grant, new equipment to draw fuel suppliers

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsThe Nova Scotia government has awarded Viridis Energy with a CA$517,500 ($469,000) grant to purchase new equipment at the company's pellet manufacturing subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Ltd., in Middle Musquoboit, Nova Scotia. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Comment period on SBP biomass standards closes April 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA comment period on five draft biomass standards developed by the Sustainable Biomass Partnership closes on April 25. The standards make up the SBP's Biomass Assurance Framework. North American pellet producers are encouraged to comment. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

North American wood pellet exports to Europe double in 2 years

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellet exports from North America to Europe have doubled in two years to reach 4.7 million tons in 2013 with the U.S. South accounting for 63 percent of the volume, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

DECC finalizes early CfDs, Drax challenges subsidy change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change is offering investment contracts to eight renewable energy project, including three biomass projects. The government cut subsidy to one of two Drax projects, a decision that Drax is challenging. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Thermogen loan guarantee reduced, developers still committed

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsThe Finance Authority of Maine has approved a $16 million taxable bond for Thermogen's black pellet project in Millinocket, Maine, reducing its initial commitment, approved in October, by $9 million. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Siegenthaler, BTEC, and HeatSpring launch biomass design course

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalHydronics expert John Siegenthaler, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and HeatSpring have teamed up to launch a 10-week online course, titled "Hydronic-Based Biomass Design." READ MORE

April 22, 2014

Forest Service opens wood-to-energy funding opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest has announced it is seeking proposals for two separate wood-to-energy funding opportunities, including the Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy (W2E) Grant program and the Statewide Wood Energy Team cooperative agreement program. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

Group launches New Hampshire Wood Energy Council

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA group of public sector and private business have partnered up to launch the New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, a nonprofit partnership that the group said will promote heating commercial and institutional buildings in New Hampshire with wood. READ MORE