Pellets & Densified Biomass

November 17, 2015

In Depth: Southeast Asia’s Low-Cost Pellet Player

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsVietnamese producers are gobbling up market share in emerging Asian markets. Offering the world's lowest prices, market observers wonder how long it can continue. READ MORE

November 16, 2015

EPA addresses biomass in Clean Power Plan, plans workshop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerU.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe has published a blog that addresses the potential role of biomass in the Clean Power Plan, and announced that the EPA will hold a workshop on the topic early next year. READ MORE

November 16, 2015

Opinion: It’s Time to Have the Right Conversations

BY SETH GINTHER Found In:PelletsGinther says it’s time to have fact-based and fair conversations about this industry, commending the article “Sustainability guidelines and forest market response: an assessment of European Union pellet demand in the southeastern United States." READ MORE

November 13, 2015

In Depth: Land of the Rising Mill

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsThe East Malaysian state of Sarawak is home to the region’s newest, and quite possibly the largest, pellet mill—the first of many to follow. READ MORE

November 11, 2015

Rentech provides update on wood pellet production, plant repairs

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsRentech discussed ongoing repairs and operations at its two Ontario wood pellet plants during its Q3 2015 financial earnings call. READ MORE

November 11, 2015

Enviva's third quarter results report on track pellet operations

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP released its third quarter financial results, reporting progress on the potential acquisition of the Southampton pellet plant and that both the Wilmington terminal and Sampson plant are on track to begin operations in early 2016. READ MORE

November 10, 2015

Utilities, pellet producers discuss important issues at WPAC 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference held last week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosted a power panel uniquely composed of both pellet producers and utilities sharing viewpoints on a variety of subjects. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

Biomass's Book Club Pick

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the potential stories that were on the table for the January issue of Biomass Magazine, themed plant operation, maintenance and repair, was an article about pellet stove operation and maintenance. READ MORE

November 04, 2015

Global pellet market forecasts optimistic at WPAC 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe third annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 3-5, opened with a discussion on shifting markets in the global pellet industry. READ MORE

November 04, 2015

Industry port and pellet tours kick off WPAC 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA sold out day of tours launched the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference Nov. 3-5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to the Port of Halifax, conference attendees visited Shaw Resources and Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plants. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Paper sizes up Canadian wood pellet heat sector

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new paper by FutureMetrics outlines reasons for the small size of the Canadian wood pellet industry, which include a small domestic heating market, low prices of electricity in some provinces and unfamiliarity with pellet heat technology. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Resolute Forest Products releases third quarter financial results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Oct. 29, Resolute Forest Products Inc. released its third quarter financial results, reporting that building on the integration of the two sawmills this year, the company is focused on completing the Calhoun continuous pulp digester project. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Study of pellet stoves measures emission levels over 30 days

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalAn independent assessment of popular pellet stoves conducted by the Alliance for Green Heat found that pellet stoves, unlike most wood stoves, can achieve low levels of emissions in real world settings that are in line with laboratory results. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Maine Energy Systems introduces wood pellet hot air furnace

BY Maine Energy Systems Found In:Pellets, ThermalMaine Energy Systems (MESys) recently announced the North American release of the MESys AutoPellet Air, a modulating fully-automatic wood pellet hot air furnace. The units are being built in Bethel, Maine, by MESys and designed by OkoFEN. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

FERC releases energy infrastructure update through September

BY SUN DAY Campaign Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRenewable sources accounted for more than 60 percent of the 7,276 MW of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first nine months of 2015, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent report. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

In Depth: Surveying a Changing Landscape

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe fifth annual Exporting Pellets Conference found an industry trying to find certainty and stability as a newly elected conservative government regains power in the United Kingdom. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

European Biomass Association releases annual bioenergy report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) recently released its annual statistical report, providing an outlook on European bioenergy for 2015, with a comprehensive overview of the latest market trends in bioheat, bioelectricty and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Astec provides Q3 2015 results, pellet plant business update

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAstec Industries Inc. has released its Q3 2015 financial results, reporting increases in gross profits, a decrease in net sales and also providing an update on the company’s wood pellet plant business. READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Oil Prices & El Niño

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAlready battling low fossil fuel prices—in some states, fuel oil is now cheaper than wood pellets—the projected El Niño winter is not welcome news. READ MORE

October 22, 2015

In Depth: Operation Biomass Heat

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood heat is keeping the Vermont Army National Guard warm during the winter. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

Opinion: Biomass Regains Congressional Ally

BY Joel Stronberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass thermal energy is too often treated by Congress as the underappreciated offspring of alternative energy. This may soon change, as the House Biomass Caucus has recently been rechartered. READ MORE

October 20, 2015

Eon to sell Belgian coal-fired power plant to German Pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe sale of German utility Eon’s Belgium 556-MW Langerlo coal-fired power plant to wood pellet producer German Pellets is expected to close this year. Eon has signed a share sale and purchase agreement with German Pellets. READ MORE

October 20, 2015

New report shows UK needs to do more to meet energy targets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLast week, Carbon Connect released the report “Policy for Heat: Transforming the System," which is part two of the Future Heat Series, a series of two independent inquiries considering both the supply and demand of heat in U.K. buildings. READ MORE

October 20, 2015

Opinion: Volkswagen Scandal and Wood Heat Technology

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Volkswagen scandal should be a wake-up call to everyone who makes appliances that have to be tested for emissions and efficiency. READ MORE

October 19, 2015

In Depth: Army Green: More Than Just a Color

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. Army relies on renewable energy and biomass power to become more energy-secure and resilient, while meeting its congressional mandates. READ MORE

October 16, 2015

ETI report provides outlook on meeting UK climate change targets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent report released by the Energy Technologies Institute states that biomass combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) remains the only credible route to deliver negative emissions to help meet the U.K.’s 2050 climate change targets. READ MORE

October 14, 2015

USDA seeks applications for REAP loans, grants

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsUSDA under secretary Lisa Mensah recently encouraged rural small businesses to apply for loans and grants to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. READ MORE

October 14, 2015

GSA, DOE seek technologies to improve building performance

BY U.S. General Services Administration Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Energy jointly issued a request for information this week for innovative, transformational green building technologies in support of their respective GPG and HIT Catalyst programs. READ MORE

October 13, 2015

Waste to Wisdom project shows biomass energy potential

BY Humboldt State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForesters and researchers are innovating unique ways to make use of forest residues—low quality trees, tree tops, limbs, and chunks that formerly would have been left in slash piles and burned, or worse, left to rot. READ MORE

October 13, 2015

Report: renewable heat on the rise in Scotland

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalScotland is making quick progress toward its goal of achieving 11 percent of its nonelectric heat demand to come from renewables by 2020, increasing its renewable heat capacity by 42 percent from 2013 to 2014. READ MORE