Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 03, 2014

EPA releases proposed update to residential wood heater standards

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has released its New Source Performance Standards proposal for new woodstoves and heaters, which go into effect in 2015. The proposal will make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner. READ MORE

January 03, 2014

Poll reveals support for Ohio clean energy initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new poll conducted in Ohio has revealed citizens of the state overwhelmingly support the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, which aims to enact a constitutional amendment that would provide $1.3 billion a year for Ohio to invest in clean energy. READ MORE

December 31, 2013

Viridis Merchants structures its first transaction

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:PelletsViridis Energy Inc. announced that its recently launched, wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., an aggregation and trading service between buyers and sellers of alternative energy, including wood pellets, structured its first transaction. READ MORE

December 29, 2013

Opinion: Troubleshooting From Mt. Chirripo

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the January issue of the magazine, which digs into plant operations and maintenance, and efficient data capture and transmission. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

Opinion: Our Own Best Advocates

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsOne of the most impressive aspects of the pellet industry is the passion that so many producers have for market development. Pellet producers understand the vital importance building a market for their product, customer by customer. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

10-year trials show 10-ton yields for miscanthus in Illinois

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIllinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown in seven Illinois locations over a period of eight to 10 years was 10.5 tons per acre. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

Study provides comparison of biomass crop growth in the Midwest

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDennis Pennington, bioenergy educator at Michigan State University Extension, recently reviewed a study on regional biomass feedstocks conducted by researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois. READ MORE

December 24, 2013

EIA updates state profiles, adds data on renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

Agenda set for 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced this week the agenda for the technical sessions of the 7th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place March 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

Opinion: Pellets Hit the Right Notes as Fossil Fuel Replacement

BY Seth GintherFound In:PelletsThe notion of U.S. forests being clear-cut exclusively for wood pellets is demonstrably false. What is true is that demand for wood pellets is growing, and this is creating new jobs in forestry, manufacturing and shipping. READ MORE

December 22, 2013

In Depth: Coming into the Country

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsSuperior Pellet Fuels General Manager Chad Schumacher talks about the long and winding road that led to the construction of Alaska's first operating pellet mill. READ MORE

December 22, 2013

In Depth: Troubleshooting the Workhorse

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsMonitor output, amp usage and vibration for indications of needed maintenance on hammermills, the workhorses of the pellet industry. READ MORE

December 21, 2013

In Depth: Blazing New Trails in Pellet Project Development

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsA close examination of the plants and projects tracked by Pellet Mill Magazine reveals a radical departure in scope is emerging when existing pellet mills are compared to those under construction or in various stages of preconstruction development. READ MORE

December 21, 2013

Opinion: What the Wood Pellet Industry Needs

BY Malcolm SwansonFound In:PelletsAstec Inc. Vice President of Engineering Malcolm Swanson weighs in on the importance of reliable, productive equipment and EPC contractors that can deliver pellet plants that perform, on time and on budget. READ MORE

December 20, 2013

Opinion: Biomass for Heat: Think It, Speak It, Promote It!

BY John CrouchFound In:PelletsThe domestic pellet industry needs to emulate other U.S. or Canadian businesses: we are going to have to promote our product. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

Drax, 2 others make UK renewable support list, Eggborough omitted

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Energy Act became law Dec. 18, when it received royal assent. The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change also made several accompanying announcements, including naming four biomass projects that are likely to receive subsidies. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

FAO: 19 million metric tons of pellets produced in 2012

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsIn its first report including wood pellet production figures, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations briefly discussed the surge in pellets, saying wood pellet production has increased 10 times in the last decade. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

EIA publishes AEO2014 reference case

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the early release of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), increasing its projections for biomass energy and other renewables. The analysis also predicts increased consumption of biofuels. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

Metso announces future Valmet will sharpen its focus on bioenergy

BY Metso Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMetso announces Valmet's offerings will include boiler islands, small power plants based on bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) and BioGrate combustion technologies, and large heating plants based on BFB and pellet technologies. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

In Depth: Crop-Based Pellets for Power, Fuel and Ag Heat

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsTwo Missouri companies are looking to pelletize crop residues and energy crops, following very different business models. MFA Oil Biomass is first developing a new energy crop and Enginuity Worldwide started with an engineered pellet. READ MORE

December 18, 2013

Sen. Baucus releases proposal to overhaul energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSenate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to overhaul U.S. energy tax incentives by creating technology-neutral incentives for clean electricity and clean transportation fuels. READ MORE

December 18, 2013

UK lawmakers say DECC policy jeopardizes Eggborough conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerSeveral members of the U.K. parliament have issued a letter to Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Edward Davey, expressing concern that the Eggborough Power Station's planned conversion to biomass is threatened by recent policy changes. READ MORE

December 18, 2013

Opinion: Get Involved in Developing ISO's Wood Pellet Safety Standards

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:PelletsIt is imperative the U.S. identify experts to participate in the development of ISO pellet safety standards. If not, they will be developed by the predominant interests of other countries. READ MORE

December 17, 2013

Bonds authorized to finance Mississippi pellet port improvements

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsThe Port of Pascagoula is one step closer to building a pellet export facility for the planned Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. pellet plant. County supervisors authorized a bond issue for up to $24 million for construction of the export facility. READ MORE

December 17, 2013

Sen. Cochran hopeful Farm Bill agreement can be reached soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCongress has adjourned for the year, leaving the Farm Bill unfinished. Lawmakers are expected to take up the legislation in January, and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said progress is being made. READ MORE

December 17, 2013

In Depth: Getting Green Heat to Main Street

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsIn the Northern Forest region of New Hampshire and the western foothills of Maine, the Northern Forest Center's Model Neighborhood Project is helping residents switch from fuel oil to wood pellet boilers and fostering growth in the pellet industry. READ MORE

December 13, 2013

EU project focuses on HTC processing of wet biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, ChemicalsA new European project, named "New technological applications for wet biomass waste stream products," or NEWAPP, focuses on the application of hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) processes to convert wet biomass into coal-like products. READ MORE

December 12, 2013

North American pellet exports to Europe continue increase

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:PelletsPellet export volumes from North America to Europe continued to rise during the second quarter of 2013, representing steady growth for the past seven quarters, according to data compiled by Wood Resources International LLC. READ MORE

December 12, 2013

Cloning technology being utilized in biomass study

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalResearchers at the University of Georgia are using cloning technology to develop faster-growing sweetgum trees that can be used for biomass energy generation or for pulp and paper production. READ MORE

December 09, 2013

DECC official visits Drax, announces CCS funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerU.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey visited the Drax coal-to-biomass conversion plant and announced the Department of Energy and Climate Change would award funding to a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project based at the site. READ MORE