Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 13, 2017

Opinion: BTEC Top Priorities for 2017

BY Aaron Aber Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe first few months of the new presidential administration have left the legislative future for biomass thermal energy uncertain. However, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council sees opportunities to advance biomass thermal adoption. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

Bioenergy leaders gather in Minneapolis for annual discussion

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy industry leaders gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 11, for their annual state-of-the-industry discussion at the 10th International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

Hess, Highland Pellets win biomass industry awards

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBBI International and Biomass Magazine have named their annual industry award winners as J. Richard Hess of Idaho National Laboratory and Highland Pellets of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. READ MORE

April 07, 2017

UK government funds England biomass, waste district heat projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced £24 million in funding for nine heat network projects across 13 local authorities in England, two of which will utilize waste or biomass as fuel. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Born Global makes call for bio-based technologies

BY Born Global Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Challenge establishes Bio-Based conversion platforms to support emerging technologies and complete utilization pathways for the delivery of Bio-Based products. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

KEPCO, Mitsubishi joint venture focused on biomass power in Japan

BY Mitsubishi Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMitsubishi Corp. Power Systems Inc. and Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. (KEPCO) have established a new joint venture that will promote and develop biomass power generation business in Japan. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

IRENA: 2016 record year for renewables, bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency finds that 2016 was a banner year for addition of global renewable energy capacity, and bioenergy specifically. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

Maryland program invests in market's cleanest pellet, wood stoves

BY John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalA Maryland renewable energy rebate program established in 2012 has provided assistance to nearly 3,000 residences to purchase and install cleaner, modern wood and pellet stoves. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

Drax to enter acquisition process for Louisiana Pellets

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax has notified its investors that following the conclusion of a March 30 auction, it has been provisionally successful in its bid to acquire the assets of Louisiana Pellets in Urania, Louisiana. READ MORE

March 31, 2017

ETI project to focus on biomass impurities, bioenergy economics

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Energy Technologies Institute has launched a new biomass feedstock improvement process project that aims to show how the removal of impurities and contaminated material from sustainable biomass could make bioenergy cheaper and more efficient. READ MORE

March 31, 2017

Thunderbolt Biomass to build South Carolina wood pellet plant

BY South Carolina Regional Development Alliance Found In:Pellets, ThermalThunderbolt Biomass Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, South Carolina. The company is planning to invest $6 million in the project, creating 35 new jobs. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Opinion: What Tangled Webs

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe April issue of Biomass Magazine, the companion issue for the International Biomass Conference & Expo, offers a data-rich and comprehensive assessment of the role that imports and exports play in the broader biomass-to-energy segment. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Trump Executive Order puts Clean Power Plan on chopping block

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA new Executive Order signed by the president on March 28 requires a review of the Obama-enacted Clean Power Plan, and eliminates numerous other climate and environmental regulations, including rescinding a moratorium on mining coal on federal land. READ MORE

March 28, 2017

In Depth: The Art and Advantages of Briquetting

BY Mogens S. Knudsen Found In:PelletsIn recent years, as the focus on renewable energy has grown, the applications for briquettes have grown concurrently, as have different technologies and new applications. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

Micro biomass CHP plant fired up in Fukushima, more planned

BY ENTRADE Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Nishigo E3 plant uses biomass available in the region—for instance, pellets derived from waste wood and saw dust—to provide a hotel and a spa resort with electricity and heat. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

In Depth: Sizing Them Up

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsA close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

In Depth: Addressing Biomass Energy 'Alternative Facts'

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, ThermalRecent assertions of a new report on biomass energy are grossly inaccurate. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

Opinion: Expanding Wood Heat in New England

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalLast year’s closure of a number of Maine’s paper mills and biomass electric facilities has given rise to a number of initiatives designed to stem, and then reverse the tide. These initiatives are now being placed on the table. Which will succeed? READ MORE

March 23, 2017

In Depth: Sustaining Maine’s Legacy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEfforts to reinvigorate the state’s biomass industry—including two fiber export projects in development—are focused on saving and generating jobs while boosting Maine’s economy. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

In Depth: US Forest Product Exports to Asia

BY Stan Parton Found In:Pellets, ThermalFrom the April issue of Biomass Magazine, this data-packed report from Forest2Market suggests existing North American infrastructure can light the way for biomass exporters. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

DBC launches North American forest sector study

BY The Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation has launched an extensive research study on the North American forest sector, with specific focus on small forest owners. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

Paper examines small-scale, pellet-fueled CHP potential in US

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalSmall-scale, pellet-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) has the potential to become a major part of the distributed generation smart grid of the future, according to a new paper by FutureMetrics. READ MORE

March 20, 2017

WPAC invites Canadian pellet producers to join safety committee

BY WPAC Safety Committee Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Wood Pellet Association of Canada Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

EBRD study: Biomass could aid energy challenges in Turkey, Egypt

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe combined biomass of Turkey and Egypt could generate enough electricity to supply 700,000 homes and renewable fuels to replace more than 2 million metric tons of oil each year. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Opinion: Expanded Use of Modern Wood Heating and Improving Air Quality

BY Adam Sherman Found In:Pellets, ThermalIncreasingly, modern wood heating is recognized as an effective strategy for reducing fossil fuel use, while stimulating local economies and creating markets for low-grade wood. Yet, there remains apprehension from state policy and rule makers. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Opinion: A West Coast Rebound

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalUnfortunately, the wet and cold conditions that delivered good, or by some accounts, even great, years in the U.S. West weren’t experienced all across North America, particularly in the Northeast, which experienced another soft winter. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Opinion: Pellet Specification & Method Comparisons

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile the PFI and ISO standards seem very similar in many ways, it is important to note the often subtle differences in the specifications and the referenced test methods, as PFI and ISO are not always comparable. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

In Depth: A Mixed Bag

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the 2016-’17 heating season winds down, producers across the country once again confirm that, in the pellet business, Old Man Winter determines the haves and the have nots. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Q1 2017: 50% of U.S. South pellet plants used mill, forest waste

BY Wood Resources International Found In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

In Depth: Green Heat in the Great White North

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalStakeholders discuss how to build out the domestic wood pellet heat market in Canada. READ MORE