Pellets & Densified Biomass

July 21, 2017

UCSC awarded $250,000 grant from U.S. Forest Service

BY Scott Rappaport, University of California, Santa Cruz Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service awarded a $250,000 grant to the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UC Santa Cruz. The center will use the grant to study the economic feasibility of developing an innovative forest industry cluster near Reno, Nevada. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Drax discusses future plans during investor presentation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerReducing the cost of wood pellet production, finishing two capacity expansions and overhauling a recently acquired plant are just a few of the many focuses Drax CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed during the company’s recent investor presentation. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Enviva releases updated Track & Trace data

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. The data measures and demonstrates the company's sustainability practices. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy purchases 50th pellet mill from Andritz

BY Andritz Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy recently purchased its 50th pellet mill from Andritz Feed & Biofuel, and officials from the company visited Andritz’s manufacturing facility on June 20 to see the new biofuel pellet mill, a Sprout 26LM II, being made. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

EIA: 460,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 10, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data on the U.S. densified biomass fuel industry, reporting there was nearly 12.71 million tons of capacity in place in April, with an additional 163,500 tons under development. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Enviva Partners extends contracts at Port Panama City

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has announced that it is extending its contracts with the Panama City Port Authority, the Bay Line Railroad LLC and SSA Gulf Inc. through 2023. This commitment supports operations at the company’s Cottondale facility. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Grants help maple syrup makers install pellet, wood chip systems

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn Vermont, The Clean Energy Development Fund at the state’s Public Service Department is offering grant funding of up to $20,000 to help sugar makers install evaporators fueled with wood pellets or wood chips. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: Are We Ready for the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Movement?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalMany in the biomass heating movement bemoan warm winters, low fossil fuel prices and the slow pace of conversions to biomass heat. But systems to adopt renewable heating are being put in place, and though we could be, we aren't a part of them. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

IEA Bioenergy Task 40 updates report on pellet industry, trade

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIEA Bioenergy Task 40, an initiative established by the International Energy Agency in 2003 to focus on international bioenergy technology, recently published a new report on the global wood pellet industry and trade. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Opinion: Farm Bill Energy Programs: All-of-the-Above Value

BY Lloyd Ritter Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe all-of-the-above energy approach of the Farm Bill energy programs enables investment in rural America, supports innovation and new manufacturing industries, and generates economic opportunities and jobs. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMore than 800 attendees and 160-plus producers of biomass power, heat, pellets biogas and advanced biofuels met in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: Fielding Stover Logistics

BY Anna Simet Found In:PelletsAGCO Corp.’s latest large-scale crop residue endeavor is utilizing and adding to the company’s well-established harvesting knowledge base. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Vermont report on clean energy addresses bioenergy employment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn June, the Vermont Department of Public Service released its 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report, revealing the number of Vermonters engaged in the clean energy industry has grown 29 percent since 2013. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Sustainable Biomass Program responds to NRDC paper

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:PelletsCarsten Huljus, CEO of the Sustainable Biomass Partnership, has issued a response to s recent issue paper by the Dogwood Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council that criticizes the SBP's certification system. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Maine Woods Pellet qualified under PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Maine Woods Pellet Co. of Athens, Maine, to the PFI Standards Program as the 25th pellet manufacturer and 38th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

BTU Act reintroduced, biomass thermal, power could benefit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSeveral legislators have again introduced an act that would level the playing field for biomass heating technologies—and potentially, some biomass power facilities. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

Opinion: Wood Energy Financial App Needs Updated Data

BY David Bancroft Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council has been collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and University of Minnesota to update the Wood Energy Financial Calculator. READ MORE

June 26, 2017

South Korea, Japan wood pellet imports near records in late 2016

BY Wood Resources International Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellet imports to Asia reached an all-time-high in the Q4 2016, when Japan and South Korea together imported 630,000 tons of pellets. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Nelja Energia announces startup of Latvian pellet, CHP facilities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerEstonia-based Nelja Energia recently announced the opening of a wood chip-fueled cogeneration facility and 120,000 metric-ton per year pellet plant in Brocēni, Latvia. Most of the pellets produced at the plant are exported to the European market. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Perdue names 3 to USDA leadership roles

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the USDA continues the reorganization announced on May 11. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

ARC awards $1.5 million to support biorefinery center at ASC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1.5 million to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to leverage wood resources to create sustainable business. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

Enviva considers building pellet facility in Virginia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe city of Danville, Virginia, recently announced the approval of a purchase agreement with Enviva Development Holdings LLC for a 168-acre tract of land in the Berry Hill Industrial Park in Pittsylvania County. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

Students attend pop-up Drax virtual tour

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerSchoolchildren at a North Yorkshire primary school recently experienced a unique new “pop up” planetarium developed by Drax to support STEM learning—science, technology, engineering and math—in the curriculum. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

DOE names new director of ORNL

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced the appointment of Thomas Zacharia as the new Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was unanimously selected by the UT-Battelle board of governors to succeed Thom Mason. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Hazlett selected to lead USDA Rural Development agencies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett to lead USDA’s Rural Development agencies. Hazlett, who’s title will be assistant to the secretary for Rural Development, will report directly to Perdue. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

Enviva’s Cottondale plant idle less than 1 day following fire

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA June 10 fire at Enviva’s pellet plant in Cottondale, Florida, resulted in minor damages, but the plant resumed operations at full capacity later that day. The fire occurred in a conveyor belt. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration has released the June edition of Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 9 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2017, increasing to nearly 10 percent in 2018. READ MORE