Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 24, 2018

Graanul Invest buys bulk carrier to transport wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerEstonia-based Graanul Invest has announced its subsidiary purchased the company’s first bulk carrier on Jan. 12. The vessel is named MB Imavere and has the capacity to transport approximately 30,000 tons of wood pellets. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Guidebooks provide resources for modern wood heating in Vermont

BY Vermont State Wood Energy Team Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Vermont State Wood Energy Team is has announced the availability of two new resources for modern wood heating. One guide addresses wood heating in Vermont schools, the other focuses on wood heating in affordable housing. READ MORE

January 18, 2018

Canada funds British Columbia pellet, bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNatural Resources Canada has awarded $6.45 million to support six projects in British Columbia that aim to promote innovation and diversification in forestry. Several of the projects focus on bioenergy. READ MORE

January 18, 2018

Japan names first 5 ROs under Clean Wood Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsJapan’s Forestry Agency has named the first five organizations that have been certified to register companies' policies for compliance with its Clean Wood Act, according to a notice filed with the USDA FAS’s Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Drax to convert fourth unit to biomass following BEIS action

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. government issued its response to a consultation on cost control for additional biomass conversions under the RO, noting it will introduce a generator cap. Drax said the government's action will allow it to convert a fourth unit to biomass. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

MEPs approve renewable energy, biofuel targets under RED II

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMembers of the European Parliament endorsed a set of proposals Jan. 17 that set new goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency and renewable transportation fuels. The proposals also cap first-generation biofuels and phase-out the use of palm oil. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

EIA revises bioenergy, wood heat forecasts in January report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, noting electrical generation from nonhydropower renewables is expected to be steady this year, and increase next year. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

UK confirms plan to phase-out unabated coal generation by 2025

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. government has confirmed how it intends to phase-out unabated coal-fired power generation by 2025. In response to the news, the U.K. Renewable Energy Association is calling on the government to support additional coal-to-biomass conversions. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Active Energy Group commissions Utah plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerU.K.-based Active Energy Group has announced initial testing of its 5-ton-per-hour CoalSwitch plant in Utah was successfully completed on Dec. 29. The company also indicated the plant is currently undergoing commissioning. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Canada increases biomass capacity, generation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasA report issued by Canada’s National Energy Board shows that the country’s non-hydro renewable power capacity grew by more than 8 percent in 2016, adding nearly 1,300 MW of solar, biomass and wind-generated power. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

PFI welcomes Tim Portz as executive director

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Fuels Institute recently announced that it has hired Tim Portz to serve as the organization’s executive director. Portz, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, previously served as executive editor of Biomass Magazine and Pellet Mill Magazine. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Opinion: Every Last Drop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOne of the most common deterrents to investment in equipment and technology that will ultimately save bioenergy plants money is exactly that—money. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

UK bioenergy production up during the third quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released updated energy statistics in late December, reporting that the share of low carbon electricity accounted for a record high of 54.4 percent during the third quarter of 2017. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Enviva announces new joint venture, acquisition of pellet plant

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has announced a new joint venture (JV) with affiliates of The John Hancock Life Insurance Co. to acquire, develop and construct pellet plants and deep-water marine terminals. A South Carolina facility is expected to be the first acquisition. READ MORE

December 29, 2017

In Depth: The ABCs of ORCs

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOrganic Rankine cycle systems are a good fit for companies with biomass waste streams to produce combined heat and power, and, in some cases, sell power to the grid. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

Rentech files bankruptcy, sells Atikokan, NEWP pellet plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech has filed for bankruptcy and sold off the bulk of its assets, including an Ontario wood pellet plant and U.S. wood pellet business New England Wood Pellet. The bankruptcy filing lists Lignetics of New England Inc. as the buyer of NEWP. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

DOE announces plan to modernize department

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its intent to modernize the agency’s organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy files for IPO in Canada

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 15, Canadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy filed a preliminary prospectus with securities regulatory authorities in Canada for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of common shares. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

EIA releases pellet production, sales data for September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, announcing respondents reported producing 433,464 tons of utility pellets and 133,344 tons of heating pellets in September. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Drax reports biomass outage following rail-related fire

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has announced an unplanned outage on the rail unloading facilities at Drax Power Station is restricting biomass deliveries to plant. Drax also said generation on two biomass-fired units has been reduced. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Alberta to provide funding to support biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn early December, the government of Alberta announced plans to award $1.4 billion over seven years to support innovative projects funded by the Climate Leadership Plan. A portion of that funding will support bioenergy and biofuel projects. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

NB Power to find new fuel source for Belledune plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerNew Brunswick, Canada-based NB Power has announced plans to eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2030 by identifying a new energy source for its Belledune Generating Station. The utility is investigating the use of hydrogen, biomass and natural gas. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

EIA revises 2017, 2018 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, revising its 2017 and 2018 forecasts for bioenergy production and residential wood heating. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

FutureMetrics paper discusses fighting, preventing storage fires

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsFutureMetrics has released a new white paper focused on best practices for fighting and preventing fires in wood pellet storage domes and silos. The paper is authored by John Swaan, senior operations expert at FutureMetrics. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

Wood Stove Design Challenge announces initial round of finalists

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalInventors, universities, and manufacturers are competing to design an integrated thermoelectric generator and wood stove that is optimized for both home heat and electrical power output as part of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge. READ MORE

December 04, 2017

In Depth: Biomass in Japan’s Best Energy Mix

BY Anna Simet & Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDemand for imported biomass is expected to surge in Japan, in the midst of an aggressive energy landscape overhaul. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

In Depth: Molding a New Pellet Design

BY Jason Hendry Found In:PelletsWhat began as a project focused on developing pellets that could be shipped via pipeline led to the development of a new type of torrefied pellet that has increased bulk energy density, durability, and resistance to moisture. READ MORE