Biomass Power

November 07, 2019

Report: European pellet consumption, production up in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe 28 European Union member states produced nearly 17 million metric tons of wood pellets last year and consumed nearly 27 million metric tons, according to date recently released by Bioenergy Europe. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

Xebec, Asja announce progress with RNG plant in Italy

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsXebec Adsorption Inc. announced Nov. 6 that renewable energy project developer and operator Asja Ambiente Italia SpA is in the final construction phase of its 11.2 MW landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Genoa, Italy. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Senate interior appropriations bill requires EPA to act on eRINs

BY RFS Power Coalition Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe RFS Power Coalition applauded the passage of H.R. 3055 (116), the Senate’s Interior Appropriations bill. The Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision requiring the EPA to take swift action on existing eRIN applications. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Solariant closes financing on 50 MW biomass plant in Japan

BY Solariant Capital Found In:Pellets, PowerSolariant Capital and its equity parnters Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co. Ltd., and Bio Fuel Co. Inc. recently announced financing has closed on a 50 MW biomass power generation project in Japan. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

FERC: 505 MW of biomass capacity planned through August 2022

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published its latest monthly Energy Infrastructure Update on Nov. 1 showing that up to 505 megawatts (MW) of biomass power capacity is currently under development and could be installed by August 2022. READ MORE

November 01, 2019

New Hampshire delegation urges EPA to open RFS to renewable power

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe New Hampshire congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 28 urging the agency to allow renewable electricity producers to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard, starting in 2020. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Aries reaches financial close on biosolids gasification facility

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, ChemicalsAries Clean Energy has completed the $65 million financial close for the Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility in New Jersey, and construction has commenced. The facility will divert 130,000 tons of biosolids from local landfills annually. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Toshiba begins construction of 44 MW biomass power plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerToshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp. announced Oct. 25 that its subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 44 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant it is constructing in Omuta City, Japan. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

Greencoat acquires 40 MW Templeborough biomass power plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerU.K.-based Greencoat Capital announced Oct. 24 it has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the 40 megawatt (MW) Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Ltd. from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

RNG startup coverts forest residues into pipeline-quality gas

BY Canadian Gas Association Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAn innovative clean energy start-up company, G4 Insights Inc., has successfully demonstrated in a field trial that forestry industry residues can be turned into RNG. The G4 demonstration unit in Edmonton, Alberta, has been operating for six months. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

In Depth: The Complex Web of Dryer Safety

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe responsibility chain for dryer safety is a complex web of disconnected factions. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

Covanta discusses progress with energy-from-waste projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerCovanta released third quarter financial results on Oct. 24, reporting increased revenue, net income and adjusted EBITDA. During an earnings call, Covanta officials briefly discussed progress with the company's U.K. energy-from-waste projects. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

In Depth: Combatting Combustible Dust Hazards

BY Stacy Cook Found In:Power, ThermalOne of the problematic aspects of handling biomass in a power generating or fuel production process is the amount of combustible dust that is often present in the material. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

USDA, DOE partner to promote rural energy, technology development

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have announced a memorandum of understanding to promote rural energy and the development of technologies that will support and advance rural and agricultural communities and domestic manufacturing. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Clemson researcher improves turfgrass, switchgrass

BY Clemson University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsClemson University College of Science professor Hong Luo has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop genetically improved and more robust turfgrass and switchgrass. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Forest Service offers $8 million through Wood Innovations Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service announced Oct. 22 that it will invest up to $8 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, particularly in areas of high wildfire risk. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

In Depth: Helping Meet EU Renewable Targets with Wood Chips

BY New England Woodchip Solutions Found In:Power, ThermalThe newly established New England Woodchip Solutions LLC will will house a state-of-the-art phytosanitary system that will meet EU import requirements and include a process to densify wood chips for improved ocean freight stowage. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

Pinnacle signs off-take contract with Mitsui

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerPinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. announced Oct. 17 it has secured a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Japan-based Mitsui & Co. Ltd for the supply of 100,000 metric tons of industrial wood pellets annually beginning in 2023. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

USDA seeks nominations for forest restoration advisory panel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Panel, which evaluates and provides recommendations on Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program proposals. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

2 New Hampshire biomass energy plants close

BY New Hampshire Timber Owners Association Found In:PowerTwo of New Hampshire's six independent biomass energy plants—Springfield Power and DG Whitefield—announced in mid-October that they are closing and will lay off staff. Each plant employs 20 full-time workers. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Opinion: Q&A with Brian Rogers, Future Forests + Jobs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe recently launched Future Forests + Jobs is an initiative aimed at pushing back against anti-forestry and anti-biomass activists. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

Drax strengthens biomass sustainability policy

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax has strengthened its biomass sustainability policy and set up an independent advisory board (IAB) of scientists, academics and forestry experts to ensure the biomass the company uses to generate renewable electricity meets the highest standards. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

Aries Clean Energy breaks ground on biosolids gasification plant

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:PowerAries Clean Energy broke ground on New Jersey's first biosolids-only gasification facility on Oct. 15. The plant will will bring environmental and sustainable benefits to the area by processing 430 tons of biosolids daily into clean renewable energy. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Vanguard selects Kinsley system to power Vermont RNG project

BY Kinsley Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsVanguard Renewables has selected Kinsley Energy Systems to supply high-efficiency CHP for for a groundbreaking renewable energy project. Kinsley will provide an 800 kW TEDOM CHP system to power a new RNG production facility in Salisbury, Vermont. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass sales reach 780,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced 770,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, with sales reaching 780,000 tons. Exports reached more than 648,000 tons for the month. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

EIA: 2 million households to heat with wood this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that nearly 2 million, or approximately 2 percent, U.S. households will use cord wood or wood pellets as a primary residential space heating fuel for the 2019-’20 winter. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

UK: Energy production from biomass, waste up 10% in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. government has announced energy production from bioenergy and waste was up 10.4 percent during the second quarter of 2019 when compared to the same period of 2018. The growth is attributed to increased capacity. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Future Forests + Jobs initiative combats biomass misinformation

BY Future Forests + Jobs Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFuture Forests + Jobs launched Oct. 8 to advance a fact-based conversation around renewable wood energy and hold those who spread misinformation about the industry to account. The initiative is supported by the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Midwest Biomass Exchange now online

BY Midwest Biomass Exchange Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIndividuals and companies seeking outlets for selling agricultural residues have a new option at their fingertips. Access is available to a new web-based resource, called the Midwest Biomass Exchange, created and supported by the USDA Forest Service. READ MORE