Biomass Power

January 11, 2018

Char Technologies acquires Altech Group, develops biocoal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerChar Technologies recently acquired the Altech Group, which is comprised of Altech Environmental Consulting Ltd. and Altech Technologies Systems Inc. According to Char, the joint enterprise plans to commercialize a biocoal fuel branded as CleanFyre. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

Foresight acquires AD, composting assets

BY Foresight Group LLP Found In:Power, BiogasForesight Group LLP has acquired of an operational portfolio of two large scale anaerobic digestion plants and seven composting assets in the U.K. for an undisclosed sum. The AD plants have a combined 2.8 MW of capacity. 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 10, 2018

Aries Clean Energy issues new equity, obtains capital commitments

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:PowerAries Clean Energy, designer of the Lebanon gasification project in Tennessee, has issued new equity led by existing investors and received additional capital commitments from Spring Lane Capital for equity in future gasification projects. 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 08, 2018

RWE reorganizes its conventional generation business

BY RWE Found In:PowerRWE has reorganized its business. The company's gas, hard coal, hydroelectric power and biomass generation business is now pooled within RWE Generation SE, while lignite and nuclear energy are housed under RWE Power. 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

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 03, 2018

Veolia helps Scottish Water achieve energy self-sufficiency

BY Veolia Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasVeolia is helping Scottish Water achieve energy self-sufficiency at its Seafield Wastewater Treatment Works. Veolia has helped the site boost renewable energy derived from a combination anaerobic digestion of sludge and biogas-fired CHP plants. 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 30, 2017

In Depth: A First of Their Kind

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThis quarter’s Biomass Construction Update profiles a novel pipeline dairy digester cluster in central California, and a biomass thermal plant upgrade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. READ MORE

December 29, 2017

Report shows positive impact of Burgess Biopower on local economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerA report published in late 2017 illustrates the positive impact of Burgess BioPower on its local community and the state of New Hampshire. The report was completed by PolEcon Research and released by Advance NH. 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 28, 2017

EBRD provides loan for biogas plant at Ukraine’s MHP

BY Anton Usov, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:Power, BiogasThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has awarded a loan to a Ukrainian producer of poultry meat, grain and fodder. The loan will be used to construct and put into operation a 10 MW biogas plant. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

In Depth: Laser Cladding Advancements for Pressurized Boiler Components

BY Scott PoeppelFound In:PowerEnergy plants that use wood, construction debris and municipal solid waste can benefit from recent advances in laser metal deposition. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

EPH Group enters the biomass business in Italy

BY EPH Group Found In:PowerEPH (Energetický a průmyslový holding a.s.) recently completed the acquisition of the biomass power plants owned by Biomasse Italia and Biomasse Crotone from Bioenergie and Api Nòva Energia. The plants have a combined capacity of 73 MW. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

In Depth: Transformer Overhaul

BY Ed SullivanFound In:PowerNew-generation power transformers at Avista Corp.’s Kettle Falls, Washington, plant demonstrate the benefits of acquiring replacement units that fit existing footprints and connections. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Covanta, GIG enter partnership to develop EFW projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerCovanta Holdings Corp. and the U.K.-based Green Investment Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Macquarie Group Ltd., have entered into a partnership to develop, fund and own energy-from-waste (EFW) projects in the U.K. and Ireland. 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

Florida PSC approves RNG program for Peoples Gas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Florida Public Service Commission has approved a renewable natural gas (RNG) program for TECO Peoples Gas system that will allow it to upgrade biogas generated by customers, and—in some circumstances—transport the resulting RNG in its pipeline. 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