Biomass Power

January 12, 2017

DOE: Technology converts wastewater sludge to RNG

BY U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsArgonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Opinion: Europe’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Proposals

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission released its "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, including one major proposed revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive, Ginther says, with 2030 energy targets set for the whole EU, rather than for each member state. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Graanul seeking SBP certification on all 4 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest AS Estonian plants are applying for SBP certification. The main evaluation audits are completed at the Imavere and Ebavere Graanul OÜ pellet plants and audits for Osula and Helme are scheduled for February. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Certification body NEPCon OÜ SBP status suspended in Russia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Jan. 11, Sustainable Biomass Partnership issued a statement that the approval status of NEPCon OÜ, which became an SBP-approved certification body in September 2015, is suspended as of Jan. 6 in Russia. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

UK DBEIS publishes Q3 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerAt the end of 2016, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications for Q3 2016, reporting renewables share of electricity generation increased to 25 percent. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Enviva launches wood supply tracking system

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Holdings LP recently released the first data from its groundbreaking Track & Trace (T&T) program. T&T is a proprietary system that enables Enviva to track every truckload of wood the company procures from the forest back to its source. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

MHG Systems announces e-commerce service

BY MHG Systems Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA novel e-commerce service, Wuudis, was recently announced by developers MHG Systems and Wuudis Ltd. The service forest allows owners to manage their forest information safely in one place. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Maine regulators approve biomass subsidies split across 4 plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerIn December, Maine Public Utilities Commission announced it has approved distributing up to $13.4 million in subsidies across four biomass energy plants, including two previously owned by Covanta and two currently owned by ReEnergy. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Pilot-scale project to produce fuels from wastewater sludge

BY Water Environment & Reuse Foundation Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA consortium led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has been selected by the Department of Energy to begin Phase 1 design and planning for a pilot plant to produce hydrocarbon fuels at a municipal wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Opinion: Strong O&M Programs Scale

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOurs is an industry that scales well. Large or small, biomass operations must make a commitment to sound operations and maintenance fundamentals if they are to be successful. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

PGE Boardman station biomass test burns extend into 2017

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerPortland General Electric’s plans to conduct a 24-hour, full-scale biomass test burn at its 550-MW Boardman Power Station in Boardman, Oregon, have changed a bit, but are still moving forward. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

Opinion: Biomass and the US EPA Under Trump

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerDespite plenty of media and expert analysis lamenting the new direction that Pruitt will likely take in environmental regulation, a federalist approach to biomass doesn’t diverge too far from the agency’s current approach. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

GB Railfreight announces contract with Lynemouth Power

BY GB Railfreight Found In:Pellets, PowerGB Railfreight (GBRf), one of the largest rail freight operators in the U.K., has announced it has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd. following a successful tender submission. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

In Depth: Big Data Pays Big

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerCondition monitoring advantages biomass power producers by reducing critical equipment failure while maximizing uptime and profits. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

Hawaii releases annual energy report

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHawaii has released its annual energy report documenting progress toward its renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, particularly its renewable portfolio standard goal of 100 percent by 2045. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

DOE opens FOA for algae-based biofuels, selects 6 projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. DOE announces a funding opportunity of up to $8 million to develop algae-based biofuels and selects six projects for up to $12.9 million in funding for the manufacturing of biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

A Treat for Stats Nuts

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released an online, interactive global energy atlas. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Enviva begins exports at Port of Wilmington

BY North Carolina State Ports Authority, Enviva Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and began loading the first export shipment to Europe last week. The ship is expected to depart before year-end. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Ontario cooperative releases biomass agronomy guides, videos

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently released biomass agronomy guides and videos for switchgrass and miscanthus production. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Michigan beefs up state renewable policy, raises RPS

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasEarly this week, Michigan legislators overhauled state energy policy, approving a 234-page plan that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 21. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

BE&E equipment supplied to New York bioenergy plant goes online

BY Biomass Engineering and Equipment Found In:PowerBiomass Engineering and Equipment recently announced that equipment supplied to Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York, bioenergy plant has gone online. The system transforms wood and other feedstocks into electricity through the process of gasification. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

North Carolina renewable natural gas project breaks ground

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasColorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy recently broke ground on a $100 million, swine waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) project near Warsaw in southeastern North Carolina. The project was first unveiled in March. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

MassCEC releases 2016 report on job growth in clean energy sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThe Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently released its 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing steady growth in the clean energy industry with an additional 6,300 employed during the past year, a growth of 6 percent. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

SEFA funds preparation of Uganda biomass gasification project

BY Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa Found In:PowerThe Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has approved a $993,000 grant to the Earth Energy Company Ltd. to prepare the first-ever biomass gasification project in Uganda, expected to add 20 MW of baseload power to the national grid. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

EC approves state aid for third Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 19, The European Commission announced it has determined that U.K. support for the conversion of the third generating unit of Drax Power Station from coal to biomass complies with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

NREL releases 2015 renewable energy data book

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. The report includes data on bioenergy capacity and electricity generation, along with data on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

EC approves French support scheme for biogas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasOn Dec. 12, the European Commission confirmed that four French support schemes for renewable energy are in line with Eruopean Union state aid rules. One of the four schemes focuses on biogas projects. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Enviva Partners completes Sampson drop-down acquisition

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Sampson plant in North Carolina and associated off-take contracts from Enviva Holdings LP’s joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. READ MORE