Biomass Power

March 14, 2014

EIA offers new short-term bioenergy predictions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration projects electricity generation will average 11.3 terawatt hours per day in 2014, up 1.3 percent. The use of renewables for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow by 0.9 percent in 2014. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Vega Biofuels enters joint venture to build torrefaction facility

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. recently announced it has entered into a joint venture agreement to build and operate a pilot torrefaction facility in South Carolina that will manufacture the company's bio-coal and biochar products. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Opinion: Celebrating the Groundbreakers

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the challenges of building a biomass energy project, and the dedication and drive required to bring a project to success. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

RockTenn to acquire paper mill, 55-MW biomass plant

BY RockTenn Found In:PowerRockTenn and Simpson Lumber Co. LLC have announced an agreement whereby RockTenn will acquire the Simpson Tacoma Kraft Paper Mill located in Tacoma, Wash., which operates a 55-MW green biomass fuel cogeneration facility. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Thermogen switches technology to Zilkha

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerThermogen Industries, an entity of Cate Street Capital that is developing a pellet manufacturing facility in Millinocket, Maine, has switched technology providers and will now employ Zilkha Biomass Energy's steam-exploded Zilkha Black Pellet process. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Solvay launches production of torrefied biomass

BY Solvay Found In:Pellets, PowerSolvay has launched the production of torrefied biomass at an industrial scale in the United States. The business will be run by the recently created Solvay Biomass Energy joint venture between Solvay and U.S. company New Biomass Energy. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Opinion: Biomass Growth in 2014: Will the Trend Hold?

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerBiomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves discusses past and future growth trends in the biomass power industry. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

RES ceases development of proposed biomass plant in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerU.K.-based renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. recently announced it is ceasing development of its proposed biomass power plant at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, England. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Public meeting rekindles Minn. biomass plant talks

BY Chris HansonFound In:PowerRoughly 30 people from Red Lake Falls, Minn., traversed through harsh winter weather on Feb. 27 to attend a public meeting regarding a proposed $300 million, 30-MW biomass energy plant project. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Cool Planet breaks ground on commercial facility

BY Cool Planet Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsCool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company's first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

House tax proposal would alter biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., has released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the "Tax Reform Act of 2014," would alter, and in some cases repeal, tax incentives for biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

GE launches Distributed Power business

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasGE has announced the launch of a new Distributed Power business that combines the Aeroderivative Gas Turbine, Jenbacher Gas Engine and Waukesha Gas Engine product lines. The company will invest $1.4 billion over four years in the new business. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

Viaspace tests grinding equipment for Nicaragua plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerViaspace Inc. has announced it conducted a full production-scale test of Giant King Grass grinding equipment on Feb. 18 at the Greenway Recycling Facility in Portland, Ore., using a stationary grinder manufactured by West Salem Machinery Co. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

European Pellet Conference opens with bullish outlook

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe morning speakers at The European Pellet Conference all outlined continued strong growth for both global pellet demand and production. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

New Holland provides tractors to ISU BioCentury Research Farm

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University's BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. A model T8.330 and a T5.115 tractor with a loader were loaned to the facility. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

2 additional biomass companies win Army MATOC contracts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiative Task Force, has announced two additional biomass energy companies received Multiple Award Task Order Contracts. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

Carbon sequestration not so simple in biomass crop production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFindings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at support the USDA priority of developing new new sources of bioenergy. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Study unveils vast potential of UK biomass resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new study has found the U.K. could generate up to 44 percent of its energy needs from domestic biomass sources by 2050. The study was completed by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

FERC: U.S. adds biomass power capacity in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has published its Energy Infrastructure Update for January, reporting that three new biomass power generation units were placed into service during the month. READ MORE

February 20, 2014

ReEnergy scores PPA from Army

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerMore than eight months after the 28-megawatt (MW) ReEnergy Black River biomass plant at Fort Drum, N.Y., began producing power, the U.S. Army has issued a Notice of Intent to award the facility a 20-year power purchase agreement. READ MORE

February 20, 2014

Solar-induced hybrid fuel cell produces electricity from biomass

BY Georgia Institute of Technology Found In:Powerresearchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

University to use Heyl & Patterson equipment in biocoal research

BY Heyl & Patterson Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHeyl & Patterson Inc. has announced the sale of an indirect-fired rotary calciner to the University of Minnesota, Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute.It will be used to transform wood biomass into torrefied wood, or "biocoal." READ MORE

February 19, 2014

Dutch power plant successfully tests torrefied biomass pellets

BY Essent Found In:Pellets, PowerA consortium consisting of Topell Energy, Essent, Nuon, GDF SUEZ, and ECN has successfully completed a large-scale cofiring test with an innovative renewable energy source at the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg, Netherlands. READ MORE

February 18, 2014

Drax considers developing additional U.S. pellet capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has released preliminary financial result for 2013, reporting that earnings were ahead of expectations, reflecting good operations and healthy spreads. The company also announced it will consider adding additional pellet capacity. READ MORE

February 18, 2014

MV Technologies to supply H2SPlus system to landfill gas project

BY Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources Inc. Found In:Power, BiogasStrategic Environmental & Energy Resources Inc. has announced that its MV Technologies subsidiary received a $1.2 million order to supply a high-capacity H2SPlus hydrogen sulfide removal system to a large landfill operation in the western U.S. READ MORE

February 17, 2014

Proposed bioenergy plant denied certificate of public good in Vt.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Vermont Public Service Board has denied North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project LLC's petition for a certificate of public good (CPG) for its proposed 25-to-35-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Springfield, Vt. READ MORE

February 14, 2014

Fortum releases 2013 financial results, invests in new CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalFinland-based Fortum has released financial results for the fourth quarter of last year and announced a new investment in a multi-fueled combined-heat-and-power plant under development in Naantail, Finland. READ MORE