Biomass Power

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

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 13, 2017

Aria Energy expands RNG business

BY Aria Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAria Energy recently announced that it has purchased a 50 percent interest in Mavrix LLC, from BP, and will work with the global oil and gas company to market and distribute renewable natural gas (RNG) to U.S. customers. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

Quantum Biopower commissions 1.2 MW CHP unit

BY Quantum Biopower Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasQuantum Biopower recently started its 1.2 MW combined-heat-and-power (CHP) unit, adding a new source of renewable power to Southingto, Connecticut. Officials from the Town of Southington were on hand for the official start of the generating unit. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Researchers produce biochar, hydrochar from poultry litter

BY American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Found In:Power, ThermalBen-Gurion University researchers believe poultry waste holds promise as a renewable fuel for heat and electricity. The scientists compared two processes that turned poultry droppings into fuel to determine which was more effective. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

EnviTec Biogas, Evonik strategic partnership celebrates 5 years

BY EnviTec Biogas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFollowing the commissioning of 20 EnviThan gas upgrading plants in Germany, U.K., France, China and Denmark, EnviTec is looking back on a successful five-year partnership with Evonik, the technology leader for membrane-based gas separation. READ MORE

December 04, 2017

SWANA publishes new tips for safety at waste-to-energy facilities

BY Solid Waste Association of North America Found In:PowerThe Solid Waste Association of North America has released a new installment to its “Five to Stay Alive” series, featuring safety tips for waste-to-energy employees. The safety campaign includes flyers and posters that help keep safety front-of-mind. 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

UC Riverside evaluates best ways to meet renewable energy targets

BY University of California, Riverside Found In:Power, BiogasResearchers at UC Riverside's Center for Renewable Natural Gas recently received a grant from SoCalGas to examine the proposed 100 percent RPS and explore options that can help achieve emission reduction goals more efficiently and at lower costs. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

ENCE awards SENER contract to build biomass plant in Spain

BY SENER Found In:PowerEngineering and technology group SENER has signed a contract with ENCE Energía y Celulosa to build a new low-emission 40 MW biomass electricity generation plant in its energy complex in Huelva, Spain. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Dutch firm invests $53 million in Estonia biocoal plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalA subsidiary of Dutch private equity investment firm Momentum Capital has made a conditional investment of EUR 45 million ($53 million) in the development of a biocoal plant to be built in Vägari, Estonia. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Drax Biomass: LaSalle BioEnergy begins pellet production

BY Drax Biomass Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass Inc. has begun start up production at its newest facility, LaSalle BioEnergy in Urania, Louisiana. The facility is the third pellet plant in DBI’s portfolio and has an annual capacity of 450,000 metric tons. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

RNG Coalition celebrates new projects, launches video

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas recently recognized six companies for their development roles in seven renewable natural gas (RNG) projects completed in 2017 across the U.S. heartland, and launched a new educational video. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

In Depth: The Asian Biomass Market: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

BY Pedro Campilho Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe bioenergy market in Asia Pacific is still fairly immature compared to the European market. However, recent developments have led to expectations of significant biomass demand. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

FERC: US added 58 MW of biomass capacity in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasData released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows the U.S. added 238 MW of biomass capacity during the first three quarters of 2017, up from 57 MW during the same period of last year. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

AFF, Enviva partner on forest certification, habitat restoration

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerThe American Forest Foundation and Enviva Holdings LP have partnered to help private forest landowners across the Florida panhandle certify their forests are sustainably managed, and restore longleaf pine forests to improve wildlife habitat. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

New technology converts biomass into 'coal'

BY University of Nottingham Found In:Power, ThermalThe University of Nottingham is partnering with the Energy Research Accelerator and CPL Industries to produce a commercial-scale facility capable of converting biomass into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

IRENA, ADFD accepting applications for loan program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe International Renewable Energy Agency, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, is accepting applications for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Bioenergy is among the eligible technologies. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

EIA: Biomass, waste fuels produced 2% of US electricity in 2016

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Power, BiogasBiomass and waste fuels generated 71.4 billion kilowatthours of electricity in 2016, or 2 percent of total generation in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s recently released annual electric power data. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

Tennessee gasification plant recognized with award

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:PowerThe Lebanon Gasification Initiative has been honored by the Tennessee Chapter of the Americ an Public Works Association. At the heart of the Lebanon initiative is a downdraft gasification plant designed and and built by Aries Clean Energy. READ MORE

November 21, 2017

19 countries agree to scale up bioenergy targets

BY Biofuture Platform Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCountries representing half of the global population and 37 percent of the global economy agreed to scale up the low-carbon bioeconomy, and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Canadian pellet exports up 46 percent from 2015 to 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanada’s National Energy Board has announced Canadian wood pellet exports increased by 46 percent between 2015 and 2016. The growth is attributed to growing global demand for biomass-fired electricity generation to replace coal-fired generation. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

EIA: 610,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which includes data for August. The report estimates total U.S. production capacity is nearly 12.71 million tons per year. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Hawaiian Electric, Pacific Biodiesel sign contract

BY Hawaiian Electric Co. Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsHawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies have reached a agreement for the supply of biodiesel to the 50-MW Schofield Generating Station, 8-MW Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other facilities. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Rentech releases third quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. released third quarter financial results on Nov. 9. The results were released roughly one month after announcing its shares would be removed listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market and be moved the OTCQB market, effective Oct. 16. READ MORE