Biomass Power

February 02, 2015

Margam Green Energy Plant to be operational in early 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerEco2 Ltd. recently announced the sale of a proposed 40 MW biomass power project to Glennmont Partners. The project, known as the Margam Green Energy Plant, is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 20147. Engineering is currently underway. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Vencor acquires bio-coal purchase order, anticipates expansion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVencor International Inc. recently announced an agreement to acquire the exclusive rights to torrefaction equipment and technology from Torretherm Inc. The company has also announced a purchase order from Vega Biofuels Inc. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Reports illustrate European biogas, energy-from-waste industries

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasEurObserv'ER recently released updated Biogas Barometer and Renewable Municipal Waste Barometer reports that show energy production from both biogas and municipal waste has continued to expand across the European Union in recent years. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Biomass-fired CHP, district heating project planned in U.K.

BY University of East Anglia Found In:Power, ThermalHomes and businesses in Norwich, England, were recently offered a double energy boost with a proposal to create straw pellet-fired project that would supply heat and power to the community. The project would include a district heating system. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

U.K. DECC increases CfD budget for less established technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate change has increased the budget for new Contracts for Difference. The extra funding will increase the amount available for less established technologies, such as offshore wind and some biomass technologies. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Researchers in Spain develop prototype biogas-fueled fuel cell

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAn experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Converting the waste to heat and power is a three-part process that begins with the production of biogas via anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Virginia county approves organic waste processing facility

BY Prince William County, Virginia Found In:Power, BiogasAt its Jan. 20 meeting, the board of county supervisors in Prince William County, Virginia, authorized an agreement with Freestate Farms LLC to construct and operate a new facility that will include an anaerobic digestion system. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Wyoming task force report includes bioenergy recommendations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn Wyoming, the Governor's Task Force on Forests has issued a report featuring its recommendations for proactively managing the state's forests. Several of the recommendations relate to bioenergy development. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Construction begins on California landfill gas-to-energy project

BY County of Orange and OC Waste & Recycling Found In:Power, BiogasA groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for a landfill gas-to-energy project under development near Irvine, California. The project will be financed by Caterpillar Financial Services and built and operated by Bowerman Power. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

DOE announces ARPA-E funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has announced plans to award up to $125 million in support of transformational energy projects. The solicitation is the third open funding opportunity announced by ARPA-E. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

Work begins on quay extension at Port of Tyne

BY Port of Tyne Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Port of Tyne has appointed the main contractor for the extension of Riverside Quay, the port's multifunctional deep-sea facility at South Shields. The extension will support the growth in cargo volumes handled by the port, including wood pellets. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

IRENA announces REsource, a new online data platform

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has launched REsource, an online knowledge platform that enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use. READ MORE

January 22, 2015

EU approves U.K. state aid for Teesside biomass CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe European Commission has approved the U.K.'s plan to provide state aid to the proposed Teesside combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant, a 299 MW, biomass-fired facility. The project is expected to be operational in July 2018. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Hu Honua resumes construction of biomass power plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerHu Honua Bioenergy LLC announced last month that it would resume onsite operations before the close of 2014 on its 30-MW biomass power facility. These operations include final site preparation, delivery of specialized equipment and other activities. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

California offers funding for dairy digester development program

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. Approximately $11 million in competitive grant funding is expected to be awarded. Applications are due Feb. 23. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Construction of 44 MW bioenergy plant begins in the U.K.

BY Eco2 Ltd. Found In:PowerThe ground was broken Jan. 20 at the site of a new biomass power plant in Snetterton, U.K. The 44.2 MW straw-powered biomass plant will have capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 82,000 homes. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

IRENA: Many renewable energy sources cheaper than fossil fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a new report that determined many sources of renewable energy are now cheaper than fossil fuels. The report includes data on the the costs of biomass energy around the world. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Vista pilot waste-to-energy project nears completion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerVista International Technologies recently announced that its pilot waste-to-energy (WTE) project is nearly complete. The company's patented thermal gasifier technology uses a low-temperature gasification process. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

Reports show impact of strong dollar, oil prices on pellet sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOver the past week, FutureMetrics LLC has published two research papers by company President William Strauss that illustrate the impacts of the strengthening dollar and falling crude oil prices on the pellet industry. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Dutch government to discuss biomass sustainability Jan. 15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Information Network highlights a pending biomass sustainability proposal in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is scheduled to discuss the proposal on Jan. 15. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

DemoSNG: Flexible methane production from electricity, biomass

BY Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Found In:Power, BiogasInterlinkage of the power and gas grids is planned to make electricity supply sustainable and robust in the future. Fluctuating amounts of wind and solar power, for instance, might be stored in the form of the chemical energy carrier methane. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

In Depth: A Dutch Dilemma

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Netherlands’ under-debate energy policies could create an additional 3.5 million tons of annual pellet demand or introduce inefficiencies that will put the market out of reach for most North American producers. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

EIA outlook includes bioenergy forecasts for 2015 and 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for energy production from wood and waste biomass as well as data related to home heating methods. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Maine Woods Biomass Exports proposes Prospect wood chip project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerA phytosanitation heat-treatment operation for processing wood chips is proposed for construction in Prospect, Maine, by Searsport-based Maine Woods Biomass Exports LLC. Construction of the $20 million project is expected to begin this year. READ MORE