Pellet Mill Magazine Issue 3

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Clarifying the Definition of Biomass

By Letter submitted by Diana Burk


Celebrating National Forest Week

By Thomas Meth



Delta Biofuel will utilize Louisiana's copious sugar industry waste to produce fuel pellets for overseas customers. It was just over two years ago when Jeanerette, Louisiana-based Delta Biofuel and Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Iberia Parish was under consideration for the site of a first-of-its kind, $70 million renewable fuel plant utilizing bagasse, a byproduct of sugar manufacturing. for fuel pellet production.

The first vessel fitted with MOL Drybulk’s Wind Challenger Technology, which harnesses wind as a propulsive force

Cutting Carbon Via Sails

By Katie Schroeder

In a bid to further reduce its carbon footprint, Drax Group is working with MOL Drybulk to deploy environmentally friendly bulk carriers.

Pellet Mill Magazine provides a roundup of pellet production capacity that is under development, active construction or recently acquired.

From the forest to the sea, a NIU professor is researching the possibility of building the world's first biomass pipeline, an idea with revolutionary potential for the future of biomass transportation. Throughout the years, transportation of large and consistent feedstock has been a limiting factor to biomass’ ability to replace fossil fuels. Mahdi Vaezi, associate professor at Northern Illinois University, has an innovative solution to this problem: hydro-transport of biomass, such as wood chips, wheat straw and sawdust, via pipeline. Now, he and his team are researching what it would take to make the world’s first biomass pipeline a reality.


Material handling is arguably one of the biggest challenges in wood pellet production. Recognizing this problem, Benetech designed its MaxZone and MaxZone Plus systems.

Dust control and dust management is not only a safety topic.

A pellet mill is built to pelletize. Each hour that it is not in operation equals to lost money.

Every day, sites across North America store millions of tons of raw and processed biomass used for a wide range of applications. These piles are several stories high and are constantly moving, piled by front loader or stacker conveyor, lifted with heavy equipment, and loaded for transport—all of which cause dust emissions.

CPM's mission to innovate the pellet mill has resulted in a significant savings in operating costs, as well as a reduction of plants' carbon footprints. As the biomass pellet industry began to take off, it was clear that pelletizing wood was not going to be the same as pelletizing anything else. The consistency and properties of wood cause the pellet mill to run rougher, and requires significantly more power to achieve throughput than most other materials.

Though it varies based on each individual case, small-scale wood pellet production can be profitable. Since more and more countries are adopting sustainability and renewable energy policies, the wood pellet industry has experienced rapid growth rates. Pellets function as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels for electricity generation and heating. In recent years, we have repeatedly seen new records set for maximum capacities, which have now reached the seven-figure territory.


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