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Wood and biomass moisture: 4 ways to increase plant efficiency

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By Sarah Hammond

March 01, 2024

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Moisture and wood fuel biomass are vital to each other for minimizing cost, proper operation of biomass boilers, and genuine fuel load assessment. Near-infrared technology is a great non-contact way to measure moisture content.

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New independent analysis by Public First, ‘Mind the gap: Exploring Britain’s energy crunch’, commissioned by Drax Group, reveals that the U.K. will hit an energy security “crunch point” in 2028.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 870,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in November, according to the February edition of the U.S. EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass fuel reached 790,000 tons.

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The U.S. DOE announced at the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, up to $2 million in Phase 1 funding for six projects to accelerate wood heater innovation and develop the next generation of efficient and clean wood heaters.

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The Government of Ontario is supporting economic growth and creating jobs with the second phase of funding under the new Forest Biomass Program. The $9.4 million investment support 14 initiatives, including several bioenergy projects.

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New analysis by Baringa and commissioned by Drax Group finds that Drax’s proposals for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) could save the U.K. up to £15 billion in whole economy costs between 2030 and 2050.

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Over 440 acres of bottomland hardwood in Montgomery County, North Carolina, have been permanently protected, thanks in part to a grant provided by the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, according to the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

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The U.S. exported 1.01 million metric tons of wood pellets in December, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Feb. 7. Total exports for the full year reached 9.54 million metric tons.

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Loamist, a climatetech startup, has announced its pre-seed financing and emergence from stealth mode, marking the public release of its Biomass Explorer product, a tool that addresses the critical challenge of accessing biomass.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects renewables to account for 24% of U.S. electricity generation in 2024, increasing to 26% in 2025, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released on Feb. 6.

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Drax Group has announced a new partnership with Molpus Woodlands Group. The agreement will provide Drax with an option to purchase sustainably sourced woody biomass to fuel its BECCS operations in the U.S. Southeast.

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Viably has introduced the Lacero horizontal grinder. This high-speed wood waste grinding machine is engineered to address the stringent requirements of the North American waste and recycling industry.

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Peel Ports Logistics signs deal with Drax

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By Peel Ports Logistics

February 01, 2024

Peel Ports Logistics has signed a deal to become Drax’s new shipping agency service provider for vessels importing biomass into Liverpool. As part of the deal, the company will welcome approximately 50 vessels per year.

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Enviva Inc. on Jan. 29 announced that on Jan. 23 it received notification from the NYSE that the company is no longer in compliance with NYSE continued listing criteria. The company can regain compliance at any time within the six-month cure period.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 980,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in October, according to the January edition of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass fuel reached 950,000 tons during the month.

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Biomass Magazine has announced the general session speakers for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Global renewable energy company Drax Group plc has announced that it plans to establish a new independent business unit that will focus on becoming the global leader in delivering large-scale and high-integrity carbon removals.

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Japan-based Renova Inc. on Jan. 24 announced that startup of its 75-MW Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass Power Plant will be delayed. The plant, originally expected to be operational in January, is now expected to commence operations in March.

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The U.K. government is considering extending subsidies for biomass power producers that plan to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) capacity. A public consultation is open through Feb. 29.

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A report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network estimates that Canadian wood pellet production was down 6 percent in 2023, with exports down 14 percent.

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The U.K. government on Jan. 16 approved plans for Drax Power Ltd.’s proposed bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project that will capture carbon dioxide emissions from up to two existing biomass units at Drax Power Station.

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Renewables are expected to account for 24 percent of U.S. renewable electricity generation this year, increasing to 26 percent in 2025, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 9.

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Prairie Clean Energy in 2023 received a $1.2 million grant to support its flax straw-to-pellets project. As part of that project, the company is now partnering with the Sustainability-Led Integrated Centres of Excellence at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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The U.S. exported 655,649.2 metric tons of wood pellets in November, down from 835,552.7 metric tons in October and 694,035.4 metric tons in November 2022, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Jan. 9.

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FutureMetrics LLC on Jan. 2 published a new white paper and accompanying dashboard that serves as a decision-making model to help power boiler operators who are considering a switch from coal to wood pellets determine if white or black pellets are the optimum choice.

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Japan-based Renova Inc. on Dec. 22 announced that start up of its 75-megawatt (MW) Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant will be delayed by several months. The facility is currently expected to begin operations in March.

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The Drax Foundation, the charitable entity of renewable energy company Drax Group (Drax), has donated £862,000 to 19 non-profit organizations across the regions where it operates in the U.K. and North America.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 930,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in September, according to the December edition of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report.

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Japan-based Renova Inc. on Dec. 11 announced its 74.8-megawatt (MW) Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Power Plant has begun operations. The facility, located in Tokushima City, Japan, is fueled by wood pellets and palm kernel shells.

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Taiwan is considering the use of wood pellets to help boost its use of renewable energy, according to a report filed with the USDA. The opportunity could translate into a $300 million opportunity for wood pellet producers.

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