The Vermont Climate Council discussed revised recommendations regarding the use of biomass to generate electricity during a Sept. 25 meeting. A formal decision on the revised document is expected at the next council meeting.
Carbon Streaming Corp. on Sept. 20 announced it will provide Microsoft with carbon removal credits from the Waverly Biochar project, which will be collocated at a wood pellet production facility in Waverly, Virginia.
U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 910,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in June, according to the September edition of the U.S. EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass reached 870,000 during the month.
FutureMetrics LLC on Sept. 17 published a new white paper that shows modern wood pellet fueled central heating systems can be a more affordable heating option than heat pumps for buildings in some climates.
CW Mill Equipment Co. Inc. is celebrating 50 years of operations. The Kanas-based company's products include HogZilla brand industrial grinding machines and high performance hammer mill cutting and grinding tools.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts renewables will account for 25 percent of U.S. electricity generation next year, up from 22 percent this year, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Sept. 12.
Biomass power generation in Great Britian was down approximately 20 percent during the second quarter of 2023. The decline primarily resulted from unprecedented wood pellet prices, according to Drax's latest Electric Insights Quarterly report.
The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office, in collaboration with BNL, LBNL, and the Alliance for Green Heat, has announced the winning teams for the Wood Heater Design Challenge, offering a total of $120,000 in prize funds.
The USDA on Aug. 30 awarded $266 million to 1,334 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Biofuel, biobased power, biogas and wood pellet projects are among those that will benefit from the funding.
The U.S. exported 651,698.8 metric tons of wood pellets in July, down from 865,995.4 metric tons the previous month, but up slightly when compared to the 651.104 metric tons exported in July 2022, according to data released by the USDA on Sept. 6.
Drax on Aug. 29 announced its membership to the First Movers Coalition, playing its part in the development of the nascent carbon dioxide removals (CDR) market and working toward becoming a global leader in the potentially trillion-dollar sector.
The European Union consumed a record 24.8 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2022, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network. Consumption is expected to grow to 25.6 million metric tons this year.
The Canadian government on Aug. 30 announced it is investing up to $5.3 million in an initiative that aims to support the development of biomass supply chains and cutting-edge technologies to produce biomass and value-added agricultural products.
U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 900,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in May, according to the August edition of the U.S. EIA's Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass reached 840,000 tons during the month.
Port of Tyne and Drax Group plc have signed a new four-year agreement that aims to ensure an uninterrupted supply of sustainably sourced biomass pellets to Drax Power Station, a biomass-fired power plant in the U.K.
Japan has been dramatically increasing its wood pellet imports for its feed-in-tariff (FIT) program, with wood pellet imports expected to reach an estimated 4.25 million bone-dry tons this year, according to a report filed with the USDA.
A bill introduced in Massachusetts last winter offers a definition of "net zero" builidng that specifically excludes combustion as a means of primary space heating. In mid-July, a bill initially introduced in February by Rep. Simon Cataldo to the 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was heard by the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee. The bill, officially H.3151, offers a definition of “net zero” building initially called for when the Commonwealth established the Office of Energy Resources and outlined its powers and duties.
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.
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.
The Surface Transportation Board is soliciting nominations to fill six vacancies on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. One of those vacancies is to be filled by a biofuel producer or feedstock provider.
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.
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.
By U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
August 14, 2023
The U.S. Industrial Pellet Association has welcomed the U.K.'s Biomass Strategy, which underscores the essential role that sustainable biomass plays in supporting the country's energy security and its path to net zero.
The cover of this issue of Pellet Mill Magazine is a bit unconventional being sugarcane bagasse, the waste material that sugar mills end up with post-process.
By Prairie Clean Energy
August 10, 2023
Saskatchewan-based Prairie Clean Energy has announced it will start buying flax straw from Canadian producers on the prairies this fall as the company starts its first foray into scaling up production of its flax pellets.
Renewables are expected to account for 22 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, expanding to 25 percent next year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Aug. 8.
The U.K. government on Aug. 10 released its Biomass Strategy, which describes the steps the government intends to take to strengthen biomass sustainability. It also disucsses how sustainable biomass can be used to meet the U.K.'s net-zero goals.
The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $2.18 million in funding to three projects as part of the 2023 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement call by the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium.
The U.S. exported 865,995.4 metric tons of wood pellets in June, up from both the 820,057.5 metric tons exported the previous month and the 832,092.2 metric tons exported in June 2022, according to data released by the USDA FAS on Aug. 8.