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DOE Pulls the Plug on BlueFire's Cellulosic Ethanol Funding (Funding)
BlueFire Renewables
Date: 2014-03-28
The U.S. DOE has withdrawn its support for Irvine, California-based wood pellet maker BlueFire Renewables' planned $300 million, 19-million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Miss. BlueFire had expected to begin construction by August of this year to meet a 2015 startup date.

The funding represented an $88 million investment in the plant. The plant's remaining funds are slated to come from private sources and business partnerships.

This report stems from a Dec. 23, 2013, SEC filing in which the company states that it received notification that it was losing its funding through the DOE because of its "inability to comply with certain deadlines related to providing certain information to the DOE with respect to (BlueFire Renewables) future financing arrangements for the Fulton Project." The company plans to appeal. (Source: BlueFire, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, DOE, 28 Mar., 2014) Contact: BlueFire Renewables, Richard Klann, (949) 588.3767, ext. 411, rgklann@bfreinc.com, www.bfreinc.com

Tags Wood Pellet news,  Biofuel Incentives news,  BlueFire Renewables news,  Cellulosic Ethanol news,  

New Biomass Energy, Solvay JV Expands Torrefied Biomass Pellet Production (Ind. Report)
Solvay,New Biomass Energy
Date: 2014-03-14
New Biomass Energy and international chemicals giant Solvay have launched a joint venture to expand New Biomass Energy's production of torrefied wood pellets as an innovative renewable energy source.

With Solvay's industrial expertise and equity contribution, the recently created Solvay Biomass Energy JV will complete the expansion of New Biomass Energy's plant in Quitman, Miss. The facility, which is owned by BTH Quitman Hickory LLC, is the largest torrefaction facility in North America. The expansion will increase the Quitman plant's production capacity to 250,000 metric tpy by the end of 2014. The torrefied wood pellets will be marketed for electric power production in Europe and Asia. (Source: New Biomass Energy, 11 Mar., 2014) Contact: New Biomass Energy, BTH Quitman Hickory LLC, Neal Smaler, Pres., http://www.newbiomass.com.http: Solvay, Patrick Verelst, Head of Investor Relations, +32 2 264 1540, patrick.verelst@solvay.com, www.solvay.com

Tags Torrefied Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  Solvay news,  New Biomass Energy news,  

Zilkha, Cate Street Seal Black® Pellet Technology Deal (Ind. Report)
Zilkha,Cate Street Capital
Date: 2014-03-12
Houston-headquartered wood pellet maker Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC has agreed to license its water-resistant Zilkha Black® Pellet technology to Cate Street Capital, a national leader in developing green technology companies. Cate Street Capital's pellet manufacturing subsidiary Thermogen Industries will utilize Zilkha's patented proprietary process to produce 300,000 metric tpy of Black® pellets at their plant in Millinocket, Maine.

The Zilkha Black® Pellet, a drop-in replacement for coal, provides the low-capex option for fully converting coal units, and it has successfully been fired in small, medium, and large scale tests across Europe. For co-firing, our low-dust Black pellets can be mixed directly with coal prior to milling. They can be transported and stored like coal. (Source: Zilkha Biomass Energy, 10 March., 2014) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC, , Carole Engelder, PhD, PE, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979-9961, cengelder@zilkhabiomass.com, www.zilkhabiomass.com; Cate Street Capital, John Halle, President & CEO, www.catecapital.com; Thermogen Industries, www.thermogenind.com

Tags Zilkha news,  Cate Street Capital news,  Wood Pellet news,  

Pellet Technology USA Completes Demo Facility (Ind. Report)
Pellet Technology USA
Date: 2014-03-12
Pellet Technology USA (PTUSA), a particle sizing, biomass densification & technology licensing company, has completed construction and proof of concept of its commercial cemonstration facility in Gretna, Nebraska. PTUSA considers Gretna is an location because of availability of a wide range of feedstock suppliers, qualified engineering companies and easy access to end users such as livestock feedlots.

To date, PTUSA has processed thousands of acres of biomass through the commercial demonstration facility for R&D purposes with commercial production plant site development on the near horizon. (Source: Pellet Technology USA, LLC, 10 Mar., 2014) Contact: Pellet Technology USA, Russ Zeeck, COO, Founder , (402) 614-5798, www.pellettechnologyusa.com

Tags Wood Pellet news,  Pellet Technology USA news,  Biomass Pellet news,  

Maine Wood Pellet Producers Share Fed Funding (Funding)
Maine USDA
Date: 2014-03-10
On Thursday, the USDA announced that four wood pellet producers in the Pine Tree State -- Corinth Wood Pellets LLC, Geneva Wood Fuels LLC., Maine Woods Pellet Company LLC., and Northeast Pellets LLC. -- will share $78,280 in funding from the USDA's rural development program's Maine office. Portland-based Maine Biofuel Inc. will also receive a share of the funding. The payments are part of nearly $60 million made to 195 producers to support the production of advanced biofuel, according to a USDA release. The funding is provided through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill. . (Source: USDA Rural Dev. Program, BDN Maine, 8 March, 2014) Contact: USDA, www.rurdev.usda.gov/me; Cornith Wood Pellets, www.corinthwoodpellets.com; Geneva Wood Fuels LLC, (617) 934-6517, www.genevapellets.com; Maine Woods Pellet Company LLC, (207) 654-2237, www.mainewoodspelletco.com; Northeast Pellets LLC., (207) 435-6230, www.northeastpellets.net

Tags USDA Rural Developement news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

ASABE Establishing Int'l. Biomass Fuels Standards Project (Ind. Report)
American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Date: 2014-03-10
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) reports that the international community has approved a new International Organization for Standardization project to develop a standard for thermally treated and densified biomass fuels. The document (ISO 17225-8) will define the fuel quality classes and specifications of graded, densified, solid biofuels produced from thermally treated biomass. It will cover pellets and briquettes from various raw materials and will apply to fuels intended for either industrial or non-industrial use. This project is currently at the working draft stage.

ASABE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as the administrator for the U.S. technical advisory group to the ISO committee on solid biofuels, TC 238, which was established in response to growing global trade in the subject commodities. (Source: American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers, March 07, 2014) Contact: ASABE, Kristopher Schock, schock@asabe.org, www.asabe.org

Tags Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  Biofuels news,  

Zilkha Biomass, Valmet Tout Collaborative Agreement (Ind. Report)
Zilkha Biomass Energy,Valmet
Date: 2014-03-03
Houston-based Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC and Valmet headquartered in Espoo, Finland, have signed a five-year collaboration agreement in the field of steam exploded black pellets. The purpose of the agreement is to bring steam exploded black pellets to the market. These pellets are principally used for replacing fossil coal as the energy source in heat and power generation. The parties will work together to develop a joint global offering.

Steam exploded black pellets provide a number of benefits compared to traditional wood pellets. These include improved durability, water-resistance, higher energy content, lower shipping costs, and reduced dust problems compared to other types of bio-based pellets. Due to their properties, these black pellets can be handled in similar manner to fossil coal. This significantly reduces, or even removes, the need for expensive investments in logistics and plant rebuilds. Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC provides biomass solutions to electric utility customers, including conversions of fossil fuel stations, and the supply of a baseload, renewable fuel in the form of the Zilkha Black® Pellet. The Zilkha Black® Pellet is the first advanced pellet in the industry that is commercially available.

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production. (Source: Zilkha Biomass Energy, PR, 2 Mar., 2014) Contact: Zilkha, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com ; Valmet, Mattias Erixon Senior Sales Manager, Bio Technology and Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy Business Line, +46 60 16 5727, www.valmet.com

Tags Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  Zilkha Biomass Energy news,  Biomass news,  Valmet news,  

$200,000 Awarded to Mohawk Valley Biomass Projects (Funding)
NYSERDA,Renewable Heart NY
Date: 2014-02-26
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Renewable Heart NY program has awarded more than $200,000 to the following Mohawk Valley, New York, biomass companies:
  • Northeast Forests, based in Thendara, was awarded $98,000 to evaluate costs and processes involved in producing and supplying low-moisture-content wood chips. The intent is to encourage these types of wood chips for better combustion.
  • Vincent's Heating and Fuel Service, based in Poland, was awarded $110,000 to purchase an eight-ton capacity wood pellet delivery truck to expand its residential and commercial delivery capacity.

    The funding was awarded through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Energy and Environmental Performance of Biomass-fired Heating Equipment program. (Source: NYSERDA, Herkimer Telegram, Others, 24 Feb., 2014) Contact: NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, http://www.nyserda.ny.gov

    Tags Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  NYSERDA news,  Renewable Heat NY news,  

  • DRAX Expecting Compensation on Expected Profits from Expected Carbon Tax Rise (Int'l)
    Date: 2014-02-21
    In the UK, Power giant DRAX says it would be seeking compensation if the Treasury freezes the carbon tax as expected in next month's budget. The company contends that it would lose out on expected earnings from burning biomass after investing in biomass in the belief the tax , and electricity prices, would rise.

    DRAX, which has partially converted its giant Yorkshire coal-fired power plant to burn biomass, could actually be a net beneficiary of a freeze, as its remaining coal-burning units would earn more than expected. Even so, DRAX claims it should be compensated for "harm" to returns on its biomass-burning unit because it had invested in the conversion in the belief the tax would keep rising and pushing up power prices.

    The company plans to convert three or four of its six units to burn biomass wood pellets, making them eligible for attractive subsidies, because the carbon tax and other green measures are expected to make burning coal increasingly uneconomic. (Source: DRAX, Telegraph, 19 Feb., 2014) Contact: Drax, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    Tags DRAX news,  Woody Biomass news,  Carbon Tax news,  

    Renewable Heat NY Funding 18 Woody Biomass Projects (Funding)
    Renewable Heat NY
    Date: 2014-02-21
    As part of the Empire State's recently introduced Renewable Heat NY initiative, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has listed 18 projects that are in line for program funding to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment. The funding is being awarded through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Energy and Environmental Performance of Biomass-fired Heating Equipment program.

    In addition to helping with costs, Renewable Heat NY will facilitate workforce training and manufacturer support for field testing, equipment certification and early stage product development. (Source: Renewable Heat NY, Office of the Gov. of NY, Feb. 2014) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    Tags NYSERDA news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    2013 European Wood Pellet Demand Touted (Ind. Report)
    IHB,Drax, RWE_Innogy
    Date: 2014-02-21
    The Forest Business Network and other related players are reporting that the conversion of major power plants from coal to biomass, as well as the use of biomass for home heating, is driving the demand for wood pellets in the EU marketplace.

    According to Eurostat, for the period of January to November 2013, EU's pellet imports surged by 36 percent and hit €1,52 billion in value. In the same period, EU pellet imports from the US grew by no more than 65 percent and by 54 percent from Canada.

    The UK is the largest EU pellet importer with an overall 31,2 percent from the total EU demand. UK imports rose to 3.16 million tons of pellets, 2,82 million tons of which came from N. America.

    The figures may, however, change in 2014, with RWE-Innogy's closure of its power plant at Tilbury, which burned 1.3 million tpy of pellets. On the other hand, Drax aims to become a predominantly biomass generator by 2016. (Source: Forest Business Network, IHB, 19 Feb., 2014)

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

    South Korean's Plan Indonesian Palm Pellet Plant (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Global Logix
    Date: 2014-01-27
    South Korea-headquartered PT Global Logix reports that it will work together with Siak Regional Government in Riau Province, Indonesia, and will invest $20 million in the construction of a biomass pellet factory and a 10,000 MW biomass , wood pellet-fired power plant in Siak, Riau Province. The facility, which will process waste palm bunches and oil-seed kernel shells into pellets, is expected to produce 10,000 tpm of pellets from 60,000 bunches and 20,000 tons of waste palm seed shells. The 10,000 MW biomass-fired power plant would burn 3 tons of oil-palm bunches per hour.

    There are presently 287,065 hectares of oil-palm plantations in the Siak region, and 20 palm oil factories producing 928,323 tons of oil-palm bunches annually. South Korea has experienced an increase in pellet consumption, with 2013 figures estimated at 500,000 tons, compared to 174,000 tons in 2012. (Source: Global Logix, Nisnis.com, Jakarta Post, 24 Jan., 2014) Contact: No contact information is readily available for Global Logix.

    Tags Woody Biomass news,  Biomass Pellet news,  Palm Oil news,  

    N.Y. Governor Encourages Woody Biomass Pellet Industry (Ind. Report)
    Wood Pellet
    Date: 2014-01-13
    In the Empire State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed the "Renew Heat NY" initiative to proposed to encourage conversion of oil heating systems to wood biomass fuel. The initiative would promote wood pellet fuel, provide technical support and financial assistance for equipment and product research to wood pellet manufacturers. The program could also help attract wood pellet manufacturers looking to expand in the Adirondacks.

    The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board praised the Governor's support for thermal biomass, especially wood pellets. The industry also is getting attention at the federal level. In September, five members of the U.S. House of Representative co-sponsored H.R. 2715 -- the BTU Act of 2013 -- which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to include biomass heating systems in a tax credit program for energy-efficient buildings and property. The proposed legislation is currently being reviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee. (Source: Office of the Governor, Post Star, 11 Jan., 2014)

    Tags Biomass Incentive news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    HECO, Zilkha Biomass in Wood Pellet Supply Talks (Ind. Report)
    Zilkha Biomass Energy,Hawaiian Electric Co.
    Date: 2014-01-06
    Houston, Texas-headquartered wood pellet maker Zilkha Biomass Energy and Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) are reportedly in preliminary discussions under which Zilkha would supply compressed wood pellets to the utility, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

    Zilkha estimates that HECO could save 30 percent or more on its fuel costs by switching to wood pellets from fuel oil for electric power generation. As with other new fuel sources, extensive testing would be needed before HECO could sign a contract to buy the fuel pellets. (Source: HECO, Zilkha, Honolulu Star, Maui News, 5 Jan., 2014) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Energy, John Holmes, CEO, (713) 979-9961, www.zilkha.com; HECO, www.heco.com

    Tags Zilkha Biomass Energy news,  Wood Pellet news,  Hawaiian Electric Co. news,  

    Viridis Merchants Executes First Wood Pellet Deal (Ind. Report)
    Viridis Merchants,Viridis Energy
    Date: 2014-01-06
    Vancouver-based waste biomass fuel provider Viridis Energy Inc. reports that its recently launched, wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., an aggregation and trading service between buyers and sellers of alternative energy, including wood pellets, has structured its first transaction.

    Viridis Merchants has secured approximately 30,000 tons of wood pellets from a southeast U.S. producer, representing approximately 30 percent of the manufacturer's capacity, to be delivered over the next 12 months to customers in Europe. Viridis Merchants is serving as a principal in the trade, providing value-add services such as logistics and marketing to the producer.

    The first shipment has left port and is headed to the residential market in Europe. This transaction will generate approximately $8 million in annual revenue for Viridis, which will be realized after each recurring monthly shipment, and will be immediately additive to earnings. (Source: Viridis Energy Inc., Dec. 31, 20130 Contact: Viridis Energy, Christopher Robertson, CEO, (604) 739-9973, www.viridisenergy.ca

    Tags Viridis Energy news,  Wood Pellet news,  Biomass Energy news,  Renewable Energy news,  

    OPG Dropping Coal for Advanced Biomass (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Power Generation
    Date: 2013-12-18
    In Canada, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) plans to convert its coal-fired Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) to burn biomass fuel. TBGS is Ontario Power's last coal burning plant. The conversion to advanced biomass is expected to begin in 2014 for completion and commissioning in 2015. TBGS will have a five-year PPA with Ontario Power Generation, according to a Government of Ontario release.

    In September 2013, Ontario Power Generation conducted a successful test burn using 100 percent advanced biomass, which was the first of its kind in the world. OPG also has a coal-to-biomass conversion underway at the Atikokan generating station. It will use biomass fuel in the form of wood pellets. (Source: Gov't. of Ontario, PR, Pulp & Paper Canada, 17 Dec., 2013) Contact: Ontario Power Generation,(416) 592-4319, www.opg.com

    Tags Ontario Power Generation news,  Advanced Biomass news,  Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Tyne's £180Mn Wood Pellet Handling Expansion Gets the Nod (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2013-12-18
    In the UK, the Port of Tyne's planned £180m wood pellet handling facilities expansion at Tyne Dock, South Shields, has received regulatory approval.

    The Port of Tyne is already a key link in the wood pellet supply chain for a number of major electric power generating stations. The bulk of the fuel comes from North America. The Port has invested £23 million in the specialized equipment and facilities required to store and handle wood pellets and has handled 1.6 million tonnes of pellets since 2010. (Source: Port of Tyne, Shields Gazette, 17 Dec., 2013) Contact: Port of Tyne, Andrew Moffat, CEO, +44 191 455 2671, www.portoftyne.co.uk

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  

    N.A. Woody Biomass Pellet Exports on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Woodd Pellet
    Date: 2013-12-13
    According to the North American Wood Fiber Review, North American wood pellet exports to the UK continued to rise in the 2Q/13 with volumes more than double those in the 2Q/11.

    The majority of the increased shipments came from the Southern U.S followed by British Columbia. With additional capacity in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, Canadian pellet exports could expand significantly. To date, Canada's share of the total exports from North America accounted for 38 percent in the 2Q/13 -- down from 62 percent just two years ago. In the US South, pellet export volumes in the 2Q/13 increased 16 percent from the previous quarter to just over 700,000 tons. In the second half of 2013, pellet trade data will also reflect additional shipments from US Gulf Coast ports in Texas and Alabama, where new plants have begun commercial operations. (Source: Wood Fiber Review, Dec. 12, 2013)

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    Tags Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    DRAX Touting Power Plant Transition to Biomass (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2013-12-13
    DRAX, the firm running the UK's largest power station is touting the first stages of its "transformation" from one of the most polluting industrial sites in Europe to a green energy plant that meets 21st century standards. Earlier this year, DRAX converted its huge coal-fired power station near Selby in North Yorkshire to a sustainable biomass-fired facility. The Selby plant's 6 units now burn various forms of biomass -- typically wood pellets. Two more units are slated to be converted in the coming months as part of the £700 million project.

    On Dec. 9, Drax opened its new purpose-built biomass transport facilities boasting improved rail lines linking the power station to port sites in Hull, Immingham and the Tyne, the ports into which most of the wood will be imported from abroad. Taken alongside the Government's decision to fund a detailed engineering study for the construction of a separate, "clean coal" power station, the DRAX announcements mark the beginning of a complete overhaul of Western Europe's largest power station. (Source: DRAX, Yorkshire Post, 10 Dec., 2013) Contact: DRAX, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    Tags DRAX news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Forest2Market Launches Wood Pellet Info Campaign (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2013-11-20
    Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered Forest2Market has kicked off a 24-part series to educate wood pellet project developers about the complexities of the US wood supply chain. The first article, An Introduction to UK Biomass Sustainability Standards, examines the policy decisions the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recently made in regards to greenhouse gas trajectories and sustainable forest management criteria.

    The seven articles that remain in the first month of the campaign will focus on topics ranging from feed-in tariffs and certificates for difference to how wood pellet project developers can demonstrate their feedstock supply is sourced from a sustainable wood basin.

    Suzanne Hearn, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, commented on the ideas behind this new project. "Since we launched our Forest2Fuel product line in 2007, we have had the opportunity to speak to wood pellet project developers at various stages of project development. Regardless of where these projects were in the development cycle, common questions and themes emerged. With this in mind, we set out to provide information about the wood supply chain that industry participants will find helpful as they develop and execute their projects."

    The first four weeks of the campaign will feature content based on the UK energy policy initiatives that are driving the market for industrial wood pellets manufactured in the US South. Months two and three will focus on the nuances of the wood supply chain, particularly in the US South, and how to use supply agreements to minimize feedstock costs.

    In addition to the articles on the F2M Market Watch blog, eBooks and white papers will also be available. The information campaign will conclude in mid-February.

    Forest2Market provides solutions to complex supply chain challenges faced by those involved in wood bioenergy projects. In all stages of project development, Forest2Fuel customers use the company's services to ensure project success, locate green and brown field development sites, plan feedstock procurement strategies, manage feedstock risk over time and ensure long-term operational efficiencies. Forest2Market provides market pricing data as well as wood and fiber supply chain expertise to customers in the forest, wood and paper products, recycled paper & packaging and bioenergy industries. (Source: Forest2Market, 19 Nov., 2013) Contact: Forest2Market, Suzanne Hearn, VP Marketing and Sales, (980) 233-4010 or (541) 302-8010, www.forest2market.com

    Tags Forest2Market news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

    Metso Delivering Biomass Fired Power Plant in Croatia (Int'l.)
    Date: 2013-11-13
    Helsinki-based Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply Uni Viridas d.o.o. with a complete 9-MW biomass fired power plant, which will provide power and heat to the city of Babina Creda in Croatia.

    Uni Viridas is a special purpose entity of Unit Investment N.V.,established for this specific project. The plant is scheduled to be operational in 2015. Financial details have not been disclosed.

    The turnkey delivery will include a boiler island, a turbine and buildings as well as installation and construction works. The boiler can utilize wide range of fuels such as forest residues with high combustion efficiency and low NOx and CO2 emissions. The plant's output will be distributed to the local grid and the heat will be utilized in a wood pellet factory, other industrial facilities and nearby greenhouses. (Source: Metso, PR, 11 Nov., 2013) Contact: Metso, Jorma Lehtoviita, VP, Heat and Power, Pulp, Paper and Power, +358 400 623 079, www.metso.com

    Tags Biomass news,  Metso news,  

    US Pellet Producers Granted USDA Cash (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Date: 2013-10-28
    The USDA recently announced a new round of payments to biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill. The program makes payments to eligible biofuel producers based on the quantity of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn starch. The program is not limited to traditional liquid biofuel producers, pellet produces and biogas producers can also be eligible for payments.

    Approximately three dozen pellet producers , including Energy Corp., Appling County Pellets LLC, Lingetics of Idahoe, Indexk Ladysmith Biofuel Center, enviva, New England Wood Pellet LLC, and others received payments under this funding round. (Source: USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program) Contact: USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, www.rurdev.usda.gov

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program news,  

    Germany, Ukraine Commit to Biomass, Bioenergy Cooperation (Int'l.)
    Date: 2013-10-21
    According to a joint press release, the Ukraine and Germany will intensify their cooperation in the field of bio-energy and Germany will facilitate the implementation of promising pilot projects for the development and production of biofuels in Ukraine. Using German technology and equipments, these pilot projects will produce thermal power and biogas out of the agricultural waste, of which the Ukraine has an abundance. Ukraine has around 30 such projects that will be used to advance biofuel production, including the establishment of a pilot bio-energy village, along with Polish state-owned company PGNIG-energy

    In October 2012, Ukraine launched its first pilot project for solid biofuel -- pellets-from-straw -- production, and this year to build 10 additional biofuel plants. Wood pellets will be produced from straw purchased from local farmers. To further boost its biofuel production, Ukraine also aims to create a pilot bio-energy village, which will serve as a hub for the sector, and to export biogas to other member countries of the European Union. (Source: PR-GB.com, 21 Oct., 2013)

    Tags Biofuel news,  Wood Pellet news,  Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  

    Georgia Biomass Pellets Clinch ENplus A1 Certification (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Biomass,RWE Innogy
    Date: 2013-10-18
    RWE Innogy's U.S. wood pellet manufacturing subsidy Georgia Biomass has recently been certified under the European Pellet Council's ENplus A1. ENplus A1 certification assures European buyers that the pellets meet strict quality criteria.

    Georgia Biomass, exports to Italy, Germany and Denmark. The company's pellet production facility manufactures 750,000 tpy of wood pellets. (Source: RWE, Bioenergy News, 18 Oct., 2013) Contact: RWE Innogy, Dr Hans Bunting, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com; Georgia Biomass, (912) 721-6105, www.gabiomass.com

    Tags RWE Innogy news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Pellet Maker adds Ethanol Capacity at Fulton Plant (Ind. Report)
    BlueFire Renewables
    Date: 2013-10-07
    Irvine, California-based BlueFire Renewables, Inc. has integrated a synergistic 9 million gpy ethanol production capability to its 400,000 tpy wood pellet facility in Fulton, Mississippi. The wood pellets will be sold under long term contracts into the European mandated renewable energy market. Blended with lignin from BlueFire's process, the wood pellets create a market advantage under the international mandates for renewable energy, especially for power in the European Union.

    BlueFire was established to deploy the Arkenol patented and proven Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic waste materials to renewable fuel sources. The company has demonstrated production of Biofuels from urban trash, rice and wheat straws, wood waste and other agricultural residues. The Company received a Grant totaling $88 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in December of 2009. (Source: BlueFire, PR, 3 Oct., 2013) Contact: BlueFire, Richard Klann, (949)588.3767, ext. 411, rgklann@bfreinc.com, www.bfreinc.com

    Tags BlueFire Renewables news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Ill. Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Chip Energy
    Date: 2013-09-27
    Goodfield, Ill.-based Chip Energy recently broke ground on a 100-tpd prototype biomass recycling and pelletizing plant that will use a variety of feedstocks, including wood waste, energy crops and agricultural residues

    The 70-ft high plant is being constructed from recycled shipping containers on a 70 by 104 footprint. The company says the design increases the plant's efficiency. The plant is expected to be operational during the third quarter of this year. (Source: Chip Energy, Sept., 2013) Contact: Chip Energy, Paul Weaver, President, (309) 965-2005, www.chipenergy.com

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

    Plum Creek, Enova Energy Seal Wood Fiber Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Plum Creek,Enova Group
    Date: 2013-09-20
    Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. reports that it has entered into a 10-year fiber supply and services agreement with Atlanta-based Enova Energy Group. Plum Creek will deliver up to 3 million tpy of sustainably-managed wood fiber to three Enova pellet manufacturing plants that will be built in the Southeastern U.S. Approximately 500,000 tons will originate from Plum Creek's timberlands with the remaining 2.5 million tons to be sourced and delivered from third party landowners.

    Plum Creek is one of the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the U.S. with approximately 6.3 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the U.S. and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. (Source: Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., 19 Sept., 2013) Contact: Plum Creek Timber Co., John Hobbs, (800) 858-5347, www.plumcreek.com; Enova Energy Group, (404) 881-5441, http://enovaenergygroup.com

    Tags Enova Energy news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    EU Issues Wood Pellet Market Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2013-08-26
    The European wood pellet imports have grown rapidly over the past few years. In 2006, the EU produced approximately 3.52 million metric tons of wood pellets and imported only 800,000 metric tons of the fuel. By 2012, production had grown to 10 million metric tpy with imports reaching 4.49 million metric tons. In 2013, domestic wood pellet production is expected to reach 10.15 million metric tons with imports reaching 10.3 million metric tpy. Imports, however, are expected to continue to grow at a faster pace, reaching 6 million metric tons in 2013 and 7 million metric tpy in 2014.

    Consumption has also grown rapidly, from 4.606 million metric tons in 2006, to 14.3 million metric tons in 2012. In 2013, the EU is expected to consume 16 million metric tons of wood pellets, with 17.1 million metric tons of consumption projected in 2014.

    The full report can be acceed HERE. (Source: EU, Biomass Mag., 23, 2013)

    Tags Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Prototype Pellet Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Chip Energy
    Date: 2013-08-23
    Following on our July 16 coverage, Chip Energy has begun construction of biomass recycling and pelletizing plant in Goodfield, Ill. Opon completion, , the prototype plant will have a production capacity of 100 tpd of condensed biomass from a variety of feedstock sources, including wood waste, energy crops and agricultural residues. In addition to pellets, the facility will also be geared to produce briquettes and logs. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of this year.

    The plant is being built from recycled shipping containers configured in a vertical fashion, which results in a footprint spanning only 70 feet by 104 feet, but reaches 70 high. Paul Weaver, president of Chip Energy, said the design will increase the efficiency of the facility. (Source: Chip Energy, Biomass Mag., 20 Aug., 2013) Contact: Chip Energy, Paul Weaver, Pres., (309) 965-2005, www.chipenergy.com

    Tags Chip Energy news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Zilkha's Selma Pellet Plant Slated for 2014 Start-up (Ind. Report)
    Zilkha Biomass Energy
    Date: 2013-08-16
    Houston, Texas-based Zilkha Biomass Energy is to convert a shuttered facility in Selma, Alabama into a 275,000 tpy black pellet production plant after closing on $18.8 million (€14 million) in financing by AMCREF Community Capital.

    According to AMCREF, the new production facility, which was formerly the Dixie Pellets plant, is 'the world's first full-scale Zilkha black pellet plant'. Zilkha acquired the factory in 2010 after Dixie Pellets ceased operations at the location. A plant retrofit is underway, with operations slated to begin in 2014 when the plant will generate renewable electricity for 50,000 homes per year. (Source: Zilkha Biomass Energy, PR, Bioenergy News, 15 Aug., 2013) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Energy, (713) 979-9961, www.zilkha.com

    Tags Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    George County Miss. OK's Loans for Pellet Mill Site (Ind. Report)
    Green Circle Bio Energy
    Date: 2013-08-07
    Following-up on our June, 28th coverage, George County, Mississippi supervisors have authorized nearly $1.3 million in USDA loans to purchase land where a new $115 million, 500,000 tpy wood pellet plant will be built by Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. Green Circle own the world's second largest wood pellet plant located in Cottondale, Fla.

    The USDA rural development loans will pass through Singing River Electric Power Association. The county secured a $1 million loan with no interest and a $283,000 loan with 1 percent interest. They are both five-year notes. The facility is expected to be operational by spring 2015.

    Green Circle is wholly owned by the JCE Group, a privately owned international investment company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Source: Green Circle Bio Energy, Gulf Live, Aug. 5, 2013) Contact: Green Circle Bio Energy, Morton Neraas, CEO, (850) 557-7357, www.greencirclebio.com

    Tags Green Circle Bio Energy news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    North American Wood Pellet Exports up over 50% (Ind. Report)
    Wood Resources International
    Date: 2013-07-31
    North American wood pellet exports reached a new record of over one million tons in the first quarter of 2013, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. There has been a steady growth in shipments from both the US and Canada the past few years, mainly as a result of the continued increase in demand for pellets in the United Kingdom. (Source: North American Wood Fiber Review, Wood Resources International, July 30, 2013) Contact: Wood Resources International, Hakan Ekstrom, (425) 402-8809, hekstrom@wri-ltd.com, www.wri-ltd.com

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Wood Resources International news,  

    Scotia Atlantic Biomass, Ekman Seal Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
    Scotia Atlantic Biomass,Viridis Energy
    Date: 2013-07-29
    Vancouver, BC-based Viridis Energy Inc. reports that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company, Ltd. has entered into a distribution agreement with Gothenburg, Sweden-based Ekman & Co AB. Ekman, one of the world's oldest forest products wholesalers.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Ekman will serve as Scotia's exclusive worldwide agent to market its entire wood pellet production. The agreement covers an initial period of 24 months and an aggregate projected wood pellet production of up to 240,000 metric tons.

    Viridis acquired Scotia, one of Canada's largest wood pellet manufacturer, in 2012. Scotia's production is expected to be re-booted before month end after extensive refurbishing. (Source: Viridis Energy, 24 July, 2013) Contact: Viridis Energy, Christopher Robertson, CEO, (604) 739-9973, www.viridisenergy.ca

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Scotia Atlantic Biomass news,  Viridis Energy news,  

    EnviraCarbon set to begin EnvirAnized Biofuel™ Production (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2013-07-29
    Kingsport, Tenn.based clean energy specialist EnviraCarbon, Inc. (ECI) reports the commercialization of a patented and proprietary technology which molecularly alters renewable biomass feedstock into EnvirAnized Biofuel™ (EBF). EBF is a product that looks, transports, stores, pulverizes and burns like coal but without the pollution associated with coal. The superfast process changes woody biomass into clean carbonized EBF, drastically condensing the process that took nature 100 million years to accomplish into a matter of minutes. EBF can be directly used by coal-burning or biomass fired power plants and industrial facilities without any modification or retrofitting to their existing boiler systems.

    The EBF product has the same heat value as bituminous coal from the eastern U.S. (12,000+ BTUs), it exhibits a much greater heat value than wood pellets and unlike wood pellets, it is hydrophobic. The EBF product contains negligible amounts of sulfur and non-detectable levels of mercury, arsenic, and lead which are toxic elements in coal. EBF is also, by most standards, at or near carbon neutral. With a commercial facility presently under construction, export of EBF is expected to begin first quarter 2014. (Source: EnviraCarbon, Inc., Polution OnLine, 28 July, 2013) Contact: EnviraCarbon Inc., (423) 246-2222, http://www.enviracarbon.com

    Tags Woody Biomass news,  Coal news,  EnviraCarbon news,  

    Chip Energy Breaks Ground on New Biomass Recycling and Pelletizing Facility

    Date: 2013-07-16
    Over 50 people attended the Chip Energy ground breaking ceremony for its new biomass recycling and pelletizing facility in Goodfield, IL. This was not a typical ground breaking event -- a large portion of the building was already in place to demonstrate the project’s unique construction method of using shipping containers for the primary structure. Attendees gathered around to hear from Chip Energy president Paul Wever, IDCEO assistant director Dan Seals, and Woodford County Board chairman Stan Glazier. Speakers praised the project, which will create jobs, produce renewable energy, and create infrastructure to give value to what is currently considered waste. Wever led tour groups through the facility, explaining how the building is arranged vertically to operate with a high degree of efficiency on a small plot of land. With 26 40-ft. tall silos, and another 2,300 cu. yds. of bulk storage all under one roof, the facility can hold enough material to buffer several weeks’ worth of operation. On display were samples of several biomass fuel sources that the facility can utilize, including wood chips, corn stover, miscanthus, switchgrass, cherry pits, and rice husks. There were also samples of processed fuel which the facility will produce, including wood pellets and blended biomass briquettes. Lunch was cooked using the Stovepipe Stove, a Chip Energy product that uses gasification to burn wood pellets with no smoke and low emissions. With the construction going full-steam, Chip Energy is looking forward to expanding its recycling program, creating jobs and bringing recognition to the local community. (Source: For Construction Pros, July 15, 2013)

    EnviraCarbon Unveils EnvirAnized Biofuel™ (New Prod & Tech)
    EnviraCarbon Inc.
    Date: 2013-07-15
    Kingsport, Tenn.-headquartered Energy technology provider EnviraCarbon Inc. (ECI) is reporting the commercialization of a patented technology that molecularly alters renewable biomass feedstock into EnvirAnized Biofuel™(EBF). EBF is a product that looks, transports, stores, pulverizes and burns like coal but that does not pollute like coal, according to ECI. The process changes woody biomass into clean carbonized EBF, condensing a process that occurs in nature over the course of 100 million years into a matter of minutes, the company says.

    Because EBF allows biomass to take on the physical characteristics of coal it can be directly used by coal-burning or biomass fired power plants and industrial facilities without modifications or retrofitting to existing boiler systems. EBF also has the same heat value as bituminous coal from the Eastern U.S. (12,000-plus Btus). It also exhibits a greater heat value than wood pellets and, unlike wood pellets, it is hydrophobic. The EBF product contains negligible amounts of sulfur and non-detectable levels of mercury, arsenic, and lead and, by most standards, is at or near carbon neutral, according to ECI.

    ECI facilities use only certified sustainable biomass and/or waste wood as feedstock and require a relatively small footprint while producing large quantities of EBF, says the company. With a commercial facility presently under construction, export of EBF is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014.

    ECI describes itself as a diverse group of companies focused on the development of clean energy technologies for the manufacturing of innovative biofuel products used for combustion by utilities to create renewable electricity and a wide range of activated carbon products including enviraPAC Hg -- a group of biomass-derived powdered activated carbons used to capture mercury from coal flue gas. (Source: EnviraCarbon, Construction & Demolition Recycling, 12 July, 2013) Contact: EnviraCarbon Inc., (423) 246-2222, http://www.enviracarbon.com

    Tags Coal news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Real Ventures Quits Isle of Wight Biomass Pellet Plans (Int'l)
    Real Ventures
    Date: 2013-07-10
    On the Isle of Wight, plans to establish a woody biomass pellet plant on a former landfill site have been dashed by the project's developer, Real Ventures. The developer spent two years on due diligence on the proposed £130 million plant at Stag Lane, powered by wood pellets which it said could generate two thirds of the Island's electricity requirements.

    The company a review of the ground conditions on the site, and changes in government guidance on how it financially supports the use of heat and power for dedicated biomass energy plants were key to its jumping ship. Real Ventures currently has planning consent for similar projects in the UK.(Source: Isle of Wight Radio, July 9, 2013) Contact: Real Ventures, Ray Tucker CEO , +44 1425 463 216, www.realventures.co.uk

    Tags Real Ventures news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

    Green Circle Investing $115Mn in Wood Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
    Green Circle Bio Energy
    Date: 2013-06-28
    Further to our June 3rd coverage, Cottondale, Florida-based Green Circle Bio Energy will invest $115 million in the construction of a 500,000 tpy energy wood pellet manufacturing facility in the George County (Mississippi) Industrial Park. The facility will ship wood pellets from the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, to European markets to be sold to electric power plants as a renewable alternative to coal. The plant is slated to be fully operational by spring 2015. The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure needs at the project site. George County also provided assistance for the project. (Source: Green Circle Bio Energy, WDAM7, June 27, 2013) Contact: Green Circle Bio Energy, Morton Neraas, CEO, (850) 557-7357, www.greencirclebio.com

    Tags Green Circle Bio Energy news,  

    EU "Green" Plans Fuel for US Forest Management Concerns (Int'l)
    International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
    Date: 2013-06-12
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. forests are being decimated at an alarming rate as the US moves to uild wood product exports to feed European power stations. The report says the expansion in trade is driven by the European Union's goal of sourcing 20 percent of its energy needs from renewables by 2020. When the goal was set in 2007, Europeans had hoped to meet their target with wind and solar but policymakers have also turned to woody biomass pellet fuels, which are seen as a cleaner alternative to the coal used in some power plants. Because EU regulations prohibit the cutting of old-growth and wetland forests, as well as the practice of clear-cutting, the bloc is looking for new sources of wood products in areas such as North Carolina in the US.

    According to the article, many European utilities say the approach is environmentally sound because newly planted trees can recapture the carbon released in the burning of wood pellets. However, environment groups say that carbon is released far more rapidly than what saplings can absorb. Moreover, a 100 year old forest needs about a century to regrow to the original size.

    In 2012, Europe imported more than 1.7 million tons of pellets from the US. According to the US International Trade Commission, this market was 'virtually non-existent' in 2000. (Source: International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, June 10, 2013) Contact: International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, +41 22 917 84 92, www.ictsd.org

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  Deforestation news,  

    Woody Biomass: Powered by Oregon - Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Oregon Forest Resources Institute
    Date: 2013-06-12
    According to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute's new report Woody Biomass: Powered by Oregon, more than ever, sawmill owners have embraced the latest technology to use biomass in clean-burning boilers. And, since 2006, especially on Oregon's east side, local collaborative groups are finding ways to restore sickly, overly dense forests -- thereby producing small diameter saw logs and biomass from tree tops and other spindly trees not suitable for milling. Some of it goes to boilers, but some of it also goes to produce pellets and biomass bricks for heating.

    Perhaps most tantalizing for the future of biomass is the potential for producing liquid transportation biofuels from woody biomass rather than from corn. Today it is no longer a question of whether we can do this profitably but rather it's a question of how profitably it can be accomplished relative to the cost of fossil fuels. Not a small problem, but one whose solution remains within reach.

    The full report, Woody Biomass: Powered by Oregon can be viewed HERE. (Source: Oregon Forest Resources Institue, June 4, 2013) Contact: Oregon Forests, Dave Kvamme, Director of communications, www.oregonforests.org

    Tags Wood Pellets news,  Woody Biomass news,  Biofuel news,  

    Biomass: the Trojan Horse of Renewables? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2013-06-10
    "The government plans to make up to three quarters of the UK's renewable energy target with biomass but it falls short of the mark, says Almuth Ernsting of Biofuelwatch. Most people's image of renewable energy is a wind turbine or solar panel. Few are aware that the government's renewable energy vision consists in large part of burning carbon-based fuel in power stations.

    In 2011, 77 per cent of all renewable energy inputs came from burning biomass and, according to the government's 2012 Bioenergy Strategy, up to 11 percent of all the UK's energy could come from burning biomass by 2020. This would be almost three-quarters of the UK's entire renewable energy target. The figure includes biofuels such as soya and palm oil that are linked to large-scale deforestation and land grabbing. However, the largest share is to come from burning wood, both in purpose-built new power stations and in coal power stations that are being fully or partly converted to wood pellets.

    "If the true purpose of the government's renewable energy strategy was to reduce carbon emissions and promote more sustainable types of energy then their priorities would seem senseless. Energy companies have announced plans to build or convert power stations which altogether would burn 81 million tpy of wood. The UK's total wood production (for all purposes) is only 10 million tonnes annually. Planning consent has been granted for five coal power stations to partly or fully convert to wood. Those power stations alone will burn almost five times the UK's annual wood production every year. "Not surprisingly then, the UK Bioenergy Strategy confirms that 80 percent of biomass is expected to be imported. Most imports so far are from British Columbia and the southern US, two regions where highly bio-diverse and carbon-rich forests are being clear-cut at an ever faster rate. US campaigners have proven that the pellets come from whole trees, not just residues as companies like to claim. And one scientific study after another confirms that burning trees for electricity results in vast carbon emissions which cannot possibly be absorbed by new trees for decades or centuries, if ever. Meanwhile in the UK, figures commissioned by the last government showed that 1.75 million life years could be lost in 2020 as a result of bioenergy expansion -- or rather due to just one of the dozens of different pollutants released from burning biomass.

    "So how did electricity from biomass come to take center stage in the government's renewables policy when it is clearly disastrous for the climate, for forests and for people's health? The answer is lobbying -- primarily by the Big Six energy companies and Drax. All of the coal-to-biomass conversions are for power stations which would otherwise have to close under EU legislation because they breach sulphur dioxide rules.

    "To keep those power stations open, energy companies have demanded and received guarantees of long-term subsidies for burning biomass paid under the Renewables Obligation , as well as other investment support. This includes loans by the Green Investment Bank, which are informed by government priorities. Their first big loan went to Drax, and secretary of state Vince Cable has praised their vital role in stopping Drax from shutting down. Thanks to the Green Bank, Drax can keep burning vast amounts of coal as well as imported wood for years or decades to come.

    "Documents received by Biofuelwatch through a Freedom of Information request illustrate the degree of collusion between Drax and the government. Drax was satisfied with government guarantees of long-term support for biomass conversion well before the crucial subsidy rules were proposed to parliament. Without breaking big energy companies' hold over government policy, even its renewable energy strategy will continue to make climate change, deforestation and air pollution ever worse." (Source: Biofuel Watch, Blog, 7 June, 2013) Contact: Biofuel Watch, www.biofuelwatch.org.uk

    Tags Woody Biomass news,  Coal-to-Biomass news,  Drax news,  

    Dredging Key to Green Circle's Wood Pellet Plans (Ind. Report)
    City of Port St Joe,Green Circle Bio Energy
    Date: 2013-06-03
    In the Sunshine State, Cottondale-based Green Circle Bio Energy and the St. Joe Company have sealed a deal that could result in the dredging of two essential harbor canals within the next two years. The dredging will allow Green Circle Bio Energy to develop part of a 200-acre property owned by the St. Joe Company for the manufacturing of wood pellets for overseas markets.

    Port St. Joe officials say that in order for Green Circle to take it's place at the port, a massive dredging effort needs to happen. "We certainly have a big task ahead of us, first of all the permitting. There's a lot of work to be done in that, probably at least a year." The project is estimated to cost $20-25 million, which is in addition to the $2 million. Port officials say once the dredging is completed and business starts to flow, the Army Corp. of Engineers will commit to maintenance dredging, as they do with all federal and functional channels. (Source: City of Port St. Joe,WMBB, May 2, 2013) Contact: Circle Green Bio Energy, (850) 557-7357, www.greencirclebio.com

    Tags Wood Pellets news,  

    Spencer Group builds Wood Pellets Silo in Hull, UK (Int'l)
    Drax,Spencer Group
    Date: 2013-06-03
    In the Port of Hull, UK, engineering business Spencer Group has erected a silo as part of a multi-million pound contract to create a wood pellet storage and loading facility. The pellets will be transported to a Drax Power Station, near Selby, for use in a recently coal to biomass converted power plant.

    The silo, which has a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters and will be capable of storing up to 1,800 tonnes of wood pellets, is part of a system that will handle a million tpy of biomass imported from the US and Canada by sea to Hull in the form of wood pellets created from forestry residues. The work is part of an investment of £100m in the Humber Ports, related to a 15-year contract between port operator ABP, and Drax Power, to handle biomass shipments destined for Drax power stations. It is expected to become operational in October (Source: Drax, Yorkshire Post, May 30, 2013) Contact: Drax, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; The Spencer Group, +44 (0) 113 815 0015, www.thespencergroup.co.uk

    Tags Drax news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

    Dong Delays Studstrup Coal-to-Woody Biomass Conversion (Int'l)
    Dong Energy
    Date: 2013-05-29
    Denmark's DONG Energy, one of Europe's largest energy groups, reports it has postponed the conversion of unit 3 of the Studstrup Power Station from burning coal to wood pellets. The delay is due to the as yet to be completed legal framework covering the fee for biomass supply reliability. The conversion is expected to be resumed when the legal framework covering fee for reliability of supply on biomass is available. (Source: Dong Energy, WSJ 28 May, 2013) Contact: DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

    Tags Dong Energy news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellets news,  

    Wood Pellet Maker's $13.48Mn Round Gains Traction (Ind. Report)
    Viridis Energy
    Date: 2013-05-20
    Following on our March 1 coverage, Vancouver-based Viridis Energy has received initial commitments towards a $13.48m equity round. The company began fundraising in April and has so far garnered investor backing totaling $4.9 million . According to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, the remaining $8.58 million may be received on the exercise of share purchase warrants. Viridis operates two main manufacturing facilities; the Okanagan Pellet Company, based in Kelowna, B.C. and Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company in Nova Scotia.

    Viridis, whose production capacity is just under 200,000 tpy, is the North America's only pellet producer with manufacturing and distribution capabilities on both the east and west coast. (Source: Viridis, NewNet, 17 May, 2013) Contact: Viridis Energy, Christopher Robertson, CEO, (604) 739-9973, www.viridisenergy.ca

    Tags Viridis Energy news,  

    GIB Commits £10Mn to Biomass Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Green Investment Bank
    Date: 2013-05-20
    In the UK, the Green Investment Bank (GIB) reports that it has committed £4.9 million to an Equitix managed fund called Energy Saving Investments (ESI). The fund was established to manage small-scale non-domestic energy efficiency projects. The deal will mobilise a further £5.1 million of investment from the Equitix Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF). Roundwood Energy is administering the project.

    Both public and private sector organizations can apply for funding to support the switch from conventional to biomass boilers, which according to the GIB can help properties save up to 30 per cent on their energy bills. The boilers will be fueled by sustainably sourced wood pellets and could save around 150,000 tonnes of CO2 over the 20-year lifetime of the investment.

    Non-domestic energy efficiency has been one of the £3 billion GIB's investment priority areas since it was established in November last year. (Source: Business Green, 20 May, 2013) Contact: Green Investment Bank, +44 (0) 330 123 3070, http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com

    Tags Biomass news,  Biomass Boiler news,  Green Investment Bank news,  


    Date: 2013-05-02
    Rentech, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Augusta, Georgia-based Fulghum Fibres, Inc. (Fulghum Fibres) and the acquisition of two facilities for conversion to the production of wood pellets in Ontario, Canada, along with contracts for the sale and transport of more than four million metric tons of wood pellets over ten years. These steps position Rentech to develop a world class wood processing business for production of high-quality wood chips and pellets. Rentech expects these investments to be funded from cash on hand, expected distributions from Rentech Nitrogen, and investments from a joint venture partner. Fulghum Fibres is expected to have approximately $10 million of operating income and $20 million of EBITDA in calendar year 2013, consistent with its stable financial history. The net purchase price, including assumed debt, is $112 million. The company, founded nearly 25 years ago, has been consistently profitable and maintains a solid reputation as a producer of high quality wood chips and other services to a diversified customer base in the pulp and paper industries in the U.S., South America and Asia. The acquisition provides Rentech with immediate stable cash flow with growth opportunities, and a platform to launch into the growing and complementary global wood pellet industry. The acquisition also brings with it a joint venture with Graanul Invest, a large European producer of pellets, for the development and construction of pellet plants in the U.S. and Canada. Take-or-pay contracts are in place with two utilities to supply a combined total of 445,000 metric tons of wood pellets annually over ten years. To supply the pellets, Rentech plans to convert two decommissioned wood fibre mills in Eastern Canada into pellet mills that will employ a total of approximately 65 full-time employees and help to create jobs for construction and wood supply from sustainable Crown forests in Ontario. These two facilities are expected to generate $3 million of operating income and $15 million of EBITDA when fully operational, with combined total project cost estimated at $70 million. Rentech has contracted for the handling and transport of the pellets. The two plants would make Rentech the largest producer of industrial wood pellets utilizing fibre from Eastern Canada, a source of supply that is highly desired due to its location and wood quality. (Source: Wawa-News, 2 May, 2013)

    Rural Energy unveils Herz T-Control Biomass Mgmt. System (New Prod & Tech)
    Rural Energy
    Date: 2013-04-29
    In the UK, biomass boiler technology provider Rural Energy has unveiled a new cutting-edge management system on all of its small and medium-sized biomass boilers as part of its partnership with leading European manufacturer Herz. The new Herz T-Control provides an interactive way of managing the functionality of biomass boilers. The operational performance of the Rural Energy Herz boiler can be controlled with a touch of the user-friendly screen.

    The high-tech controller is being provided on all future Herz pellet and chip boilers up to 300 kW supplied by Rural Energy, from the end of April. T-Control means the system can also be remotely monitored. (Source: Rural Energy, H&VNews, April 24, 2013) Contact: Rural Energy, http://www.rural-energy.eu; Myriad CEG, www.myriadceg.com

    Tags Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

    Wood Pellet Exports Reach Record Highs (Ind. Report)
    Wood Resources International LLC
    Date: 2013-04-24
    The demand for wood pellets in Europe has risen dramatically over the past few years as European power companies have switched from fossil fuels to renewable energy alternatives. Importation of pellets from North America increased over 60 percent from 2011 to 2012 with the US export volumes more than doubling, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

    The North American wood pellet export industry has grown exponentially in a relatively short period of time. The export value has increased from an estimated $40 million in 2004 to almost $400 million in 2012.

    Woody biomass and wood pellets have attracted both increased attention and investments in a number of European countries. With limited domestic wood raw-material sources, the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and others have increasingly relied on the importation of industrial wood pellets to reduce coal consumption at some of their power utilities. The relatively high costs for wood pellets in Europe have resulted in increased interest in importing pellets from British Columbia and the U.S. southern states where wood raw-material costs are lower than in Europe. A record volume of 3.2 million tons of pellets was exported from North America to Europe in 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review www.woodprices.com. From the US South, shipments were up over hundred percent compared to 2011, while Canadian exports increased 25 percent year-over-year.

    The expansion of pellet production has been particularly noteworthy in the US South where there have been 14 new pellet plants that are either new or planning to expand production in the coming year. Location and capacity of the new plants are reported in the latest issue of NAWFR. Source: NAWFR, Wood Resources International LLC, 23 April, 2013) Contact: Wood Resources International, Hakan Ekstrom, (425) 402-8809, hekstrom@wri-ltd.com, www.wri-ltd.com

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Wood Biomass news,  

    Maine Energy Efficiency Trust Funding faces Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Efficiency Maine Trust
    Date: 2013-04-19
    In Maine, heating efficiency and weatherization programs could be slashed in favor of cutting electricity rates for select industries if LD 1425, An Act to Create Affordable Heating Options for Maine Residents and Reduce Business Energy Costs legislation becomes law. The bill would divert Efficiency Maine Trust revenues to the Maine PUC which would be authorized to provide rebates against electricity expenses for targeted businesses and industries. The bill does not specify how much revenue would be diverted nor which businesses or industries it would benefit.

    The Efficiency Maine Trust helps Maine residents with weatherization and energy-efficiency projects in their homes and businesses. It also helps fund conversions from oil to cheaper forms of heating fuels such as wood pellets and others. The Efficiency Maine Trust is funded primarily through a "system benefit charge" assessed on all Maine electricity ratepayers and proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Efficiency Maine spent nearly $24 million on its programs, which was matched by about $36 million in participant contributions. The organization estimated those expenditures created a "lifetime energy benefit" in excess of $128 million. (Source: Efficiency Maine Trust, Bangor Daily News, 18 April, 2013) Contact: Efficiency Maine Trust, (866) 376-2463, www.efficiencymaine.com

    Tags Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Rebate news,  

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