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$60Mn Brazilian Wood Pellet Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Tanac S.A.,DRAX Power
Date: 2014-12-03
In Brazil, construction is underway at Tanac S.A.'s $60 million (€48 million), 400,000 tpy wood pellet manufacturing plant at its Rio Grande port site. Construction is slated for completion in early 2016 and the first pellet production is expected to be shipped to DRAX Power in the UK by mid-year.

Tanac's main product is vegetable tannin, which is extracted from the bark of 'Black Acacia' or 'Black Wattle' trees. After the bark is removed, the remaining wood will be chipped and used as feedstock for the new pellet plant.

All of Tanac's own plantations are FSC Forest Management certified and local sourcing operations all carry FSC Controlled Wood certification. As part of the DRAX Power agreement, an independent carbon stock assessment must be conducted on the Rio Grande do Sul State plantation area biannually to ensure carbon stock levels are being maintained. (Source: Tanac S.A.,Various Others, 1 Dec., 2014) Contact: Tanac S.A., +55 (51) 3632 4055, http://www.tanac.com.br; DRAX Power, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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

Vt. Clean Energy Dev. Fund Issues $1.6Mn Energy Efficient Heating RFP (Ind. Report)

Date: 2014-11-24
In Montpelier, Vermont, the Vermont Public Service Department’s Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) released today a request for proposals (RFP) to design and administer a modern wood heating program in, and for the benefit of, Windham County, Vermont. The CEDF has allocated $1.6 million of the funds reserved for Windham County for the creation of a modern wood heating program focused on installing efficient wood pellet/chip heating systems in schools and municipal buildings in Windham County.

Through this RFP, the CEDF plans to issue a contract (or contracts) for the design, development, implementation, and administration of an energy efficient wood heating program(s) in Windham County starting in 2015. his RFP is a continuation of the CEDF’s recently established strategic focus on modern wood heating throughout Vermont. Full RFP details are available HERE. (Source: Vermont Public Service Dept., 23 Nov., 2014) Contact: Vermont Public Service Dept., Clean Energy Development Fund , Andrew Perchlik, Director, (802) 828-4017, www.publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/renewable_energy/cedf

German Wood Pellet Maker Announces JV (Int'l, Ind. Report))
ZG Raiffeisen Energie,German Pellets GmbH
Date: 2014-11-14
Wood pellet producer German Pellets GmbH and ZG Raiffeisen Energie GmbH, a Baden, Germany-based trading and service company organized as a cooperative, have founded a joint venture for the sale of wood pellets. The aim of the JV is to combine both group's operations in south-west Germany's pellet market to grow market share and sales.

The JV will operate under the "best: Pellets Handelsgemeinschaft" label. Pellet sales directly to consumers are expected to begin on January 1, 2015.

Approximately 30 percent of all German pellet-burning facilities are in the south-west of the country, and the market is growing by double-digit percentages annually. (Source: German Pellets GmbH, November 12, 2014) Contact: German Pellets GmbH, Peter Leibold, managing director, +49 (0) 3841 303 060, kpntakt@german-pellets.de, www.germanpellets.de/en.html; ZG Raiffeisen Energie, www.zg-raiffeisen.de/energie

Tags news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Rentech's Atikokan Wood Pellet Plant Nears Start-up (Ind. Report)
Rentech Inc.
Date: 2014-11-03
Rentech Inc. reports that its 100,000 tpy Atikokan wood pellet facility in Wawa, Ontario, has begun limited-production and will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing and final commissioning after which the plant will ramps up production and delivery to is client Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

Under the terms of the long-term contract, OPG will purchase 45,000 metric tpy of pellets at the plant gate. The remaining output will be available for sale to OPG or other customers.

Commissioning and start-up of the Wawa facility are expected to continue through the end of the year. All major equipment is in place and critical items, including the drying system, bark furnace and both log cranes, have already been commissioned and are operational. (Source: Rentech, 29 Oct., 2014) Contact: Rentech, Sean Ebnet, VP Wood Fiber Bus., Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella, VP Investor Relations, (310) 571-9800 ext 341, jdawoodjee@rentk.com, www.rentechinc.com

Tags Rentech Inc. news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

Pinnacle Green Resources Planning Guyana Wood Pellet Plant (Int'l)
Pinnacle Green Resources
Date: 2014-10-29
Singapore-headquartered Pinnacle Green Resources Ltd. (Guyana) plans to begin cultivation of an energy plantation on 5,000 acres of land in the Pomeroon Region 2, Guyana. The company is hoping to cultivate the "Jumbie Bean" (Leucaena leucocephala) which readily grows in Guyana, according to ITTO.

The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Guyana Office for Investment (GOINVEST) for the lease of the land. Additionally, in the period before harvesting Jumbie Beans, the company plans to establish another facility that will utilize the harvest's biomass to produce electricity. Significant quantities of sawdust and other waste materials are currently available and these, along with other agricultural residues and by-products will be used as fuel for the gasification plant.

The plantation investment is expected to produce 200 tpd of wood pellets for export to European markets where wood-pellet consumption is expected to reach 50 million tpy. (Source: pinnacle Green Resources, Oct., 2014) Contact: Pinnacle Green Resources, www.pinnaclepellet.com

Tags Wood Pellet news,  Pinnacle Green Resources news,  Wood Pellet news,  

EU Boosts Forest Product Production, Cuts Emissions (Int'l)
Date: 2014-10-27
Following lengthy discussions, leaders from across the European Union (EU) yesterday (October 23rd) reached an agreement relating to the region's climate and energy policy framework until 2030. The agreement will strengthen the EU economy, as well as ensuring its energy system is more competitive and sustainable.

Among the targets to be achieved over the next 16 years is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by two-fifths, to reform the emissions trading process and boost the share of renewable energy to at least 27 per cent.

In order to meet these targets, the EC has called for an improved biomass policy to be introduced, which would influence a wide range of industries, including construction, the manufacture of paper and pulp, and biochemical and energy production. It is thought any new legislation will relate to the sustainable use of land and management of forests in line with the current forestry strategy.

Between 2006 and 2013, the consumption of wood pellets more than tripled from 4.6 million metric tons (mmt) to 16 mmt last year. Over the same period, production rose from 3.5 mmt to 11.5 mmt and imports jumped from less than one mmt to six mmt. (Source: HD FestForest, 24 Oct., 2014) Contact: HD FestForest, www.hdfestforest.com

Tags EU news,  Wood Pellet news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  Woody Biomass news,  

New Wood Pellet Plants Planned for Arkansas (Ind. Report)
Date: 2014-10-27
Following-up on our August 6th coverage, Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC of Houston announced in July that it would build a $90 million facility, creating 52 jobs in Monticello, Arkansas. In August, Highland Pellets LLC announced that it would build a $130 million plant in Pine Bluff, creating 35 jobs. Highland Pellets, incorporated and registered in Arkansas, is a subsidiary of Highland LLC of Boston.

Zilkha will be producing 375,000 metric tons of torrefied, or black, pellets annually. Highland will be producing 500,000 metric tons of traditional wood pellets annually. Torrefied pellets have been roasted to remove moisture and have a greater energy density. They are also easier to handle and transport.

Arkansas is home to several small-scale wood pellet makers, though these produce a different kind of pellet, the kind used in wood stoves for home heating. The state began exploring the potential for industrial wood pellet production three or four years ago, said Grant Tennille, director of the. (Source: Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Zilkha, Others, 24 Oct., 2014) Contact: Zilkha, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com; Arkansas Economic Development Commission, (501) 682-1121, www.arkansasedc.com

Tags Zilkha news,  Bioenergy news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

Forest Energy Joins Pellet Fuels Standards Program (Ind. Report)
Forest Energy Corporation
Date: 2014-10-17
Dhow Low Arizona-based Forest Energy Corporation (FEC)reports that it has met the qualifications of the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel.

FEC program membership requires participants to work monthly with an independent accredited auditing agency and testing laboratory. This includes random monthly production facility audits to ensure participants are following a quality assurance and control program. Pellets are tested at least monthly according to the program specifications. By taking these steps, participants ensure that their pellet quality meets the standards and remains consistent. (Source: Forest Energy Corporation; 15 Oct., 2014) Contact; Forest Energy Corporation, (928) 537-1647, www.forestenergy.com; Pellet Fuels Institute, (703) 522-6778, www.pelletheat.org

Tags Forest Energy Corporation news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

IAST, Pinnacl Green Resources Plan Coconut Biomass Project in Guyana (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Green Resources,Institute of Applied Science and Technology
Date: 2014-10-17
In Guyana, the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) at the University of Guyana reports that it has secured $35 million of investment through a new partnership with Pinnacle Green Resources, a multinational company operating in India, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Pinnacle plans to build a 200 tpd wood-pellet plant in Guyana and to export product to Europe.

In exchange for its technical and scientific support for the project, IAST will receive five percent equity in the project.

As part of the project, through a local vehicle Pinnacle will lease 5,000 acres of land in the Akawini area of Pomeroon and cultivate coconuts as feedstock for the plant. The company will also build and operate a facility to produce three tpd of activated carbon from coconut shells. A third project will see the construction and operation of an 8MW electric power generation facility using bio-mass material. (Source: Pinnacle Green Resources, Gleaner, 16 Oct., 2014) Contact: Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Dr Suresh Narine, www.iast.gov.gy

Tags Wood Pellet news,  Biomass news,  

Enviva Purchasing Wood Pellet Maker Green Circle Bio Energy (M&A)
Green Circle Bio Energy,Enviva Biomass,Enviva Development Holdings
Date: 2014-10-15
Bethesda, Maryland-based Enviva Development Holdings, an affiliate of Enviva, and JCE Group Aktiebolag, the sole owner of Green Circle Bio Energy, have signed a contract that will see Enviva acquire all issued and outstanding shares of Green Circle. The acquisition is expected to close by the first quarter of 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Green Circle, which owns and operates a 650,000 tpy wood pellet production plant in Cottondale, Florida, primarily exports its products to European markets. Enviva owns and operates five wood pellet production plants throughout the southeastern US and exports pellets through terminals in Chesapeake, Virginia and Mobile, Alabama. (Source: Enviva, Green Circle Bio Energy, Bioenergy News, 14 Oct., 2014) Enviva Development Holdings, Enviv Biomass, (301) 657-5560. http://www.envivabiomass.com; Green Circle Bio Energy, (850) 557-7357, www.greencirclebio.com

Tags Enviva news,  Biomass news,  Green Circle Bio Energy news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

BlueFire Touts Miss. Cellulosic Ethanol EPC Contract (Ind. Report)
BlurFire Renewables,China Three Gorges Corporation,Arkenol
Date: 2014-10-10
Irvine, California-based renewable fuels specialist BlueFire Renewables, Inc. reports that it has finalized and signed a new Master Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with China International Water and Electric for its planned 19 million gpy, woody biomass-to-cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi. China International Water and Electric is a subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), China's largest renewable energy company.

The Master EPC structure will utilize a US based EPC Contractor to be the onsite engineering, procurement and construction team using local suppliers and labor. The contract is intended to leverage China Three Gorges' relationships and experience to complete the Fulton project with the greatest possible cost savings. According to BlueFire, the contract establishes a pathway for project financing in the US and opens opportunities in China. The companies will continue to work together to identify other opportunities and to cooperate on a global scale.

In previous related developments, on March 28, this publication reported: 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 start-up date. The DOE 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 Renewables Inc., PR, Oct., 2014) Contact: BlueFire Renewables Inc., Richard Klann, CEO, (949) 588-3767 x 411, rgklann@bfreinc.com, www.bfreinc.com

Tags BlueFire Renewables news,  Arkenol news,  Cellulosic Ethanol news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Viridis Energy Confirms BC Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
Viridis Energy
Date: 2014-10-08
Viridis Energy's subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Canada, has reports that it has secured an additional 45,000 tpy of wood pellets over the next two years from a western Canadian manufacturer. The additional wood pellets are expected to be available this month and will be sold to Viridis' existing customers in the US and South Korea. Viridis projects the added supply will generate a minimum of $21 million over the initial two year term of the agreement.

The initial term of the supply agreement runs from September 2014 to December 2016, with an automatic renewal for an additional 12-month period. The agreement also provides for an additional 15,000 tpy of EN Plus A1 quality wood pellets.

In other Viridis news, the company's Scotia Atlantic facility has received an order from a large European utility company for 50,000 tonnes of wood pellets to be shipped by March 31, 2015. (Source: Viridis Energy, Others, 6 Oct., 2014) Contact: Viridis Energy Inc., Michele Rebiere, CFO, (905) 847-5226, investorinfo@viridisenergy.ca, www.viridisenergy.ca

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

Earth Partners Snares Pellet Maker Deadwood Biofuels (M&A)
Deadwood Biofuels,Earth Partners
Date: 2014-10-01
The Earth Partners LP, a Bethesda, Maryland-based land restoration and bioenergy development specialist has acquired Deadwood Biofuels LLC, a company based in the Black Hills of South Dakota that produces wood pellets for heating and industrial markets.

The Deadwood Biofuels plant is now part of The Earth Partners' portfolio of "conservation biomass" -- biomass recovered from marginal and degraded land through programs that bring about tangible restoration benefits. These projects focus on generating commercial, high quality biomass products while improving wildlife habitat, restoring native plant communities, and enhancing soil carbon sequestration, among other environmental objectives.

The Black Hills area is a historically fire-maintained conifer ecosystem where decades of fire suppression has allowed the forest to become overstocked and characterized by unbroken stands of old trees fueling the risk of catastrophic wildfire, mountain pine beetle infestation, and habitat loss.

The Earth Partners owns, and operates land restoration and bioenergy projects and specializes in best-in-class land management and stewardship. The company's activities include management of pine forests, natural forest ecosystems, invasive brush removal, and native prairie grass restoration and has projects in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and now South Dakota. (Source: Earth Partners, PR, 29 Sept., 2014) Contact: The Earth Partners, http://www.theearthpartners.com; Deadwood Biofuels LLC, Randy Kramer,Ceo, (605) 381-3000, randy@deadwoodbiofuels.com, www.deadwoodbiofuels.com

Tags Woody Biomass news,  Earth Partners news,  Deadwood Biofuels news,  Wood Pellet news,  

Continent's Largest Biomass-Fueled Power Plant Opens in Ontario (Ind. Report)
Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2014-09-15
Further to our Dec. 13, 2013 coverage, North America's largest wholly biomass-fired power plant is reported to be fully operational and generating electricity at capacity. The Ontario Power Generation Atikokan Generating Station began the conversion from coal to biomass in mid-2012 with the construction construction of two silos and boiler modifications to accommodate locally supplied woody biomass pellets.

OPG has contracted with two companies in northwestern Ontario to supply the wood pellets -- Rentech Inc. and Resolute Forest Products Canada will each supply 45,000 tpy of wood pellets. (Source: Ontario Power Gen., Science Codex, 13 Sept., 2014) Contact: Ontario Power Generation, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com

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

Finnish Wood Pellet Imports on the Rise (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet
Date: 2014-09-12
According to the Ukrainian Biofuel Portal Database of Importers, Finland imported over 55 thousand tons of pellets from Russia in 2013 -- doubling the previous year's total. Almost 90 percent of Finland's wood pellet imports are from Russian manufacturers. As of April, 2014 wood pellet imports amounted to approximately 30 thousand tons. (Source: Ukranian Biofuel Portal, Sept., 2014)

Tags Wood Pellet news,  

Biomass Power Prepares Wood Pellet Plant Offering (Funding)
Biomass Secure Power Inc.,Biomass Power Louisiana
Date: 2014-09-10
Biomass Power Louisiana (BPL) LLC, a subsidiary of Abbotsford, B.C.-based Biomass Secure Power Inc., has signed a non-binding letter of engagement with an underwriter who will conduct a proposed public offering of tax-exempt bonds, notes or other debt securities totaling up to $184 million. The offering will go towards the acquisition, construction, equipping and development of a biomass wood pellet plant on a pre-leased site in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The engagement letter is subject to due diligence by the underwriter and the execution of a definitive agreement by the parties. The company must also draft and file a registration statement with the U.S. SEC which the SEC will have to declare effective before the offering can be obtained by Biomass Power Louisiana.

The plant, which will use 1.6 million tpy of locally sourced wood, will be built in two phases beginning in 2015. (Source: Biomass Power Louisiana, Biomass Mag., Others, 8 Sept., 2014) Contact: Biomass Secure Power, Jim Carroll, President and CEO, (604) 807-4957, jim@biomasssecurepower.ca, www.biomasssecurepower.ca

Tags Biomass Secure Power Inc. news,  Biomass Power Louisiana news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

ESIM Green Heating Solutions, KWB Partner for North American Marketing Effort (Ind. Report)
ESIM Green Heating Solutions
Date: 2014-09-05
Boucherville, Quebec-based ESIM, Green Heating Solutions, a joint venture between Groupe Simoneau and LGI Solutions, has established a co-operation agreement with Austrian biomass heating specialist Kraft und Warme aus Biomasse GmbH (KWB). Under the terms of the agreement, ESIM will serve as Canadian distributor and manufacturer, putting Groupe Simoneau's agent, sales and technical-service network to immediate use and enabling KWB to market its products in the U.S. and Canada.

KWB Multifire boilers use wood pellets and wood chips for heating and are compliant with strict North American standards. (Source : Groupe Simoneau, 4 Sept., 2014) Contact: Groupe Simoneau, Valerie Gonzalo, (514) 626-6976, www.groupesimoneau.com: KWB, http://www.kwb.eu

Tags Biomass Heat news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Electrabel Re-Boots Flemmish Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Electrabel,GDF Suez
Date: 2014-09-05
According to Platts, GDF Suez's Belgian subsidiary, Electrabel, re-booted operations at its Max Green Rodenhuize biomass-fired power plant in Ghent on August 28 after a dispute over the facility's "Green Certificates" was resolved by the Flemmish authorities and company stakeholders.

The can burn as much as 850,000 tpy of wood pellets to generate 200MW of renewable energy. The facility was shuttered at the beginning of this year after the Belgian wood industry association failed to approve its wood supply chain and subsidies were cut-off. (Source: Electrabel, Bioenergy News, Others, 2 Sept., 2014) Contact: GDF SUEZ, +33 (0)1 44 22 66 29 , ir@gdfsuez.com, www.gdfsuez.com; Electrabel, www.electrabel.be

Tags GDF Suez news,  Electrabel news,  Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

New Wood Pellet Plant Planned for Northern NB (Ind. Report)
Northern Energy Solutions
Date: 2014-09-03
New Brunswick, Canada-based Northern Energy Solutions Ltd. (NES) reports that it has secured a New Brunswick crown lands wood allocation, a contingency to the opening of a new $50 million, 200,000 tpy wood pellet plant in Miramichi, northern New Brunswick.

The company is presently evaluating two possible plant sites -- the former UMP pulp and paper mill site in Newcastle and the former UMP ground wood mill in Nelson. The decision on location of the plant is expected by the end of October 2014.

The new plant will use low value, low grade locally sourced pulpwood and forestry bi-products the produce wood pellets for industrial and overseas markets. The plant will also be looking to procure another 100 000 m3 of wood fiber from private wood lot owners and First Nations Groups. The NES plant is expected to open by late 2016 to early 2017. (Source: Northern Energy Solutions, Wood Business, Others, 26 Aug., 2014) Contact: Marwood, Ross CReelman, (506) 444-7120, www.marwoodltd.com

Tags Wood Pellet news,  

Hawaiian Coal-Fired Power Plant Considers Biomass (Ind. Report)
Date: 2014-08-29
According to the Hawaiian Electric Co.'s (HECO) reports that it is asking the Aloha State's only coal-fired power plant -- AES Hawaii -- to convert some or all of its energy production from coal to wood pellet fuel. The switch to blended coal and wood pellet fuel would cut AES Hawaii's power production costs and help HECO ratepayers.

HECO and AES are also exploring the possibility of an amendment to their power purchase agreement that would make financial sense to AES Hawaii and ratepayers. (Source: HECO, Pacific Business News, 29 Aug., 2014) Contact: AES Hawaii, www.aes.com; HECO, Colton Ching, VP Energy Delivery, www.heco.com

Tags Coal-Fired Power news,  HECO news,  

Forest2Market says DECC Incorrectly Used Biomass Data (Ind. Report)
Date: 2014-08-15
Following-up on our July 25th report -- UK DECC Introduces New Biomass Calculator -- North Carolina-based Forest2Market has written to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to highlight "inaccurate and misleading" use of its research in the UK government's "biomass calculator"which was designed to help developers ensure they were sourcing materials responsibly and minimizing carbon emissions. .

According to Forest2Market, the DECC's use of the data, which was drawn from Forest2Market's analysis of the North American sector, for price and demand in generating the calculator's scenarios has created inaccuracies that "seriously undermine the report's conclusions". The company claims DECC's work "fabricates" a connection between "the acknowledgement of an increase in demand from pellet manufacturers from 2012 to 2013 in one source and a 22 percent increase in pine pulpwood prices reported in another". The combination, it said, "is misleading, as each source covers a different time-frame".

The study, Forest2Market goes on, also fails to give an "accurate view of demand increases" in the entire US market, having focused solely on oriented strand board and pellets in the south. The company's own work cites a 1.4 percent or 1.73 million wet tonne demand increase from 2012 to 2013 among all pine pulpwood consumers. According to Forest2Markets, "This 1.4 percent increase is significantly less than the 22 percent number that the report would like its audience to focus on. Again, DECC's selective use of data gives the appearance of bias."

Elsewhere, increase in pulp pinewood demand from 2014 to 2018 is forecast in the DECC report as 17 percent while Forest2Market says "the figure itself shows an 11 percent increase during that period and the original source confirms this 11 percent increase."

The company concludes: "Because these data are critical for understanding the relative value of biomass sources for reducing GHG emissions, Forest2Market suggest those making policy based on this report proceed with caution." (Source: Forest2Market, 12 Aug., 2014) Contact: Forest2Market, Suz-Anne Kinney, Communications Manager, (980) 233-4021, www.forest2market.com; UK DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

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

Wood Pellet Producer Plans $90Mn Arkansas Plant (Ind. Report)
Zilkha Biomass Energy
Date: 2014-08-06
Houston-headquartered wood pellet producer Zilkha Biomass Energy reports that it will build a facility in Monticello, Arkansas, to manufacture their Zilkha Black Pellet. The $90 million facility is expected to create approximately 52 new jobs.

Zilkha's Black Pellet is the first commercially available advanced pellet in the biomass industry, according to Zilkha. (Source: Zilkha, Hola Arkansas, 5 Aug., 2014) Contact: Zilkha, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com

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

Zilkha Biomass Energy Announces New Arkansas Plant (Ind. Report)
Zilkha Biomass Energy
Date: 2014-08-01
Houston-headquartered wood pellet producer Zilkha Biomass Energy reports that it will invest $90 million in the construction of a new facility in Monticello, Arkansas, where it will manufacture their Zilkha Black® Pellet, the first commercially available advanced pellet in the biomass industry. The new facility is expected to create 52 new jobs. (Source: Zilkha Biomass Energy, 30 July, 2014) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Energy, John Holmes, CEO, (713) 979-9961, www.zilkha.com

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

GSA IDs Federal Buildings for Wood Pellet Boilers -- GSA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2014-07-28
Wood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions, according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

The GSA's Green Proving Ground (GPG) just released a study of the retrofit done at the Ketchikan Federal Building in Ketchikan, Alaska, that installed a state-of-the-art pellet-fired biomass boiler. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) evaluated the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and operational functionality of the 1-million Btu boiler and gauged the technology's deployment potential by combining information from GSA's Energy Usage and Analysis System with independent research to locate wood-pellet biomass sources, estimate delivered costs, and identify additional candidate facilities. After one full year of boiler operation, researchers performed a measurement and verification assessment to ascertain biomass boiler operational efficiency. The NREL report found that wood pellet boilers have high operational functionality, low operating and maintenance costs and recommended that of the more than 1,500 GSA-owned buildings across the U.S., approximately 150 are potential candidates for biomass heating.

The full report can be found on the GSA HERE. (Source: GSA, July, 2014) Contact: GSA, www.gsa.gov

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

Biomass Projects Planned for Northern Ontario (Ind. Reports)
Union of Ontario Indians,Nipissing University
Date: 2014-07-25
The Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) and Nipissing University's Biomass Innovation Centre (BIC) have signed an agreement that would develop area biomass industries and create relevant employment in Northern Ontario communities.

In 2009, Nipissing University's School of Business founded its Biomass Innovation Centre to develop expertise in biomass energy production and identify biomass supply opportunities in the Near North. One type of biomass energy that looks particularly promising for Near North conditions is the production of wood pellets from forestry by-products. (Source: Nipissing News, 24 July, 2014) Contact: UOI, Walter Manitowabi, COO, www.anishinabek.ca; Nipissing University Biomass Innovation Centre, Dawn Lambe, (705) 474-3450X4-79, http://www.biomassinnovation.ca

Tags Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  

Maine Biomass Pellet Plant Eligible for $12Mn Tax Break (Ind. Report)
Athens Energy LLC,
Date: 2014-07-23
Athens Energy LLC, a sister company of the Maine Woods Pellet Company is now eligible for more than $12 million in state tax credits of up to 39 percent for the investments after receiving certifications from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) that will help spur $30.3 million in investments and assist in job creation.

The proposed $30.3 million in investments are expected to come from three subsidiaries of CCG Community Partners LLC, an affiliate of boutique investment firm CityScape Capital Group that focuses on investment opportunities within low-income communities. The investments are also eligible for the federal New Markets Tax Credit Program. (Source: Athens Energy LLC, MaineBiz, 21 July, 2014) Contact: Maine Woods Pellet Company, Athen Energy LLC, (207) 654-2237, www.mainewoodspelletco.com; FAME, www.famemaine.com

Tags Athens Energy LLC news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  Biomass news,  

Scotia Atlantic Biomass, Halifax Grain Seal $1Mn Deal (Ind. Report)
Viridis Energy,Halifax Grain,Scotia Atlantic Biomass
Date: 2014-07-16
Viridis Energy Inc. subsidiary pellet maker Scotia Atlantic Biomass and Halifax Grain Elevator have sealed a deal under which Halifax Grain Elevator will invest up to $1 million in Scoita Atlantic Biomass. Halifax Grain, a bulk grain handling and storage provider at the Port of Halifax, provides segregated storage using 365 silos ready for transport via cargo ship, transport vehicle or railcar.

Under the terms of the agreement, Halifax Grain will invest up to a total of $1 million in Scotia Atlantic for a maximum 20% equity ownership in the Viridis subsidiary and work with Scotia Atlantic management in support of its operational objectives. Halifax Grain also provides Scotia Atlantic with inland transportation (trucking) in addition to storage and handling at the Port of Halifax. (Source: Viridis, Biofuels News, Other, 15 July, 2014) Contact: Viridis Energy Inc., Michele Rebiere, CFO, (905) 847-5226, investorinfo@viridisenergy.ca, www.viridisenergy.ca; Halifax Grain Elevator, (902) 421-1714, www.halifaxgrain.com

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

Forest Fuels gains DECC approval
Forest Fuels, DECC
Date: 2014-06-30
In the UK, Forest Fuels has been approved as a supplier on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Biomass Suppliers List for both wood chips and pellets. The list is intended to help provide renewable heat incentive (RHI) participants with a way to demonstrate that their fuel complies with RHI sustainability standards. Forest Fuels is also third-party Quality Assured via Woodsure for wood chip and ENplus for wood pellet fuels.

The Biomass Suppliers List is one of a suite of ways that DECC ensures that installations supported via the RHI scheme cut carbon emissions and that the fuel they are burning is sustainably sourced. Beginning spring 2015, all biomass fuel used by households, businesses and other organizations claiming the RHI must meet a life cycle greenhouse gas emissions target of 60 percent savings against the EU fossil fuel average and land criteria, which for wood fuel are set out in the UK Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity. (Source: Forest Fuels, DECC, June, 2014) Contact: Forest Fuels, Peter Solly,Managing Director, +44 (0) 1 409 281 977, http://www.forestfuels.co.uk; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk

Tags Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  DECC news,  

Alter Energy Planning Carolina Pellet Plant Purchase (M&A)
Alter Energy
Date: 2014-06-18
Zurich-based Alter Energy Group AG reports that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire an un-named pellet plant located in South Carolina and is expecting an early August closing. The plant is projected to produce at least 110,000-metric-tpy with operations beginning as soon as October. Ina second phase, production is expected to jump to 250,000--280,000 metric-tpy in the spring and summer of 2015. According to the company, the plant has both the square-footage and logistics capacity to meet this production increase and an ample supply of local woody biomass feedstock.

AEG initially plans to export all of its pellet production for retail sale the European market. The plant will be the company's first U.S. pellet operation. (Source: Alter Energy, Biomass Mag, Others, 16 June, 2014, Contact: Alter Energy, Edward Klaeger, CEO, +41 44 586 2231, http://www.alterenergygroup.de

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

NYSERDA Unveils Woody Biomass Ind. Expansion Model (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Bioenergy Project Partners
Date: 2014-06-11
In Saratoga Springs, NY, the Capital Region Economic Development Council and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) report that Bioenergy Project Partners, an energy services company in Saratoga Springs, is initiating renewable energy projects at three sites that use a new business model meant to spur the use of advanced wood pellet heating system technology. The initiative aims to raise consumer awareness, support the development of advanced technology heating products, develop local sustainable heating markets and encourage the use of woody pellet fuel.

The project, which is receiving $1 million in RGGI funds from NYSERDA through the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council, is expected to create a critical cluster of commercial-scale, advanced, high-efficiency wood pellet boiler installations that will stimulate investment in the wood pellet delivery infrastructure and act as a catalyst to expand the market for high efficiency and low emissions biomass heating systems in the same way that Power Purchase Agreements have expanded the market for solar installations. For Bioenergy Project Partners' business model, customers are purchasing heat, and Bioenergy will arrange financing, maintain and operate the equipment for the host sites. (Source: NYSERDA, NYREJ, 9 June, 2013) Contact:, Bioenergy Project Partners, LLC., David Dungate, President, (888) 583-5852, info@bioenergybox.com, www.bioenergybox.com; NYSERDA, John Rhodes, Pres, (518) 862-1090, http://www.nyserda.ny.gov

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

Mass. Grants $3.5Mn to Wood Pellet Makers (Funding)
Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Business Investment Financing Program,
Date: 2014-06-06
The Bay State has earmarked $3.5 million for nine renewable thermal projects through the Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Business Investment Financing Program, a new grant program which draws from the state's Alternative Compliance Payment funds -- payments made by electricity suppliers when they do not meet state renewable energy portfolio standard obligations. Technologies eligible for funding include woody biomass, grass pellets, advanced biofuels, biogas, solar thermal, and inverter driven air and ground source heat pumps.

Some of the funded projects include a $1 million to Rocky Mountain Wood in Wilbraham, Mass., for development of a community-scale wood pellet manufacturing facility, over $800,000 to Maine Energy Systems for a new bulk pellet distribution facility and pellet boiler showroom in Salisbury, Mass., and a $75,000 grant to the Washington, DC-based Biomass Thermal Energy Council for development of an efficiency test procedures for commercial-sized, solid biomass boilers. (Source: Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Business Investment Financing Program, Biomass Mag, 5 June, 2014) Contact: Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Business Investment Financing Program, www.mass.gov/eea; Biomass Thermal Energy Council, (202) 596-3974, www.biomassthermal.org

Tags Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Drax Expanding Mississippi Wood Pellet Operations (Ind. Report)
Drax Group
Date: 2014-05-30
Pike BioEnergy LLC, part of the Drax Group, is planning a second wood pellet production facility in Magnolia, Mississippi. The facility will be in addition to a 450,000-tonne wood pellet facility which the company presently has under construction in Amite County near Gloster, Mississippi. A $30 million pellet storage facility and an additional pellet mill are also on the drawing boards. (Source: Drax, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Various Others, 22 May, 2014) Contact: Drax, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

Tags Drax news,  Woody Biomass news,  Woopd Pellet news,  

Malaysian Biomass Sector Seeking Investors (Int'l.)
Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation
Date: 2014-05-28
According to Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation president Datuk Leong Kin , numerous European companies are interested in investing in Malaysia's 'lucrative' biomass sector which is reportedly estimated at € 2.2 billion. Various investors have expressed interest in developing wood pellet manufacturing plants, biomass-fired power plants and methane capture biogas projects in the nation, according to Kin who cautions that the industry, and government need to address feedstock availability issues to encourage investment. (Source: Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation, BioEnergy News, Others 27 May, 2014) Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation, www.biomass.org.my

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Rentech Snares New England Wood Pellet Plants (M&A)
Rentech,New England Wood Pellet
Date: 2014-05-07
Rentech Inc. reports the $34.5 million acquisition of all three of New England Wood Pellet's manufacturing facilities. The acquisition adds 240,000 tpy to Rentech's pellet output. The acquisition includes facilities in Jaffrey, N.H., Schuyler, N.Y.,and in Deposit, N.Y.

New England Wood Pellet commands approximately 15 percent of the market for heating pellets in the Northeast U.S. and is well-known to many popular retailers. Rentech plans to retain New England Wood Pellet's brands, which includes its bagged New England Wood Pellet and Warm Front brands. The company will also retain all employees of New England Wood Pellet's Jaffrey, Schuyler and Deposit facilities. (Source: Rentech, Biomass Mag, Others, 6 May, 2014) Contact: Rentech, Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella, VP Investor Relations, (310) 571-9800 ext 341, jdawoodjee@rentk.com, www.rentechinc.com

Tags New England Wood Pellet news,  Rentech news,  Wood Pellet news,  

Pinnacle Developing 7th Wood Pellet Mill in B.C. (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2014-05-07
Prince George, B.C.-headquartered Pinnacle Renewable Energy has begun development of its seventh pellet mill facility in British Columbia, which when completed will bring the company's total capacity up to 1.5 million mtpy. The proposed $39 million, 250,000 mtpy pellet plant is to be built adjacent to the Lavington sawmill operated by Tolko Industries Ltd. The companies recently learned that the Agricultural Land Commission has approved the non-farm use of agricultural land to allow for construction of the proposed plant on the site. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Various, 30 April, 2014) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Leroy Reitsma, COO, (250- 562-5562, info@pinnaclepellet.com, http://www.pinnaclepellet.com

Tags Pinnacle Renewable Energy news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

N.AM Wood Pellet Exports to Europe Hit Record High (Ind. Report)
North American Wood Fibre Review.
Date: 2014-04-25
In 2013, North America producers exported 4.7 million tonnes of wood pellets valued at over $650 million dollars to the booming European market. The 4.7 million tonnes represents an increase of more than 250 percent in just two years, according to new research released by the North American Wood Fibre Review.

According to the report, the US South shipped almost three million tonnes last year, which was almost two-thirds of total export volume from North America. A rapid expansion of pellet production capacity in the US South during 2012 and 2013 has resulted in a tripling of pellet production in the region in just two years. The expansion has increased pellet exports from 800,000 tonnes in 2011 to 2.9 million tonnes in 2013.

Canadian pellet exports have been less dramatic, but 2013 volumes were still over 50 percent higher than in 2011. The province of British Columbia shipped the majority of the volume. In Q4, 2013, export volumes from the Eastern provinces accounted for 25 percent of Canada's total pellet exports, a share that is likely to increase in 2014 and 2015.

The North American Wood Fibre Review has tracked wood fibre markets in the US and Canada for over 20 years and is the only publication that includes prices for sawlogs, pulpwood, wood chips and biomass in North America. (Source: North American Wood Fibre Review, ClickGreen, 23 April, 2013)

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

Viridis Energy Upgrading Scotia Atlantic Biomass Facility (Ind. Report)
Viridis Energy
Date: 2014-04-25
Viridis Energy Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of renewable energy (wood pellets) from waste biomass, reports that its subsidiary Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Limited (Scotia) has been awarded a Capital Investment Incentive of up to C$517,520by the Government of Nova Scotia. The incentive funds will purchase new capital equipment to improve material handling and production facilities at the company's plant.

The Capital Investment Incentive Program, administered by Nova Scotia's Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism , encourages Nova Scotia businesses to become more innovative and productive by reimbursing up to 20 percent of the cost of advanced equipment to a maximum of $1-million. (Source: Viridis Energy, PR, AccessWire, 24 April, 2014) Contact: Viridis Energy, Michele Rebiere, CFO, (905) 847-5226, investorinfo@viridisenergy.ca, www.viridisenergy.ca; Gov't. of Nova Scotia, www.novascotia.ca/econ

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

UK CCS Project Wins &euro300Mn in One-Horse Race (Int'l, Funding)
Date: 2014-04-21
The European Commission reports that the UK's White Rose carbon capture and storage (CCS) project is in line to receive a &euro300 million (£250 million) boost from the EU. In the White Rose project, CO2 will be siphoned off from a new coal-fired power station and stored in rock formations beneath the North Sea.

This announcement is seen as a win for the UK since in 2012, the European Union was unable to find a single project to fund when it asked governments to submit written proposals on CCS. The EU's request was intended to encourage development of CCS technology. And, since the UK's White Rose project was the only eligible submission, it is expected that the €300 million grant will be forthcoming in June.

The White Rose CCS project will involve the construction of a new, coal-powered plant next to the existing DRAX facility near Selby, in Yorkshire. Drax is in the process of converting from coal to biomass, and by 2016 is expecting to generate half its power from wood pellets.

In 2013, the UK government selected White Rose and another facility at Peterhead in Scotland as the preferred options to receive £100 million in development funding. (Source: EU, BBC, April 17, 2014)

Tags CCS news,  UK CCS news,  DRAX news,  

SUNY-ESF Seeks to Improve Wood Chip Heating Efficiency (Funding)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Date: 2014-04-09
A research team at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to study the use of flue gas to dry wood chips to improve their efficiency as a heat source.

Wood chips that have been treated with an ESF-developed water-extraction process dry easier and stay dry better but their initial water content is higher, at 50 percent to 65 percent, making flue gas drying even more important. Drying wood chips increases their thermal properties, improves combustion efficiency, reduces emissions, and makes the chips easier to store and transport.

The funding to ESF was included in $3 million that was awarded across the state to 18 research institutions, technology developers and biomass-fuel businesses to encourage the growth of high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment. The funding is awarded through NYSERDA's Energy and Environmental Performance of Biomass-fired Heating Equipment program, which encourages the entry of high-efficiency biomass technologies into the marketplace. Projects will also evaluate real-world conditions of biomass-fired heating systems, expand the bulk wood-pellet delivery market and assess the health risks of wood smoke in rural valley communities. (Source: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, NYSERDA, 4 April, 2014) Contact: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, (315) 470-6500, www.esf.edu; NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov

Tags NYSERDA news,  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry news,  Wood Chip news,  Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  

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,  

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