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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.bfreinc.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.viridisenergy.ca
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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, email@example.com, www.deadwoodbiofuels.com
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biomasssecurepower.ca
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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,
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 , email@example.com, www.gdfsuez.com; Electrabel, www.electrabel.be
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.viridisenergy.ca; Halifax Grain Elevator, (902) 421-1714, www.halifaxgrain.com
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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
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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,
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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, email@example.com, www.bioenergybox.com;
NYSERDA, John Rhodes, Pres, (518) 862-1090, http://www.nyserda.ny.gov
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rentechinc.com
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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)
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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,
email@example.com, www.viridisenergy.ca; Gov't. of Nova Scotia, www.novascotia.ca/econ
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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)
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bfreinc.com
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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, email@example.com, www.solvay.com
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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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zilkhabiomass.com; Cate Street Capital, John Halle, President & CEO, www.catecapital.com; Thermogen Industries, www.thermogenind.com
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.asabe.org
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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.
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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)
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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
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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
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