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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

Tags Biomass news,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Tags Biomass news,  Metso news,  


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

    Tags RWE Innogy news,  Wood Pellet news,  


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

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

    Tags BlueFire Renewables news,  Wood Pellet news,  


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

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

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Woody Biomass news,  


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Tags Woody Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  


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

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

    Tags Chip Energy news,  Wood Pellet news,  


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

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

    Tags Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  


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

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

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

    Tags Green Circle Bio Energy news,  Wood Pellet news,  


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

    Tags Wood Pellet news,  Wood Resources International news,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

    Tags Woody Biomass news,  Coal news,  EnviraCarbon news,  


    Chip Energy Breaks Ground on New Biomass Recycling and Pelletizing Facility

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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