April 24, 2015
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reported that, in 2014, almost 75% of all US wood pellet exports were delivered to the UK, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, US wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million tonnes to 4.4 million tonnes, as the US continues to be the largest wood pellet exporter... [Read More]

April 22, 2015
SBP has announced that a further four Certification Bodies have been accepted as applicants and are now able to progress towards achieving SBP-approved status. The applicant Certification Bodies are: Forest Certification, KPMG Performance Registrar, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SGS. The SBP Framework of standards and processes enables producers of woody biomass to... [Read More]

April 22, 2015
Drax's biomass pellet storage, handling and loading facilities at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge are now complete and receiving pellets daily. The first biomass pellets to pass through the facility have now been loaded onto the MV TBC Princess. This first vessel, which arrived on 19 April, forms part of the commissioning process, enabling Drax to test its ship loading... [Read More]

April 22, 2015
Blue Sphere, a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has closed a joint venture with an affiliate of York Capital Management to develop, construct and operate a 3.2MW biogas generation facility in Johnston, Rhode Island under the management of Entropy Investment Management. Under the terms of the JV, Blue Sphere owns 22.75% of... [Read More]

April 20, 2015
Following an order placed in March 2013, Siwertell, part of Cargotec, has delivered, installed and commissioned two Siwertell ship unloaders at ABP's port of Immingham, UK. Manufactured and assembled in Italy, the type ST790-D screw type unloaders are equipped with slewable gantry tail conveyors. They will be used to discharge wood pellets and coal to supply the Drax... [Read More]

April 17, 2015
Energia Reino Verde (ERV) has signed an agreement for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) supervision of the 12MW biomass power plant that will be co-located with the 834 hectare (2,060 acre) Giant King Grass (GKG) plantation project in Nicaragua. Viaspace owns a 50% interest in ERV, the special-purpose company that will own and operate the project. The... [Read More]

April 17, 2015
Albioma has signed final documentation relating to the acquisition of a 65% equity interest in Codora Energia, which owns a 48MW bagasse-fired cogeneration plant in the Brazilian state of Goiás. The plant, commissioned in 2011, backs onto a distillery that currently processes 1.6 million tonnes of sugarcane annually. The distillery is owned by Jalles Machado, the... [Read More]

April 17, 2015
Shortly after the acquisition by its new owner Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan (HZIB) has received an order to build a biogas upgrading plant in Wittenburg, Germany. The agreement was signed last week between HZIB and the client, Munich-based Landwärme. The project comprises a plant with capacity to upgrade 700Nm3/hr of raw biogas, delivering... [Read More]

April 17, 2015
NexSteppe, a producer of sustainable feedstock solutions for the bio-based industries, sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. Just as many of the leaders of the bio-based economy have begun proving their conversion technologies at commercial... [Read More]

April 17, 2015
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel has welcomed the announcement that Ngodwana Energy has been chosen as a preferred bidder in the Department of Energy's 4th window Renewable Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The Ngodwana Energy project is situated in the Mpumalanga Province on the Sappi Ngodwana Mill Site and will feed electricity into the... [Read More]

April 14, 2015
HoSt, a European supplier of bioenergy systems, has received an order of €20 million from Croatian electricity company HEP to build two wood-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants. The biomass plants will supply 3MWe of electricity to the grid. The residual heat generated will be supplied to the district heating networks in the cities of Sisak and Osijek. The... [Read More]

April 13, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will finalise the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), in addition to the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, by 30 November. The following schedule has been established following a proposed consent decree in litigation brought against EPA by the American Petroleum... [Read More]

April 13, 2015
After 35 years of service, Viridor's Ardley landfill site in Oxfordshire, UK will no longer be taking hazardous waste. From now on, non-hazardous waste will now be taken into Viridor's adjacent energy recovery facility (ERF). The £205 million (€283 million) facility has capacity to treat 300,000 tonnes per year of waste – sufficient to treat all of Oxfordshire's... [Read More]

April 10, 2015
According to UNEP's ninth 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015', prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance — the past year brought a rebound of green energy investments worldwide... [Read More]

April 10, 2015
DRT, a company working to develop rosin and turpentine extracted from pine trees, says that commissioning has begun at its biomass cogeneration power plant in Vielle-Saint-Girons, France. The cogeneration plant is being developed by Biomass Energy Solutions VSG – a venture between DRT, Cofely (GDF Suez Group) and the Caisse des Dépôts. Following a four-month... [Read More]

April 10, 2015
Baker and McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) is advising Renova and Kuni Umi Asset Management Co. (collectively the 'sponsors') on their plans to develop and invest in a woody biomass power plant with a generation capacity of 20MW in Mukaihama, Akita city, Akita, Japan. The plant will be the largest power generation facility of its kind, using woody biomass as fuel... [Read More]