March 31, 2015
In Denmark, DONG Energy is converting the last CHP unit at its Avedøre Power Station from coal to wood pellets. The unit will be operational from 2016, providing heat for 65,000 households in the Greater Copenhagen area. From Q3 next year, Avedøre Power Station – the largest power station in Denmark – will be able to generate heat based entirely... [Read More]

March 27, 2015
Bulk materials handling company Saxlund International and Axis Industries have announced two new biomass combustion projects to deliver combined heat and power (CHP) for customers in Estonia and Lithuania valued at €78 million. Under the agreement, Axis Industries will be responsible for full turnkey project delivery, covering design, installation and commissioning,... [Read More]

March 27, 2015
Greenleaf Power, an owner and operator of renewable energy power plants, has entered into an agreement to acquire Plainfield Renewable Energy. Plainfield Renewable Energy has a net electricity generation capacity of approximately 37.5MW. It is capable of providing baseload renewable energy for as many as 280,000 homes. The facility, which first became operational in December... [Read More]

March 27, 2015
Drax Biomass has appointed Peter Madden as its CEO of US operations. Madden brings nearly 30 years' experience in the forestry industry and will play a leadership role as Drax's workforce and investment in the US grows. Madden will guide the overall strategy and oversee day-to-day operations in the US. Madden most recently served as the VP of renewable energy and supply... [Read More]

March 27, 2015
Clean energy company Blue Sphere has started building its first waste-to-energy project in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Blue Sphere facility will produce 5.2MW of clean energy from uneaten food that would normally end up in local landfills. That electricity will then be sold to Duke Energy to provide power to local homes and businesses. According to the National Resource... [Read More]

March 26, 2015
The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has announced the appointment of Julia Marton-Lefèvre as the chairman of the new board being established to provide advice to the SBP. Marton-Lefèvre has been prominent in the scientific and environmental community and has recently stepped down as director general of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of... [Read More]

March 26, 2015
Idaho, US-based Centennial Renewable Energy (CRE) has signed agreements to purchase land for its first wood pellet project in the state and is now commencing engineering design with its lead design build contractor Dome Technology. CRE is building a 160,000 tonne per year wood pellet plant in the heart of the Idaho wood basket to produce pellets to the ENplus A2 standard. Following... [Read More]

March 26, 2015
UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Irish electricity utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) have made a combined commitment to invest £70 million (€95 million) in a new £190 million renewable power facility at the Port of Tilbury, Essex. GIB and ESB are each committing £35 million in a combination of equity and shareholder loans, with an additional... [Read More]

March 26, 2015
The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has launched the SBP Framework to representatives of the EU Institutions at an event in Brussels. The Framework consists of standards and independent certification procedures which together provide a tool enabling users of woody biomass for energy production to demonstrate the legal and sustainable sourcing of its feedstock material... [Read More]

March 24, 2015
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved $21 million (€19 million) in grants for energy innovation and efficiency programmes. Almost 12 of these projects, including one to convert forest residues to electricity and another to turn dairy manure into biogas, were funded through four key grant and loan programmes. Under the Electric Program Investment Charge... [Read More]

March 24, 2015
Cleanergy, an energy solution provider headquartered in Sweden, has installed one of its combined heat and power (CHP) systems at a wastewater treatment plant in Slovenia. The system, which comprises Cleanergy's GasBox – the centrepiece of its CHP technology – has been deployed at the Jesenice plant in the north west of the country and is now generating heat... [Read More]

March 24, 2015
Weltec Biopower has started building a 500kW anaerobic digestion plant in Loughgall, Northern Ireland for vegetable producer Gilfresh. 'This is our third plant in Northern Ireland and the eleventh in the UK,' says Kevin Monson, sales manager of Weltec Biopower UK. Gilfresh grows a number of vegetables, including salad crops, root vegetables, cabbages and pak choi. The... [Read More]

March 20, 2015
Aria Energy, a provider of baseload renewable energy, has started commercial operations and renewable energy production at Sarasota County's Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex located in Nokomis, Florida. The Sarasota project is a 4.8MW landfill gas-to-energy facility that produces renewable energy by capturing and processing the methane gas generated at the... [Read More]

March 20, 2015
Inspection company USFGIS and Twin Ports Testing have signed a strategic agreement to jointly enter the biomass market. Jane Vogt, USFGIS VP, says: 'By combining the strengths of both companies we create a single source solution for inspection and testing services to the biomass industry in a highly efficient way.' Twin Ports Testing has been involved in the wood pellet... [Read More]

March 19, 2015
Alstom has signed two contracts with Danish power plant company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) for Geared Reaction steam turbines (GRT) to be used in two UK biomass projects. The first contract uses a 23MW GRT for a waste wood combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant in Widnes, Merseyside that is being developed by BWSC and UK logistics company... [Read More]

March 18, 2015
Scotia Atlantic Biomass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Viridis Energy, has received a working capital loan of $2 million (€1.9 million) from Cornwall Investments, which will be used to procure Nova Scotia wood fibre for the production of its industrial pellets. The loan is secured by inventory in the form of a demand note with interest calculated daily and compounded... [Read More]