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Jun 23, 2021
Dutch wood pellet imports reached new high in 2020
Pellets News
Jun 23, 2021
Woodsure, the UK quality assurance certification scheme for woodfuel, will take over the running of the government’s Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The BSL is a list of woodfuel that meets the eligibility requirements for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. It allows RHI participants... [Read More]

Policy News
Jun 21, 2021
US Senators have written to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the Biden Administration to support the biomass industry. In a bipartisan letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Susan Collins, among others, call for the US Government to address ‘languishing applications’ under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme,... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 18, 2021
Wood pellets and chips result in a 65-100%+ reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to heating oil, according to the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). The figures were highlighted in a study by the BTEC and Life Cycle Associates titled ‘Life Cycle Analysis of Renewable Fuel Standard Implementation for Thermal Pathways for Wood Pellets and Chips’. The... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 18, 2021
Drax Group has partnered with Phoenix BioPower, based in Sweden, to explore ways of driving down the costs of second-generation bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology. The feasibility study by Phoenix BioPower will look at how energy-efficient gas turbines could make new-build BECCS projects more cost-effective by generating 50% more power with... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 14, 2021
Active Energy Group has been awarded a ‘Notice of Allowance’ for the Canadian patent for its CoalSwitch process and the beneficiation of biomass. The Notice of Allowance will ensure AEG, based in London, holds the legal rights to exclude any other Canadian company from producing, selling, or using the claimed CoalSwitch process for 17 years after the date of issuance. AEG’s... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 11, 2021
An air permit modification has been issued for Enviva’s Sampson facility in Sampson County, North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) Division of Air Quality issued the final permit, which adds equipment to control emissions of volatile organic compound (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from the existing pellet presses,... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 10, 2021
Drax Group will use Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering’s (MHI) carbon capture technology under a long-term contract. The agreement for Drax to use Mitsubishi’s Advanced KM DCR process™ would be the largest deployment of negative emissions in power generation anywhere in the world. The contract, which combines UK innovation and world-leading Japanese technology,... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 9, 2021
Tanjung Bruas Port, a member of MMC Group, has started wood pellet shipments from its terminal in Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia. This marks the first-ever shipment of wood pellets through the port. A total volume of 10,200 tonnes of pellets was shipped from Tanjung Bruas Port on 29 April and arrived safely in the Port of Gunsan, South Korea, on 9 May. Going forward, pellet... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 4, 2021
Bechtel has partnered with Drax to identify opportunities to build new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plants worldwide. Scaling up BECCS sustainably over the coming decades will be critical to delivering the Paris Agreement climate targets and keeping the world on a pathway of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, said the companies. Bechtel, a major... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 3, 2021
Bruks Siwertell will deliver one of its largest drum chippers to a new pellet plant currently under construction in the US. The large Bruks drum chipper is the third of its kind to head to this operator – currently undisclosed – and has been ordered to serve a new pellet plant, making a significant contribution towards a power shift away from fossil fuels. This... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 3, 2021
Production of CoalSwitch™ pellets at Active Energy Group’s (AEG) Ashland, Maine facility has begun. AEG, based in London, announced on 2 June that the five-tonne per hour production facility is now producing the CoalSwitch pellets, formed of locally-sourced residual biomass, including bark and treetops/branches, which burn at temperatures nearly identical to coal. Deliveries... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 1, 2021
SCA, a major forest owner in Sweden, has invested SEK 50 million (€4.9 million) to reduce its pellet mill's environmental impact. The investment into the Härnosänd pellet mill will also reduce ‘discomforts’ for the neighbouring community. Since 1992, the Härnosänd site in Murbergsviken, northern Sweden has been producing wood pellets made from sawdust from... [Read More]

Pellets News
May 27, 2021
The UK is setting an example to the rest of the world in transitioning from coal to net-zero using bioenergy, according to the authors of a new report. ‘Electric Insights: Q1 2021: Britain’s Transition from Coal to Biomass to BECCS’, an independent report by academics from Imperial College London for Drax Electric Insights, has shown that the UK is the largest... [Read More]

Pellets News
May 26, 2021
Glennon Brothers, a third-generation family timber processing firm, has entered into an agreement with SHV Energy to buy Balcas. Balcas operates a sawmill in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, producing quality sawn timber products for the fencing, landscaping, agricultural, construction, and pallet and packaging sectors. The company also operates two... [Read More]

Pellets News
May 24, 2021
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced plans to procure a newbuilding Panamax bulker to transport woody biomass for energy as its main cargo, in light of increased demand. The new vessel’s specifications are in pre-compliance with the Energy Efficiency Design Index - the environmental regulations that will be adopted in 2025. The specifications also call for reinforced... [Read More]


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