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Jul 15, 2021
FESBC-funded fibre utilisation, renewable energy project successful
Pellets News
Jul 14, 2021
The US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) said it is ‘deeply disappointed’ by CNN’s portrayal of the biomass industry. Its criticism follows a report by CNN that allegedly portrayed the scientific community as being ‘in uniform opposition’ to biomass, citing a number of critical academics. However, it excluded assessments by the UN Intergovernmental Panel... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 12, 2021
AVG Group Sarl (AVG), a climate change investment firm based in Norway, has invested $2.9 million (€2.4 million) in pellet manufacturer Arbaflame. Arbaflame has developed a unique pellet using bio-feedstock (sawdust) that can supplement or replace coal in boilers and power plants. The pellets allows coal plant operators to continue power production more sustainably... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 6, 2021
Drax Group has chosen Biomass Engineering & Equipment (BE&E) to supply material handling, layout engineering, and mechanical installation for its three new pellet plants in Arkansas, US. The systems BE&E will manufacture for the projects include bulk receiving bins, disc screeners, SMART Conveyors, SMART Containers, and covered pellet load-out stations.... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 2, 2021
Drax has agreed to acquire a 20% minority interest in Alabama Pellets, the joint venture (JV) which owns the Demopolis and Aliceville pellet plants, increasing its total interest in the firm to 90%. Drax will acquire the stake from The Westervelt Company for $29.7 million (€25 million) cash consideration. The move, expected to be completed in July, will increase its... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 29, 2021
Delta Biofuel has shared proposals for a $70 million (€58.8 million) biomass fuel pellet facility in Louisiana, US. Governor John Bel Edwards and Delta Biofuel’s CEO Philip Keating announced that the company is evaluating Iberia Parish in Louisiana for the planned renewable fuel plant. The facility would produce biomass fuel pellet made from residual sugarcane fibre,... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 23, 2021
Dutch wood pellet imports reached a new high in 2020, totalling $511 million (€427 million), or 2.76 million metric tons (MMT). Figures released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service on 26 April showed the US was the leading non-EU supplier of pellets to the Netherlands in 2020. The report shows the current share... [Read More]

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]


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