January 2010

4 Firms Selected to Turn Biomass into Energy, Jobs

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has announced the first four companies selected to partner with the Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources in renewable energy projects using biomass from state forestlands. Parametrix (Bingen) will launch a pilot to convert woody biomass into liquid fuels at SDS Lumber, using fast pyrolysis technology. Borgford BioEnergy, LLC […]

Longview Fibre Plans Biomass Plant Construction

Washington-based Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc. has announced plans to build a 65-megawatt biomass plant, estimated at $100 million. Longview Fibre hopes to have the plant operational in about two years. The plant is expected to burn around 38,000 tons of wood chips, hog fuel, and sawdust monthly.

Bandit Produces Bio-Sawdust

Bandit Industries, Inc. has developed technology that allows a ¼ in. minus sawdust-type material, known as bio-sawdust, to be produced from debarked roundwood in a single pass. Benefits of this new system include greater fuel efficiency, higher production levels in pellet mills, and the potential for expansion into biofuel and bioelectricity production, according to the […]

Energy Quest Notes New Alabama Plant

In a recent letter to shareholders, Nevada-based Energy Quest‘s CEO Wilf Ouellette noted new projects for the energy development company, including a gasification-to-electricity biomass plant with adjoining algae-based biofuels facility in the tiny town of Piedmont in northeast Alabama. Working with a local development group for financing, siting and feedstock arrangements, Energy Quest is proposing […]

New Biomass Chipper Has Compact Design

No progressive, international company can afford to rest on its laurels, says Vecoplan, based in Bad Marienberg, Germany. That’s why its  engineers have developed a new biomass chipper which is described as “mini but mighty.” “The biomass chipper is extremely compact in design and therefore only takes up a minimum amount of space in the […]

Georgia Power to Delay Plant Mitchell Conversion

With the uncertainty of how future EPA regulations might affect industrial boiler emissions, Georgia Power has decided to delay the biomass conversion of coal-fueled Plant Mitchell in Albany, Ga., until the EPA rules are better defined in April 2010. The anticipated industrial boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule, or “IB MACT,” would regulate emissions of hazardous […]

Pellet Fuel Demo Held In Virginia

In November, Rotochopper, Cutting Systems, Forest Pro and James River Equipment collectively demonstrated that making quality pellet fuel in the woods is feasible. The demo was staged in a young loblolly pine stand near the Forest Pro dealership in Scottville, Va. Employees and equipment of Tapscott Brothers Logging felled, bunched and skidded stems to the landing, […]

Tang Energy Buys Maine Cogen Plant

Texas-based Tang Energy has purchased the closed NextEra cogeneration plant in Greenville, Me., with plans to reopen the facility as Gallop Power Greenville as a subsidiary. NextEera closed the plant in March 2009 and put it up for sale. Tang Energy acquired it in November and has already re-hired many of the employees who were […]

United BioMass Opens In Georgia

In southeast Georgia, United Biomass’ new briquette and fireplace log plant is now up and running. “We’ve waited to make any public statement regarding our progress until we were actually operational, given the media clutter produced for ‘intended’ and ‘proposed’ facilities,” said John Ford, United BioMass’ managing director and president of parent company United BioFuels […]

Sierra Pacific Re-starts Loyalton

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has announced the re-start of its biomass electrical power plant located in Loyalton, Calif. The plant closed on September 12 due to poor economic conditions, resulting in the layoff of 19 employees. According to officials, the company has resolved contract issues with its power purchaser and will begin operations in early […]


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