November 2012

Biomass Fuel Suppliers Announced By Ontario Power Generation

The Atikokan power generation plant is undergoing a major retrofit to convert to biomass fuel after using its last piece of coal in September. Ontario Power Generation is converting Atikokan to a 100% biomass fueled power generator with the largest capacity in North America. On November 21, 2012, Ontario Power Generation awarded contracts for the […]

RFP To Build Wood Pellet Plant In Thunder Bay, Ontario

Resolute Forest Products plans to build an industrial wood pellet plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., which will turn residual material into a source of renewable energy. The Montreal-based forestry company said construction of the plant is expected to begin shortly and should be completed in 2014. It will invest about $10 million into the plant […]

Helsingin Energia May Replace 40% Of Coal With Biomass At Plants

Helsingin Energia, Finland’s third-biggest coal user, may replace as much as 40% of its coal with wood pellets at two plants in the next eight years to limit carbon emissions and boost renewable energy output. Helsingin Energia, the country’s biggest municipal utility, strives to find an “optimal fuel mix” for replacing 5 to 10 percent […]

North Carolina Ports Moving Ahead With Wood Pellet Facility

The board of the North Carolina State Ports Authority is moving ahead with plans for wood-pellet handling facilities at both Wilmington and Morehead City. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the board on Thursday approved spending up to $5 million for the design of the Morehead City expansion. The two projects together could cost up to […]

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Counts On Biomass For Fuel

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., a Japanese producer of energy fueled by organic materials, plans to cut its dependence on coal by using more biomass such as wood chips, a senior executive said. “As an industry that consumes a lot of power, we need to take measures to promote energy conservation,” Senior Corporate Executive Officer Masafumi […]

KiOR Turning Wood Chips Into Gasoline

KiOR, a renewable fuel start-up based in Pasadena, Tex., said Thursday that it had produced a crude oil made from wood chips at a plant in Mississippi and expected to refine it into gasoline and diesel and sell it commercially later this month. That would be a first for the cellulosic biofuel sector. In a […]

RWE Inaugurates 7.6 MW Biomass Plant In Germany

German energy company RWE announced the startup of a biomass facility that can produce as much as 7.6 megawatts of energy. RWE Innogy, through a joint venture with the municipality of Goch in eastern Germany and local food producer Nahr-Engel, inaugurated a biomass-fuel cogeneration plant. The facility, which uses landscape wood as a fuel source, […]

West Virginia University Part Of $10 Million Biofuels Project

The northeast could help lead the way to a renewable energy-based economy by using marginal agricultural land and reclaimed and abandoned mined land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants. That’s the goal of a new research and education project drawing on West Virginia University expertise and supported by a […]

Oregon Coal Fired Plant Goes Biomass

Aging, inefficient and expensive to upgrade, the Boardman Plant could have joined dozens of similar coal-fired generating stations consigned to the scrap heap of history as its owner prepared to permanently mothball its 600 megawatts in 2020. Instead, Portland General Electric is in the middle of a grand experiment to see if the plant in […]

Penn State University Awarded $10 Million To Develop Next-Generation Biofuels

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently awarded Pennsylvania State University a five-year research grant valued at roughly $10 million to develop biomass supply chains for the production of liquid transportation and aviation biofuels in the Northeast. This is the sixth such award made through USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), aimed at developing regional, renewable […]


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