December 2014

New Purdue University Conversion Process Turns Biomass Into Lucrative Chemicals

A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers from Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, or C3Bio, has developed a […]

New Company To Invest $110 Million In South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

A new South Carolina wood pellet plant will bring a $110 million investment and 70 new jobs by opening a new manufacturing facility in Greenwood County. Portugal-based Portucel, S.A., will open a facility along U.S. Hwy. 246 near FujiFilm, USA. Portucel is an integrated forest, pulp, paper and energy company and is currently Europe´s largest […]

USDA Improves Forest Health By Harvesting Biomass For Energy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP, reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provided incentives for the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands for renewable energy, while […]

$3 Million DOE Grant Supports SUNY Bioenergy Developments

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. Specifically, the grant will be used to lower the delivered cost of short-rotation woody crops; rapidly, accurately, and […]

Enviva, Hancock Natural Resource Group Partner On Industrial Wood Pellet Projects

Enviva Holdings, LP and John Hancock Life Insurance Company announced today that they have partnered to develop industrial wood pellet production plants and marine export terminals in the southeastern U.S. Through their affiliates, Enviva Development Holdings, LLC and Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., the companies have committed to invest up to an aggregate of $320 […]

Eight Years Of Renewable Energy At New Hampshire’s Northern Wood Power

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is celebrating the eighth anniversary of the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Schiller Station. Northern Wood Power was completed and became operational in December, 2006, permanently replacing a 50-megawatt coal-burning boiler with an environmentally-friendly system that uses clean wood chips for fuel. It has earned state, regional, national, […]

Overseas Money Boosts Southern U.S. Biomass Industry

Southern forests are drawing uncounted millions of dollars in foreign spending to help utilities overseas meet carbon-emission rules that this country is still debating as tools to limit climate change. What those rules will mean for the environment is in dispute, and will doubtless be contested again based on findings the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]

DOE Awards $7 Million To Two Bioenergy Feedstock Logistics Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. Examples of bioenergy feedstocks include corn stover, switchgrass, and woody biomass. By investing in this type of research, development, and demonstration, the Energy Department is […]

UN Hears Presentation On North America’s Largest Biomass Power Plant

Energy officials from around the world learned more about North America’s largest 100% biomass-fueled power plant in Geneva, Switzerland last month. OPG business development officer Brent Boyko was a presenter at the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Energy for Sustainable Development conference November 17-21. “The group’s mandate is to foster countries to consider managing their […]

Louisiana Wood Pellet Plants Cater To Europe’s Energy Needs

Louisiana, an oil-and-gas state, is half covered by timber, making forest products a big business. Companies including Drax Biomass, Biomass Secure Power and German Pellets GmbH plan to churn out wood pellets from new plants here to meet Europe’s need for electricity and heat provided by renewable fuels. With its trees, waterways and ports, Louisiana […]


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