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February 2016

Hawaii’s HTDC Unveils New $6.8 Million Waste-To-Energy System

Hawaii’s High Technology Development Corp. has sponsored a demonstration of a $6.8 million Air Force investment in a renewable and clean, waste-to-energy generating system. The waste-to-energy project demonstration will show how 10 tons of waste per day can be converted to electricity through gasification technology. Applications of the Turnw2e, Waste-To-Energy Gasification system include solid waste, […]

Yukon Government Adopts Biomass Energy Strategy

The Yukon Government has officially adopted a strategy to get Yukoners to heat their homes in a way that it says is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. The government drafted its biomass strategy last year, noting that wood-fueled heating systems are present in just 20 percent of Yukon homes. Yukoners spend $60 million a year on […]

Maine Wood Pellet Businesses Ail As Demand Plummets

The combination of low heating oil prices and a mild winter have whipsawed the state’s four wood pellet producers. A year ago, homeowners were having trouble finding bags of pellets for their stoves to combat record-cold weather, so manufacturers ramped up production. This winter, they’re laying off workers and looking at stacks of unsold pellets. […]

Coal Needs To Get Cleaner. Can Biomass Help?

While a conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court had blocked implementation of the Clean Power Plan, market forces have still favored green energy and carbon reductions. But does that necessarily spell an end to coal plants? If they are able to meet the more stringent emissions’ tests, some will survive — a development that could also bode […]

Senate Approves Forest Bioenergy Amendment

The Senate recently approved a bipartisan measure authored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that would require federal agencies to draft policies supporting the use of forest bioenergy. The amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, S. 2102, would direct federal agencies to adopt policies that support converting forest biomass into renewable energy. Forest biomass […]

Arizona Power Plant To Run On Forest Thinnings

A power plant in Northern Arizona that will run on trees thinned from the forest to prevent fires has received an air-quality permit from the state, officials said Monday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit to Concord Blue Eagar, an affiliate of a larger company called Concord Blue Energy. The company must […]

Woody Biomass Fuels Sales For MDF Fiber Suppliers

Demand for woody biomass for energy production is on the rise in developed nations, as publicly regulated utilities around the world shift from fossil and nuclear power to greener fuels. Global industrial wood pellet demand is expected to more than double by 2020 to about 29 million metric tons from about 13 million tons in […]

Wood Pellet Imports Surge In Japan

Japanese wood pellet imports reached 232,000t last year, up by 140pc from 97,000t in 2014, data from Japan’s economy, trade and industry ministry showed. The growing biomass market in Japan is driven by an increase in the number of power plants using woody biomass, including wood pellets, wood chips and waste wood, to generate heat […]

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