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Pinnacle Renewable Energy To Feed Hungry Japanese Biomass Industry

A lot more wood is about to pass through Prince Rupert — as pellets. On Friday, the company that owns Westview pellet terminal, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, announced they have finalized a contract to sell 70,000 metric tons of wood pellets annually to a Japanese conglomerate, Ube Industries Ltd., by the end of 2019. “Japan […]

Study: Are Wood Pellets A Green Fuel?

James Watt’s steam engine vaulted coal to its major role as a fuel for the Industrial Revolution. Today, about 40% of the world’s electricity is generated in coal-fired power plants, consuming more than 80% of the coal mined each year. Because combustion of coal produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants, efforts to combat […]

U.S. Pellet Exports Boom As Europe Tries To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Worse than coal. Exploits a carbon loophole. Creates a carbon deficit. No, we are not talking about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Rather, these are a few of the complaints critics level against burning wood pellets in place of coal to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint. You might assume that exporting a […]

Paris Climate Deal Exit Could Hit U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord could have huge consequences for the U.S. wood pellet exporting industry post-2020. The U.S. not being part of the Paris agreement will make it difficult for wood pellet producers to export to E.U. markets after 2020, if the E.U.’s proposed renewable energy directive is […]

Study: Lower Carbon Emissions From Forest Residue-Based Power Generation

The Biomass Power Association recently released a study by two professors demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits by using forest residue-based biomass fuel instead of natural gas in a power generation facility. The study, conducted by Dr. Madhu Khanna, Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Dr. […]

Ontario Power Generation Expands Opportunities For Wood Pellet Producers

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is proud that one of its members – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – operates the Thunder Bay Generating Station, which is the only plant worldwide that has been converted from coal firing to employ advanced wood pellets as the sole primary fuel. OPG is seeking to expand its experience […]

Sumitomo Building New 50MW Biomass Power Plant

From: Wood Bioenergy Staff Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corp. is building a $208 million (JPY 25 billion) 50MW wood biomass power plant in Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan. The facility is planned for the Sakata Rinkai Industrial Park adjacent the Port of Sakata and is expected to contribute to Sumitomo’s Summit Energy electric power retail business. Summit […]

White House Rejects Biomass As Carbon Neutral

In a lengthy policy statement rejecting House Republican efforts at dismantling carbon reform, the White House has categorically rejected biomass fuels as carbon neutral, saying the idea flies in the face of sound science. HR 2822 would label biomass as a renewable source, at least in part because forests are being replaced quickly. “The Administration […]

Enhancing Biofuel Yields From Biomass With Novel New Method

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals. The patent-pending method, called Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic […]

University Of Delaware Awarded $12 Million Grant To Develop Biomass Fuels

Delaware’s congressional delegation Monday announced a $12 million federal grant for energy research at University of Delaware in Newark. The grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will go to UD’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, intended to speed scientific breakthroughs for the 21st century energy economy, Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. […]

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