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Drax Completes Fourth Biomass Conversion

Major UK energy supplier Drax has switched on the fourth biomass generating unit at its power station in North Yorkshire, marking a significant step in what it claims to be Europe’s largest decarbonization project. Back in June this year, Drax took the coal-fired generating unit offline in preparation for its conversion to running on sustainable […]

Drax To Convert Fourth Coal-Fired Plant To Biomass

On June 6 Drax Power Station in Yorkshire, UK, took its fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline as it prepares to convert it to running on sustainable biomass. Drax has already converted half its power stations and ‘associated supply chain infrastructure’ to use sustainable biomass instead of coal. Having already invested £700 million into the […]

Torrefaction Plant Gets Green Light In Oregon

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Officials with the U.S. Endownment for Forestry and Communities have announced construction of a new biomass torrefaction plant in John Day, Ore. The $15 million plant is designed to produce 100,000 tons/year. The Endowment has committed to pay half the cost, with negotiations ongoing to find financing for the other half. […]

Japanese Demand A Boon For U.S. South Wood Pellet Manufacturers

Over the last decade, European utilities have learned that displacing coal with sustainable wood pellets is one of the most efficient means of meeting renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction targets, leading to significant demand growth in global wood pellet markets. Now, their counterparts in Asia are learning the same thing. To meet their growing […]

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 […]

Can Co-Firing Biomass With Coal Help Meet International Climate Goals?

While he’s not personally present, President Trump is getting the cold shoulder at the climate meeting in Bonn, Germany because of his insistence on the wider use of coal-fired electricity. But one such idea that is getting floated there is the co-firing of biomass with coal to potentially increase efficiencies and to reduce CO2 emissions. […]

UGA Study: U.S. Biomass Electricity Possible But Costly

If the U.S. wants to start using wood pellets to produce energy, either the government or power customers will have to pay an extra cost, a new University of Georgia study has found. Right now, “it’s just not economically feasible to use wood pellets in energy production,” said Bin Mei, associate professor of forest resource […]

Trump Pledge To Save Coal Plants Could Benefit Wood Pellet Industry

President Donald Trump could make good on his promise to rescue America’s dying coal industry, with a little help from wood pellets, a Maine-based global expert on pellet fuels is suggesting. Burning a mix of 10 percent wood pellets in coal-fired power plants is common now in Europe. Doing that in the United States could […]

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 […]

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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