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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Enviva Completes Acquisition Of South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

Enviva Holdings, LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, announced recently that it, through its previously announced joint venture, Enviva JV Development Company, LLC, has completed the acquisition of a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina and related assets from The Navigator Company, S.A., a Portuguese paper and pulp company. This […]

Japanese Companies Turn To Biomass To Clean Up Coal Power

Japanese companies are developing biofuels that can be burned alongside coal to cut carbon dioxide emissions at power plants without investment in pricey new equipment. Oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan has developed a new type of pellet fuel made from compressed wood waste carbonized at a low temperature that can be burned in coal-fired plants. Plant-based […]

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. […]

University Of Minnesota: Renewable Biomass Coal On The Horizon

Coal fueled the Industrial Revolution, but it took eons to form. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth has introduced what might be called “instant coal”: an energy-dense biofuel made from wood and agricultural waste in the Natural Resources Research Institute’s (NRRI) Renewable Energy Lab. The new biofuel’s vital statistics compares […]

Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute Replacing Coal With Wood

It seems like much of the world is plunging headlong toward renewable energy and away from fossil fuels and the carbon dioxide pollution they create. Ontario has eliminated coal-burning power plants. China is phasing out internal combustion engines for new cars, as are General Motors and Ford. On Wednesday the International Energy Agency reported solar […]

Controversy Simmers Over North Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

A biomass fuel plant that processes tree scraps into wood pellets has some North Carolinians concerned about its potential environmental and health impacts. Maryland-based Enviva will soon open its fourth wood pellet plant in the southern part of the state. The new plant will be just outside the small town of Dobbins Heights, where roughly […]

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