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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 […]

Enviva To Buy South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant, Build Mississippi Port

A company that makes wood pellets and sells them to power plants overseas says it’s forming a new joint venture with an insurance company to buy a plant in South Carolina and build a port in Mississippi. Enviva Holdings of Bethesda, Maryland, recently announced the deal with the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. The joint […]

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 […]

Backers Of Maine Biomass Project Say They Are ‘Not Going Anywhere’

The husband and wife behind an ambitious vision of transforming Maine’s forest industry into a fuel- and food-based bioeconomy say they have spent more than $17 million of their own money to refurbish and diversify two ailing wood-fired power plants, are committed to completing the projects, and are working to settle unpaid bills and back […]

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 […]

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 […]

Enviva Will Continue Commitment In Florida

Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, announced that it is extending its contracts with the Panama City Port Authority, the Bay Line Railroad, LLC and SSA Gulf, Inc. through 2023. This commitment to the port and the Panama City region supports operations at the company’s Cottondale facility, which has a production capacity of […]

Wood Pellet Fuel Deemed ‘Carbon Neutral’ In U.S. Spending Bill

A week after President Donald Trump vowed to impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber imports to help the U.S. timber industry, lawmakers passed a spending bill that could push U.S. government agencies to promote burning wood pellets to fuel power plants. The budget bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday, which makes […]

Oregon State University: Biomass Enterprise Economic Model

The Biomass Enterprise Economic Model is designed to help users rapidly evaluate and appropriately scale biomass utilization enterprises. Users can explore how woody biomass input volumes and the salable products mix influences capital establishment costs, annual operating costs, and annual revenue. The model is pre-loaded with cost and pricing data that automatically scales to the […]

Opinion: Use Sierra Nevada’s Dead Trees For Energy

When the Forest Service announced its calculation last November that the Sierra Nevada contained 102 million dead trees, it conveyed the immensity of a tragedy that is unprecedented in California’s history. It also challenged planners and innovators to find a beneficial use for at least some of the dead trees. As it turns out, there […]

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