Legislation and funding uncertainty loom over the domestic market while a boom in the European market soaks up North American supply. What is the future for both markets when it comes to wood pellets and biomass for energy? Wood-based energy…
In the future, biomass may be a significant feedstock source and Haldor Topsøe expects that the combination of technologies used will be part of the solution to future fuel supply. The integrated pilot plant consists of Andritz Carbona gasification and…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:00

€22m biomass plant gets green light

Plans to build a new briquetting plant capable of processing 300,000t of biomass a year have been unveiled. As revealed in the Farming Independent last week, British fuel distribution firm CPL is to locate its €22m factory at the port…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:00

Minnesota, Sweden Sign Bioenergy Pact

Hoping to emulate Sweden's bioenergy savvy, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Friday signed a pact to continue working on bioenergy research, technology and public policy with the country. Dayton and a Swedish government official signed the document in Stockholm while…
Fortum’s new biofuel-fired plant has been commissioned in Järvenpää, Finland. The plant utilises biofuels to produce district heat for about 34,000 residents in Tuusula and Järvenpää as well as electricity for the national grid. The plant’s annual production is about…
The new biomass boiler involves an annual reduction of fossil carbon emissions equivalent to the emissions from more than 58,000 cars, each driven 20,000 kilometres per year. As well as now being self-sufficient in electricity and heat, the mill will…
Saturday, 15 June 2013 20:04

Wood not so green a biofuel

Using wood for energy is considered cleaner than fossil fuels, but a Dartmouth College-led study finds that logging may release large amounts of carbon stored in deep forest soils. The results appear in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy Global atmospheric…
Two people were injured, one of them seriously, in an accident at a power plant that burns wood chips and other waste to produce electricity. Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said investigators think "catastrophic mechanical failure" caused a boiler at…
On April 6, a letter from Fred Charles was printed against the proposed biomass project that NESCO in Washington wants to build right across Highway 66 from houses. It needs a $30 million grant subsidy from the government to do…
Tougher and tougher emissions limits on engines are forcing manufacturers to also change other parts of their machines. The new Vermeer HG6000 grinder gives a more homogenous result. Vermeer is an American manufacturer of grinders and chippers for biofuel. When…
In order to meet the European Union's goal of 20% renewables by 2020, some European utility companies are moving away from coal and replacing it with wood pellet fuel. The idea is simple: trees will regrow and recapture the carbon…
The use of biomass and recycled fuels speeds up corrosion, resulting in a significantly shorter superheater lifetime. Unmanaged corrosion also leads to failure risks and unplanned shutdowns. Dealing with corrosion is a cost for power producers. The Metso Corrosion Management…
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