- Pelletization: An under-appreciated, key component of the Canadian bioeconomy
- HMNEC ATTENDING Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition (APBE) AUG 16-18, 2020 in Guangzhou
- Maryland Looks into Biomass Energy Potential
- $17 million available for biomass utilization in Tuolumne County
- Enviva acquires 2 pellet plants
- Dust Safety Week 2020 is approaching!
HMNEC-Hebei Minghong New Energy Co., Ltd. is Attending Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition (APBE) AUG 16-18, 2020 in Guangzhou.
Please take your time to see us there, and find our Excellent Biomass Briquetting Machine. Then or after that you will have a great idea to arrange an order on the type of machine right fitting your demand.
Maryland’s Department of Energy Clean Energy Center is sponsoring a series of five webinars on the “future potential for biomass energy” harvested from Maryland’s forests.
According to the Institute for Energy Research, “biomass is living or recently dead biological matter that can be used for fuel or industrial production.”
Examples of forestry biomass would include branches, saplings, wood chips, and miscellaneous detritus as well as harvested trees. Unlike some sources of energy, biomass is renewable. Biomass energy sources, historically, have been wood, waste from municipal solid waste, manufacturing waste, gas produced by landfills, and alcohol fuels.
In addition to those traditional sources, biomass energy is now produced from corn, plant matter, such as switch grass and hemp, and animal fats.
Some of the advantages of biomass energy include wide and renewable availability, carbon neutrality and reduction of garbage to landfills.
For the June 16 webinar, the third in the series, four speakers discussed the potential impact of harnessing forest biomass to provide clean energy for Maryland.
According to the Clean Energy Center, forest management can contribute to improving air quality and protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The center is attempting to educate the stakeholders to the proper processing and tools, which will make woody biomass materials marketable as a source for thermal energy generation…
A report released by the UN Environment Programme, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and BloombergNEF on June 10 shows biomass and waste-to-energy received $123 billion in financing for new projects between 2010 and 2019. Biofuels received $28 billion over the same period.
The report, titled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2020,” analyzes 2019 investments trends and clean energy commitments made by countries and corporations for the next decade. It also shows that that COVID-19 crisis has slowed deal-making in renewables in recent months and will impact investment levels in 2020…
Enviva Partners LP announced on June 18 it has agreed to purchase a wood pellet plant located in Waycross, Georgia, associated export terminal capacity in Savannah, Georgia, and a wood pellet plant located in Greenwood, South Carolina.
The Waycross plant and Savannah terminal assets are being acquired from Innogy SE for $175 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.
The Waycross plant has been operating since 2011 and has a production capacity of approximately 800,000 tons per year. Pellets produced at the Waycross plant are exported through a terminal at the Port of Savannah under a long-term terminal lease and associated services agreement…
Södra, Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, has built the world’s first plant for commercial biomethanol from forest biomass at Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås. Over the next few days, a first pilot delivery will go to Emmelev A/S, a customer that will be using biomethanol in its biodiesel production.
Södra decided to invest in a biomethanol production facility in 2017. This initiative shows that Södra is working towards a circular economy, resource-efficiency and being fossil-fuel free.
“It is with pride that we have now started up the first commercial plant in the world for biomethanol. The transition to a bioeconomy means that all raw materials must be used efficiently. Biomethanol is produced from the crude methanol recovered from the manufacturing process at Södra’s pulp mills. It is part of the circular process that already exists in Södra’s mills, in which all parts of forest products are used for the best possible effect. With this step, we are showing the way to a fossil-free society, and it is fully in line with our own strategy for fossil-free transportation by 2030,” said Henrik Brodin, strategic business development manager at Södra…
Transitioning away from coal. That was the main theme at Day One of this year’s WPAC conference in the nation’s capital.
Executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Gordon Murray said the industry received the confirmation it needed this morning regarding the government’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions and making bioenergy more widespread across Canada.
“All of our focus, being here in Ottawa, has been to educate not only the producers, but the regulators, government people, and the power utilities who did show up in good numbers, about the benefits of biomass here in Canada,” Murray said. “We’re not going to have a successful industry unless we can demonstrate to the public and the governments how sustainable [biomass] is.” …
Pacific Bioenergy’s (PacBio) salvage and reforestation program is demonstrating the important contribution that a strong, competitive bioenergy sector can make in advancing sustainable forest management and contributing to a low-carbon economy.
In 2015, the Bobtail Lake fire burned more than 25,000 hectares of land west of Prince George, B.C. While the fire-damaged trees that remain standing after a fire moves through an area can sometimes be salvaged by sawmills and converted into lumber, in this instance the burning and charring was so severe that they could not be used for this purpose.
Before the arrival of the wood pellet sector, the burned trees from the Bobtail Lake fire would have been left to decay over many years, slowly emitting carbon to the atmosphere and wasting this valuable resource. Fortunately, PacBio saw an opportunity to salvage fibre from this area to make wood pellets, creating a valuable product and providing jobs while at the same time opening up the fire area for reforestation activities to restore a healthy forest to this burned landscape…
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is aiming for biofuels to make up 15 per cent of transportation fuels by 2030, and 30 per cent by 2050 by increasing the production of renewable energy feedstocks, according to a government announcement last week.
“We know we have a challenge facing us: to meet future food, fiber, fuel, and feed demands with finite resources. USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda is our opportunity define American agriculture’s role to feed everyone and do right as a key player in the solution to this challenge,” Perdue said in a news release…
Global trade of wood pellets jumped more than 21 per cent year-over-year in 2018 when a new record of 22.3 million tons was shipped, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The five major pellet exporting countries (the U.S., Canada, Vietnam, Latvia, and Russia) have remained the top exporters for over five years. They accounted for about 69 per cent of the world’s export volume in 2018.
Following the “big five” in 2018 were Estonia, Austria, Malaysia, Denmark and Germany, in descending order. Pellet production in the U.S. South continued at record pace, driven by a European move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. From the 1Q/18 to the 4Q/18, exports from the region were up almost 50 per cent, further manifesting the U.S.’s role as the world’s largest producer and exporter of wood pellets, reports the NAWFR. The United States ships practically all its pellets to three countries: the United Kingdom, Belgium and Denmark. Only a small share of the pellet production in the U.S. is consumed domestically.…
K.D. Quality Pellets (KDQP) of New Liskeard, Ont.,has sold its assets, including its pellet mill, along with the surrounding facilities, equipment and property, to Ontario 2576642 Ltd., operating as “Pelletec.”
The new ownership and management team is composed of seasoned pellet industry veterans, with expertise in production, forestry and logistics. This group is currently reorganizing the facility’s operations and negotiating new feedstock and sales agreements. Initial production is currently commencing, with upgrades and the installation of new equipment under way. The new team is aiming to reach full production by the Fall of 2020. Future plans include research and development of new biomass sources and solutions…more
Fuelling power plants with wood pellets instead of coal could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85 per cent, a recent University of British Columbia (UBC) study has found. This is the case even after factoring in emissions caused by producing, storing and shipping the pellets.
Most air pollution is caused by burning coal, and a growing number of coal-fired power plants are being converted to run on cleaner fuel. The study suggests that British Columbia, which is rich in untapped forest resources, could provide such fuel in the form of thermochemically pretreated wood pellets…more
Canadian Biomass got an inside look at Great Northern Timber Resources pellet plant in Upper Musquodoboit, N.S.The pellet plant was originally built in 1998. After several owners and a period of shut down, Great Northern Timber purchased and reopened the mill in 2017.Pellet mill production manager Miles Wright gave us a tour of the 100,000-tonne capacity plant
Enviva, a global energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, today published its 2020 Implementation Plans, a detailed proposal of new goals and initiatives to continue to deliver on the company’s commitment to responsible and sustainable wood sourcing. Enviva sources its wood pursuant to its global Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) – its standing environmental pledge that ensures the company’s wood is sourced according to its strict environmental standards. More
Drax Biomass is donating $30,000 to help families and businesses in northeastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and last weekend’s tornadoes in the Monroe area.
The funds donated include $20,000 from Drax Biomass to COVID-related relief efforts in Ouachita, Morehouse and LaSalle Parishes in Louisiana and Amite County in Mississippi, as well as $10,000 to help communities hit by the tornadoes in the Monroe and West Monroe area.
Matt White, Drax Biomass senior-vice president, said:
“The tornadoes experienced by communities across the region in recent days have been devastating and they come at a difficult time as we are all dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic…more
Wood pellet production considered ‘essential’ across Canada
As Canadians adjust to the new norm of social distancing and non-essential business closures for at least the next few weeks, wood pellet plants and supply chain services remain open across the country.
But the conditions for ‘essential’ businesses such as wood pellet production differ from province to province.
Here is a list of where provinces stand: