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Enviva Nails GA. Biomass Pellet Plant Purchase (Ind. Report, M&A)
Enviv
Date: 2020-08-07
Following up on our 22nd June report, Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet specialist Enviva Partners LP is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of an industrial-scale, 800,000 metric tpy wood pellet production plant in Waycross, Georgia. The Waycross plant is now called "Enviva Pellets Waycross."

With this acquisition, Enviva operates nine wood pellet production plants and five deep-water export terminals across Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Enviva's total annual wood pellet production capacity is approximately 4.9 million metric tpy. (Source: Enviva Partners, Aug., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, (240) 482-3856. ir@envivabiomass.com, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Pinnacle Completes Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-06-22
In British Columbia, Vancouver-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports its Williams Lake facility has rebooted operations following months of capital upgrades.

The completed upgrades included equipment that can process wetter fiber. Instead of primarily relying on the shavings and sawdust of sawmills, the plant can also process up to 80,000 additional tpy of woody biomass debris, damaged and dead wood.

Between upgrades at the Williams Lake facility and the previously reported work on its Meadowbank facility in Quesnel, the company has invested roughly $30 million in the region over the past year.

(Source: Pinnacle, PR, Biomass Mag., 22 June, Contact: Pinnacle, Robt. McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, investors@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Enviva Purchasing Georgia, SC Wood Pellet Plants (M&A)
Enviva Biomass
Date: 2020-06-22
Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet specialist Enviva reports it has agreed to purchase Georgia Biomass Holding 800 mtpy woody pellet plant in Waycross, Georgia, from innogy SE and one of its subsidiaries for $175 million cash subject to usual adjustments.

Enviva will also acquire Enviva Pellets Greenwood Holdings which, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina, for $132 million and the assumption of a $40 million third-party promissory note. Enviva plans to invest $28 million to increase the Greenwood plant’s production capacity to 600,000 mtpy by the end of next year, according to the release. (Source: Enviva, PR June, 2020) Contact: Enviva, John Keppler, CEO, (301)657-5560), www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Bio-bean Processing Coffee Ground Biofuel, Pellets (Int'l. Report)
Bio-bean
Date: 2020-05-19
In the UK, Cambridgeshire-based Bio-bean reports it is recycling roughly 7,000 tpy of used coffee grounds into solid pellet or log fuels for household and industrial use.

The coffee pellets burn about 20 pct hotter and 20 pct longer than wood logs, according to the company. Bio-bean's commercial biomass pellets are certified by the UK's Sustainable Fuel Register, while the coffee logs have "lower particulate emissions than most wood logs," the company notes.

Bio-bean has raised more than $7 million in funding since it's 2013 launch. was founded in 2013. (Source: Bio-bean, CNN, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Bio-bean, George May, CEO, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, info@bio-bean.com, www.bio-bean.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-bean,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Pellet,  


DRAX Launches Biomass Supply Chain Carbon Calculator (Int'l.)
Drax,DRAX
Date: 2020-05-08
In North Yorkshire, UK power generation company DRAX Group has launched a Biomass Carbon Calculator to help to decarbonize the production and transportation of biomass pellets, used for low carbon energy generation.

The Biomass Carbon Calculator is in line with the company's drive to become carbon-negative by 2030 and the UK's effort to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.

The calculator, which will use real-time supply chain data to improve emission reporting and identify points where carbon reductions can be made, in compliance with the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive II. (Source: DRAX, Trade Media,6 May, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Drax,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Pellet,  Carbon Emissions,  


Enviva Biomass Touts 2020 Responsible Sourcing Policy (Ind. Report)
Enviva Biomass
Date: 2020-04-24
Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet specialist Enviva is touting its 2020 Implementation Plans detailing the company's commitment to responsible and sustainable wood sourcing in accordance with strict environmental standards.

The 2020 Implementation Plans define the company's measurable goals in three sections -- sustainable forestry standards, verification and transparency, and conservation leadership across the U.S. Southeast, where the company owns and operates wood pellet production plants.

According to a release, in 2020, Enviva plans to publish its first Corporate Sustainability Report describing how the company works to deliver on its mission to displace coal, grow more trees and fight climate change, its current environmental impact and sustainability practices and its goals for continuous improvement in sustainability of its business in the long-term.

The company also plans to add 30,000 acres to the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified land base. Enviva will also strengthen its existing partnership with The Longleaf Alliance to actively seek longleaf restoration through its wood sourcing on private and public lands in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and the Carolinas. The company will also assist in the conservation of 3,500+ acres of bottomland hardwood (BLHW) forests to meet the company's 10-year goal of conserving 35,000 acres of BLHW forests by 2030.

View Enviva's 2020 RSP Implementation Plans HERE. (Source: Enviva Biomass, PR, AP, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, (301-657-5560), media@envivabiomass.com, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Enviva,  


USFS Announces Woody Biomass Energy Funding (Funding Report)
U.S. Forest Service
Date: 2020-04-24
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) reports it has awarded a total of $7.62 million in matching fund grants to 35 projects as part of the agency's Wood Innovations Grant Program. Eight of those projects focus on renewable energy, while the remaining 27 focus on expanding markets for wood products.

The Wood Innovations Grant program advances innovations in wood energy and products that create jobs, revitalize local economies and support sustainable forest land management. Selected projects include:

  • Hoonah Indian Association: Hoonah, Alaska; Hoonah biomass design based on 2017 feasibility study;

  • Maine Energy Systems LLC: Bethel, Maine; Demonstration project for increasing whole house pellet heating clusters;

  • Red Lodge Mountain: Red Lodge, Montana; Red Lodge Mountain waste to warmth energy project;

  • Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District: Valentine, Nebraska; Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District headquarters heating project;

  • City of Prineville: Prineville, Oregon; Prineville renewable energy project engineering and design study;

  • Blue Mountain Lumber Products LLC: Pendleton, Oregon; Expanding forest biomass pellet manufacturing capacity;

  • Smokehouse Products LLC: Hood River, Oregon; Installation of wood chip dryer and processing equipment using renewable energy and heat provided by Wind River biomass utility;

  • Next Generation Wood Inc.: Hiwassee, Virginia; Market assessment for the expansion of biochar use and sales;

  • Long Falls Paperboard LLC: Brattleboro, Vermont; Long Falls Paperboard biomass combined-heat-and-power conversion project—flue gas condensation alternative to achieve maximum efficiency.

    Access Wood Innovations Grant Program details HERE (Source: US Forest Service, PR, 16 April, 2020) Contact: US Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Forest Service,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


  • DRAX Receives 100th US Woody Biomass Shipment (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In the UK, the DRAX Power Station in North Yorkshire is reporting receipt of its 100th shipment of woody biomass for power generation from its three woody biomass pellet plants in the southern US.

    Roughly two thirds of the 7.5 million tpy of sustainable biomass Drax uses comes from the company's US three pellet mills. Drax also has agreements with a number of other suppliers in the US and elsewhere around the world including in Canada, the Baltics and Portugal, according to a release. (Source: Drax, PR , April, 2020) Contact: Drax, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 07712 670 888,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Cycleenergy Acquires Innogy Biomass Pellet Plant (Int'l, M&A)
    Cycleenergy,Innogy
    Date: 2020-01-29
    Essen, Germany-based energy company Innogy is reporting the sale of its subsidiary NRW Pellets GmbH biomass pellet production plant in Erndtebruck, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to Austria-based Cycleenergy Holding GmbH for an undisclosed price, effective 27 Jan., 2020.

    With this acquisition, Cycleenergy's portfolio includes three biomass plants and two pellet factories in Austria. (Source: Innogy, PR, Renewables, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Cycleenergy Holding GmbH, www.cycleenergy.com; Innogy, NRW Pellets, www.nrwpellets.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Biomass Pellet,  Innogy,  


    $100Mn Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Slated for Alabama (Ind. Report)
    Westervelt,Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In "The Heart of Dixie", Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt Co. reports it is partnering with Vancouver, B.C.-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy to construct a woody biomass-wood pellet production plant in the city of Demopolis. The 360,000 metric tpy plant is aiming for an early 2021 startup, according to a statement.

    Pinnacle will reportedly hold a 70 pct stake in the plant, Westervelt will hold 20 pct and Two Rivers Lumber Co. which will supply the plant with sawmill waste for pellet production, will hold the remaining 10 pct. (Source: Westervelt Co., Various Media, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Dec., 2019) Contact: Westervelt, Brian Luoma, CEO, 205-562-5800,www.westerveldtlumber.com; Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613,investors@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Westervelt,  Pinnacle Renewable Energy ,  Wood pellet,  


    Drax Upping Woody Biomass Pellet Production (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2019-11-22
    In the UK, power producer Drax Group plc, through its Drax Biomass subsidiary, report it plans to increase its present 1.5 million mtpy wood pellet production to 5 million mtpy by 2027. The company's three U.S plants will increase production by by 350,000 metric tpy over the next two years. Drax notes it is also looking at developing an additional 3 million mtpy of capacity over the next seven years.

    According to a company statement, Drax produced 650,000 metric tons of wood pellets during the first half of 2019, a sligth drop from the same period in 2018. The company also noted the expansion in biomass capacity would allow it to develop an unsubsidized biomass generation business by 2027. (Source: DRAX, Biomass, 20 Nov., 2019) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


    New York Woody Biomass Heating System Commissioned (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-11-22
    In the Empire State, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, and New York State Police are reporting the commissioning of a woody biomass pellet-fired heating system at the State Office Campus in Ray Brook.

    The $3 million project, developed in partnership with DEC, State Police, APA, the New York Power Authority and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's (D) BuildSmart NY program, which calls for a 20 pct reduction in energy consumption by all state agencies by 2020. The installation is also expected to cut annual energy costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 391 tpy.

    NYSERDA provided more than $500,000 for the project with the balance split by the three benefiting state agencies. (Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSERDA, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, www.dec.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Biomass Heat,  Woody Biomass,  


    Irish Bio-coal Developer Raises £ 2Mn (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Silform Technologies
    Date: 2019-08-23
    On the Emerald Isle, Belfast-based Silform Technologies reports it has raised £2 million ($2.5 million +-) from the Bank of Ireland to establish a pilot factory in Northern Ireland for its unique process that turns coal mine waste into industrial fuel.

    Silform's technology includes a formula and process that process coal mine waste into a water resistant pellet fuel. The company is also developing a pellet that mixes 30 pct biomass "biocoal" with 30 pct less CO2 emissions compared with traditional coal and 70 pct more calorific value compared to pure wood Biomass pellets.

    The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) fundg will establish the plant and also scale-up R&D on broader applications of the technology and products. (Source: Silform Technologies, PR, Irish Times, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Silform Technologies, +44 28 9446 3759, www.silform.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silform Technologies,  Coal,  Bio-coal,  Biomass,  


    Irish Regulator Stymies Peat-to-Woody Biomass Conversion (Int'l)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2019-07-24
    In Dublin, the regulatory development and planning board -- Bord Pleanala -- reports it has denied permission for state-owned energy company Bord Na Mona's planned conversion of a peat-burning power plant at Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, to co-fire with biomass from 2021 until the end of 2027 when its existing peat permit expires. The plant would then be fully biomass fired with 37,000 tpy of woody biomass imported from Australia.

    The regulatory board cited the "potential negative impacts on the environment and the inadequacy of the indigenous biomass supply and high dependence on imported biomass that would be contrary to both EU and national climate and energy policy" for its refusal. The regulatory board also noted previous schemes to establish a domestic source of energy crops such as willow and miscanthus have failed.

    The Irish government's national climate and energy policy calls for a complete phase out of coal and peat fired electricity generation by 2030. (Source: An Bord Pleanala, Green New.ie, 23 July, 2019)Contact: An Bord Pleanala, www.pleanala.ie; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Peat,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Pellet,  


    Pinnacle Inks Japanese, Korean Biomass Pellet Deals (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-15
    Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc is reporting a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with Mitsubishi Corporation, a global integrated business enterprise in Japan and with GS Global Corporation, a biomass power producer in that country.

    Under the terms of the Mitsubishi contract, Pinnacle will supply 110,000 to 120,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets beginning in 2021. For the Sout hKorean contract, Pinnacle will supply 100,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to GS beginning in 2022.

    Pinnacle Renewable Energy is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer. The company produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets, according to the company. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, PR, Lesprom Network, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Shuttered BC Sawmill Slatted for Wood Pellet Production (Ind. Report)
    Boreal BioEnergy,
    Date: 2019-06-17
    A sawmill in McBride, B.C., that shutdown 13 years ago is getting a new life as a wood pellet plant. Vancouver-headquartered forestry company Boreal BioEnergy Corp. is reporting the acquisition of a long-shuttered saw mill facility in McBride, B.C. for redevelopment into a torrefied (black) wood biomass pellet production plant.

    Construction is slated to get underway early next year for startup and production in late 2020. When fully operational the plant will produce up to 250,000 tpy of "black pellets." The plant's first shipment of wood pellets is scheduled to arrive in Japan in 2021. (Source: Boreal Bioenergy, CBC News, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Boreal Energy, Bruce Halase Managing Director Business Development, (604) 324-9916 ext. 104, bruce.halase@borealbioenergy.com, www.borealbioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boreal BioEnergy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Pinnacle Entwistle Resumes Wood Biomass Pellet Prod.(Ind Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-03
    Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. reports it has resumed dry-fiber wood pellet production at its Entwistle, Alberta, plant. The plant was shuttered as the result of a fire on Feb. 11, 2019. The company expects to provide a further update on the Entwistle Facility during the second quarter.

    Pinnacle also reports it has entered into a new long-term, 200,000 mtpy industrial wood pellet take-or-pay contract with Japan's Sumitomo Corp., starting in 2022. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, PR, 1 April, 2019) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    SG AGRO Doubling Biomass Pellet Production in 2019 (Int'l Report)
    KSG Agro
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In the Ukraine, biomass pellet producer KSG Agro reports it's plant modernization pprogram is well underway and expected to be complete before the year end. The upgrades will double the plant's production capacity for pellets from sunflowers and agricultural waste materials to 2,000 tpy.

    In 2017-2018 KSG Agro installed nine biofuel boiler houses with a total capacity of 8.35 MW, which produce more than 1,000 Gcal of heat per 160-day heating (160 days). (Source: KSG Argo, Ukraine Open for Business, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: KSG Agro, +380 56 787 07 31, +380 56 787 07 32, info@ksgagro.com, www.ksgagro.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    NRC Funds Northern Biomass Pellet Project Feasibility Study (Funding)
    Natural Resources Canada, Nihtat Corp
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it will invest $220,000 to support a feasibility study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories.

    The federal funds will enable the indigenous community-owned Nihtat Corp. to look into options for wood pellet plant development, wood-based biomass opportunities and biomass supply chain enhancements in the Beaufort Delta region. The project aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage the use of biomass as a healthy and economical choice for heating that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is from Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program which aims to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on fossil fuel for heat and power, with particular emphasis on Indigenous communities. (Source: NRC, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca; Nihtat Corp., www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/bip-registry/bip0000346-inuvik

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Nihtat Corp ,  


    Higher Biomass Pellet, Power Output Ups DRAX Earnings (Intl)
    DRAX
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Reuters notes UK power producer Drax Group Plc is reporting a 9 pct bump in full-year core earnings thanks to higher woody biomass pellet production and increased power generation from its biomass-fired power station near Selby in North Yorkshire. (Source: euronews, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: DRAX , Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Woody Pellet,  


    Global Biomass Pellets Market Hits $15.9Bn by 2022, says Report (Report Available)
    Biomass Pellet
    Date: 2019-02-13
    Zion Market Research is reporting the avaiability of its The Biomass Pellets Market for Industrial Applications and Residential Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016 – 2022 report comprising detailed information about the global Biomass Pellets Market.

    The report provides a complete structural outline and description of the Biomass Pellets Market, estimated growth patterns, market trends, production technologies, and product modifications. The report also offers a wide spectrum of opportunities to product developers and services providers and identifies the major market players -- Energex Corporation, Forest Energy Corporation, Helius Energy, New England Wood Pellet, Woodstone, Forth Energy, International Woodfuels and MGT Power, as well as markets by region and other related pellet industry information and data.

    Request a free Biomass Pellets Market Report sample at www.zionmarketresearch.com/sample/biomass-pellets-market

    Download Free PDF Report Brochure www.zionmarketresearch.com/requestbrochure/biomass-pellets-market

    Report details www.zionmarketresearch.com/inquiry/biomass-pellets-market. (Source: ZMR Research News, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: ZMR, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    DRAX Biomass Carbon Capture Pilot Now in Action (Int'l Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2019-02-11
    In the UK, the nation's largest renewable power energy generator DRAX is reporting the nation's first Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project at its power station near Selby in North Yorkshire has begun capturing carbon dioxide.

    The "first of its kind" demonstration plant uses innovative technology developed by Leeds University spin-out C-Capture to capture CO2 from the combustion of a 100 pct biomass feedstock. The pilot plant was commissioned last November.

    Drax has invested £400,000 in the pilot, which could be the first of several projects undertaken at the power station to deliver a rapid, lower cost demonstration of BECCS. According to the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, BECCS could enable the capture of 50 million tpy by 2050 -- almost half of the UK's emissions target.

    Drax operates electric power generation and compressed wood biomass pellet production operations across the UK, including the woddy biomass-fired Selby, North Yorkshire plant which supplies fully 6 pct of the country's electricity needs.

    C-Capture's proprietary solvent-based chemical processes removes CO2 from emissions sources such as power stations, industrial plants and anaerobic digestion. (Source: DRAX, PR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: University of Leeds, www.leeds.ac.uk; C-CAPTURE, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering , www.c-capture.co.uk; DRAX , Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Pacific Bioenergy, Skeena Ink Wood Pellet Off-Take Deal (Ind. Report)
    Skeena Sawmills, Pacific BioEnergy
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Following up on our 30th July, 2018 coverage, Terrance, British Columbia, privately owned and funded Skeena BioEnergy/Skeena Sawmills Ltd. and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. (PacBio) are reporting a long term off-take agreement for 100 pct of the woody biomass pellets produced at Skeena Sawmills' new, $20 million pellet plant, in support of PacBio's long term supply agreements with power producers in Japan.

    The new plant is slated to begin production in Q1 2019. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corp., Biomass Mag., 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Pacific BioEnergy, John Stirling, Pres., 604.602.1099, 604.602.1089 - fax, info@pacificbioenergy.ca, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; Skeena BioEnergy, Roger Keery, VP, Rick Harris, VP Sales & Marketing, www.skeenasawmills.com/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Skeena Sawmills,  Pacific BioEnergy,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomas,  


    CO2 Neg. Elephant Grass Briquette Biofuel Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    NextFuel
    Date: 2018-11-28
    Stockholm-headquartered NextFuel is touting a new energy solution to climate change that is CO2 negative, cheap, profitable and massively scalable in the form of a briquette made from elephant grass. The briquette is cheaper than and oil and coal in most markets and can be used to replace some or all of the coal normally used by a coal plant. It has already been tested and proven and the first operational plant has been opened by NextFuel in Austria. The company is currently implementing its first large projects in East Africa and South America.

    Elephant grass can grow up to four meters in just 100 days and yields several harvestable crops per year. NextFuel's patented technology -- a rotary drum indirectly heated and operated with a low oxygen atmosphere -- requires very little energy to transform the elephant grass into a briquette form. While inside that drum, volatile elements are separated from the grass, and the physical properties together with the energy content are transformed in less than 30 minutes to a clean copy of fossil fuel. The fuel is then "densified" and turned into briquettes for industrial and electric power production. (Source: NextFuel, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextFuel, www.nextfuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextFuel,  Biomass Briquette,  Biomass Pellet,  


    Pacific Bioenergy Broadening Woody Biomass Pellet Mix (Ind Report)
    Pacific Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Vancouver-based Pacific Bioenergy reports it has secured Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia funding for an experiment to determine how cedar logging wastes can be added into their waste woody biomass pellet fuel mix. The company's wood pellet fuel is targeted primarily to overseas markets.

    Pacific Bioenergy operatse wood pellet plants in Prince George, Chetwynd and Fort St. John and is involved in a wood waste partnership in Quesnel, British Columbia. (Source: Pacific Bioenergy, Rocky Mountain Goat, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, www.fesbc.ca; Pacific Bioenergy, Don Steele, CEO, (604) 602-1099, www.pacificbioenergy.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Bioenergy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    NRC Invests $15Mn in Que. Woody Biomass Pellet Project (Funding)
    Natural Resource Canada,Granule 777
    Date: 2018-11-16
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) reports it will support the development of a fully integrated industrial wood pellet and sawmill complex under development by Granule 777 Inc. in Quebec adjacent to its Barrette-Chapais sawmill.

    NRC's $15 million investment will be made through its Investments in Forest Industry Transportation program. Another federal agency, Canada Economic Development, will add $5 million to the project through its Quebec Economic Development Program .

    WHen fully operational, the facility is expected to produce 210,000 metric tpy of wood pellets from 450,000 green metric tons of biomass. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Nov., Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Barrette-Chapais Granule 777, Benoit Barrette, Pres., (418) 745-2545, www.barrette-chapais.qc.ca; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    GRP, Active Energy Announce CoalSwitch JV (Ind. Report)
    CoalSwitch,Georgia Renewable Power
    Date: 2018-10-17
    London-listed renewable energy company Active Energy Group Plc (AEG) reports it will enter into a joint venture (JV) with Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) for the installation of CoalSwitch production facilities in the US. GRP presently operates three biomass-to-energy power plants totaling 165MW capacity North Carolina and Georgia.

    The JV company called the Active Energy Renewable Power will first carry out the installation works at the GRP's North Carolina facility to be followed by two additional CoalSwitch facilities at each of GRP's other biomass-to-energy power plant locations in Carnesville and Colbert, Georgia. Currently, the plants in Georgia are under construction and are targeted to be commissioned by the middle of next year. Under the JV, 25t per hour CoalSwitch facilities are planned for construction at each site, to be installed in the coming 36 months. The JV intends to expand the CoalSwitch production capacity up to 100 tonnes per hour in the region. (Source: Power Technology, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Active Energy, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com; Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Georgia Renewable Power ,  


    Zilkha Completes $59Mn Biomass Pellet Plant Refinancing (Ind. Report)
    Zilkha Biomass
    Date: 2018-10-10
    Houston-headquartered Zilkha Biomass Fuels I LLC is reporting the completion of a $59.8 M refinancing of the Zilkha Biomass Selma LLC pellet mill operation located in Selma, Alabama. The funds are earmarked for the recommissioning and production of Zilkha Black™ Pellets -- a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable, can be stored like coal and used as a direct substitute for coal in power plant operations and production of renewable energy.

    The Selma mill, which is expected to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2019, will produce 60,000 MT in the first year of operation, 200,000 MT in the second year, and 240,000 million tpy thereafter. New capital will be used for new CAPEX projects and to provide working capital for the mill to build inventory for sale into the primary markets worldwide (Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean). In addition, Zilkha Biomass Fuels I LLC, the parent company of the Selma mill, is seeking operators worldwide to utilize the patented Zilkha Black™ Pellet technology (Source: Zilkha Biomass Fuels, PR, Houston Business Journal, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Fuels 1, Larry Price, (832) 712-0093, lprice@zilkhabiomass.com; Jack Holmes, CEO, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com

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    Moelven Confirms Norwegian Bioenergy, Pellet Plant Plans (Int'l)
    Moelven
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In a release, the Scandinavian industrial group Moelven reports it is constructing a new woody biomass pellet factory and bioenergy plant near the villages of Honefoss and Kroderen, Norway. The pellet plant will be integrated into the company's existing sawmill which will provide by-products for pellet production.

    The NOK 270 million ($32,376,000 US) project will receive NOK 66 million funding from Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy. The new plant is expected to come online in 2020.

    Moelven is a Scandinavian industrial group that produces building materials and systems for the construction industry. (Source: Moelven, PR, IHB, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Moelven, +47 62 34 70 00, post@moelven.com, www.moelven.com

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    Sustane Technologies Plastics-to-Fuels Plant Wins Conditional Environmental Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Sustane Technologies
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Nova Scotia, Sustane Technologies Inc. reports receipt of a conditional environmental assessment approval to collect and process up to 50,000 tpy of municipal garbage into biomass pellets, diesel and kerosene at a plant at Kaisers Meadow near Chester.

    Those conditions of approval specify the types of raw material the company can bring in and process. The company must also develop and follow plans to monitor air quality, groundwater, noise levels and the effects of flaring and lighting on birds as well as create a map of species at risk in the project area. The company must also create a contingency plan for accidents. All of the conditions must be met before the company can apply for the industrial approval necessary for operations startup.

    When fully operational, the plant will produce both synthetic kerosene for onsite use, and about 9,000 lpd of synthetic diesel which will be sold. (Source: Sustane Technologies, CBC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sustane Technologies, Peter Vinall, CEO, (902) 200-1642, info@sustane.co, www.sustane.co

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    SIMEC Touting Biomass Pellet Coal Power Plant Conversions (Int'l)
    SIMEC Atlantis Energy
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In the UK, SIMEC Atlantis Energy (SAE), the tidal power firm 50 pct owned by the industrial player SIMEC, reports it plans to convert coal-fired power stations around the world to run on "Subcoal" waste-based biomass/biofuel pellets.

    The company is currently converting the ageing Uskmouth coal power plant in South Wales to run on the Subcoal pellets, which are made from waste materials including waste plastic. The company is also in discussions with plant owners and operators in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the US to convert coal-fired power stations to run on the pellets. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Business Green, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, www.simecatlantis.com; Uskmouth Power Station, +44 1633 292700,

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    Skenna Bioenergy Launching BC Wood Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
    Skeena BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-07-30
    In Terrance, British Columbia, privately owned and funded Skeena BioEnergy reports construction is underway on a new $20 million woody biomass pellet plant next to Skeena Sawmills in Britsh Columbia. Construction, which started in June, is expected to be completed by December 2018 for commissioning in January 2019.

    The Skeena BioEnergy plant design is based on using 100 pct of the Skeena Sawmills waste -- planer shavings, sawdust, hog fuel and bark -- as feedstock to produce approximately 75,000 tonnes of pellets a year.

    Skeena Sawmills and Skeena BioEnergy are owned by Roc Holdings, which was launched in 2012. Skeena Sawmills was purchased from West Fraser Timber the same year and began operation under its new private ownership in 2013. (Source: Skeena Bioenergy, Various Media, Canadian Biomass, July 27, 2018) Contact: Skeena BioEnergy, Roger Keery, VP, www.skeenasawmills.com/bioenergy

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    Indian National Policy on Biofuels Updated (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-07-27
    In an effort to reduce its dependence on imported oil and gas, the Indian government's National Policy on Biofuels in May approved damaged farm produce and other starch-containing materials such as corn, cassava and sugarcane as a feedstock for ethanol production. The National Policy on Biofuels approval has reportedly been seen as a positive step to drive the biofuel sector forward and to boost farm earnings.

    Indian biomass and biofuel industry insiders are reportedly predicting a sizeable increase in biomass pellets to emerge due to the policy intervention, along with the technology to produce the pellets at a low cost. Additionally, several new technological possibilities have emerged from conversion of crop stubble into biofuels.

    To date, India's biofuels production has been hampered by the non-availability of domestic feedstocks.

    Download India's National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: India Climate Dialogue, 25 July, 2018) Contact: India Climate Dialogue, www. indiaclimatedialogue.ne; National Policy on Biofuels, mnre.gov.in

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    Zilkha Biomass Unplugs Planned Arkansas Pellet Mill (Ind. Report)
    Zilkha Biomass
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In Arkansas, the Monticello Economic Development Commission reports that Houston-headquartered Zilkha Biomass has canceled its proposed pellet mill on an 80 acre site the Commission purchased from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2014. With Zilka's cancellation, the Commission, which purchased the site specifically for Zilka, will take ownership of the land in exchange for their work and expense in the project.

    Zilkha Biomass Energy produces the Zilkha Black pellet, a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable and can be stored like coal. (Source: Zilkha Biofuels, Monticello Live, 9 July, 2018)Contact: Monticello Economic Development Commission, www.monticelloedc.org; Zilkha Biomass, Jack Holmes, CEO, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com

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    Winnipeg Univ. Demos Urban Biomass Pellet Heating (Ind. Report)
    University of Winnipeg
    Date: 2018-07-03
    On the Canadian prairies, the University of Winnipeg (enrollment 9,360) in Manitoba reports it will convert its oil-fired heat and power production to woody biomass pellets this fall.

    Last fall the city center university installed two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers as supplementary heating sources and as a demonstration project in a partnership with Manitoba Hydro's Bioenergy Optimization Program. The university's sustainability and GHG reduction strategy includes a goal of 5 pct of total campus energy usage coming from renewable sources by 2025.

    The system is expected to use about 170 tpy of locally sourced pellets. (Source: University of Winnipeg, Manitoba-Cooperator, 26 May, 2018) Contact: University of Winnipeg, www.uwinnipeg.ca; Manitoba Hydro Bioenergy Optimization Program, www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/bioenergy_optimization/index.shtm

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    Global Biomass Pellet Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Biomass
    Date: 2018-06-18
    The Global Biomass Pellet Market research report from QY investigates both historical data and current advancements in the market to provide map a reasonable trajectory of the biomass pellet market for an unbiased overview of the biomass pellet market.

    The report includes market trends, essential variables, difficulties, opportunities, and future market development and prospects. The report also tracks the emerging applications, innovative technologies, and mergers & acquisitions.

    According to the report, key players include: German Pellets, Enviva, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, Pacific BioEnergy Corporation, Vyborgskaya Cellulose, Rentech, Graanul Invest Group, RWE Innogy, Lignetics, E-pellet, Drax Biomass, General Biofuels, BlueFire Renewables, Pfeifer Group. Geographis areas covered include: Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle-East & Africa and North America.

    Pellet biofuels are made from a wide variety of compressed organic matter -- biomass including industrial waste and co-products, food waste, agricultural residues, energy crops, and virgin lumber. The factors driving the growth of the market include low GHG emission from biomass, increased government initiatives for renewable technologies, need for constant energy supply and massive untapped biomass potential.

    Global Biomass Pellet Market report details are available HERE. (Source: QY Reports, Pr, June, 2018) Contact: QY Reports, +91-9764607607, sales@qyreports.com, www.qyreports.com

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    Pinnacle Inks Long-Term Japanese Woody Biomass Pellet Deal (Int'l)
    Pinnacle
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply 75,000 tpy of industrial wood pellets to Hanwa Co Ltd for a biomass power plant in Japan. Deliveries under the take-or-pay off-take contract are slated to begin in early 2022.

    The contract is the company's fourth contract of 2018 with Japanese customers, Pinnacle noted. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Renewables, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Pionnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com; Hanwa Co. Ltd., www.hanwa.co.jp/en

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    Smithers Wood Pellet Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Pellet,West Fraser Timber
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Prince George, British Columbia-based woody biomass pellet maker Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports it has begun conversion of an existing particle board plant to a wood pellet production facility under the Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership in Smithers, B.C.. The 125,000 metric tpy plant will be 30-pct owned by West Fraser Timber Co. with Pinnacle holding the remaining 70 pct.

    Production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. Both fibre supply and customer off-take agreements are in place under long-term agreements, the company reports.

    Pinnacle presently operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal in B.C., and has a new production plant under construction in Entwistle, Alta. (Source: Pinnacle Pellet, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: West Fraser Timber, www.westfraser.com; Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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    Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Slated for East Yorkshire UK (Int'l)
    Y Pellets ,ARC Applied Sciences
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In the UK, Y Pellets reports it will utilize ARC Applied Sciences' patented process to produce wood pellets from locally sourced woody biomass at its new £10 million plant in East Yorkshire. The new plant's production will be marketed to the domestic UK market under the name "Y Pellets." The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2019. (Source: Y Pellets, PR 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Y Pellets, Neil Holland, Director of ARC Applied Sciences and Managing Director, +44 0 1405 840095, www.ypellets.com; ARC Applied Sciences, www.arcsciences.com

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    IGL, Mahindra Partner on Indian Crop Stubble Fuels Project (Int'l)
    Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-02-21
    The Times of India is reporting New Delhi-headquartered Indian automobile natural gas fuel supplier Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) and Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions (MWESL) , a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, are partnering to design and develop biofuels from crop stubble production in Delhi and other Indian centers.

    In related developments, public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) began using crop stubble biomass pellets to fuel its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship. (Source: Rural Marketing, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions, www.tofler.in/mahindra-waste-energy-solutions-limited/company/U37200MH2017PLC296622; Indraprastha Gas Ltd., www.iglonline.net

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    Japanese Companies Develop New Biomass Pellet Fuels (Int'l)
    Idemitsu Kosan,Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering
    Date: 2018-02-09
    According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Japanese companies are developing biofuels that can be blended with coal and burned to cut power plant CO2 emissions.

    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 mixed with at the rate of 30 pct and burned in coal-fired plants. The company plans to produce the pellets in Thailand and market them to Japanese power companies.

    In other related developments, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd has developed equipment that can process biomass waste at Southeast Asian palm plantations into biofuel. It employs steel-rolling technology to squeeze impurities out of plant matter, creating a solid fuel that -- like Idemitsu's pellets -- can replace up to 30 pct of coal at a thermal power plant. The engineering company plans to begin selling the equipment to plantation operators in Indonesia and Malaysia in fiscal 2018. (Source: Idemitsu Kosan, Nikkei Asian Review, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Idemitsu Kosan, www.idemitsu.com; Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co Ltd., www.eng.nssmc.com/english

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    Active Energy CoalSwitch Utah Plant Set to Open (Ind. Report)
    Active Energy
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Following up on our Jan. 5th coverage, UK-based orestry management company Active Energy Group PLC and its subsidiary Advanced Biomass Solutions reports its first commercial CoalSwitch plant in Utah, US, will open this week.

    According to Active Energy, CoalSwitch utilises low value waste-wood, pulp mill and saw mill by-products, chemically-treated timber wastes, palm oil residues and a variety of other biomass feedstock to produce a high-calorific, high bulk-density, advanced cellulose based fuel biomass pellet that behaves just like coal, only cleaner. of clean biomass. (Source: Active Energy , Feb., 2018)Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

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    Pellet Producer Pinnacle Pinpoints $150Mn IPO Price (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Holdings
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Further to our Dec. 20, 2017 report, Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has filed its final prospectus in connection with its proposed IPO and secondary offering. The company previously planned to issue shares between $13-15 per share for gross proceeds of $150 million.

    Pinnacle is the world's third largest producer of wood pellets for utility-scale electric power generation. The company operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal, and has new production facilities under development in Entwistle, Alberta and Smithers, B.C., Canada.

    The closing of the offering is expected to occur on February 6, 2018, (Source: Pinnacle, CPC Journal, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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    Biomass Pellet Maker Pinnacle Floating TSX IPO (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Holdings
    Date: 2017-12-20
    Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has filed a preliminary prospectus for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) and a secondary offering of common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) by certain existing shareholders, including entities affiliated with ONCAP, the middle-market private equity platform of Onex Corporation.

    The offering is being co-led by CIBC Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets, together with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc., as joint bookrunners, and National Bank Financial Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd. and HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., as underwriters.

    The company, which produces industrial wood pellets used by global utilities and large-scale power generators, operates six wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal, and is developing new production facilities in Entwistle, Alberta and Smithers, B.C.. Pinnacle has entered into long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the UK, Europe and Asia that represent 100 pct of its production capacity through 2021 and nearly 80 pct of production capacity through 2026. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Holdings, Private Capital Journal, 18 Dec., 2017) (Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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    Danish Coal to Woody Biomass Power Conversion Underway (Int'l)
    DONG Energy,Orsted
    Date: 2017-11-01
    Orsted , formerly known as DONG Energy, reports the $190 million conversion of the coal-fired Avedore Power Station in Denmark to burn wood biomass pellets as fuel is underway. Work includes construction of a biomass-fired plant in new buildings, conveyors and wood chip-pellet storage facilities.

    The new unit will be connected to the existing district heating and process steam networks and the electricity grid. The conversion project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The company plans to phase out all of its coal powered operations by 2023, it said. (Source: DONG Energy, CTBR, Nov., 2017)Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, Thomas Dalsgaard, Bioenergy & Thermal Power VP, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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    Ethanol Crop Residue Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
    Trestle Energy
    Date: 2017-09-25
    Following-up on our June 1, 2016 report, San Diego-based Trestle Energy LLC, a low carbon fuel company working with ethanol producers, and Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. in two joint studies have found that collecting, processing and delivering corn stover (stalks, leaves, stubble) byproducts of ethanol production for use in generating electricity. The stover is compressed into biomass pellets that can be burned like coal in existing power plants, reducing CO2 emissions and increasing renewable energy supplies.

    The studies reveal that with modest infrastructure investments, building even a single pellet facility can deliver economic benefits for power producers and across farm economies.

    The studies, commissioned by Larksen LLC, Trestle Energy's affiliate for biomass supply, focus on Nebraska and Iowa, two leaders in U.S. ethanol production. Nebraska's ethanol industry produces roughly 8.32 million tpy of harvestable corn stover and Iowa's industry produces around 15.6 million tpy. The economic impacts show that building a corn stover industry to complement ethanol production in Iowa could deliver over $1 billion in additional labor income and contribute $2 billion to Iowa's GDP by 2030. In neighboring Nebraska, the analysis shows the potential to generate $840 million in labor income and $1.5 billion in GDP over the same period. What is required is modest infrastructure investments to enable coal-fired power plants to blend biomass into their fuel mix. (Source: Trestle Energy LLC, PR, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Trestle Energy, James Rhodes, Pres., (858) 220-9529, info@trestleenergy.com, www.trestleenergy.com; Larksen, LLC, http://larksen.com

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