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SBP Biomass Standards Review Underway (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Biomass Programme
Date: 2020-05-22
The Sustainable Biomass Programme (SBP) certification scheme reports the launch of its standards development process. As part of the process, SBP's six standards will be reviewed and revised by working groups, and revisions will be passed to a technical committee, prior to approval from the standards committee.

SBP-certified biomass accounted for a 61pc share of the EU-28 industrial wood pellet market, with 11.95mn t of biomass with SBP claims traded in 2019. There are now just over 270 SBP certificate holders in 25 countries, up from 210 at the end of 2019.

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and wood chips used in industrial, large-scale energy production. SBP was launched in 2015. (Source: Sustainable Biomass Program, Argus, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Biomass Progra , Melanie Wedgbury, +44 (0)7734 793279, mkwedgbury@sbp-cert.org, www.sbp-cert.org

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


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,  


CO2 Now Being Captured in DRAX Biomass CCS Pilot (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2019-02-11
In the UK, DRAX, the UK's biggest renewable power generator is reporting the first BECCS demo pilot project of its kind in the world has begun capturing carbon dioxide at its biomass-fired power station near Selby in North Yorkshire. The pilot project uses proprietary solvent technology developed by University of Leeds spin-out C-Capture. The pilot project is the first-time CO2 has been captured from the combustion of a 100 biomass biomass feedstock anywhere in the world.

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 50 million tpy of CO2 by 2050 -- approximately half the UK's emissions target.

As previously reported, DRAX converted two thirds of the Selby Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal making the plant the country's largest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.

C-Capture designs world-leading, patented chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal.The company's solvent-based technology offers a safe, low-cost way to remove 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,  Carbon Capture,  C-CAPTURE,  CO2,  CCS,  


Plant Based Biomass Products Council Launched (Ind. Report)
Plant Based Products Council
Date: 2019-02-04
The newly formed Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), a group of organizations working to promote the adoption and use of products derived from renewable biomass, has reported its official launch. The industry organization will seek plant-based solutions and bring together government, nonprofit, and corporate entities to address environmental challenges while driving economic opportunity.

The new council's membership includes businesses of varying sizes from across the United States that produce, distribute, or sell products or packaging from renewable biomass inputs as well as organizations that made related public sustainability commitments.

Members include Tate & Lyle, Georgia-Pacific, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill, Ingredion, WestRock-Multi Packaging Solutions, Stone Straw, Loliware, Visolis Biotechnology, Newtrient, Future iQ, Emerald Brands, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Industries Association, and Tree Free Hemp.

The PBPC advisory board includes GreenBlue, Californians Against Waste, International Conservation Caucus Foundation, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Professor Ramani Narayan, of Michigan State University's Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.

According to the council's website, plant-based products are derived from sustainable biomass found on six continents. Feedstocks include agricultural residues, algae, bamboo, cassava, dent corn, palm leaf, rice husk, soybeans, sugar beet, sugarcane and wood. (Source: PBPC, Feb., 2019) Contact: PBPC, www.pbpc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioplastic,  


£702Mn DRAX Acquisition Increases Biomass Power Capacity (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2019-01-02
In the UK, Drax Power Station, near Selby, in North Yorkshire, is reporting the completion of its £702 million acquisition of Spanish firm Iberdrola's low-carbon and renewable assets - including hydroelectric and biomass plants in Scotland and combined cycle gas turbine stations in England .

The new power station acquisitions will increase DRAX's electric power generation capacity by 60 pct and add 2.6GW of generation.

DRAX, the UK's largest renewable energy generator, operates biomass units at its site near Selby, following a decade-long conversion of two-thirds of the plant from coal fired to more sustainable biomass. (Source: DRAX, PR, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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


UK Committee on Climate Change Tables Woody Biomass Report (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-19
W In London, the UK government advisory Committee on Climate Change's recently released Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy report is recommending waste wood biomass should be reused and recycled as an "end-of-life" solution to delay or prevent the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere. The report also calls for the integration of carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology with waste wood burning for energy generation wherever possible.

According to the CCC report, "There is significant potential to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet between 5 pct and 10 pct of energy demand from UK sources by 2050. The lower end of this range can be delivered by fully exploiting the UK's organic waste resource (after reduction, reuse and recycling) whilst maintaining today's level of agricultural and forest residue use." The report also recommends the government "not provide further policy support (beyond current commitments) to large-scale biomass power plants that are not deployed with CCS technology." It also called for the government to limit support for bioenergy use in buildings to biomethane produced from anaerobic digestion, thus creating a demand for UK sourced food and garden waste.

Access the full biomass report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Nov., 2018) Contact: The Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Committee on Climate Change,  


Denmark Sets 2017 Wind Energy Production (Int'l Report)
Denmark
Date: 2018-01-12
In Copenhagen, the Danish energy organization danskenergi.dk is reporting that 43.6 pct -- 14,700 GWh -- of Denmark's electric power consumption in 2017 was supplied by wind energy. There were approximately 6,100 wind turbines were in service in Denmark in 2017.

By 2020, wind is expected to deliver 50 pct of Denmark's electric power with solar and sustainable biomass adding 30 pct, according to according to the Danish Energy Authority. (Source: danskenergi.de, Plametsave, Jan., 2018) Contact: danskenergi.de, www.danskenergy.de; Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister, Finn Mortensen, Exec. Dir., +45 2249 6511, fim@stateofgreen.com, https://stateofgreen.com/en/profiles/the-danish-ministry-of-climate-and-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Denmark Wind,  


Burning Forest Waste for Energy Contentious in NSW (Int'l)
Woody Biomass
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Land Down Under, new research by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has analyzed timber production areas on the New South Wales State (NSW) north coast and found there were enough residues in the forests and sawmills to power more than 200,000 homes a year.

The National Parks Association disagreed on the grounds that evidence from Europe showed the adoption of biomass power was driving deforestation in Russia, Canada, the USA, Slovakia, Italy, Spain and Finland. "Given what we know, that biomass use overseas is driving deforestation, and the evidence that burning forests for power is driving climate change, this is reckless in the extreme," Dr Sweeney said.

On the other hand, a report from DPI research scientist Fabiano Ximenes finds that "Biomass from forestry residues has great potential for large-scale electricity generation, industrial heat, biofuels and valuable natural chemicals. So you're taking more sustainable biomass from the forest, reducing wastage, but also looking at areas for growth for the bioenergy industry in general. In doing so [you are] reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the state, but also quite importantly contributing to regional economic growth for the north coast as well."

Download the full DPI report HERE. (Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries, DPI Research, ABC North Coast, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Research, Fabiano Ximenes, www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Waste,  Biomass-to-Energy,  


NEWBio Advances Sustaiable Biomass Energy (Ind. Report)
NEWBio
Date: 2017-09-11
The NorthEast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio), a Northeastern U.S. regional network of universities, businesses and government entities reports that from 2012 to the present it has been working with $10 million in USDA funding to advance sustainable bioenergy and perennial biomass crops -- specifically warm-season grasses and short-rotation willow production strategies, policies and markets -- in the Northeastern U.S.

According to project director Tom Richard, NEWBio made tremendous progress building robust, scalable and sustainable value chains for bio-based energy, chemicals and materials across the Northeastern region.

Among its goals, NEWBio aimed to identify options where bioenergy crops could improve environmental outcomes without competing with food production. One was floodplains and buffers along streams where these crops can improve water quality. A second goal was to utilize abandoned and marginal lands using patented high-yielding willow and various warm-season grasses.

The NEWBio consortium includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Cornell University, Ohio State University, Delaware State University, Rutgers University, Drexel University, University of Vermont, SUNY-ESF, West Virginia University, Idaho National Laboratory, USDA-ARS, University of Maine and Stony Brook University. (Source: NEWBio, Penn State Univ., 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Penn State Univ., Tom Richard, Project Director, 0291, trichard@psu.edu; NEWBio, (814) 863-0291, www.newbio.psu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass Energy,  Sustainable Biomass,  Bioenergy Crops,  Willow,  Woody Biomass,  

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