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Ontario Woody Biomass Fuel Facility Now Operating (Ind. Report)
Biothermic,Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy
Date: 2019-06-19
Thunder Bay, Ontario-based woody biomass heating systems and wood chip for heating supplier Biothermic is reporting the construction and startup of Ontario's first wood fuel facility for processing and storing locally-sourced wood chips -- a major step forward in helping make low-carbon, low-cost energy a reality in Canada.

The Biothermic facility received $168,500 in grant funding from the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE), an independent non-profit corporation that supports the development and commercialization of bioenergy and biomass. (Source: Biothermic, Canadian Biomass, June, 2019) Contact: Biothermic, Vince Rutter, Pres., (807) 355-5519, vince@biothermic.ca, www.biothermic.ca; CRIBE, Chris Walton, CEO, 807.344.1180, ceo@cribe.ca, www.cribe.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


Forest Biomass Renewable Fuels Classification Challenged (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2019-03-06
In an action filed Monday at the European General Court in Luxembourg, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona Plc and six other plaintiffs claimed that classifying forest biomass as a renewable fuel "fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive's biomass energy policy."

The lawsuit seeks to remove forest biomass from the EUs Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) which raises the overall EU target for renewable energy sources consumption by 2030 from 20 pct to 32 pct. The plaintiffs contend RED II "ignores the science on forest bioenergy and promotes false climate solutions" and that RED II failed to properly account for the lifecycle carbon emissions from harvesting, producing, transporting, and burning woody biomass fuels.

The case is coordinated by the US-based Partnership for Policy Integrity with input from experts including the Dogwood Alliance; one of more than 30 conservation and environmental justice organizations in the southern US who wrote to the Government, the ESB and Bord na Mona in August 2018 pointing out it was planned that wood used in the Irish power plants would come from their region -- the U.S. North Atlantic Coastal Plain. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the annual supply gap in wood production for biomass could be up to 1.88 million cubic metres by 2020 and more than twice that by 2025, all of which must be sourced outside Ireland.

According to Dr Mary S Booth, director of the US Partnership for Policy Integrity and lead science advisor on the case, "burning wood for energy emits more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal but RED II counts these emissions as zero.". (Source: (Source: Bord na Mona, All Things Arb, Agricultural News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  RED II,  Bord na Mona,  Carbon Emissions,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  


Active Energy Raises £1.75Mn for CoalSwitch Biomass Fuel Rollout (Ind. Report)
Active Energy
Date: 2017-11-01
Following on our Sept. 25th coverage, UK-based renewable energy specialist Active Energy Group PLC reports it has raised £1.75 million as it looks to accelerate the international commercial roll out of its CoalSwitch biomass fuel.

CoalSwitch recently received a major leg-up through a deal with California-based renewable energy group Lumino Capital to build eight plants across Asia. Advanced Biomass Solutions (ABS), AEG's biomass affiliate, will construct and run the plants while Lumino will source the biomass feedstock as well as providing finance. Together, the new plants will be a standalone entity with total production 1.5 million tpy of the CoalSwitch product. Construction of the first of the 6 plants is slated for early 2018. (Source: Active Energy Group, Proactive Investors, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass Fuel,  

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