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German Ethanol Producer Reports Significant Operating Profit (Int'l)
CropEnergies
Date: 2020-10-07
In Mannheim, German ethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports an operating profit in Q2 of the financial year 2020/21 (1 June 2020 -- 31 August 2020) to €42.6 -- the highest quarterly result in the company's history. In the 1st half of the year, with lower depreciation and amortisation, it improved to €50.7 million -- up from €43.7 million for the same period of the previous year.

The company's ethanol production in the 1st half of the 2020/21 financial year was 463,000 (previous year: 478,000) cubic metres, slightly below the previous year's level due to lower production in the 2nd quarter, according to the release.

CropEnergies AG is working on improvements to its biorefineries. At Wanze, Belgium, the company is investing approximately €50 million on an additional biomass boiler to be commissioned in 2023. CropEnergies is also investing approximately €15 million in a production plant for the recovery of roughly 65,000 tpy biogenic CO2. Commissioning is slated for 2021. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Website PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: CropEnergies AG, Phone: +49 621 71 41 90-00, +49 621 71 41 90-04 -- fax, www.cropenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Ethanol,  


$13Mn Supports Cdn. First Nations Woody Biomass Heating (Funding)
Biomass
Date: 2020-09-23
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources (NRCAN) reports it is investing nearly $13 million in woody biomass projects in First Nation communities across northern Canada.

The $13 million investment includes $2.4 million for the Wiikwemkoong Development Commission to demonstrate the effectiveness of forest-based biomass for heating in the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

The Wiikwemkoong community has converted 102 homes to wood biomass boilers and wood pellet furnaces to reduce the community's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Canada Minister of Natural Resources, PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan, www.narcan.gov.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  NRCAN,  


NRCan Invests in Quebec Woody Biomass Bioenergy (Ind. Report)
CRB Innovations,CanmetENERGY
Date: 2020-09-09
The Canadian federal Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) reports its Clean Growth Program will invest $4.5 million in Sherbrooke, Quebec-based CRB Innovations to support eco-sustainable development of the forest sector. The Quebec government Wood Innovation Program invested $2.5 million in the project -- a first of its kind for Canadian bio-refineries.

CRB Innovations is developing a commercial pilot project to convert forestry residuals and other woody biomass sources into intermediate products that will be converted into biofuels and co-bioproducts.

The Natural Resources Clean Growth Program -- a $155-million investment fund -- also provided support to CRB Innovations collaboration with CanmetENERGY (Ottawa) to convert CRB Innovations' mid-products to drop-in transportation biofuels. The NRC investment was made through the program's Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative which provides federal laboratory support for innovators, intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities and equipment. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CNBW, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: NRCan, Natural Resources Canada Clean Growth Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/canadas-green-future/clean-growth-programs/20254#wb-cont; CRB Innovations, (819) 566-2335; CanmetENERGY, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/energy-offices-and-labs/canmetenergy/5715#wb-cont

More Low-Carbon Energy News CanmetENERGY,  Natural Resources Canada,  Bioenergy,  Woody Biomass,  


EASAC Calls for Biomass Emissions, EU ETS Review (Int'l. Report)
EASAC, Biomass
Date: 2020-08-26
In Germany, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is reportedly calling for EU legislators to introduce a new requirement that net carbon emissions from "biomass power stations be properly accounted for and declared under the Emissions Trading System (ETS)."

The European Commission is presently reforming the rules on monitoring and reporting for the ETS the period 2021-2030. The draft regulation requires that biomass complies with the Renewable Energy Directive Sustainability criteria to be considered carbon neutral. This is a critical point to ensure that biomass comes from sustainable managed forests, that it does not lead to a decrease to the forest carbon stock, and it doesn't damage biodiversity or soil and water quality.

The current EU ETS only accounts for smokestack emissions and rates the carbon emissions of biomass burning at zero. However, EASAC said in a statement that it "should not be possible to just assume that millions of tons of carbon coming out of a power station stack are 'zero'. The ETS should be reformed to link accounting to the real effects on CO2 levels in the atmosphere. This will require calculating the 'carbon payback period' for each biomass facility and its supply chain. Regulators need to know how long it will take until the initial perverse effects of biomass on climate are overcome and net reductions in atmospheric CO2 concentrations achieved', according to the release.

"The European Commission, in its recent biodiversity strategy, has recognised that sustainable bioenergy is a win-win solution for energy generation and a key tool to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. EU member states, as shown in their national energy and climate plans, rely on efficient and sustainable bioenergy to decarbonise their energy mix," the release added. (Source: EASAC, Website, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: EASAC, Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, info@easac.eu, +32 2550 2332 www.easac.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Emissions news,  


DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
DTU
Date: 2020-07-10
In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

"In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted, Energinet.dk, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTU,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Syngas,  


Corrections Center Woody Biomass Project Scores $250,000 (Funding)
US Forest Service
Date: 2020-06-15
The Washington State Department of Corrections is reporting receipt of $250,000 in U.S. Forest Service grant funding for a woody biomass energy project at the Larch Corrections Center.

The $1.7 million project will include a biomass boiler and fuel handling system and is intended to offset use of fuel oil for heating and domestic hot water.

Along with other energy-efficient upgrades, the biomass system could reduce the Larch Center's 74,000 gpy of fuel oil consumption to 2,470 gallons and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 91 pct, according to the release. (Source: Washington State Department of Corrections, The Reflector, 14 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Forest Service,  Woody Biomass,  


Valmet Supplying Automation to AustroCel Bioethanol Plant (Int'l.)
Valmet,AustroCel
Date: 2020-05-06
In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply automation technology to AustroCel Hallein Gmbh's bioethanol plant currently under construction for completion and startup in Hallein, Austria., before the year end. The AustroCel plant will produce bioethanol from viscose pulp mill waste through a process of fermenting and distilling wood sugar.

Valmet's scope of work includes an upgrade of the existing system and the extension of the Valmet DNA automation and information management system, along with application engineering, project implementation and installation. (Source: Valmet, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; AustroCel Hallion GmbH, +43 (0) 6245 890-0, www.austrocel.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News AustroCel,  Valmet,  Biomass,  Biomass Boiler,  


B&W Volund Claims Biomass Waste-to-Energy Contracts (Ind Report)
Viridor,B&W Volund,Babcock & Wilcox
Date: 2020-05-04
Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc reports its Esbjerg, Denmark–based Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S (Volund) subsidiary has won multi-year service contracts worth more than $4 million for two U.K. waste-to-energy plants owned by Taunton-based Viridor, and a plant upgrade service contract for Frederikshavn Forsyning A/S's CHP waste-to-energy plant in Denmark.

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. supplies technologies for efficient and environmentally sound waste-to-energy and biomass energy plants worldwide. world. (Source: B&W, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: B&W, Megan Wilson, VP Corp. Dev., 704.625.4944 investors@babcock.com, www.babcock.com; Viridor, www.viridor.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox,  Biomass B&W Volund,  Viridor,  Waste-to-Energy,  


Valmet Supplying Woody Biomass Boiler to Finnish Power Plant (Int'l)
Valmet
Date: 2020-04-29
In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a new Naistenlahti 3 boiler biomass boiler plant to Tampereen Sahkolaitos Oy's Naistenlahti power plant in the city of Tampere, Finland.

The new €70 million plant will be fueled mainly by renewable woody biomass and milled peat as a secondary fuel. The biomass boiler will have a steam capacity of 191 MW and will run as a baseload plant for district heat production from September to June. Delivery and installation is expected in 2022. (Source: Valmet, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0 505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  Biomass,  Biomass Boiler,  


VGrid Launches Biomass BioEnergy Server (New Prod. & Tech.)
VGrid Energy Systems
Date: 2020-04-15
Camarillo, California-based VGrid Energy Systems Llc is reporting the launch of its BioEnergy Server 100 for converting agricultural waste, tree prunings, grapevine prunings, manure and various other biomass into renewable electricity and a form of ultra-pure, highly porous carbon.

The system is mobile and is designed to deliver 100kW of electricity. It is also modular with 1 MW being provided in a 10 system server farm with a compact footprint.

Under the company's business mode, there is no upfront cost to the customer and the Company owns, operates and maintains the systems.

(Source: VGrid Energy Systems, PR, Newswire, 13 April, 2020) Contact: VGrid Energy Systems, Dr. Greg Campbell, CEO, Jim Dodswort Media, (408) 203-1963, jim.dodsworth@vgridenergy.com, www.vgridenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biomass-to-Energy,  


N.S. Public Buildings Converting to Woody Biomass Heat (Ind. Report)
Nova Scotia
Date: 2020-02-05
In Halifax, the government of Nova Scotia reports it has issued tenders to five pre-qualified vendors for for the conversion of fossil fuel heating systems in six public buildings. The work being tendered includes the design, construction and operation of woody biomass boilers that use wood chips from private woodlots, according to a government press release.

The tender closes on March 5, and the biomass boilers should be operating by the end of November 2020. (Source: Gov. of Nova Scotia, PR, 3 Feb., 2020) Contact: Gov. of Nova Scotia - Tenders, 800-670-4357, www.procurement.novascotia.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


UPM Invests in German Woody Biomass Biochemicals Plant (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2020-01-31
Helsinki-headquartered UPM reports it will invest €550 million in a biorefinery -- 100 pct wood-based biochemicals at Leuna, Germany. The 220,000 tpy biorefinery will convert locally-sourced solid wood biomass into next generation biochemicals: bio-monoethylene glycol (BioMEG) and lignin-based renewable functional fillers, bio-monopropylene glycol (BioMPG) and industrial sugars. The plant is expected to come online by the end of 2022. (Source: UOM, PR, Global NewsWire, Jan., 2020) Contact: UPM Biochemicals, Juuso Konttinen, Vice President, +358 40 5317405, juuso.konttinen@upm.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Biofuel,  


Tobacco Giant PMI Aiming for 2030 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
Philip Morris Int'l.
Date: 2019-10-11
Lausanne, Switzerland-based diversified international tobacco industry giant Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) reports it aims to have all of its manufacturing facilities worldwide become carbon neutral by 2030.

At its first carbon neutral plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania, PMI implemented multiple projects to optimize its energy usage and reduce carbon emissions: upgrading utilities equipment, such as chillers and compressors, and facilitating heat recovery to optimize fuel use for heating purposes; installing a biomass boiler; procuring certified renewable electricity and offsetting natural gas carbon emissions with biogas certificates. To offset the remaining carbon emissions, PMI invested in Gold Standard certificates from climate protection initiatives.

PMI is also pursuing initiatives to address the pressing climate challenge beyond its operations. For example, it is working with farmers and suppliers across its tobacco supply chain to lower the greenhouse gas emissions in the tobacco curing process by 70 percent by 2020 (vs. 2010) and to achieve zero-net deforestation of natural forest by 2025. PMI has also set and committed to science-based targets -- greenhouse gas emissions levels that science acknowledges as tolerable for the planet -- and to go beyond these in its operations by aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.

Among its diversified portfolio, Philip Morris purchased General Foods Corp. in 1985 for $5.7 billion and Kraft Inc. in 1989 for $13 billion. Despite its move into foods, Philip Morris' tobacco business reportedly still accounts for 65 pct of its operating profit and 40 pct of its operating revenue.(Source: Philip Morris International, PR, 10 Oct., 2019} Contact: Philip Morris Int'l., Huub Savelkouls , Chief Sustainability Officer, +41 (0)58 242 5502, www.pmi.com/sustainability, www.pmi.com, www.pmiscience.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon-Neutral,  


Delta Invests $2Mn in Forest Biomass Biofuel Study (Ind. Report)
Delta Air Lines,Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels
Date: 2019-09-18
U.S. air carrier Delta Air Lines reports it is partnering with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels (NWABF) for a $2 million study to determine the feasibility of building a facility in Washington State to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products.

The facility would utilize forestry waste and wood "slash" to produce sustainable fuels. The result would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Delta expects the study to be completed by the middle of 2020, at which time it will "evaluate the next steps in moving forward with the project's development" with the expectation that the project would be in production by the end of 2023. Biofuels produced at the facility could provide around 10 pct of the airline's annual jet fuel consumption in the West Coast region.

As previously reported, Delta operated its first carbon-neutral delivery flight, using biofuels on a new A321. The airline also purchases offsets for domestic flights into and out of seven high-traffic airports. (Source: Delta, Air Travel, Sept., 2019) Contact: Delta, Graeme Burnett, VP Fuel Management, www.delta.com; Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, Dave Smoot, www.nifa.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Delta Air Lines,  


Valmet Announces BS Energy Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Valmet, BS Energy
Date: 2019-09-06
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet is reporting it will supply a biomass-fired boiler and a flue gas treatment plant to BS Energy's combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Braunschweig, Germany. The roughly €50 million boiler with its auxiliary equipment is in line with BS Energy's energy production strategy 2030 which aims to remove and replace coal-fired boilers by 2022.

The biomass-fired CHP plant will produce approximately 20 MW of electricity and 60 MW of district heat. The CYMIC circulating fluidized bed boiler included in Valmet's delivery will use recycled wood as its primary fuels to generate 27 kg/s of high-pressure steam at a pressure of 75 bar and a temperature of 525 C. The flue gas cleaning system included in the delivery will enable fulfilling the tightening emission standards.

BS Energy, a subsidiary company jointly owned by the City of Braunschweig, Veolia Deutschland GmbH, and Thuga AG, is the regional energy supplier in Braunschweig. (Source: Valmet, PR, Globe Newswire, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Valmet, Kai Janhunen, VP, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; BS Energy, +49 531 3838000

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  BS Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


HM3 Bioenergy Biomass Plant Plan Scores USFS Funding (Funding)
USFS,HM3 Energy,
Date: 2019-06-05
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is reporting the issuance of grant funding to Gresham, Oregon-based HM3 Energy, a company focused on biomass energy, for a feasibility study for a $4 million woody biomass fired power plant in northern Arizona.

HM3 Energy's torrefaction technology converts biomass such as wood or grain into a coal-like material, according to the company.

The number of unnaturally severe wildfires in forests and range lands has dramatically increased in recent years, with devastating impacts on forests, wildlife, watersheds and communities. By culling out small diameter trees and performing prescribed burns, forest managers are trying to restore forests back to their former natural state, before all wildfires were suppressed. Progress, however, is painfully slow. With little to no market for the slash left after thinning operations, it is usually piled and burned. These pile burns cost forest managers money and severely impact surrounding air quality in rural communities.

HM3 Energy's torrefaction and densification technologies provide a solution to this "biomass bottleneck" by creating a profitable market for the forest slash, turning it into energy dense torrefied wood briquettes that can directly replace coal or wood pellets for dispatchable, baseload electric power generation. The ability to use biomass instead of clean wood chips makes TorrB® torrefied briquettes competitive in price with raw pellets at the coal-fired plant burner tip, according to the company website. (Source: HM3 Energy, KJZZ/Rio Salado College, 3 June, 2019) Contact: HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara, CEO, (503) 674-3380, www.hm3energy.com; U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.fed.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News HM3 Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  USFS,  


Valmet Announces Biomasse Energie d'Alizay Order (Int'l Report)
Valmet
Date: 2019-04-24
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Corp reports receipt of an order from Biomasse Energie d'Alizay to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology (BFB) at a DA Alizay paper mill in France.

According to Valmet, the order is included in its first quarter of 2019 orders received, and is valued at approximately €20 million. Valmet's delivery is scheduled for 2020.

Biomasse Energie d'Alizay produces roughly 300,000 tpy of paper and is a subsidiary of DA Alizay SAS. (Source: Valmet, PR, April, 2019) Contact: Valmet, Jouko Kylanpaa, Dir. Rebuilds and Conversions, Pulp and Energy business Line, +358 400 734 334, Jean-Philippe Guignard, Senior Manager, Energy Sales and Service, +33 670 27 9214, www.valmet.com; Biomasse Energie d'Alizay, www.societe.com/societe/biomasse-energie-d-alizay-499270619.html, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/biomasse-energie-d%27alizay

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


Timber Ind. Seeks GA PSC Woody Biomass Commitment (Ind. Report)
Georgia Public Service Commission
Date: 2019-04-24
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the Georgia Forestry Association and other forest industry representatives are lobbying the Georgia Public Service Commission (GA PSC) to have its forest biomass byproducts -- tree trimmings, wastes, scraps and storm damaged timber -- converted into fuel to help power the state and to ensure woody biomass is more broadly used by the state's largest utility, Georgia Power.

Georgia Power's recently updated long-range energy plans call for more renewable energy, but do not specify biomass, the newspaper reported. Georgia Power has put the majority of its recent spending on energy generation into the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle, south of Augusta. The company has also pumped up spending on solar power throughout Georgia.

Between 1983 and 2008, Georgians replanted over 8.9 million acres in trees -- that's 975 acres a day, or 609,375 trees per day. An estimated 80,000 acres of forest land are naturally regenerated each year in Georgia. The industry's overall economic impact on the state was $35.9 billion in 2017. (Source: Georgia Public Service Commission, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April, 2019) Contact: Georgia Public Service Commission, (4040 656-4501, www.psc.state.ga.us; Georgia Forestry Association, Andres Villegas, CEO, (478) 992-8110, gfagrow.org

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


Lyonsdale NY Woody Biomass Plant Shuttered for Good (Ind. Report)
Lyonsdale
Date: 2019-03-13
ReEnergy reports its shuttered Lyonsdale woody biomass bioenergy plant in Lewis County, New York, will not be resurrected, despite New York state legislation that would create potential financial support.

According to ReEngergy, the site could be redeveloped for solar energy. (Source: ReEnergy, Fox News WNYF, 8 Mar., 2019): Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com, www.reenergyholdings.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lyonsdale,  Woody Biomass,  ReEnergy ,  


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,  


Biomass Elimination, Carbon Capture System Offered (Ind. Report)
Prairie Creek Energy
Date: 2019-01-24
Spruce Grove, Alberta-based Prairie Creek Energy Services' Air Curtain Carbonizer is touting a closed loop, carbon capture waste (or biomass) elimination system that provides a secure and safe environment in which the combustion of woody biomass and other types of waste occur.

The system's elevated combustion chamber air curtain, and pre-heated under-fire air, increase a smoke-free combustion efficiency. All the resulting ash is kept in the "carbonizer" with heats of 2,500 F. The system also features an internal "quenching" system that turns wood waste into biochar at the rate of 400 to 500 pounds per hour.

The company also offers mobile, high-production "sub-soilers" that incorporate biomass back into the soil. They also offer bio-security for environmentally sensitive areas. (Source: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Cdn. Biomeass, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Prairie Creek Energy Services, Blake Adams (780) 850-5934, badams@pces.ca, www.prairiecreekenergy.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochar,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Capture,  


Dartmouth College Announces $200Mn Biomass Heat Plan (Ind. Report)
Dartmouth College
Date: 2019-01-21
In Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College reports it plans to invest $200 million in a 100 pct conversion of its existing oil-fired heating system to wood-biomass burning power plant. The convesion includes hot water heating and conversion of steam pipes in more than 110 buildings on campus.

The planed conversion, which is subject to town approval, would be completed by an outside contractor in cooperation with the school for completion in 2025. with Dartmouth. (Source: Dartmouth College, Valley News, AP, 18 Jan., 2019 (Contact: Dartmouth College,Dartmouth, Rick Mills, Exec. VP,https://home.dartmouth.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


Aussie Hardwood Waste-to-Renewable Diesel Explored (Int'l)
BORAL,ARENA
Date: 2018-12-19
Further to our 27th August report, In the Land Down Under, lumber and building materials supplier BORAL and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are reported to have joined forces to fund a $1.2 million (AUS) feasibility study of a proposed a second-generation woody biomass biorefinery in New South Wales (NSW).

The study will explore the potential conversion of up to 50,000 tonnes of sawmill hardwood residues from a BORAL owned sawmill near Port Macquarie, NSW, into renewable transport-grade diesel and bitumen using world-first technology. The study will consider a mechanical catalytic conversion technology, developed by Spanish-based Global Ecofuel Solutions, combined with the potential biorefinery. The process has never before been used in a production-scale facility.(Source: BORAL, ARENA, AggNet, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au; Boral Limited, www.boral.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  ARENA,  BORAL,  


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,  


Andritz Scores Japanese Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Andritz
Date: 2018-11-21
Austrian technology group Andritz AG is reporting receipt of an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation fpr delivery of a fluidized bed boiler for installation at a 50-MW biomass power plant to be constructed for Obayashi Kamisu Biomass Power Generation Corporation in Kamisu, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.

The woody pellet burning power plant, which is slated for commissioning in 2021, will generate sufficient power for 110,000 households. (Source: Andritz, Renewables 19 Nov., 2018)Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andritz,  


Valmet Scores Finnish Woody Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Valmet
Date: 2018-11-19
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Corp reports it has contracted to supply a woody biomass-fired boiler plant for heat and electric power provider Elenia Lampo Oy's Vanaja power plant in Finland. Financial details have not been disclosed.

Valmet, a supplier of process technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries, will deliver a HYBEX boiler plant with a capacity of 35 MWth, utilising a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology. An electrostatic precipitator and a flue gas condenser included in the project will increases heat capacity by 10 MW. Assembly work is slated to get underway in the autumn of 2019 for a 2020 commissioning and startup. (Source: Valmet, Renewables 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Valmet, Frank Ligthart, Heat and Power Plant Head, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Elenia Lampo Oy, www.elenia.fi

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BASF Touting EU-REDcert-Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
BASF,TUV SUD
Date: 2018-11-14
German chemicals juggernaut BASF is reporting the introduction of EU-REDcert-Methanol for the production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach.

For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.

BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com

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Springfield Biomass Plant Cleared for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-10-17
In Hampton County, Mass., the City of Springfield -- pop. 154,000 -- is reporting a long delayed woody biomass burning power plant could break ground this coming spring. The project has been stalled for several years by legal battles and resident concerns about air quality and traffic.

According to the Springfield City Solicitor, Ed Pikula, the unnamed developer has the necessary permits and a four-year window to complete the project. (Source: City of Springfield, 22 News WWLP, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Springfiels, (413) 736-3111, www.springfield-ma.gov

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Finnish Woody Biomass Biofuel Viability Questioned (Int'l)
Woody Biomass
Date: 2018-09-17
In Helsinki, a Finnish governmental biofuels task force has noted the negatives associated with the use of biofuels for transportation as a way to reach zero greenhouse emissions.

In its report, the task force noted that emissions perhaps would not necessarily shrink as most of the fuels would be produced from woody biomass from the country's abundant forests. The development of emissions depends on how much carbon the vast Finnish forests actually tie down, and that is still being debated, according to the report.

In 2017, the European Union allowed an increase in the use of wood as fuel in Finland but no major investments in the biofuel sector resulted due to the high costs and the need public financial support to the investments. The report added that competition among pulp and biofuel industries for raw wood feedstocks could also be a problem. (Source: Various Media, Xinhua, Sept., 2018)

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Irish Peat Biomass Burning Subsidies Questioned (Int'l Report)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-08-22
In letters to the European Commissioner for Climate Action, the Irish NGO Friends of the Irish Environment and others claim that the Irish Government's recently announced decision to subsidize large-scale biomass burning at its peat-fired power stations undermines Ireland's commitments to meeting EU climate obligations. The letters call on the government to reconsider and end its approximate €120 million per year support through the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy on electricity consumers.

FIE claims the subsidy and the burning of peat at government owned Bord na Mona's Edenderry power station and two ESB facilities in the Midlands is leading to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the price of biomass to home users, thus increasing the burning of more fossil fuels. The group argues that the continued co-firing of biomass comes despite the recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Council that the Government resources should not support measures that lead to increases in emissions. The expert body concluded that the biomass subsidy for peat power plants is an "environmentally harmful" subsidy that is responsible for higher emissions levels at a "direct cost to the nation." (Source: GREEN NEWS.ie, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Friends of the Irish Environment, www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org

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Froling Energy Joins Biomass Thermal Energy Council (Ind. Report)
Froling Energy,Biomass Thermal Energy Council
Date: 2018-08-22
Peterborough, New Hampshire-based biomass boiler systems specialist Froling Energy has joined the Washington-headquartered Biomass Thermal Energy Council as a member.

BTEC is working to expand and improve the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Program in the US Farm Bill and pushing for expansion of the program in the upcoming negotiations between House and Senate conferees.

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) advances the sustainable use of wood and agricultural biomass for clean, efficient heat and combined heat and power to meet America's energy needs and strengthen local economies, according to the organization's website.

Download a copy of the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Program handbook HERE. (Source: Biomass Thermal Energy Council, 20 August, 2018) Contact: Froling Energy, (603) 924-1001, https://frolingenergy.com; Biomass Thermal Energy Council, www.biomassthermal.org

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Environmentalists Seek Irish Peat-Fired Power Plant Closures (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-08-15
Green News Ireland is reporting the National Resources Defence Council, the Southern Environmental Law Centre, and other US conservation and environmental groups have in an open letter to the Irish government, ESB and Dublin-based Bord na Mona voiced their concerns that plans for large-scale biomass burning at Ireland's peat-fired power stations are a serious threat to southern US forests.

Accordingly, the 30-some groups are calling on the Irish government to close its three peat-powered stations by 2020, to stop subsidizing co-firing with biomass and to refuse approval for ESB's forthcoming planning application to convert its two Midlands stations to co-firing with peat.

Both the ESB and state-owned Bord na Mona plan to co-fire with increasing amounts of woody biomass and to convert them to burn 100 pct biomass by 2030. The company, which currently imports woodchip from Africa, says it aims to phase out imported biomass over time in favor of indigenous sources.

The US groups claim there is "no realistic prospect" of Ireland producing enough biomass from domestic energy crops such as willow for industrial-scale burning at peat stations and that plantations in the US will be the "most likely biomass source" for co-firing and future full biomass conversions in Ireland.

Wood pellet exports to Europe soared from 530,000 tonnes in 2009 to 3.89 million tonnes in 2014, making the US the world's leading exporter. (Source: Green News Ireland, 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

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Wood Chip Welfare: No More Biomass Subsidies (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Woody Biomass
Date: 2018-07-09
"After benefiting for years from subsidies supplied by New Hampshire ratepayers, three of the state's six biomass plants are closing, at least for now, saying they can't keep running without even higher subsidies.

"The plants, and Democratic opportunists, are blaming Gov. Chris Sununu, who vetoed a bill that would have mandated New Hampshire electric utilities buy power from the plants at above-market prices. That extra expense would be carried over into New Hampshire electric bills.

"Burning wood to produce electricity is simply not economically viable, at least not in the summer when natural gas is a much cheaper fuel source to turn electric turbines.

"When demand spikes in the winter, the price of natural gas goes up, and wood-fired plants can better compete. Instead of acknowledging the challenges of the market, biomass backers want the state to shield these plants from the laws of supply and demand.

"Policy makers have gradually separated power generation from distribution. This should lead to greater competition, but these same policy makers keep getting in the way.

"Businesses should not be subsidized by ratepayers paying artificially high electric rates. The Legislature should sustain Sununu's veto and oppose expansion of wood chip welfare." (Source: Editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader, 3 July, 2018)

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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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Biodiversity Key to Stable Algal Biofuel, says Study (R&D Report)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-07-03
Researchers from the University of Michigan have confirmed that the key to improving the performance of algal biofuel systems is through biodiversity. In the first large-scale experiment to study the connection between biodiversity and algal biofuel stability, the researchers grew varying combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds and found that a diverse mix of algal species performed better than any single species. They also found that diversity does not necessarily result in more biomass or algal mass, and that monoculture produced larger biomass results in most cases.

After a 10-week study, the researchers compared the ability of the algae and the algal combinations to multitask and found that monoculture algae were able to perform very well in one or two tasks. However, the combined algae species were better at a range of tasks.

"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental trade-off when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the report. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, GinnersNow, 28 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, seas-info@umich.edu, seas.umich.edu

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Study Improves Stability of Algal Biofuel Systems (R&D)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-06-18
A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a National Science Foundation funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers.

For the study, scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely held idea that biodiversity can improve the performance of algal biofuel systems in the field. Overall, the researchers found that diverse mixes of algal species (polycultures) performed more key functions at higher levels than any single species -- they were better at multitasking. The researchers also found that polycultures did not produce more algal mass (biomass) than the most productive single species, or monoculture.

"The results are key for the design of sustainable biofuel systems because they show that while a monoculture may be the optimal choice for maximizing short-term algae production, polycultures offer a more stable crop over longer periods of time," said study lead author Casey Godwin, a postdoctoral research fellow at U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability.

Algae-derived biocrude oil is being studied as a potential renewable-energy alternative to fossil fuels. Because they grow quickly and can be converted to bio-oil, algae have the potential to generate more fuel from less surface area than crops like corn. But the technical challenges involved in growing vast amounts of these microscopic aquatic plants in large outdoor culture ponds have slowed progress toward commercial-scale cultivation.

In the study, research team found that while monocultures tended to be good at one or two jobs at a time, polycultures performed more of the jobs at higher levels than any of the monocultures. But at the same time, polycultures produced less biomass than the best-performing monoculture.

"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental tradeoff when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the researchers. The team's findings are scheduled for publication June 18 in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy. (Source: University of Michigan, Public Release, 18 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, seas-info@umich.edu, seas.umich.edu

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"Revolutionary" Biomass Biofuel Developed in Sweden (Int'l)
Umea University
Date: 2018-05-23
In Sweden, Umea University chemistry Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola is touting the development of a fuel based entirely on biomass with the same properties as fossil fuels. The new fuel is a made by combining water and ethanol in a catalyst resulting in a fuel with a higher octane than petrol or diesel.

According to Prof. Mikkola, "If we consider how ethanol is made, it's simply sugar, and that is the most common form of biomass these days. You can use food waste, agricultural waste, old newspapers -- almost anything which contains sugars that can be fermented into ethanol, and that's how we get what's needed."

The fermentation process results in the fuel equivalent of gasoline or diesel, as well as flammable gas. The new fuel can be used in any engine because it is like an exact copy of a fossil fuel, without itself containing a single fossil-fuel molecule, says Mikkola.

Prof. Mikkola argues that the petroleum industry's current practice of adding ethanol to petrol is foolish and politically motivated. "First of all, automobile catalytic converters aren't able to handle [ethanol] because they were designed for pure petrol. The ethanol by-products get converted into carcinogenic materials, and on top of that ethanol's specific energy content is half that of petrol. So it's better to make petrol out of the ethanol and drive on pure petrol," he says. (Source: Umea University, Svenska Yle, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Umea University, Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, +46 90 786 52 84 , +46 70 620 03 71, jyri-pekka.mikkola@umu.se, www.chemistry.umu.se

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Georgia Makes Attis' Biomass Biorefinery Shortlist (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-05-23
Milton, Ga.-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has approved lead sites for acquisition and construction of a nation-wide network of advanced new biorefineries that would convert biomass into renewable alternatives for petroleum-derived fuels, plastics, and other products.

The company recently narrowed its list of potential sites down to a few locations in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota, after evaluating offerings from various state governments and proposals of targeted land owners, site developers, contractors, feedstock suppliers, and supply chain partners. Attis is planning to select at least two sites in 2018. (Source: Attis Industries, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisinnovations.com

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