Biocoal alternative fuel for power production and heating

At several locations around the world, a partnership of international companies will start construction of facilities, where biocoal will be produced on a commercial scale. This biocoal can be used as sustainable fuel in power plants and heating installations all over the world, giving a boost to reducing climate change. Of all resources used for global energy consumption, 19.3% is … Read More

Baltania to invest in an industrial scale torrefaction biocoal plant in Vägari, Estonia

Baltania OÜ, a 100% owned subsidiary of Dutch private equity investment firm Momentum Capital, has made a conditional investment decision to commission an industrial scale torrefaction biocoal plant in Vägari, Estonia. Value of the investment is approximately EUR 45 million. Providing, that all conditions of the investment decision are met, the construction of the biocoal plant will start in Q2 … Read More

EU-funded project SteamBio produces torrefied biomass for replacing coal and yielding chemicals sustainably

04 Jun 2018 | Source: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ACHEMA 2018: New steam drying technique yields sustainable products and production processes Industrial facilities are generally located far away from extensive forest regions. Because wood requires efforts to transport, it sees only limited use as a raw material in industry. In the EU-funded SteamBio project, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and … Read More

DOE issues 4 funding opportunities totaling $78M for advanced biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts

The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued four funding opportunities (FOAs) totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). These include: BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (BEEPS) (up to $28 million) ( DE-FOA-0001916 ) This FOA addresses gaps in current research and development (R&D) … Read More

Torrefied biomass coud be a promising resource for reaching blending targets in India

By Ramya Natarajan For the past several winters, Delhi has drawn global attention for its life-threatening smog levels. This is attributed, in part, to the open burning of biomass residues like paddy straw and stubble in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. Ironically, while these residues can contribute to lethal levels of air pollution when burnt, they can in … Read More

EU researchers develop biomass torrefaction process

A new steam drying technique for wood developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project could significantly reduce transportation costs for biomass, according to the German-based Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology. The technique also yields feedstocks that can be used by the chemical industry. The process is currently being evaluated at the pilot scale. Information released by Fraunhofer IGB Institute … Read More

9th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power

9th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power 14-17 May/Tokyo, Japan CMT’s 9th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power returns to Tokyo this 14-17 May with power-packed presentations on Japan and South Korea’s biomass projects, global pellets trade as well as a site visit to URE biomass power plant. Kicking off with a workshop on Biomass Sourcing Strategies in Current Challenging Market facilitated … Read More

EIA: Biomass power capacity to increase in 2018

EIA: Biomass power capacity to increase in 2018 By  Erin Voegele  | May 11, 2018 The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide more than 10 percent of electricity generation this year, up from slightly less than 10 percent last year. In 2019, nonhydropower renewables are expected to provide nearly 11 percent of electricity generation. Wood biomass … Read More

New fuels project in China targets cooking in the commercial sector

New fuels project in China targets cooking in the commercial sector The Alliance partnered with China’s Ministry of Agriculture, Shell, local governments, and Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer (SSM) to develop and launch a new clean cooking project in Zhejiang Province of China. The project aims to encourage commercial enterprises to switch from wood and coal to biomass pellets. According to the … Read More

Moving forward on black pellets 

Moving forward on black pellets Neatly tucked away in a workshop in Sundsvall, Sweden is a pilot reactor for producing steam exploded materials. A seemingly inconspicuous piece of kit, it belongs to a Valmet Fibre Technology R&D facility, a division of Finland-headed global forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj. With its novel approach, the company may have cracked the “chicken and egg” market … Read More