Gene Discovery Will Help Grow Willow for Biomass

January 13th, 2014 in News

The Daily Fusion Rothamsted Research scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge have discovered a gene that contributes to the coppicing response of willows. This discovery can potentially help the cultivation of willow for biomass by increasing yields and reducing the length of the harvesting cycle. Willows (Salix spp.) are [...]

EPA Releases Proposed Revisions to NSPS for Residential Wood Heaters

January 7th, 2014 in News

On Friday, January 3, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed revisions to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. The proposal, which will be published in the Federal Register later this month, will impact many different solid fuel burning appliances, including those fueled by wood pellets. The Pellet [...]

Two Biomass Plants Commissioned in South Carolina

January 3rd, 2014 in News

Biomass Magazine EDF Renewable Energy has begun operations of two biomass power plants in South Carolina, a 17.8 megawatt (MW) plant in Allendale County and a 17.8 MW facility in Dorchester County. Together, the two plants make up the Pinelands Biomass project. According to EDF Renewable Energy, the Dorchester plant achieved commercial operations Nov. 1, [...]

PFI Member Twin Ports Testing Profiled

December 20th, 2013 in News

Northland’s News Center Biomass is increasingly used to heat homes and even power cities. But a lot of work goes into determining the quality of the biomass. Stephen Sundeen, the Chemistry Lab Manager/IT Director at Twin Ports Testing said, “We test the pellets to define what their moisture content, ash content, bulk density, pellet durability, [...]

U.S. Endowment Announces Partnership with PFI, BPA, BTEC

December 11th, 2013 in News

  NEWS                                                              NEW PARTNERSHIP ENSURES FUTURE FOR NORTH AMERICA’S PREMIER DATABASE OF WOOD-T0-ENEGY PRODUCING/CONSUMING FACILTIES U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Greenville, SC For IMMEDIATE RELEASE (December 10, 2013) The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) today announced a new partnership with three associations representing various segments of the wood-to-energy sector.  Under terms [...]

Tips for Keeping Your Woodstove Cosy

December 9th, 2013 in News

Ottawa Citizen by Steve Maxwell Sooner or later, practicality always wins. This explains the perennial popularity of woodstoves. Despite the fact that we live in a high-tech, digital world, woodstoves remain popular for one enduring reason. In a country where most of the landscape naturally grows trees, wood heat makes good financial and practical sense. [...]

PFI Seeks Your Input on Conference Agenda

November 26th, 2013 in News

Planning for the 2014 PFI Annual Conference is underway and the PFI Conference Committee welcomes your ideas for panel topics. In the past we have featured topics across a wide range of subject areas including: Pellet Mill Safety, Production Improvement and Efficiency, Emerging and Growing Markets, Fire Prevention, Raw Material Sourcing and Sustainability, and Policy [...]

Biomass: Most Important RE Carrier Globally

November 20th, 2013 in News

Energy Renewable Focus USA Edited by Gail Rajgor In energy terms biomass is the most important renewable energy carrier globally. It is used for the provision of heat, electricity and transportation fuels. Traditionally most of the organic material used within the worldwide energy system helps to cover energy demand for cooking and heating; this use [...]

2014 PFI Annual Conference Dates and Location Selected

November 4th, 2013 in News

PFI is pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual Conference will be held July 27-29 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, FL! In addition to the luxury accommodations, premier meeting space, Orlando offers excellent accessibility and tons of family-friendly activities. Building upon the success of this year’s conference in Asheville, NC, with [...]

Pellet Heating Helps Oregon National Guard

October 28th, 2013 in News

Biomass Magazine by Sue Retka Schill Pellet boiler heating systems will help the Oregon Army National Guard meet its ambitious goal of net zero energy at all of its 53 installations statewide by 2020. ORARNG, which volunteered to participate in broader initiative of 19 pilot projects at U.S. Army sites across the country targeting net [...]

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