separationsNow explores the chemical composition of wood chips and wood pellets.

BiofuelsDigest has a two part series on the developing markets for wood pellets and torrefied wood. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. The discussion flows out of the “Biomass Trade & Transport Summit” which took place on July 17th and 18th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meanwhile, Biomass Magazine suggests Canada’s wood pellet industry is going to do very well as pellets replace coal in electricity generation in Canada and in Europe.

Woodworking Networksays Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, a Canadian manufacturer of wood pellets, plans to invest $42 million to build a terminal for exporting its products. The terminal, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, will have the capacity to export 2 million tons of wood pellets each year. See Wood Pellet Firm to Invest $42M on Export Terminal.

General Biofuels Georgia LLC intends to build a wood pellet manufacturing plant in Sandersville, Georgia says bizjournals. The plant will make industrial-grade wood pellets for sale to an unnamed European electrical utility under a long-term contract. Plant capacity will be 440,000 tons a year and production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014. See also Biomass Magazine General Biofuels to construct pellet plant in Ga. Meanwhile, in the same US state, Fram Renewable Fuels is expanding its wood pellet operations in Hazelhurst, Georigia to supply European electric utilities we learn from AreaDevelopment. A new facility will have a total production capacity of 500,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year, and will use pine logs and sawmill residuals as feedstock. Fram has access by rail to the Port of Brunswick, where it will export its finished wood pellets to Europe. European electric utilities are substituting wood pellets for coal.

smartplanet informs us how biofuels are recycled for electricity. The post tells how Distillers Dried Grain with Solubles, a by-product from the production of bioethanol, has been altered make it suitable for powering fuel cells.

The New York Times writes Plasma Gasification Raises Hopes of Clean Energy From Garbage. The post explains how the plasma gasification process works and the energy and environmental issues it can address.

Used cooking oil is powering boats and trucks in South Africa reports MONEYWEB. Vegetable cooking oil used by the Spur Corporation at three of its restaurant operations in Cape Town have been converted to biodiesel to power vessels, trucks and mining equipment. Over the past 6 years a million litres of this oil has been converted into some 870,000 litres of biodiesel for transportation purposes. The oil is collected weekly from Spur Steak Ranches, Panarottis Pizza Pasta and John Dory’s Fish Grill Sushi. discusses how human sewage could replace petrol in cars. “A Japanese consortium backed by car maker Toyota is investigating a process that turns sewage sludge into hydrogen for use in fuel-cell vehicles.” The process involves drying out the sludge to generate methane gas which is then reheated to extract a high concentration of hydrogen gas. The consortium hopes to commercialize the process by 2015.

The Belfast Telegraph notes a Northern Ireland creamery will be using dairy waste to generate electricity. Northern Ireland’s oldest creamery, Ballyrashane says its anaerobic digestion facility — the first of its kind in the country — will produce renewable biogas from creamery wastes, energy crops and cattle slurry from local farms. The biogas will be used to generate 7 million kWh or electricity, enough to power the entire Ballyrashane facility.

From Mass High Tech we find a US developer of organics-to-energy plants and compost production facilities in North America expects to earn more than $100 million in revenue this year. Harvest Power operates 28 facilities around North America which process organics such as food scraps and yard waste and convert it into compost-based soil mulch or fertilizer. This month it will open its first two energy plants in Canada at Toronto and Vancouver.  It will also start construction on another plant in Orlando, Florida which will open in the summer of 2013. These plants will use the same organics as a feedstock for its anaerobic digestion technology to produce biogas.  The biogas can be used to generate electricity, can be put into natural gas, or can be converted to compressed natural gas for transportation fuel.

Chicken and cow waste is producing biogas in Israel writes Green Prophet. Once it becomes fully operational in the next few months, the Be’er Tuviva biogas plant will scoop up the waste of 14,000 cows and in total roughly 15% of all chicken and dairy farms in the country. All that manure will then be used to generate electricity for thousands of homes. The plant will also become the largest in the country to convert the energy of farm animals to biogas and ultimately electricity. The 4 MW facility is expected to provide enough energy to power up to 6,000 homes. The manure will be collected from farms throughout the country and shipped to Be’er Tuviya where it will be pasteurized and then stored in air-tight concrete tanks to produce methane. The resulting biogas will in turn be used to generate electricity.







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