Denmark will have the world’s largest biomass facilities says construction $ maintenance. Studstrup and Avedøre electric power stations are changing their primary fuel source from coal to biomass. When the conversion from coal to wood pellets is completed in 2014, they will probably be the world’s largest biomass conversion schemes. The silo installations alone will hold 100,000 tons of biomass. The projects have attracted a great deal of attention internationally – especially in Germany, Sweden and England. See also Bloomberg Dong Energy to Cut Coal Use, CO2 Emissions 50% in Biomass Switch.

The Nashua Telegraph reports wood pellets are becoming a major US export commodity. A report by Wood Resources International reveals the U.S. surpassed Canada this year as the world’s leading exporter of wood pellets for fuel, largely because of exports to Europe to replace coal in the generation of electricity. With 9 pellet production plants under construction or planned in the US South, it is possible an additional 4.2 million tons of wood pellets will be crossing the Atlantic to Europe in 2015.  This compares to an estimated 1.5 million tons shipped from the US this year. Pellets, made of sawdust mixed with a binder, revolutionized wood heat and wood power because they are of uniform size and weight, which means they can be mechanically loaded into a burner, allowing automated, thermostat-controlled systems. See also IHB US surpassed Canada as the largest wood pellet exporterand 24/7 Wall St. U.S. Leads Globe in Exports — Of Wood Pellets.

A new export terminal for wood pellets is to be built in the US state of Virginia says BioEnergy News. Ecofuels Pellet Storage  will lease 15 acres at Portsmouth Marine Terminal and build two domes to house and prepare wood pellets for export to Europe. It expects to be operational by the second quarter of 2014

Cogeneration & On-site Power Production tells us the UK has a new wood pellet plant. The production of wood pellet from the plant is enough to power 10,000 homes heating and hot water needs.

There will be a 9.9-megawatt rice husk biomass electric power plant in the Philippines according to Inquirer Business. To be located in San Jose City in Nueva Ecija province, partially owned by rice farmers and use rice husks as fuel.

Punjab Biomass Power Ltd., a developer of clean-energy projects in India, plans to set up 96 MW of plants fueled by rice straw by 2017. Businessweek says India is the second-largest producer of rice and sugar and has the potential to produce 17.5 GW of electricity from burning crop waste, the equivalent capacity of about 16 nuclear plants. Todate it has built 3.3 GW  of biomass capacity, including plants fueled by sugar-cane pulp that produce both electricity and heat. See also Power Engineering 3 biomass power projects in Punjab soon.

The Jakarta Post reports there will be a wood chip-fired power plant on Indonesia’s Sumba Island by 2014. The plant will have a capacity of 1 MW and can power 1000 homes in this rural area. Woodchips generally come from trees such as the eucalyptus and acacia.

The Union of Concerned Scientists says the US will have 680 million tons of biomass available by 2030 we learn from Ethanol Producer Magazine. This is enough to produce 54 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuel, or to generate enough electricity to meet one-fifth of nationwide demand. The UCS report addresses energy crops, agricultural residues, waste materials, and forest biomass. The most promising sources of biomass are switchgrass and miscanthus, as well as fast-growing trees like hybrid poplar and willow which could account for almost 2/3 of the biomass potential.  Other sources include agricultural residues, household garbage, vegetative waste and construction and demolition debris, manure and other livestock related waste and forest waste, including tree tops and limbs. You can access the report here.





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