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Smoke Filled Forecast for Wildfire Risk

The Islands' Sounder Summary During a pandemic, it can be difficult to prepare for a future disaster. When a crisis exists in our mind rather than our eyes, it is easy for it to fade like smoke on the horizon. But the horizon may be filled with smoke soon this fire season, and fire seasons...


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Alaska’s Coal Producer, Usibelli Mines, Expands Into Biomass to Serve Interior Energy Markets

Anchorage Press Summary Alaska’s sole coal producer, Usibelli Mines, Inc. is expanding into biomass, using wood from Interior Alaska’s vast forests. The company announced Friday that it has acquired Superior Pellet Fuels of Fairbanks, a manufacturer of wood pellets and compressed...


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Dutch Biomass Plant Generates 90% Lower NOx Emissions than Natural Gas

Energy News Live Summary A new biomass-fired combined heat and power plant, which produces heat and electricity in Andijk, the Netherlands, emits 90% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) than a similar natural gas power plant. That’s according to measurements taken by an independent and...


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Biomass partnership on horizon for Namibia

The Nambian Summary GERMANY will begin a study to establish a reliable, long-term and sustainable supply chain for purchasing biomass from Namibia on a large scale. In a statement issued by the Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG) on Tuesday, the group revealed that the prospective...


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Ireland’s bioenergy opportunity ‘immense’, says new IrBEA president

Bioenergy Insight Summary Ireland’s bioenergy opportunity is “immense”, according to the new president of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), Paddy Phelan. This week, IrBEA’s new president and vice-president were elected by the organisation’s management executive committee. Paddy...


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IFC and IDB Invest co-lead $1.1 billion financing to LD Celulose

Lesprom Summary IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, are co-leading a $1.1 billion financing to LD Celulose S.A., a joint venture between Lenzing AG and Duratex S.A., to build one of the largest dissolving wood pulp plants in the world, in Minas...


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Biomass boiler delivered for district heating project in Finland

Biomass Magazine Summary The bio-heating boiler plant delivered for Fortum to Espoo, Finland, was handed over for commercial use on May 5. Unicon Renefluid bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler plant generates district heating for residents of Espoo utilizing wood biomass. The new boiler plant...


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Prince George Downtown Renewable Energy System expands

Canadian Biomass Summary Construction started today on an expansion to Prince George’s Downtown Renewable Energy System that will serve the new parkade across from City Hall and the future new pool at 7th and Quebec. The system currently delivers heat from Lakeland Mills to nearly a dozen...


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Wood Biomass Harvesting: Delivering Efficiencies

Biomass Magazine Summary Feedstock costs for biomass power plants and combined-heat-and-power systems represent a significant percentage of operational expenses, and harvesting, hauling and transportation costs constitute a vast majority of feedstock costs. Innovations upstream, therefore,...


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PetroBio Supplies Wood Pellet Burners to Norwegian District Heat Facility

Bioenergy Insight Summary Sweden-based PetroBio will supply two pellet burners for a new district heating plant in the city of Jessheim, Norway. Jessheim is located between Oslo and Gardermoen Airport. The medium-sized city is growing steadily and now requires heating for households and...