Tag: BIOMASS

Brazil connects 6.5 GW of non-hydro renewables in 2022

According to the power sector regulator Aneel, Brazil has approved 6,504.7 MW of wind, solar, and biomass power facilities to start operating in 2022. In total, the country added 8,235.1 MW of capacity in 2022, far exceeding the goal of 7,625 MW established for the relevant time. Wind farms supplied 2,922.5 MW, while solar and biomass-fired plants supplied 2,677.3 MW and 904.9 MW, respectively. The remaining 1,355.7 MW and 374.6 MW were generated by thermal power facilities using fossil fuels.

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Higher solar ambition can lower bioenergy in REPowerEU

Europe’s over-reliance on imported fossil fuels has led to today’s painfully high energy bills and has been weaponized by Putin throughout Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The EU’s ‘REPowerEU’ plan, formed in response to the invasion, takes the positive step of increasing renewables in order to decrease gas imports and meet climate objectives.

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Philippines allocates 1.57 GW of solar in auction

Under the first round of the 2 GW Green Energy Auction Program, the Philippines’ Department of Energy awarded 19 contracts to develop 1.57 GW of renewable energy projects. Solar, hydro, wind, and biomass projects in the Philippines’ Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao regions were auctioned out. The winning bids will receive 20-year power supply agreements. The projects are planned to start up between 2023 and 2025.

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Scaling up biomass in South-East Asia: Report by IRENA

The analysis demonstrates an abundance of untapped bioenergy in Southeast Asia, with at least 7.1 EJ of bioenergy per year by 2050 – in the five countries studied (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). It also identifies immediate opportunities for adopting bioenergy in Southeast Asia’s energy markets, demonstrating the potential over the medium- and long-term horizons for sustainable biomass to economically meet 2.8 EJ of the energy demand served by fossil fuels.

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Germany floats a tender for solar, wind and biomass projects

The German Federal Network Agency, Bundesnetzagentur, has issued a request for proposals for solar projects totaling 1.1 GW, onshore wind projects totaling 1.32 GW, and biomass projects totaling 274.86 MW. The solar tender’s ceiling tariff is $0.062 per kWh. In comparison to the previous three average bid prices, the ceiling tariff has increased by 8 per cent. In 2022, the agency expects to issue three tenders for 3.6 GW of solar power.

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Enviva, J-Power sign a MoU to decarbonise power generation in Japan

Enviva Partners, a global renewable energy company specialising in sustainable wood bioenergy, and Tokyo-based utility Electric Power Development Corporation Limited (J-Power) have signed an MoU for the long-term, large-scale supply of sustainable wood biomass from Enviva’s manufacturing facilities in the US to J- Power’s coal-fired power plants in Japan.

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US Renewable Energy Trends 2021

Wind and solar are the fastest growing renewable sources, but contribute just 4.6% of total energy used in the U.S. U.S. Renewable Energy Factsheet prepared by Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan presents the key trends in the United States renewable energy market. It highlights the growth in capacity energy generation, price trends and policy developments for various renewable energy segments – solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro.

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B&W to acquire Denmark’s VODA A/S

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (B&W) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VODA A/S, a waste-to-energy and biomass-to-energy services based firm. B&W will create a B&W Renewable Service which will be integrated with VODA A/S and B&W Vølund aftermarket services businesses.

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Biofuel Development Policy in Indonesia: A critical review

Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest energy consumers, with the country’s energy sector accounting for almost 35 per cent  of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report published by the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) called “Critical review on the biofuel development policy in Indonesia” aims to assess the Government’s efforts and policies towards accelerating the development of biofuel, its economic, environmental, and social impact on the country and its potential in the coming years.

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Altri to acquire Tilbury Green Power Holdings Limited for £246.5 million

Altri S.A. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Greenvolt – Energias Renováveis S.A. (Greenvolt) has reached an agreement, together with funds managed by the Equitix Group for the acquisition of Tilbury Green Power Holdings Limited (TGPH). Ownership will be split in a proportion of 51% to Greenvolt and 49% to the funds managed by Equitix. The transaction amounts to an enterprise value of £246.5 million.

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India plans mission on use of biomass in thermal plants

ndia’s ministry of power has announced that it will set up a national mission on use of biomass in coal-based thermal plants. This will help address the issue of air pollution arising from stubble burning, which is especially a concern in northern India. The mission will raise the level of biomass co-firing from present 5 per cent to higher levels to promote a higher share of renewable fuel used in thermal plants.

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Clean Energy Technologies signs MoU for $15 million biomass project

Clean Energy Technologies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ashfield Ag Resources to co-develop a biomass renewable energy processing facility. The project will utilise a high temperature ablative fast pyrolysis reactor (HTAP Biomass Reactor). The project will convert forest biomass waste products to renewably generated electricity and BioChar fertilizer. It will be located in the state of Massachusetts in the United States.

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Drax completes acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc

Drax has announced completion of its acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. – a major producer and supplier of compressed bioenergy pellets. The acquisition will increase Drax’s annual operational capacity to 4.9 million tonnes of sustainable biomass pellets from 2022, at 17 plants in locations across Canada and the US– up from the current 1.6Mt.

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Advanced biofuels market size to surpass $848.6 billion by 2030: Precedence Research

According to Precedence Research, the global advanced biofuels market size is expected to surpass around $848.6 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 38.5 per cent. The global advanced biofuels market size was estimated at $32.6 billion in 2020. According to the report, North America will dominate the global industry due to rising demand for the cleaner burning transportation fuels in the US and Canada.

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Indonesia’s Biomass Cofiring Bet: Beware of the Implementation Risks

IEEFA believes that a focused effort to prioritize particular regions could be more viable than chasing the dream of an ambitious nation-wide deployment plan. A targeted deployment plan focused on demonstrating commercial viability and PLN’s willingness to support long-term purchase agreements would send a stronger positive signal to attract major investments for the biomass industry. Indonesia has the potential to become a powerhouse for the biomass industry, and the cofiring ambition could be a starting point to spark its development.

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Government of Canada to reduce reliance on diesel for Canada’s northern communities by promoting bioenergy

The Government of Canada is working with partners to reduce northern communities’ reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency. To this end, the Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program (Northern REACHE) has provided $88,000 to Nihtat Energy Limited to undertake a pre-feasibility study to assess the viability of developing biomass district energy systems in Inuvik.

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Transitioning towards renewable methanol to reduce carbon emissions

A transition to renewable methanol could expand methanol’s use as a chemical feedstock and fuel while moving industrial and transport sectors toward net carbon neutral goals. The cost of renewable methanol production is currently high and production volumes are low. But with the right policies, renewable methanol could be cost competitive by 2050 or earlier.

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