Drax biomass power station accused of ‘risking its employees’ safety’

The Health and Safety Executive has taken legal action against Drax over allegations that the wood dust might have threatened employees’ safety

How to Leverage Green Heat for a Green Recovery

Presently, sustainably sourced biomass is the only reliable, dispatchable, renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can re-place fossil fuels for both power and heat generation.

Drax to buy Canadian biomass supplier for £422m

The acquisition is expected to more than double Drax’s biomass production capacity

Prodesa to build two wood pellet plants in Belarus

The plants are expected to be completed in early 2021 and deliver up to 20 tonnes per hour of industrial wood pellets

Drax to buy two wood pellet firms in biomass expansion

The Drax power plant group has announced plans to buy two US wood pellet manufacturers. The North Yorkshire power station, which incorporates biomass into its feedstock, aims to acquire Texas Pellets and Louisiana Pellets, both of which are currently going through bankruptcy processes. Drax has previously indicated its intention to expand its own supply of compressed wood […]

Giant wood pellet producer launches $5m fund

The world’s largest producer of wood pellets has launched a $5 million (£3.4m) fund for forest conservation. Enviva Holdings expects its 10-year programme to protect thousands of acres of bottomland forests, found along rivers and streams, in North Carolina and southeast Virginia. The company owns and operates six plants in the US that produce around […]

Improving quality ‘could make small biomass systems cheaper’

The cost of small biomass technologies could be reduced by improving their quality. That’s according to Bruno Prior, Managing Director at pellet supplier Forever Fuels. He told ELN: “Small biomass systems have no economic case at the moment.” He said one of the few ways of restoring their economic credibility is to “improve the costs […]

Drax buys UK wood pellet distributor

Drax has entered the domestic wood fuel heating market with the purchase of the UK’s second largest wood pellet distributor. The move will see Drax supply wood pellets through Billington Bioenergy (BBE) to domestic and commercial customers. They are a sustainable form of renewable heating, offering an alternative to fossil fuels such as heating oil […]

Whisky distillery bags green bank funding

A Scottish whisky distillery has bagged funding from the Green Investment Bank to build a biomass boiler. The Tomatin Distillery near Inverness was awarded £576,733 from the UK’s green lending body. This will be more than matched by private equity fund Equitix Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF), which is putting £600,274 towards the project. The boiler […]

Humber Ports £100m revamp to boost Drax biomass

Three ports in the Humber region which will supply woodchips for Drax’s new biomass plant are splashing out £100million to cope with the new fuel source. The tide of new investment will see the Ports of Hull, Goole and Immingham upgraded to handle millions of tonnes of wood pellet shipments, the Associated British Ports (ABP) […]