Detailed information on each project will be presented by Biomass Magazine at the conference in the form of a Biomass Construction Update designed to illuminate prominent biogas, pellet, biomass power and advanced biofuels plants which are actively under construction in North America.
“We are very excited about the large number of new projects that are being built this year,” said Tim Portz, Vice President of Content & Executive Editor at BBI International, the company behind Biomass Magazine. “The International Biomass Conference & Expo is the perfect place to showcase the detailed information we have gathered about these projects. Anyone who is working in or looking to work in the biomass industry should attend this year’s biomass event to learn more about these fully commercialized projects”
Information concerning the completed bioenergy plants constructed by Himark biogas and Buena Vista Power will be included in the presentation. The Himark project was completed in December 2012 and is already supplying biogas to Western Plains Energy for use as process heat. Meanwhile Buena Vista has reconfigured an existing coal plant to operate on biomass and this project also became operational in December.
The Gainesville Renewable Energy Centre power plant in Gainesville, Florida, owned by American Renewables, is one of two 100MW facilities in the US and is the largest contributor to growth in the biomass sector with an anticipated 523MW of capacity scheduled to come online by the end of the year.
Discussion of pellet projects will include three 500,000 metric ton per year plants by Enviva and German Pellets which are currently nearing completion and will add significant export capacity with Europe being the most likely destination.
The biofuel industry is also awaiting the completion of a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facility which is within a year of being realised. INEOS and Abengoa are expecting to start production in the first half of this year thereby adding 33 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol capacity and quintupling cellulosic capacity in the US.
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