18 Fast pyrolysis as a biomass-to-liquid (BtL) conversion technology has been generating keen interest for some time with numerous lab, pilot and demonstration initiatives. The allure is almost any kind of biomass can be converted into an energy dense, transportable and storable bio-oil. In practice commercial plants are few and far between. This may change as Empyro, Europe’s first-of-a-kind commercial poly-generation flash pyrolysis plant, hot commissions. 24 When Nor th State Rendering in Oroville, California were looking to cut costs, secure new supply contracts and improve wastewater treatment, the solution was to build a state-ofthe art biogas plant. Bioenergy International No 78, 2-2015 7 8 One of Europe’s largest and most modern fuel ethanol production units, the Pannonia Ethanol Zrt facility in Dunaföldár, Hungary represents a bold greenfield investment move into US style corn-to-ethanol. 12 Once Asia’s largest diesel impor ter, Indonesia has slipped to the third place as the government pushes for biodiesel in transport, power and marine sectors. CMT’s Bio-Markets Asia held in Jakarta at the end of January was a timely conference that highlighted the expected impacts of recent regulatory reforms. 23The wor ld’s fi r s t wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery, UPM’s Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland began commercial production in January this year. The 175 million EUR biorefinery investment is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by Finnish forest industry major UPM. 53The annual W o r l d Sus t ainable Energy Days (WSED) in Wels, Austria proved both an entertaining as well as an informative rendezvous. And as home turf for many Austrian boiler producers a premieré launch-pad. 29BioOp inion: Kåre Gunnar Fløystad, Head of Indusry and Bioeconomy, for Zero Emission Resource Organisation (ZERO). Bioenergy International No 78, 2-2015 7 37 With the commissioning of its seventh wood pellet facility, Estonian based AS Graanul Invest has increased its total annual production capacity to over 1 million tonnes making it one of the largest producers in Northern Europe. According to Raul Kirjanen, CEO for AS Graanul Invest there is room for more revealing plans to double capacity by end of 2018.
Bioenergy no 2 - March 2015
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