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Finnish power plant New President for AEBIOM SMALLTALK

orders Metso valves An agreement has been signed by Metso for a comprehensive valve delivery to Kilpilahti Power Plant in Porvoo, Finland. Metso’s valves will be used in conjunc- tion with the power plant’s three different boiler units to control process flows at the plant. The new, combined heat and power plant jointly owned by Neste, Borealis and Veolia will generate 450 MW of steam and 30 MW of electricity and is planned to be commissioned in 2018.

Strong support for

bioenergy in UK On 7 December, it was an- nounced that there is strong public support for producing bioenergy in the UK from both biomass and waste, with 80% of respondents in favour of bioen- ergy playing a bigger part in the UK’s energy mix, according to a new survey carried out for the En- ergy Technologies Institute (ETI). The ‘Public Perceptions of Bioenergy in the UK’ report presents findings from a YouGov survey commissioned by the ETI. The survey of over 5,300 people found that 74% of people surveyed support producing bioenergy from biomass and 81% support producing biomass from waste.

Pilot plant for advanced biorenewables

A biofuels pilot plant, the Bio- Century Research Farm, has been jointly developed by Iowa State University and Chevron USA to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technol- ogy called solvent liquefaction. The process converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils.

In future, the project may be- gin working with new feedstocks to create high-value, biorenew- able chemicals.

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aking the most of the opportunity provided by its annual conference,

the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) has officially announced the election of its new President and Board. Didzis Palejs of LATbio, Latvia, has taken over the role, succeeding Gustav Melin, who has led the organisation for the past six years.

Didzis Palejs was the natural choice as he has been increasingly involved in AEBIOM and its network over the past decade. Having worked in the energy and wood industry for almost 20 years at local and international levels in both sales and logistics, he developed a broad understanding of the technical, economic and political challenges ahead. Based on his solid experience, he served as both Chairman of the Latvian

Biomass Association (LATbio), as well as Vice-President of the European Pellet Council (EPC – an AEBIOM network).

His strong commitment will be important during a critical moment for the entire bioenergy sector at EU level. “It cannot be stressed enough; bioenergy is essential for the EU-28 to reach its climate and energy goals,” stated President Palejs. “The coming Winter package should make it right to allow our sector to play its role. Based on what we’ve heard about this package at AEBIOM’s conference, I’m afraid we are not yet fully understood at EU level.” Raising the benefits of bioenergy at EU level through strengthening the cohesion of the sector will be one of the top priorities for President Palejs during his term. “I will dedicate my term to three priorities: uniting the

Left to right: Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary-General of AEBIOM: Gustav Melin, President from 2010-2016; and Didzis Palejs, the organisation’s new President.

biomass industry at international level, reinforcing our advocacy capacity and supporting national associations in the development of national biomass markets,” said President Palejs in his inaugural address.

In addition, AEBIOM elected its new Vice-President, Thomas Siegmund (BBE, Germany) and renewed part of its board by appointing Michael Doran (Irbea, Ireland), Christoph Pfemeter (ABA, Austria), Marijan Kavran (CROBIOM, Croatia), Vilma Gaubyte (Litbioma, Lithuania), Eric Vial (Propellet, France) and Gustav Melin (Svebio, Sweden).

Dredger uses wood-based biofuel

Leading global dredging and marine expert Boskalis and sustainable marine biofuels supplier GoodFuels Marine have performed successful live tests on a sustainable wood- based drop-in biofuel called UPM BioVerno. The tests were conducted on a vessel working on

the Dutch Marker Wadden nature restoration project in the middle of Markermeer lake.

The fuel produced by Finnish UPM Biofuels is the first-ever biofuel derived from wood residue to be used in a marine fleet.

Boskalis vessel Edax, a 1,696

deadweight tonne cutter suction dredger, has successfully used the fuel in bio/fossil blends of up to 50% as it worked on the first phase of the Marker Wadden project during the first half of 2016. This resulted in a CO2 saving of 600 metric tonnes over the operating period.

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