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  • MARCH 2014 | BIOMASS MAGAZINE 3

    INSIDE

    MARCH 2014 | VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 3

    ADVERTISER INDEX

    Biomass Magazine: (USPS No. 5336) March 2014, Vol. 8, Issue 3. Biomass Magazine is published monthly by BBI International. Principal Offi ce: 308 Second Ave. N., Suite 304, Grand Forks, ND 58203. Periodicals Postage Paid at Grand Forks, North Dakota and additional mailing offi ces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Biomass Magazine/Subscriptions, 308 Second Ave. N., Suite 304, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203.

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    COPYRIGHT 2014 by BBI International

    Subscriptions Biomass Magazine is free of charge to everyone with the excep-tion of a shipping and handling charge of $49.95 for any country outside of the United States, Canada and Mexico. To subscribe, visit www.BiomassMagazine.com or you can send your mailing address and payment (checks made out to BBI International) to Biomass Magazine Subscriptions, 308 Second Ave. N., Suite 304, Grand Forks, ND 58203. You can also fax a subscription form to 701-746-5367. Back Issues & Reprints Select back issues are available for $3.95 each, plus shipping. Article reprints are also available for a fee. For more information, contact us at 701-746-8385 or service@bbiinternational.com. Ad-vertising Biomass Magazine provides a specifi c topic delivered to a highly tar-geted audience. We are committed to editorial excellence and high-quality print production. To fi nd out more about Biomass Magazine advertising opportunities, please contact us at 701-746-8385 or service@bbiinternational.com. Letters to the Editor We welcome letters to the editor. Send to Biomass Magazine Letters to the Managing Editor, 308 2nd Ave. N., Suite 304, Grand Forks, ND 58203 or email to asimet@bbiinternational.com. Please include your name, address and phone number. Letters may be edited for clarity and/or space.

    10 NEWS

    11 COLUMNBiomass Growth in 2014: Will the Trend Hold?By Bob Cleaves

    14 DEPARTMENT Dually RenewableCellulosic ethanol producer Abengoa Biomass Energy of Kansas has deviated from the norm of natural gas power.By Anna Simet

    POWER

    06 EDITORS NOTECelebrating the Groundbreakers By Tim Portz

    07 INDUSTRY EVENTS

    08 BUSINESS BRIEFS

    46 MARKETPLACE

    14

    Sky CandyMultiple Cellulosic

    Ethanol Plants Near Completion

    Page 40

    Plus:Biomass Brings Heat to Vermonts Capitol CityPage 24

    And:U.S. Pellet Industry Build-Out Continues Page 16

    www.biomassmagazine.com

    March 2014

    ON THE COVERWork is nearly complete at Poet-DSM's cellulosic ethanol plant, Project Liberty, in Emmets-burg, Iowa.

    PHOTO: POET-DSM

    2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo 47

    2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo 48

    Airofl ex Equipment 10

    Amandus Kahl GmbH & Co. KG 26

    American Pulverizer Co. 38

    Bois Energie 43

    BRUKS Rockwood 29

    CPM Roskamp Champion 7

    CPM Wolverine Proctor, LLC 14

    Detroit Stoker Company 18

    Dieffenbacher 8

    Elliot Group 37

    Fagen Inc. 2

    GEA Westfalia Separator 36

    Hurst Boiler & Welding Co. Inc. 28

    Idaho National Laboratory 27

    Iowa Economic Development Authority 31

    Iowa Northern Railway Co. 15

    Mayfran International, Inc. 22

    New Holland Agriculture 9

    Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 32

    Novozymes 4

    Process Barron 44

    TerraSource Global 42

    Tramco, Inc. 20

    Turboden S.r.l. 45

    West Salem Machinery 21

    Williams Crusher 30

    Wolf Material Handling Systems 19

  • MARCH 2014 | BIOMASS MAGAZINE 5

    BIOGAS

    32 NEWS

    33 COLUMNConsiderations for Biogas ProjectsBy Kyle Goehring

    34 DEPARTMENTBiogas Power in the ValleyHometown BioEnergy LLCs freshly commissioned LeSueur, Minn., anaerobic digestion facility is the largest system of its kind in the U.S.By Susanne Retka Schill

    MARCH 2014 | VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 3

    16

    PELLETS

    14 NEWS

    16 FEATURE A Giant StepThe pellet industry will grow by nearly 33 percent during the next two years, as foreign demand drives investment in new capacity and distribution infrastructure.By Tim Portz

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    34

    THERMAL

    22 NEWS

    23 COLUMNFanning the Northeastern Biomass Flame

    By Joseph Seymour

    24 FEATURE Montpeliers Pipe DreamAfter years of development, Montpelier, Vt., is bringing on line its upgraded and expanded district heating system.By Anna Simet

    24

    ADVANCED BIOFUELS & CHEMICALS

    38 NEWS

    39 COLUMNUrging the EPA to Reconsider RFS Targets By Michael McAdams

    40 DEPARTMENTThe Year is HereDevelopers today are in the midst of proving that commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol is no longer a distant dream.By Chris Hanson

    INSIDE

  • 6 BIOMASS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2014

    Celebrating theGroundbreakers

    On March 25, Ill have the uniqueprivilege of bestowing the third an-nual International Biomass Confer-ence & Expo Groundbreaker of theYear Award. From a professionalstandpoint, this is one of the best mo-ments of my year. Building a biomass-to-energy project is hard. Even smallprojects require signifi cant amountsof capital, face arduous permitting processes, often involve the fi rst timedeployment of new technologies, and,

    once complete, will have to compete in a commodity energy mar-ket awash with well-entrenched incumbents. Despite those hurdles,groundbreakings and project announcements still fi nd their way intothe inboxes of our team.

    These types of projects and the teams that drive them deserveto be celebrated. Doing just so, this months project development andplant construction issue is an annual tradition at Biomass Magazine, and ehas been strategically printed in time to be included with proceedingsat the International Biomass Conference & Expo. While working onthis issue, it was important to our team to highlight construction ineach of the fi ve segments we cover each month. We were able to doprecisely that, and each story conveys the massive efforts it took to get its featured project where it is today.

    Interestingly, it became diffi cult to keep each story inside of itsrespective segment box. For example, Chris Hansons comprehensiveupdate on the fi nal construction stages of three different cellulosicethanol facilities, The Year is Here, (page 40) dips both into powerproduction and anaerobic digestion. Anna Simets Dually Renewable(page 14) looks closely at the power generation component of Aben-goa Biomass Energy of Kansass cellulosic ethanol facility. In the piece,Abengoas Chris Standlee highlights the value of electricity as a co-product. It [power] also spreads riskits another product to sell, andyoure able to get long-term contracts in the power market, he says.

    The cross pollination doesnt stop there, and Im excited by the in-creasing number of biomass projects that are turning to other biomasstechnologies to either contribute needed heat and power or manageproduction waste streams. In short, our industry continues to look in-ward and leverage proven technologies to de-risk the less proven ones.

    While I dont yet know who the winner of the 2014 Ground-breaker of the Year Award isbut wouldnt reveal it if I didI amcontinually learning more about the long road they have traveled. That kind of dogged commitment to biomass energy projects deserves cel-ebration, and were humbled to be able to do it.

    TIM PORTZVICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT & EXECUTIVE EDITORtportz@bbiinternational.com

    EDITORS NOTE

    EDITORIAL

    PRESIDENT & EDITOR IN CHIEFTom Bryan tbryan@bbiinternational.com

    VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT& EXECUTIVE EDITOR

    Tim Portz tportz@bbiinternational.com

    MANAGING EDITORAnna Simet asimet@bbiinternational.com

    NEWS EDITORErin Voegele evoegele@bbiinternational.com

    STAFF WRITERChris Hanson chanson@bbiinternational.com

    COPY EDITOR Jan Tellmann jtellmann@bbiinternational.com

    ARTART DIRECTOR

    Jaci Satterlund jsatterlund@bbiinternational.com

    GRAPHIC DESIGNERRaquel Boushee rboushee@bbiinternational.com

    PUBLISHING & SALESCHAIRMAN

    Mike Bryan mbryan@bbiinternational.com

    CEOJoe Bryan jbryan@bbiinternational.com

    VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONSMatthew Spoor mspoor@bbiinternational.comr

    MARKETING DIRECTORJohn Nelson jnelson@bbiinternational.com

    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORHoward Brockhouse hbrockhouse@bbiinternational.com

    SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGERChip Shereck cshereck@bbiinternational.com

    ACCOUNT MANAGERSBen Lester blester@bbiinternational.com

    CIRCULATION MANAGER Jessica Beaudry jbeaudry@bbiinternational.com

    TRAFFIC & MARKETING COORDINATORMarla DeFoe mdefoe@bbiinternational.com

    EXTERNAL EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSTimothy Cesarek, Enerkem Inc. Shane Chrapko, Himark Biogas

    Stacy Cook, Koda EnergyBenjamin Anderson, University of Iowa

    Gene Zebley, Hurst BoilerAndrew Held, Virent Inc.

    Kyle Goerhing, Eisenmann Corp.

  • MARCH 2014 | BIOMASS MAGAZINE 7

    INDUSTRY EVENTS

    International Biomass Conference & ExpoMARCH 24-26, 2014Orange County Convention CenterOrlando, FloridaOrganized by BBI International and produced by Biomass Magazine, this event brings current and future producers of bioenergy and biobased products together with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy mak-ers. Its a true one-stop shop, the worlds premier educational and networking junction for all biomass industries.866-746-8385 | www.b