Biomass Power

May 26, 2016

Purdue workshop to explore AD for livestock operations

BY Purdue University Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group will offer a workshop at Fair Oaks Farms on management of wastes from large-scale livestock operations, including anaerobic digestion, a mechanism for transforming biological waste into bioenergy. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2016 conservation grants

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia, has announced the recipients of its 2016 grants. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Ethanol plant digester to send 5 MW to California grid

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasNot only does Tulare County, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC manufacture renewable transportation fuel and utilize renewable energy to power its operations, but starting next month, the plant will also send electricity to the grid. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Southern states lead growth in biomass electricity generation

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:PowerOver the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatthours (TWh) in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Duke Energy inks second swine waste power deal in 2016

BY Duke Energy Found In:Power, BiogasDuke Energy recently announced it has finalized a second deal in 2016 to buy captured methane gas derived from swine waste. The planned project will be at farms in Kenansville, North Carolina. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

DVO announces first anaerobic digester installation in China

BY DVO Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasInstallation and commissioning are complete on a DVO Inc. anaerobic digester at Austasia Modern Dairy Farm in Xianhe, Shandong Province, China. This is DVO’s first installation in China, and the country’s first modern, operational anaerobic digester. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Opinion: The Tip of the Industry’s Spear

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHeavy logging equipment is the epitome of the tip of the spear when it comes to biomass harvesting, the area of focus of the June issue of Biomass Magazine. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

USDA announces application periods for BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency has announced incentives will resume this month through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the USDA, $3 million is available for BCAP during fiscal year 2016. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

WesTech, Cleanergy partner to bring GasBox to US

BY WesTech Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWesTech is partnering with Cleanergy to bring the Cleanergy GasBox biogas generator to the U.S. The GasBox generates electricity and heat from biogas using a Stirling engine. It can run on biogas with a methane concentration as low as 18 percent. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Advanced Flow Systems, Greenlane Biogas sign agreement

BY Advanced Flow Systems Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAdvanced Flow Systems Inc., a subsidiary of AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc., recently added Greenlane Biogas Ltd. to its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by signing a two-year contract manufacturing agreement. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

May 21, 2016

In Depth: Foraging for Efficiency

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Holland is plowing the path to commercial use of woody biomass crops for bioenergy. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

Port of Tyne to handle pellets for Lynemouth plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K.-based Port of Tyne has announced plans to start building new facilities to handle, store and transport wood pellets for Lynemouth Power Ltd., which is making good progress with its plan to convert from coal to biomass. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

Processing plant receives 10 millionth ton of garbage

BY Great River Energy Found In:PowerGreat River Energy’s Elk River Resource Processing Plant received its 10 millionth ton of garbage in mid-April. In nearly 27 years of operation, that waste has been mostly used to generate renewable energy. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

In Depth: Workhorses of the Woods

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Big Four equipment manufacturers in the forest harvesting space discuss product offerings and technological advancements to improve emissions, operator comfort and safety, productivity and efficiency. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

ETI seeks partners for biomass pretreatment project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute recently announced it is seeking partners for a new project that aims to develop technology to remove contaminants from certain biomass feedstocks. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

PFI: 2 additional plants qualify for PFI standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two additional pellet plants into the Pellet Fuels Institute standards program, including NWP Jasper LLC and New England Wood Pellet's Allegheny plant. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

SBP approves third certification body

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third SBP-approved certification body. PwC has been approved for certification of biomass producers in Canada and the U.S. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Northeast Wood Products ready, waiting to ramp up production

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNortheast Wood Products LLC commenced pellet production in December at its retrofitted 120,000-ton-per-year pellet plant located in Jasper, Tennessee, and now is poised for ramp up, but will wait on the sidelines until the market rebounds. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

California RNG bill could open door to pipeline injection

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA proposed bill in California may serve to greatly benefit the state’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry. It would modify current siloxane requirements and essentially break down the barrier for RNG producers to access the natural gas pipeline. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Zero-net-energy farm project receives $1.2 million CEC grant

BY Biodico Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Energy Commission is lending major financial support to Biodico's Zero-Net-Energy Farms concept, which would enable ag operations to generate all of their energy needs from on-site renewables such as solar, wind, and AD-based CHP. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Clean Power Plan court delayed, moved to full bench

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerOn the court’s own motion, the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan oral arguments scheduled for June 2 have been pushed back to Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced on May 16. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Wood Pellet Association of Canada announces leadership change

BY Wood Pellet Association of Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEffective May 12, Michele Rebiere has resigned as president of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Former vice president Rene Landry will serve as president until the next general meeting of the membership is held in September. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

UM researchers earn $1.4 million grant to study biomass

BY University of Montana Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Montana researchers will use a grant awarded by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

In Depth: Expanding the Bioenergy Workforce

BY Betsy Fradd Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSkilled, professional, and motivated technicians and operators are in demand for first-generation, advanced biofuel and cogeneration plants, and other bioenergy facilities. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

USDA funds 18 projects to increase wood energy markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has announced more than $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies and strategies that promote the use of wood in heat and power generation, commercial construction, and other wood product innovations. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

EPA defers action on petition challenging treatment of biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register responding to six petitions for reconsideration of carbon pollution standards for new, modified and reconstructed electric generating units. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

White paper refutes letter to Congress claims on biomass energy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEarlier this month, FutureMetrics LLC published a white paper that discusses why an editorial the Washington Post published at the end of April, and the letter to U.S. Congress the article was based on, are wrong about biomass for energy. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 11.3 percent in 2016 and 4.4 percent in 2017. READ MORE