Biomass Power

September 24, 2014

Neste Oil adds biopropane production to Rotterdam biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFinland-based Neste Oil has announced plans to add biopropane production capabilities to its biorefinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Construction of the project is expected to begin immediately, with biopropane sales commencing in 2016. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Legislation would extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLegislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 19 aims to enact two-year extensions for several clean energy tax incentives. The bill is titled the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

BY State College of New York Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRobert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts." READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

USDA announces REAP funding for bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Sept. 18, the USDA announced it is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Bioenergy projects were among those selected to receive funding. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

In Depth: Achieving Sustainability Goals

BY The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFish and Wildlife Agencies can play a role in successful biomass production for bioenergy. READ MORE

September 20, 2014

In Depth: A Body of Work

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExcited by the new market the pellet sector offers for low value fiber, forest landowners work to assure pellet buyers of existing sustainable practices. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Nebraska Forest Service offering biomass energy system grants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalThe Nebraska Forest Service announced it will offer two cost-share assistance grants for organizations including municipalities, universities, hospitals and greenhouses that wish to install woody biomass-fired energy systems. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

In Depth: Caretaking Colorado’s Crown Jewel

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerSustainability is symbiotic when it comes to biomass power plant Eagle Valley Clean Energy and the fuel it uses. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

EPA extends Clean Power Plan comment period

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerThe U.S. EPA has extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan for an additional month and a half. The deadline to submit comments is now set for Dec. 1. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled "Reforming America's Outdated Energy Tax Code," to discuss possible paths forward to reform U.S. energy tax code. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Dane County landfill expansion to increase savings and production

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasA landfill in Dane County, Wisconsin, is expanding its landfill gas-to-energy project. Once complete, the operation is expected to have an annual capacity of approximately 6 MW. Construction is expected to be complete in December. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Massachusetts adds thermal provision to state APS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalIn August, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation that adds renewable thermal energy as a component of the state's alternative portfolio standard (APS). The measure is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

ElectraTherm technology generates power from wood waste

BY ElectraTherm Found In:Power, ThermalElectraTherm has commissioned its second Green Machine at an integrated wood products mill in Wallowa, Oregon. Together, the two machines operate off the waste heat of a biomass boiler to generate emission-free electricity. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Opinion: Scientific Endorsement of Biomass’s Carbon Benefits

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerLast month, the Journal of Forestry published a scientific, peer-reviewed study confirming the virtues of biomass as an energy source, and an important element for forestry health and atmospheric carbon management. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Procter & Gamble biomass CHP project moving forward

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalA $230 million combined-heat-and-power biomass project under construction in Albany, Georgia, is progressing, it's most recent milestone being approval of a deal with the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

MIPS funds 5 poultry manure-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program has approved research projects worth $4.7 million to 18 teams, including five projects worth $1.9 million that aim to convert poultry manure into energy. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

$24.3 million AD project planned for WWTP in Duluth, Minnesota

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Western Lake Superior Sanitary District in Duluth, Minnesota, is planning a $24.3 million upgrade to its existing anaerobic digestion facility. The project will be implemented in three phases over the next 5 years, beginning in 2015. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

N.C. power sector asks for delay in swine waste REPS requirement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasA group of energy suppliers in North Carolina recently filed a joint motion with the N.C. Utilities Commission asking that a provision of the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio related to energy from swine waste be delayed. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3-D

BY NASA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth's forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Atikokan Generation Station now operating on biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Sept. 10, Ontario Power Generation announced that the Aitkokan Generating Station is now operation on biomass. The facility burned its last coal two years ago on Sept. 11, 2012. Conversion of the station began in mid-2012. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Biogas CHP system powers Yuengling brewery

BY 2G Cenergy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe oldest brewery in the U.S., operated by Yuengling, has installed a biogas-fired 2G Cenergy 400 kW/h combined-heat-and-power (CHP) power plant, which generates about 20 percent of the brewery's total energy needs. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Wisconsin poll finds support for expansion of bioenergy, RPS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasA new poll published by Clean Wisconsin finds that most voters within the state support the increased use of biomass energy. Results of the poll also show the state's voters want to see Wisconsin's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) expand. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

Bioenergy shines in Thunder Bay

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis week, Thunder Bay celebrates openings of the Ontario Power Generation Bioenergy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College and OPG's converted Atikokan Generating Station, and also welcomes the Canadian Bioenergy Conference. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Amaron Energy to demonstrate pyrolysis process at Wash. DNR event

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ChemicalsThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources has announced it is sponsoring a demonstration of Amaron Energy's 20-ton-per-day pyrolysis unit in October. Approximately 1,000 gallons of oil will be produced during the event. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Wind River Biomass Utility wins $200,000 grant for CHP plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalGov. Jay Inslee recently announced a $200,000 grant to Wind River Biomass Utility LLC to support development of a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Washington. The funding will be used to purchase equipment for the proposed facility. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Vega Biofuels pilot torrefaction plant to use new process

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. has announced that its joint venture partner, Agri-Tech Producers LLC, developed a patent-pending process that dramatically reduces the cost of some feedstock for the company's Allendale, South Carolina, pilot torrefaction plant. READ MORE