Biomass Power

April 22, 2014

UK funds projects to generate bioenergy from wetlands biomass

BY U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change Found In:Power, ThermalThree British companies have been awarded a share of over GBP 1.3 million ($2.19 million) to spur on innovation in turning reeds and rushes from wetlands into bioenergy, U.K. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced April 17. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

Forest thinning in Ariz. could benefit environment, economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new report finds that forest thinning could improve the health of Arizona's forests while strengthening rural economies. Small diameter wood harvested as part of thinning activities could be used for many purposes, including bioenergy production. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

CSR partners to convert railroad ties into biofuel

BY Coalition for Sustainable Rail Found In:Power, ThermalThe Coalition for Sustainable Rail has announced that it is initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel via torrefaction. This research is funded through a grant from the Indiana Rail Road. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

Phoenix Energy to build California biomass gasification plant

BY Phoenix Energy Found In:PowerPhoenix Energy has signed agreements to build and operate a biomass gasification plant near Lake Tahoe, Calif. The 2-MW plant will utilize forest biomass from Placer County's fire threat reduction activities to make electricity, heat and biochar. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

BC Bioenergy Network funds pilot torrefaction project

BY BC Bioenergy Network Found In:Power, ThermalBC Bioenergy Network, a provincially-funded leader supporting the growing bioenergy sector in British Columbia, announced its intention to fund $1 million to Diacarbon Energy Inc. to demonstrate its torrefaction bioreactor technology. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

Economics of using mesquite for power reliant on outside factors

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:PowerUsing mesquite biomass for electricity generation may become economically feasible if ecological and agricultural factors are considered, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research paper being published in the BioEnergy Research journal. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

Kentucky funds landfill gas-to-energy project

BY Gov. Steve Beshear's office Found In:Power, BiogasKentucky Gov. Beshear has announced funding to help create an environmentally-friendly methane gas recovery system in the city of Glasgow, Ky., that will harness the gas emitted from the Glasgow Regional Landfill and turn it into electricity. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

Covanta announces partnership with Massachusetts municipalities

BY Covanta Energy Corp. Found In:PowerCovanta Energy Corp., a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy, has announced a new partnership with nine Western Massachusetts municipalities for bundled sustainable waste management services. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

IPCC: Bioenergy to play significant role in carbon mitigation

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

EC adopts new guidelines on renewable energy, biofuel support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission recently announced it has adopted new rules on public support for renewable energy projects, including a move to market-based support. A U.K.-based trade association called the guidelines a "huge leap into the unknown." READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Washington DNR to hold mobile pyrolysis demo

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a mobile pyrolysis technology demonstration featuring three vendors on May 8 that will include conversion of wood chips into bio-oil, bio-char and syngas. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Ontario's Thunder Bay burns last coal, seeks biomass fuel supply

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerOfficially earning the province a coal-free status several months prior to its goal of the end of 2014, Ontario Power Generation's Thunder Bay Generating Station has burned its last supply of coal, the utility and the Ontario government reported. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

EPA opens public comment period on rule to amend NHSM regulation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has published its proposed rule to amend its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials regulation in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day comment period. The proposal classifies wood fuel from construction and demolition debris. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

GE engines power landfill gas-to-energy project in Latin America

BY GE Found In:Power, BiogasGE's Distributed Power business has announced that commissioning for three of its Jenbacher gas engines is expected to take place this month at Estre Ambiental's landfill in Guatapara City, Sao Paulo, Brazil. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

UK bioenergy production increased significantly in 2013

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released provisional annual energy data for 2013. The report shows renewable generation increased 28 percent and bioenergy sources generated 18.7 terawatt hours of electricity last year. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Ceres announces fiscal and business updates

BY Chris HansonFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsCeres Inc. released its second quarter financial results and an update on its efforts in Brazil during a webcast on April 10. The company said it has increased its planting of sorghum in Brazil, where it is pursuing ethanol and biomass power markets. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

New Hampshire PUC publishes proposed RPS amendments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has published a document containing proposed amendments to the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), including those for new Class I thermal requirements. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EIA predicts increased energy generation from renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the April issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes forecasts for bioenergy production and the use of wood in home heating applications. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

Biomass Power Association addresses inaccurate report

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:PowerRather than a scientific study, the report issued by Partnership for Policy Integrity this week should be regarded as an 81-page editorial. It showcases a fundamental misunderstanding of the science surrounding forestry and biomass. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

2G Cenergy to provide technology to Ohio waste-to-energy facility

BY Chris HansonFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas2G Cenergy Power Systems Technologies Inc. announced it will supply $8 million worth of its technologies to Team Gemini LLC's Gemini Synergy Center in Grove City, Ohio. The project broke ground last year. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

EIA: US added 549 MW of biomass capacity last year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerRecently published U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration data shows that U.S. added 549 MW of biomass-fired power plant capacity last year. According to the EIA, 511 MW of that capacity was from wood-fire or wood waste-fired facilities. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

McCarthy addresses RFS, biogenic emissions during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA's policies with regard to the renewable fuel standard and biogenic carbon emissions were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

Enginuity moves to Mexico, Mo., to scale up eCARB process

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnginuity Worldwide LLC has moved its research and development activities into the Missouri Plant Science Center in Mexico, Mo., in order to produce larger quantities of its biomass-based engineered pellets for large-scale testing. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

NYSERDA funds ESF effort to boost energy value of wood chips

BY State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Power, ThermalA research team at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to study the use of flue gas to dry wood chips to improve their efficiency. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Covanta facility wins EPA award for clean air technology

BY Covanta Energy Corp. Found In:PowerThe Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility, operated by Covanta, has received the prestigious 2014 Clean Air Technology Award from the U.S. EPA. The award has recognized the facility for upgrading its emission control system. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Viaspace advances projects in California and St. Croix

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasViaspace Inc. has recently announced progress with its projects in California and St. Croix. The California project will convert Giant King Grass into advanced biofuels and power, while the St. Croix project will convert the feedstock to biogas. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Opinion: The Biomass Industry’s Beating Heart

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the incredible efforts that members of the biomass industry make to lead the industry to success. READ MORE