Biomass Power

January 28, 2015

Researchers in Spain develop prototype biogas-fueled fuel cell

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAn experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Converting the waste to heat and power is a three-part process that begins with the production of biogas via anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Virginia county approves organic waste processing facility

BY Prince William County, Virginia Found In:Power, BiogasAt its Jan. 20 meeting, the board of county supervisors in Prince William County, Virginia, authorized an agreement with Freestate Farms LLC to construct and operate a new facility that will include an anaerobic digestion system. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Wyoming task force report includes bioenergy recommendations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn Wyoming, the Governor's Task Force on Forests has issued a report featuring its recommendations for proactively managing the state's forests. Several of the recommendations relate to bioenergy development. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Construction begins on California landfill gas-to-energy project

BY County of Orange and OC Waste & Recycling Found In:Power, BiogasA groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for a landfill gas-to-energy project under development near Irvine, California. The project will be financed by Caterpillar Financial Services and built and operated by Bowerman Power. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

DOE announces ARPA-E funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has announced plans to award up to $125 million in support of transformational energy projects. The solicitation is the third open funding opportunity announced by ARPA-E. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

Work begins on quay extension at Port of Tyne

BY Port of Tyne Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Port of Tyne has appointed the main contractor for the extension of Riverside Quay, the port's multifunctional deep-sea facility at South Shields. The extension will support the growth in cargo volumes handled by the port, including wood pellets. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

IRENA announces REsource, a new online data platform

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has launched REsource, an online knowledge platform that enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use. READ MORE

January 22, 2015

EU approves U.K. state aid for Teesside biomass CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe European Commission has approved the U.K.'s plan to provide state aid to the proposed Teesside combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant, a 299 MW, biomass-fired facility. The project is expected to be operational in July 2018. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Hu Honua resumes construction of biomass power plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerHu Honua Bioenergy LLC announced last month that it would resume onsite operations before the close of 2014 on its 30-MW biomass power facility. These operations include final site preparation, delivery of specialized equipment and other activities. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

California offers funding for dairy digester development program

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. Approximately $11 million in competitive grant funding is expected to be awarded. Applications are due Feb. 23. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Construction of 44 MW bioenergy plant begins in the U.K.

BY Eco2 Ltd. Found In:PowerThe ground was broken Jan. 20 at the site of a new biomass power plant in Snetterton, U.K. The 44.2 MW straw-powered biomass plant will have capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 82,000 homes. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

IRENA: Many renewable energy sources cheaper than fossil fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a new report that determined many sources of renewable energy are now cheaper than fossil fuels. The report includes data on the the costs of biomass energy around the world. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Vista pilot waste-to-energy project nears completion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerVista International Technologies recently announced that its pilot waste-to-energy (WTE) project is nearly complete. The company's patented thermal gasifier technology uses a low-temperature gasification process. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

Reports show impact of strong dollar, oil prices on pellet sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOver the past week, FutureMetrics LLC has published two research papers by company President William Strauss that illustrate the impacts of the strengthening dollar and falling crude oil prices on the pellet industry. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Dutch government to discuss biomass sustainability Jan. 15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Information Network highlights a pending biomass sustainability proposal in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is scheduled to discuss the proposal on Jan. 15. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

DemoSNG: Flexible methane production from electricity, biomass

BY Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Found In:Power, BiogasInterlinkage of the power and gas grids is planned to make electricity supply sustainable and robust in the future. Fluctuating amounts of wind and solar power, for instance, might be stored in the form of the chemical energy carrier methane. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

In Depth: A Dutch Dilemma

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Netherlands’ under-debate energy policies could create an additional 3.5 million tons of annual pellet demand or introduce inefficiencies that will put the market out of reach for most North American producers. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

EIA outlook includes bioenergy forecasts for 2015 and 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for energy production from wood and waste biomass as well as data related to home heating methods. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Maine Woods Biomass Exports proposes Prospect wood chip project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerA phytosanitation heat-treatment operation for processing wood chips is proposed for construction in Prospect, Maine, by Searsport-based Maine Woods Biomass Exports LLC. Construction of the $20 million project is expected to begin this year. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

BlueRock Energy, ReEnergy enter services agreement

BY BlueRock Energy Found In:PowerBlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy's delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

WRAP publishes report on 2013 UK AD sector and output markets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasLast month WRAP published a survey on the U.K. anaerobic digestion (AD) industry. Key findings revealed a 34 percent increase in the total number of operational AD plants between 2012 and 2013, up from 87 to 117 plants. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Colorado lawmakers introduce biomass, energy bills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasSeveral energy-related bills were introduced in the Colorado Senate in early January, including one that aims to create a five-year incentive program to promote the use of woody biomass in public buildings. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

In Depth: Deutschland’s Sleeping Giant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAlthough Germany’s pellet supply and demand has steadily increased over the years, recent factors have impacted growth. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

This Just In

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power

January 09, 2015

In Depth: All That Glitters

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhile domestic demand soars and export challenges remain daunting, small and midsized North American producers may choose to leave bustling foreign markets to the big guys. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Michigan House passes bill addressing pyrolysis, MSW

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerA bill passed by the Michigan House of Representatives aims to amend the state's renewable energy regulations to allow pyrolysis technologies and fuel manufactured from certain waste sources to quality as renewable energy sources. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

EPA provides update on Clean Power Plan rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerOn Dec. 7, the U.S. EPA held a media call to provide the public with an update of its plans for the Clean Power Plan and carbon pollution standards for new, modified and reconstructed power plants in the new year. READ MORE