Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 21, 2016

Smith Flooring qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Smith Flooring of Mountain View, Missouri, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

In Depth: The Future of Freight

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe primary mode of biomass transport—diesel power—continues to get cleaner and more efficient. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

Georgia Biomass qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Power, ThermalPellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Georgia Biomass of Waycross, Georgia, into the PFI Standards Program. There are now 14 pellet manufacturing companies with a combined 23 facilities qualified under the program. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

PHI Group to acquire pellet plant in Southeast US

BY PHI Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPHI Group recently announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a wood pellet manufacturing company in Southeastern United States. The identity of the target company and certain details are being kept confidential until closing. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Pacific Ag acquires Calagri

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

EIB provides loan to biomass plant in Finland

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe European Investment Bank has announced a loan agreement with an energy utility company in Finland for the deployment of a biomass-fired facility that will provide district heat. READ MORE

June 14, 2016

REN21 report shows increased use of biomass in heat, power

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasREN21 recently published its annual overview on the state of renewable energy, reporting 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power and renewable heat both increased, along with renewables used in transportation. READ MORE

June 13, 2016

White paper discusses state of pellet market, Japanese potential

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics released a white paper discussing the current state of the industrial wood pellet markets and new opportunities for growth in the Japanese market. A dashboard associated with coal-to-wood pellet conversions also received updates. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Ontario finalizes cap and trade program, releases action plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThree weeks after Ontario finalized its cap and trade program, which takes effect July 1, the provincial government released the full version of its new Climate Change Action Plan. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

REA reports UK energy growth threatened by recent policy changes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently published its annual statistical REView 2016 report on the U.K renewable energy industry, reporting that despite record employment levels in 2015 recent policy changes threaten renewable energy growth. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

EIA revises short-term bioenergy forecasts in June outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase 13 percent this year and 3.3 percent next year. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Vermont clean energy jobs report features wood energy data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recent report on Vermont’s clean energy industry has determined the state has the highest number of per capita clean energy jobs in the nation. The wood energy industry is among the clean energy industry segments addressed in the report. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

UK government proposes cuts to feed-in-tariffs for AD

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Energy and Climate Change recently proposed completely cutting the feed-in tariff for larger 500 kWe anaerobic digestion (AD) sites, and severely removing the tariffs for small and medium plants. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year. The report includes data on bioenergy employment. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Crash Course on Contributions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, I have been contacted a lot about how to get articles published in Biomass Magazine, so today I’m going to give a quick crash course on submitting contributions. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Ontario slates $100 million toward renewable natural gas

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOntario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province. The Canadian Gas Association has also outlined new targets for country’s natural gas sector. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

Idaho pellet project works to overcome challenges

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough an Idaho pellet plant project announced last spring hasn’t yet come to fruition, the project is still alive and working to overcome final hurdles. Centennial Renewable Energy plans to build the project on the site of a former timber plant. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

UK GIB invests in 5.4 MW biomass plant

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalConstruction work will soon commence on a new green energy facility in Wrexham Industrial Estate, north Wales, after developers secured a commitment of GBP 25 million ($36.03 million) from U.K. Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

Hekotek announces pellet plant orders in Latvia, Belarus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEstonia-based Hekotek has made two announcements regarding the development of pellet plants in recent months, including the development of a new pellet plant in Latvia and a pellet plant expansion in Belarus. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

INL successfully tests oxidation catalyst in torrefaction system

BY Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAdvanced Torrefaction Systems LLC has collaborated with the Idaho National Laboratory to test a catalytic oxidation technology designed by ATS to address problems that have hampered the development of large-scale torrefaction plants. READ MORE

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

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