Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Pellet-fueled cogeneration plant opens in Croatia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalResalta, an energy developer active in Central and Eastern Europe, announced June 6 that a wood pellet-fueled cogeneration plant in Slatina, Croatia, is now operational. The facility has an electric capacity of 5 MW and a heat capacity of 12 MW. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

REA: Bioenergy needed to meet net-zero GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has released the second installment of its industry-led Bioenergy Strategy, reporting that bioenergy can meeting the U.K.’s projected shortfall of the 5th Carbon Budget and the impending nuclear gap. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Stobart increases volume of biomass fuel supplied

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalU.K.-based Stobart Group Ltd. released fiscal 2018 financial results on May 29, reporting a 51 percent increase in the volume of biomass fuel it supplied to renewable energy plants when compared to fiscal year 2017. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Dartmouth narrows list of potential sites for biomass project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalHanover, New Hampshire-based Dartmouth College has narrowed down potential locations for the Dartmouth Green Energy Project to three options. A final location is expected to be selected by the end of summer. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Maine utility announces RNG initiative

BY Summit Utilities Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSummit Natural Gas of Maine has announced a new renewable natural gas (RNG) program under which it will partner with the state's dairy industry to produce home-grown RNG through the construction of an anaerobic digester in Clinton, Maine. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

Canadian pulp and paper mill adds biomass energy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Canadian government has announced it will invest $13.8 million in Kruger Inc. to support two projects, including one that will allow the company’s Corner Brook, Newfoundland, location to produce biomass energy. READ MORE

May 24, 2019

Opinion: Wood Chips, GoodChips

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalBioenergy Europe has brought forward the “GoodChips” program, which is being offered as the first international certification scheme for wood chips as it pertains to their use as a solid biofuel. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

In Depth: Fiber Factors

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWet weather, the China trade war and new commercial trucking laws could soon impact fiber supply and prices for some producers, if not already. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

In Depth: Saving the Environment and Bottom Lines by Reducing Emissions

BY Becky Long Found In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the largest sources of emissions is from the creation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), by thermally damaging product in the dryer itself. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

California funds biofuel, renewable gas demonstration projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Energy Commission has approved $11 million for clean energy demonstration projects, including those for biofuels, renewable gas and microgrids. One project focuses on catalytic biogas reforming, while two others focus on gasification. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

SoCalGas moves forward with dairy biomethane projects

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced May 16 the utility has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to begin the next phase in construction of four new dairy biomethane projects in California. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Burgess BioPower wins grant for thermal energy recovery system

BY Burgess BioPower Found In:Power, ThermalBurgess BioPower was recently awarded $500,000 in grant funding from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission to build a thermal energy recovery system to beneficially utilize energy from Burgess’ steam condenser cooling water circuit. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Canada invests in national bioeconomy strategy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian government has announced it invested $200,000 in Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a not-for-profit business accelerator based in Sarnia, Ontario, to support the development of a national bioeconomy strategy. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 610,000 tons in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufactures produced approximately 670,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in January, with sales reaching 610,000 tons. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

SoCalGas kicks-off 2019 Environmental Champions Grant Program

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked-off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, announcing the company is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

EIA predicts increase in renewable energy generation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook on May 7, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of electricity generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Forest Service announces 2019 Wood Innovation Grant awards

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 7, the Forest Service awarded over $8.9 million through the Wood Innovations Grant program. Thirty-nine business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states are matching the grants with an additional $8.8 million. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

Judge rules EPA must enforce 2016 landfill gas regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA federal district court ruled April 6 that the U.S. EPA’s failure to implement and enforce a 2016 regulation limiting landfill methane emissions is unlawful. The ruling requires EPA to develop a federal plan within six months. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

UK report targets net-zero GHG emissions, bioenergy can help

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Committee on Climate Change published a report May 2 that recommends the government set a goal to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Drax and the U.K. Renewable Energy Association say bioenergy can help meet that goal. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

Mobile shredder transforms Crapper & Sons’ biomass operation

BY UNTHA Found In:Power, ThermalLong-standing waste management firm Crapper & Sons recently invested in a new UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e shredder to transform wood waste into a biomass fuel. The system currently processes 30 metric tons of wood waste per hour. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Bill introduced to overhaul renewable fuel, energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation May 2 that aims to overhaul the federal tax code and consolidate the current 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions. Several biofuel and bioenergy groups support the bill. READ MORE

April 26, 2019

Canada funds project to generate RNG from forest residues

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Canadian government recently awarded more than $4 million to two projects that aim to create value from forest products. One project focuses on the production of RNG, while the other aims to improve the competitiveness of Indigenous businesses. READ MORE

April 26, 2019

AEG wins $500,000 grant to support North Carolina facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe North Carolina Department of Commerce recently awarded U.K.-based Active Energy Group plc a $500,000 grant to support the development of its CoalSwitch manufacturing site in Lumberton, North Carolina. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Letter opposes proposed cuts to DOE’s renewable energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe BPA partnered with six renewable energy trade groups April 25 to send a letter to Congress opposing deep cuts in FY 2020 funding proposed by the Trump Administration for the Department of Energy's EERE, ARPA-E and NREL. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

National Grid: RNG can help decarbonize the gas network

BY National Grid Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasNational Grid is on the verge of filing proposals for the future of heat with the New York State Public Service Commission to help provide a greater platform to combat climate change by decarbonizing the gas network. RNG is part of that plan. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

In Depth: Biomass in the Hostess City

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 12th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 attendees to Savannah, Georgia. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Smithfield Foods, RAE form Monarch Bioenergy to produce RNG

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSmithfield Foods Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri using manure feedstock. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Valmet converts recovery boiler to biomass at DA Alizay in France

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:Power, ThermalValmet has received an order from Biomasse Energie d'Alizay to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology (BFB) at DA Alizay mill in France. READ MORE