Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

November 22, 2015

Opinion: Regional Visions for Wood Heat

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalIf you’ve ever traveled to the Pacific Northwest, one of the many impressions you’ll take away is the sheer abundance of forests and woody biomass. Some states, however, face very different problems in managing their forests READ MORE

November 20, 2015

The UK's Energy Strategy Identity Crisis

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. has been a role model to other countries looking to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy generation. But, as of recent, it seems the tides may be turning. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

In Depth: The UK’s Conversion Diversion

BY Amanda Saint Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe first six months of majority Conservative rule in the United Kingdom has been characterized by drastic budget cuts, including removal of subsidies for biomass power and other renewable energy. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

ITA announces app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration has announced a beta version of an interactive app to serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exporters. Companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact the ITA. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

Renew Biomass, New Energy Farms announce partnership

BY Renew Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenew Biomass and New Energy Farms recently announced their long-term partnership agreement in which New Energy Farms will provide Renew Biomass with high-quality Miscanthus planting material. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

Viridis focuses Q3 results on Scotia, Okanagan plant operations

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Nov. 17, Viridis Energy Inc. released financial results for its nine months and third quarter ended Sept. 30, reporting a profitable quarter at Scotia Atlantic Biomass and progress on the Okanagan pellet mill improvement project. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

DOE biomass advisory committee schedules November 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 Nov. 18-19. The event will be held in Emeryville, California. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

Constellation, LA Sanitation begin construction on biogas plant

BY Constellation Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasConstellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., and LA Sanitation recently announced the start of construction of a 25-MW biogas-fueled cogeneration plant, which will supply steam and electricity to LA Sanitation's Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

Kingdom BioFuel opens wood pellet mill in Pennsylvania

BY Kingdom BioFuel Found In:Pellets, ThermalKingdom BioFuel prepares to open a first-of-its-kind wood pellet mill in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The 12,000-ton-per-year wood pellet mill will provide local residents with an eco-friendly heating product throughout the coming winter. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

Sen. Shaheen, EPA Administrator McCarthy tour bioenergy project

BY U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office Found In:Power, ThermalU.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently joined company leadership at Lavalley Middleton Building Supply in Middleton and biomass stakeholders to discuss the federal initiative to reduce carbon emissions. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

California Boosts Bioenergy with Beetle-Kill

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalTo combat the state's dead and dying forest problem, California Gov. Jerry Brown has called for 19 different initiatives, the majority of which are related to getting the materials to bioenergy facilities. READ MORE

November 12, 2015

IRENA report identifies increased renewables use in Germany

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalAccording to a report released this week by IRENA, Germany is on track to reach its 2030 renewable energy targets. However, to meet even higher shares of renewables, the deployment of renewable heating and transport technologies needs to accelerate. READ MORE

November 11, 2015

Turboden supplies 6.5 MW ORC biomass unit in U.K.

BY Turboden Found In:Power, ThermalTurboden announced it was selected to supply a 6.5 MW power-only unit by Kantor Energy Ltd. to be implemented in a biomass power plant in Sheffield, U.K. The unit will generate electricity utilizing wood waste from demolition sites. READ MORE

November 10, 2015

Utilities, pellet producers discuss important issues at WPAC 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference held last week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosted a power panel uniquely composed of both pellet producers and utilities sharing viewpoints on a variety of subjects. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

Biomass's Book Club Pick

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the potential stories that were on the table for the January issue of Biomass Magazine, themed plant operation, maintenance and repair, was an article about pellet stove operation and maintenance. READ MORE

November 04, 2015

Global pellet market forecasts optimistic at WPAC 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe third annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 3-5, opened with a discussion on shifting markets in the global pellet industry. READ MORE

November 04, 2015

Industry port and pellet tours kick off WPAC 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA sold out day of tours launched the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference Nov. 3-5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to the Port of Halifax, conference attendees visited Shaw Resources and Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plants. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Paper sizes up Canadian wood pellet heat sector

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new paper by FutureMetrics outlines reasons for the small size of the Canadian wood pellet industry, which include a small domestic heating market, low prices of electricity in some provinces and unfamiliarity with pellet heat technology. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Study of pellet stoves measures emission levels over 30 days

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalAn independent assessment of popular pellet stoves conducted by the Alliance for Green Heat found that pellet stoves, unlike most wood stoves, can achieve low levels of emissions in real world settings that are in line with laboratory results. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Pew report examines changes to evolving US power grid

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThe Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report that shows how an array of technological, competitive and market forces are changing how the U.S. generates power and the impact of national policy on the deployment of clean energy technologies. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Maine Energy Systems introduces wood pellet hot air furnace

BY Maine Energy Systems Found In:Pellets, ThermalMaine Energy Systems (MESys) recently announced the North American release of the MESys AutoPellet Air, a modulating fully-automatic wood pellet hot air furnace. The units are being built in Bethel, Maine, by MESys and designed by OkoFEN. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

FERC releases energy infrastructure update through September

BY SUN DAY Campaign Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRenewable sources accounted for more than 60 percent of the 7,276 MW of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first nine months of 2015, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent report. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

In Depth: Surveying a Changing Landscape

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe fifth annual Exporting Pellets Conference found an industry trying to find certainty and stability as a newly elected conservative government regains power in the United Kingdom. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

European Biomass Association releases annual bioenergy report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) recently released its annual statistical report, providing an outlook on European bioenergy for 2015, with a comprehensive overview of the latest market trends in bioheat, bioelectricty and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Astec provides Q3 2015 results, pellet plant business update

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAstec Industries Inc. has released its Q3 2015 financial results, reporting increases in gross profits, a decrease in net sales and also providing an update on the company’s wood pellet plant business. READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Oil Prices & El Niño

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAlready battling low fossil fuel prices—in some states, fuel oil is now cheaper than wood pellets—the projected El Niño winter is not welcome news. READ MORE

October 22, 2015

In Depth: Operation Biomass Heat

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood heat is keeping the Vermont Army National Guard warm during the winter. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

National Bioenergy Day celebrated in U.S., Canada

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalOct. 21 third marked the third annual National Bioenergy Day, which was celebrated across the U.S. and in Canada with many dozens of events. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

Opinion: Biomass Regains Congressional Ally

BY Joel Stronberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass thermal energy is too often treated by Congress as the underappreciated offspring of alternative energy. This may soon change, as the House Biomass Caucus has recently been rechartered. READ MORE

October 20, 2015

Eon to sell Belgian coal-fired power plant to German Pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe sale of German utility Eon’s Belgium 556-MW Langerlo coal-fired power plant to wood pellet producer German Pellets is expected to close this year. Eon has signed a share sale and purchase agreement with German Pellets. READ MORE