Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

November 19, 2014

San Joaquin Valley incentive program gets additional $2 million

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe California San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District will provide an additional $2 million in funding to its Burn Cleaner Incentive Program to support the installation of natural gas or certified wood or pellet burning units. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Saxlund to supply biomass combustion solution to Sweden sawmill

BY Saxlund International Found In:ThermalSaxlund International has won a contract to provide fuel handling and biomass combustion technology to Hilmer Anderson, a leading privately owned sawmill in Sweden. The solution includes a fuel handling system and combustion technology. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

In Depth: Mobile Cloud Computing in the Biomass Industry

BY David Waechter Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMobile supply chain management integrates software applications with mobile devices to allow users to wirelessly operate at any location. READ MORE

November 14, 2014

EIA: More wood to be used in heating, power applications in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for the use of wood and biomass fuels in U.S. heat and power production. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

U.K. DECC annual energy statement addresses bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey recently delivered his annual energy statement to Parliament. Bioenergy investments were among those discussed in the statement and addressed in a complimentary report. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

ElectraTherm Green Machine generates power from biomass in Italy

BY ElectraTherm Found In:Power, ThermalElectraTherm commissioned a Green Machine to generate emission-free electricity from biomass in Badia Prataglia, Italy. The facility operates a biomass boiler burning a mix of sawdust and ground up waste wood from a saw mill. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Montana DNRC awards Bridger Bowl a $20,000 grant for boiler

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has announced the distribution of $110,000 in grants to three wood energy projects. Troy Public Schools, Bridger Bowl Ski Area and SmartLam Technologies Group were the recipients. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Bioenergy helps Wisconsin health system gain energy independence

BY Gundersen Health System Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, recently achieved its first days of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. Bioenergy and biomass projects have aided in the achievement. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

Ensyn initiates generation, sale of cellulosic RINs

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnsyn Corp. has initiated the generation and sale of its first renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The company also announced its RINs have also been quality assurance plan certified. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Forest Service opens $5 million funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking proposals for projects that substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the U.S. to support forest management needs. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

New Bedford Waste to manufacture fuel briquette from recyclables

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Bedford Waste Services LLC, a sister company of ABC Disposal Service Inc., is building a commodity, municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling and Eco-Tac briquette manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

Opinion: Hurry Up and Wait

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOD is the single largest user of energy in the world, spending nearly $20 billion annually on heat, power and liquid fuels. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

In Depth: Contract Vehicle in the DOD Driveway

BY Katie Fletcher Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Army is equipped with the tools it needs to fulfill renewable energy targets, but project approval processes are lengthy. READ MORE

November 02, 2014

Opinion: Maintaining Industry Stability

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAll looks good for Maine’s pellet industry. Spurred by $5,000-per-unit consumer rebates from the state’s Efficiency Maine energy agency, pellet boiler firms are installing at a combined rate of one unit per day. READ MORE

November 01, 2014

In Depth: Cautious Optimism

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMarkets that gave rise to the pellet industry will begin to plateau, but the promise and growth of new market opportunities are very real. READ MORE

November 01, 2014

Opinion: Perfect Storm for a Pellet and Firewood Shortage

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs winter approaches, the groundwork is being laid for a perfect storm of unprecedented firewood shortages in the Northeast and Great Lake states. READ MORE

October 31, 2014

In Depth: Sweetening Wood Heat

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalUsing wood to heat homes and businesses offers plenty of perks, but spreading state incentives are further enticing installations. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

CRDC announces grant for biomass-fueled district heating system

BY Capital Regional Development Council Found In:ThermalCapital Regional Development Council recently announced it has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to support the development of a wood-fired district heating system in Claremont, New Hampshire. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Opinion: Engaging Communities Nationwide with Bioenergy

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOct. 22 marked the second annual National Bioenergy Day. What started as a grassroots effort to help bioenergy organizations engage better with their communities is becoming a widespread recognition of the benefits of the many types of bioenergy. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Herty launches Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions

BY Georgia Southern University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Herty Advanced Materials Development Center has announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions, which aims to spearhead development of commercially-viable, advanced wood-to-energy products. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Biomass industry welcomes record pellet demand in Northeast

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council have announced the biomass industry is experiencing record demand for wood pellet heating fuel in the United States, particularly in the Northeastern region. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Harvest Power raises $20 million in new financing

BY Harvest Power Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasHarvest Power Inc. has announced a $20 million financing round. The lead investors were Chicago-based True North Venture Partners, San Francisco-based Industry Ventures, and London-based Generation Investment Management. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

National Bioenergy Day: Minnesota event features pellet boiler

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service Chippewa National Forest Ranger Station in Walker, Minnesota, celebrated the second annual National Bioenergy Day Oct. 22 by hosting an open house at its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified facility. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

Growing Along With the Industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOI grant to support pellet feasibility study in New Mexico

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThirteen tribal and mineral development projects in New Mexico, one of which will investigate the possibility of developing a wood pellet plant, were awarded more than $2.8 million in grants by the Department of Interior. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

ZooShare's Toronto Zoo biogas project hits $1 million milestone

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasZooShare Biogas Cooperative Inc.'s proposed 500-kW biogas plant in Toronto recently gained traction with the help of 150 investors purchasing bonds, totaling over $1 million in financing for the project. READ MORE