Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

December 01, 2018

In Depth: Maintaining Momentum

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Industrial Wood Pellet Association’s Seth Ginther discusses a decade of growth, and what’s on the horizon for the still-expanding industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2018

In Depth: Biomass Storage: Fire Suppression Using Nitrogen Inerting

BY Vipul Dholakia, Xiaoyi He and Joanna Benson Found In:Pellets, ThermalA silo fire can be devastating and expensive, leading not only to the complete loss of stored material, but also to an extended production loss by the plant. Nitrogen inerting is an effective solution to mitigate risk. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Dalhousie University opens biomass energy plant

BY Dalhousie University Found In:ThermalDalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus has its sights set on being completely carbon neutral—a goal highlighted at the opening of the new biomass energy plant, which celebrated its grand opening Nov. 20. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

EPA proposes to amend 2015 NSPS for residential wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has issued a proposed rule to amend its 2015 NSPS for residential wood heaters that would provide retailers additional time to sell existing inventories of heaters and forced air furnaces. The agency also issued a related ANPR. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods form RNG joint venture

BY Smithfield Food Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasDominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. are forming a joint venture called Align Renewable Natural Gas that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into clean renewable energy for heat and power applications. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

GESS International breaks ground on North Carolina biogas plants

BY GESS International Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGESS International broke ground on two North Carolina biogas plants in November. Both facilities will process swine waste and green biomass and are expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2020. READ MORE

November 16, 2018

Valmet to supply a biomass-fired boiler to project in Finland

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:ThermalValmet will supply a biomass-fired boiler plant to Elenia Lämpö Oy's Vanaja power plant in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The investment will enable the company to raise the share of renewable fuels used in the city's district heat production. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Report finds biomass can play bigger role in UK energy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Nov. 15, the U.K. Committee on Climate Change published a report on biomass that has determined sustainably sourced biomass feedstocks can play a fundamental role in decarbonizing the U.K. economy. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

Anaergia celebrates opening of California CHP system

BY Anaergia Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAnaergia Inc. has announced a ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 7 to mark the official opening of its combined-heat-and-power (CHP) system at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility, in the City of Escondido, California. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

European Parliament approves REDII

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with the European Council in June on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). READ MORE

November 09, 2018

HoSt begins construction on 15 MW biomass CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalNetherlands-based HoSt Bio-Energy Installations has announced it recently began construction on a new 15 MWth biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Duiven, Netherlands, on behalf of Sparkling Biomass BV. READ MORE

November 07, 2018

EIA updates bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. EIA has released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provided more than 10 percent of electricity generation in 2018, increasing to nearly 11 percent in 2019. READ MORE

November 07, 2018

Fluence awarded waste-to-energy project in Argentina

BY Fluence Corp. Ltd. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasFluence Corp. Ltd. recently announced it was awarded a contract for a waste-to-energy system by ArreBeef Energia S.A., a beef processor in Argentina. The system will use anaerobic digestion technology developed by Fluence to produce biogas. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

EPA, USDA, DOE send letter to Congress on biomass neutrality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EPA, UDSA and DOE sent a letter Congress Nov. 1 describing the agencies’ work to ensure consistent federal policy on forest biomass energy and promote policies that encourage the treatment of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy solution. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

Contest on National Mall to showcase wood, pellet stoves

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Wood Stove Design Challenge, an international competition to showcase innovative and clean-burning wood stoves, will begin on Nov. 9 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., according to the Alliance for Green Heat. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

Project investigates biomass conversion of Rotterdam power plant

BY Port of Rotterdam Found In:Power, ThermalThe European ARBAHEAT consortium is starting a research project to investigate the conversion of Engie's coal-fired power plant in Rotterdam into a biomass-fired heat and power plant fueled with steam-treated biomass produced by Arbaflame AS. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

EIA: 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in July, with sales reaching 570,000 tons. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas eclipses 150-member milestone

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWith the addition of eight new members in September and October, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas now represents more than 150 member companies and organizations. The group started in 2011 with seven members. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

UK’s BIG raises equity from investors to fund growth

BY Bioenergy Infrastructure Group Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasBioenergy Infrastructure Group, an independent power producer specializing in biomass and waste-to-energy, recently announced the completion of a new equity raise from its existing shareholders to fund the next stage in its growth and development. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Opinion: Small World, Small Industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe modern wood heat industry in the U.S. is made of an interconnected network of believers, working in cohesion, tirelessly advocating and working to grow the market, one installation at a time. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Regulatory barriers on agenda for biomass R&D committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will hold an opening meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 15-16. The meeting will address regulatory barriers impacting bioenergy growth. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

CEEM recognizes Kiel for commitment to biomass heating

BY Clean Energy Economy Minnesota Found In:Pellets, ThermalMinnesota Rep. Debra Kiel (R-Crookston) was recently presented with the 2018 Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota. She has championed a bill to assist homeowners purchase advanced biomass heating systems. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Opinion: Smoke and Mirrors

BY John Crouch Found In:Pellets, ThermalOur industry overwhelmingly supports the idea of a changeout program authorization, but any sincere effort to implement such a program needs to have a meaningful chance of passage and include industry input during the drafting process. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

Smithfield Foods to expand manure-to-energy projects

BY Smithfield Food Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSmithfield Food Inc. has announced it is expanding Smithfield Renewables to help reduce GHG emissions. As part of the expansion, the company will implement more manure-to-energy projects and capture biogas for the production of RNG. READ MORE

October 27, 2018

Opinion: Don’t Forget the Neighbors

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA residential wood heater regulations that went into effect in 2015 are now creating the classic battle between industry and consumers. READ MORE

October 26, 2018

In Depth: The Only Game In Town

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalFroling Energy has made a name for itself through expert installation of hundreds of biomass boiler systems in the Northeast and as the lone supplier of precision dry chips. Now, it is expanding operations and diversifying its technology repertoire. READ MORE

October 26, 2018

Opinion: A Breakthrough Biomass Fuel

BY José-Luis Rivas Found In:Power, ThermalThe ERS Fuel puck has a calorific value as high as Bituminous coal, 70 percent less CO2 emissions than coal, is virtually odorless and smokeless, and is water resistant. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Report shows economic benefit of modern wood heating in Maine

BY Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Found In:Pellets, ThermalA new report documents the economic and environmental benefits of heating community, commercial and institutional buildings with modern wood chip and wood pellet technology and fuels produced in Maine. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

In Depth: Expanding Wood Heat in Windham County

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWith a goal of expanding clean, modern wood heat in the region and drawing from local forest resources and businesses, the Windham Wood Heat Project is looking to help move more projects forward. READ MORE