Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 01, 2020

UK BEIS provides COVID-19 extensions to non-domestic RHI projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. government has announced that applicants to the non-domestic RHI scheme will have an extra 14 months to complete projects delayed by COVID-19. The government also confirmed that a third allocation for the non-domestic RHI will open in July. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Report: Biomass, biofuels can help US meet net-zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30 unveiled a climate crisis action plan that aims to serve as a congressional roadmap to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Biomass, biogas and biofuels will help meet that goal. READ MORE

June 26, 2020

HoSt: Biomass CHP plant reduces NOx emissions by 90%

BY HoSt Found In:Power, ThermalA new biomass-fired CHP plant was recently commissioned in Andijk, the Netherlands. Independently conducted emission measurements show that the facility has very low emissions rates, according to HoSt. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Construction decision on Dutch biomass heating plant delayed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalVattenfall, a power company owned by the government of Sweden, announced on June 25 it will delay making a final decision on the construction of a proposed 120 megawatt biomass-fired district heating plant planned for development near Amsterdam. READ MORE

June 24, 2020

Biofuels, bioenergy to benefit from Growing Climate Solutions Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTestimony offered during a June 24 hearing held by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to consider the Growing Climate Solutions Act explains how the bill could benefit the biofuel and bioproducts industries. READ MORE

June 23, 2020

FuelCell Energy resumes manufacturing at Connecticut plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFuelCell Energy Inc. has resumed manufacturing at its Torrington, Connecticut, facility, which temporarily suspended manufacturing activities in March due to COVID-19. The company also noted construction is underway on a California biogas project. READ MORE

June 23, 2020

SoCalGas, PG&E and Opus 12 demonstrate conversion of CO2 into RNG

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Opus 12 on June 22 announced they have demonstrated further advancement of a new electrochemical technology that converts the carbon dioxide content in raw biogas to RNG. READ MORE

June 22, 2020

Usibelli subsidiary buys Superior Pellet Fuels, plans wood kiln

BY Aurora Energy Solutions LLC Found In:Pellets, ThermalAurora Energy Solutions LLC, a new company owned by Usibelli Investments, announced June 10 that it has acquired the assets of Superior Pellet Fuels and is constructing a state-of-the-art wood kiln. The kiln will produce clean-burning dry firewood. READ MORE

June 17, 2020

DOE funds 2 carbon utilization projects focused on algae

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy on June 16 announced it will award $17 million to 11 advanced carbon utilization projects. Approximately $6 million of that funding will support algae projects. READ MORE

June 15, 2020

Perdue issues memo on modernization of Forest Service

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on June 12 issued a memorandum to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen providing direction that will serve as a blueprint to help modernize the agency’s systems and approaches. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 680,000 tons in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 680,000 tons. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

EPA urged to address treatment of biogenic emissions from crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 9 urging the agency to seek public comments on the regulatory treatment of biogenic CO2 from annual agriculture crops. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Report: Investment in biomass, waste-to-energy up 9% last year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA report released by the UN Environment Programme, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and BloombergNEF on June 10 shows biomass and waste-to-energy received $123 billion in financing for new projects between 2010 and 2019. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Glennmont Partners sells UK biomass power plant to Greencoat

BY Glennmont Partners Found In:Power, ThermalGlennmont Partners has completed the sale of Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant to Greencoat Capital. Sleaford REP is an operational 39 MWe renewable CHP plant that uses a blend of straw and sustainable woodchip to generate power and heat. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

EIA: Growth in renewable power expected to continue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to reach 21 percent in 2020 and 23 percent in 2021, up from 17 percent in 2019, according to date released by the EIA in its Short-Term Energy Outlook on June 9. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

$17 million available for biomass utilization in Tuolumne County

BY Rural Community Assistance Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new $17 million program in Tuolumne County, California, will provide loans to increase the use of low- and no-value wood from Tuolumne County forests and provide an alternative to pile burning of forest waste. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Bill would help farmers, foresters participate in carbon markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on June 4. The bill aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Fagus GreCon adds Todd Havican as new director of sales

BY Fagus GreCon Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFagus GreCon Inc. has added Todd Havican as director of sales. Havican officially joined the organization as of May 4, 2020 with over 25 years of experience leading sales teams in a variety of industries. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

Xebec signs LOI for Alberta RNG project, launches investment fund

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsXebec Adsorption Inc. has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for a commercial renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Alberta and has partnered with Fonds de solidarité FTQ to launch an investment fund to increase RNG production in Quebec. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Renewable energy advisory committee to meet June 4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting via WebEX on June 4. The meeting will be the final of REEEAC's current term. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Biomass boiler delivered for district heating project in Finland

BY KPA Unicon Found In:ThermalThe bio-heating boiler plant delivered for Fortum to Espoo, Finland, was handed over for commercial use on May 5. Unicon Renefluid bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler plant generates district heating for residents of Espoo utilizing wood biomass. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Xcel seeks information from RNG project developers, marketers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasXcel Energy is seeking general and technical information from RNG project developers, marketers and others that may deliver RNG supply in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition asks EPA to reconsider delay in rulemaking

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition released a video on May 27 highlighting the need for a rulemaking to clarify the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from the processing of annual agricultural crops. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

In Depth: Intelligent Spark Detection and Extinguishing

BY Pellet Mill Magazine Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSPOTLIGHT: Fagus GreCon delivers smart technology that identifies and squelches potential sources of fires and explosions before it’s too late. The system can differentiate between dangerous sparks and harmless incidences of extraneous light. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Pellet Plant Safety Rooted in Planning, Practice

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe lines of communication between pellet facility employees, management and local fire and emergency response personnel begin with robust training and planning. But even the best-laid plans are only as good as a plant's practice regimen. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Changes to Dust Fire and Explosion Standards

BY Jeff Davis Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAccording to National Fire Protection Association standards for combustible dust, facilities utilizing wood-based products, including pellet mills and other biomass processing plants, must have a dust hazard analysis completed by early September. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Explosion Protection for Dust Collection

BY David Grandaw Found In:Pellets, ThermalSound explosion prevention and protection strategies are critical in the most susceptible areas of a pellet plant. One process vessel especially prone to a dust explosion is the air-material separator, due to the very dry, fine dust it pulls in. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

Opinion: Understanding Ash

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor operations struggling with ash and slagging, the solution can often be found in the management of potential contamination sources. It's important to understand differences between tree species, and varying inclusion rates of bark, dirt and dust. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Senate hearing addresses wood stoves, RFS and biomass neutrality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to extend the sales deadline for Step 1 wood heaters, rulemaking to classify biomass as carbon neutral and issues associated with the RFS and SREs were among the topics discussed during a May 20 Senate hearing. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

EPA proposal aims to improve transparency of guidance documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA has released a proposed rule that aims to establish consistent requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance documents. The agency said the rule will increase transparency and improve its process for managing guidance documents. READ MORE