Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 16, 2017

Opinion: A West Coast Rebound

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalUnfortunately, the wet and cold conditions that delivered good, or by some accounts, even great, years in the U.S. West weren’t experienced all across North America, particularly in the Northeast, which experienced another soft winter. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Opinion: Pellet Specification & Method Comparisons

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile the PFI and ISO standards seem very similar in many ways, it is important to note the often subtle differences in the specifications and the referenced test methods, as PFI and ISO are not always comparable. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

In Depth: A Mixed Bag

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the 2016-’17 heating season winds down, producers across the country once again confirm that, in the pellet business, Old Man Winter determines the haves and the have nots. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Q1 2017: 50% of U.S. South pellet plants used mill, forest waste

BY Wood Resources International Found In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

In Depth: Green Heat in the Great White North

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalStakeholders discuss how to build out the domestic wood pellet heat market in Canada. READ MORE

March 10, 2017

EBRD commits $365 million to Greek renewable energy project

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a major step towards strengthening the green economy in Greece, the EBRD Board of Directors has approved a framework committing up to €300 million ($365 million) to finance renewable energy investments in the country. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

Valmet to supply multifuel boiler to Japan power plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalValmet will provide a multifuel boiler and flue gas cleaning system to a 112-MW power station being built plant in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan. The advanced circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler will be capable of cofiring coal and biomass. READ MORE

March 03, 2017

Fortum installs biggest battery in Nordics at biomass power plant

BY Fortum Corp. Found In:Power, ThermalThe biggest lithium-ion battery in the Nordic countries was commissioned on March 3 at Fortum’s Järvenpää biomass power plant, dubbed Fortum’s Batcave battery project. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Perry confirmed as US energy secretary

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFormer governor of Texas Rick Perry has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as secretary of energy, in a vote of 62 to 37. Perry replaces Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Standards program adds Dry Creek Products, Pacific Coast Pellets

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute announced the qualification of two pellet fuels producers to the PFI Standards Program: Pacific Coast Pellets of Shelton, Washington, and Dry Creek Products of Arcade, New York. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Fiber By-Products qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute announced on Feb. 28 the qualification of Fiber By-Products of White Pigeon, Michigan, to the PFI Standards Program as the 21st pellet manufacturer and 34th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Drax bids to acquire two distressed pellet plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax announced on Feb. 27 that it is participating in separate processes for the acquisition out of bankruptcy for the operating assets of Texas Pellets in Woodville, Texas, and Louisiana Pellets in Urania, Louisiana. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Wood stove competition to focus on automation, electricity

BY The Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Power, ThermalThe Alliance for Green Heat has announced the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge, returning to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in November 2018. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Opinion: A Matter of Scale

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough the completion dates of two projects featured in the March issue of Biomass Magazine were critical for vastly different reasons, despite the massive difference in scale, the construction approaches to hit each deadline had a lot in common. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Airex Energy inaugurates Quebec torrefaction plant

BY Airex Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 24, Airex Energy officially inaugurated its biomass torrefaction plant, located in the La Prade industrial park in Bécancour, Quebec. The industrial-size demonstration plant showcases Airex's trademarked CarbonFX technology. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Alberta Innovates issues EOI for waste-to-energy technologies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAlberta Innovates, a provincial agency focused on advancing energy and environmental technology, has released a call for expression of interest (EOI) for companies to showcase waste conversion technologies fit for small and urban rural communities. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

In Depth: The New Stacks in Town

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalA state-of-the-art, waste-to-energy plant at Dublin’s Poolbeg Peninsula is readying to fire up. Built by Covanta Energy Inc., the facility will generate enough power for 80,000 homes, and eventually, district heat as well. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Opinion: Biomass Thermal Legislative Advances

BY Aaron Aber Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council is beginning the year with a strong focus on developing codes and standards for biomass thermal energy in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Astec weighs in on strong year, future wood pellet projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAstec Inc. reported a solid year in 2016, having grown both revenue and net income quarter-over- quarter and year-over-year, on top of an end-of-year record backlog and a larger-than-anticipated number for pellet plant revenue. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: True Sustainability in Pine Bluff

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalWhile pellets produced at Highland Pellets’ new facility leave for overseas, the benefits remain in the surrounding community of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Opinion: Trump, Obama and Wood Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalEven though President Trump is a climate change skeptic and put the head of Exxon in charge of our state department, could he still do something good for our modest slice of the residential renewable energy movement? READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: North Central Area’s Biomass Reboot

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAfter 30-plus years of operation, a biomass heating system at a school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was replaced by the company that originally built it. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. He has served as attorney general of Oklahoma since November 2010. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Drax reports good operational year, discusses future in biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax Group has released its preliminary results for 2016. Via webcast, CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed challenges and successes over the past year, as well as some of the company’s future goals for biomass conversions and wood pellet production. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

PFI qualifies 20th pellet producer to standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalFiber Energy Products and Forest Energy Corp. each had a wood pellet manufacturing plant qualify for the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program, bringing the total number of qualified facilities to 20. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Cascades plans $11 million biomass boiler upgrade at Quebec plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCascades Inc., a global packaging and tissue products company, is revamping existing biomass boilers at its Cascades Containerboard Packaging–Cabano plant in Quebec, Canada. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Alberta awards $60 million to 31 bioenergy companies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThrough its Bioenergy Producer Program, the government of Alberta has awarded $60 million to 31 different companies that have built or are in the process of constructing in-province bioenergy projects READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Sioux City WWTP to upgrade biogas to renewable fuel

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEarlier this year in Iowa, Sioux City Council members unanimously approved a project that will allow the city to capture, clean and compress gas at its wastewater treatment plant, then sell it as renewable natural gas for vehicle fueling. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Veolia boosts renewable generation for Southern Water

BY Veolia Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasVeolia is helping Southern Water derive even more of its power from sewage. The company is installing new biogas combined-heat-and-power (CHP) engines at three of Southern Water’s treatment works. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

EIA updates bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting the non-hydro renewables share of U.S. electricity generation will be 9 percent in 2017 and 10 percent in 2018. READ MORE