Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

May 21, 2015

Vermont company plans to pipe digester gas to college

BY Anna SimetFound In:Thermal, BiogasA Vermont company is waiting on permission from the Vermont Public Service Board to construct a project that will transport dairy digester-derived biogas to Middlebury College to displace around 640,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil annually. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

UN SE4ALL announces global bioenergy initiative

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the sustainable bioenergy solutions to meet the global need for sustainable energy. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

In Depth: The West’s Quest

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalType and location define pellet fuel's quality and prospective markets. These realities differ for Western producers compared to their Eastern peers in the quest to run a successful plant. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

In Depth: Words from the Wise

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalFour pellet plant executives sit down for a frank discussion regarding the industry’s biggest challenges, the importance of building a cohesive and effective team, and plans for the next 18 months. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

IRENA publishes renewable energy jobs report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has announced 7.7 million people worldwide were employed by the renewable energy industry in 2014, including, 822,000 jobs in biomass, 381,000 jobs in biogas, and 1.788 million in liquid biofuels. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

Scotland receives first Windhager DuoWIN in the U.K.

BY Windhager Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe first U.K. installation of Windhager's new hybrid technology DuoWIN boiler has been completed in Scotland. The wood pellet and log fired combined boiler has been installed at the headquarters of McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables. READ MORE

May 19, 2015

ASABE announces new ISO standard for solid biofuels

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the international community has approved a new International Organization for Standardization standard for determining the composition of solid biofuels. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Biomass advisory committee to meet in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has published a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Stobart reports continued biomass growth in recent fiscal results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalOn May 14, the Stobart Group released its fiscal results for the 12 months ended Feb. 28, 2015, reporting its biomass division Stobart Energy supplied over 1 million metric tons of biomass, up 29 percent year-on-year. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

German Pellets reports strong 2014, startup of Louisiana plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman Pellets has released 2014 financial results, reporting that despite somewhat difficult market conditions caused by mild weather and falling oil prices, the company ended the business year with an increase in turnover and operating results. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Rural Energy launches biomass space heater

BY Rural Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass heating specialists Rural Energy have launched the AIRMatic biomass space heater, an innovative new compact solution that packs a big punch, ideal for warehouses and large industrial units. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Show Us Your Stuff

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlthough it’s not even June, we’re soon to begin work on the August issue of Biomass Magazine, which is our Equipment Issue. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

Wyden Introduces bill to boost biomass energy

BY Sen. Ron Wyden's office Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced a bill that would spur the use of low-carbon biomass energy to heat and power homes and businesses, while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

SRS celebrates groundbreaking of biomass heating plant

BY Ameresco Found In:Power, ThermalOn May 11, senior officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Ameresco, Inc. gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of a new project for a biomass heating plant. READ MORE

May 08, 2015

Biomass Market Assessment Service launched in U.K.

BY Scotland’s Rural College Found In:Power, ThermalScotland's Rural College teamed up with sustainability software and data company Ecometrica to de-risk the investment in the U.K. biomass energy industry by combining a powerful computer model with state of the art mapping software. READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Report explains how bioenergy supports sustainability goals

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to an international report on bioenergy and land use, informed management of bioenergy crops can alleviate factors contributing to food insecurity, as well as provide practical avenues to achieve a wide variety of benefits. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

BTEC partners for new course on small, biomass heating systems

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalHeatspring Learning Institute, in partnership with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and instructor John Siegenthaler, will launch a shortened rendition of their 10-week online course, hydronic-based biomass heating systems on May 11. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Nebraska Forest Service offers assistance for biomass heating

BY Nebraska Forest Service Found In:Pellets, ThermalSeasonal heating costs can be unpredictable for the more than 325 Nebraska nursery greenhouse operations with enclosed plant growing structures. With that in mind, the Nebraska Forest Service is promoting the use of woody biomass heating. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Massachusetts awards renewable thermal grants to public schools

BY Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Found In:ThermalThe administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has announced grant funding for Heath Elementary School in Heath and the Hawlemont Elementary School in Charlemont to convert to highly efficient biomass boilers. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Input wanted on proposed biomass energy strategy for Yukon

BY Yukon Government Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Yukon government is seeking feedback from residents on a draft strategy for the development of a biomass energy sector. The strategy is focused primarily on wood-to-energy. Comments are due June 26. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Ferrum College installs biomass boiler

BY Ferrum College Found In:ThermalFerrum College is now one of the greenest private colleges in Virginia since its new Biomass Energy and Research Facility began supplying thermal energy to heat seventeen College buildings this semester. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Pressing Policy & Regulation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsPolicy, policy and regulation was an ongoing theme at the International Biomass Conference & Expo last week, and, coincidentally, we are just beginning work on our July issue, which is themed exactly that. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Opinion: On The Verge

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz highlights the many advances the energy-from-waste sector is making. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

U.K. households supportive of renewable energy, biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released an updated edition of its public attitudes tracking survey, reporting that 78 percent of U.K. households said they support the use of renewable energy provide electricity, fuel and heat. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

New map shows clean energy jobs across British Columbia

BY Pembina Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Pembina Institute's new interactive B.C. Clean Energy Jobs Map quantifies the number of jobs in the clean energy sector and pinpoints where renewable energy projects are located in the province. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Intrexon, FuturaGene collaborate on eucalyptus, poplar

BY FuturaGene Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIntrexon Corp. and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., recently announced they have entered into an exclusive collaboration to increase biomass in eucalyptus and poplar trees. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

Astec Industries highlights pellet plant order in investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAstec Industries Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting net sales of $288.7 million, up 21 percent from the $238.7 million reported for the same period of 2014. Earnings were $15.1 million, or 65 cents per diluted share. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

USDA: New private funds to make investments in rural America

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

ENER-G biogas CHP improves ROI of small-scale U.K. AD projects

BY ENER-G Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasENER-G has turned up the heat on the anaerobic digestion market by launching a new sub 200 kWth combined-heat-and-power (CHP) unit that maximizes financial returns on both the highest rate renewable heat incentive (RHI) and feed in tariffs (FIT). READ MORE

April 28, 2015

BERC launches updated community-scale wood heating database

BY Biomass Energy Resource Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Energy Resource Center, a program of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp., has launched a re-tooled web-based database for tracking the advancement of modern wood heating throughout North America. READ MORE