Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

October 02, 2018

Opinion: The Snares of Pelleting Mahogany Residues

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThere are more variables to take into account when it comes to different types of wood. We all know how to handle soft wood like pine and spruce, and even hardwood such as oak and beech, but what about mahogany residues? READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: Taking it to the e-Streets

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThis heating season, the Pellet Fuels Institute is launching a social media beta test in selected markets across the country in an effort to increase consumer awareness of wood pellets as an option for residential heat. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Opinion: Barbeque Pellet Quality

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalDespite their increase in popularity, there are currently no published standards or any other known guidance for manufacturing and using BBQ pellets. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

Kent Renewable Energy celebrates opening of biomass CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalKent Renewable Energy Ltd. officially celebrated the opening of its biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant on Sept. 28. The 27-MW facility, located in Sandwich, U.K., began commercial operations earlier in the month. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: A Fertile Opportunity for Renewable Heating

BY Scott Nichols Found In:Pellets, ThermalSometimes, nice old buildings present fertile opportunities for renewable heating makeovers with wood pellet boilers. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: More Than Just Price

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile costs are important to any manufacturer, many other factors are involved when wood pellet producers choose a packaging supplier. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

In Depth: Operation Diversification

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalMulti-highway accessible and a prime location for exports to Asia, the Port of Stockton has acreage ripe for development, 24-7 cargo availability, and wants pellet manufacturers to know it’s open for business. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Waste to Wisdom project publishes final report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Waste to Wisdom project has released its final report and project deliverables. The four-year project aimed to make better use of forest residues. The effort, which was led by Humboldt University, wrapped in late 2017. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

California governor signs RNG procurement bill into law

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 23, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1440, which authorizes a state procurement program for renewable natural gas (RNG). SB 1440 was the second piece of RNG legislation signed by Brown in late September. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

California governor signs bill to aid RNG pipeline integration

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 20, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that aims to facilitate pipeline integration of renewable natural gas (RNG). The bill was supported by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

HPBA: Wood stove manufacturers need more time to meet EPA regs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is speaking out in support of a bill that aims to push back the effective compliance date of new source performance standards for residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

PFI launches pellet heat social media beta test

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalBeginning Sept. 18, and continuing for the next four months, social media ads carrying messages extolling the benefits of using wood pellets for residential heat will be delivered to consumers in eight markets across the United States. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

UK bioenergy plant begins commercial operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalOn Sept. 14, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners announced that Kent Renewable Energy, a 27 MW wood-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located in Sandwich, U.K., has successfully commenced operations. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

EPA’s SAB to address biogenic CO2 framework at Sept. 26 meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EPA has announced its Chartered Science Advisory Board will hold a teleconference Sept. 26 to address several issues, including a new draft SAB review of EPA’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

Valmet to deliver BioTrac system for black pellet plant in France

BY Valmet Oyj Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalValmet has agreed with FICAP on the delivery of a continuous steam explosion system, BioTrac, for production of black pellets at a facility in France. Black pellets produced at the plant will be used for district heating and in coal power plants. READ MORE

September 11, 2018

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in September outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide more than 10 percent of electricity generation this year, up slightly from 2017. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK government reduces GHG threshold for new biomass CHP projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. government has issued its response to a consultation on its Contracts for Difference scheme, announcing its decision to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) threshold for new biomass projects. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Study: RNG can aid California’s low-carbon buildings strategy

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, ThermalSouthern California Gas Co. has announced results of a new study that advises policymakers to consider renewable natural gas for California's low carbon building strategy as a pathway for California to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSustainable Resources Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations turn costly waste into revenue-generating income streams, is embarking on a new project that has the potential to be the biggest initiative in company history. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wood Yard Wisdom

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMany factors come into play when designing the ideal wood yard and fuel handling system for a bioenergy or wood pellet operation. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

In Depth: Pellets from Pallets

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, ThermalPerspectives vary on whether wood pallets are a suitable pellet feedstock, but those using them insist it’s a good use for the fiber, and that their product can stand up to tests. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Republic Services highlights RNG efforts in sustainability report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRepublic Services Inc. released its 2017 Sustainability Report on Aug 29. Within the report, the company outlines progress it has made on several environmental goals, including those related to the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

August 29, 2018

EchoPro pulse radar sensors provide reliable measurement

BY Flowline Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFlowline has announced its EchoPro 26 GHz pulse radar sensors work with powders, grains, pellets and aggregates in dusty environments with limited space and varying angles of material repose. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

BTEC asks Senate to expand CWEIP in 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and more than 30 other groups sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Aug. 17 urging the Senate to expand the Community Wood Energy and Innovations Program in the final 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

Froling Energy joins Biomass Thermal Energy Council

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalFroling Energy, a Peterborough, New Hampshire-based company specializing in biomass boiler systems installations, recently joined the Biomass Thermal Energy Council as a member. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting fiscal year 2019 applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

UK government releases 2017 renewable energy statistics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently released updated energy statistics, reporting that electricity generation from renewable sources increased by 19 percent between 2016 and 2017, reaching 99.3 terawatt hours. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Ag groups urge Congress to quickly complete work on Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 150 ag groups and businesses sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Agriculture urging them to complete work on the 2018 Farm Bill before the Agricultural Act of 2014 expires on Sept. 30. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

OMB reviews pre-rule related to 2015 residential wood heater rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalOn Aug. 10, the U.S. EPA delivered a pre-rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget related to a 2015 rule that set performance standards for new residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. READ MORE