Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 07, 2018

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Turboden sells 300th ORC biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalItaly-based Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group company, has announced the sale of its 300th Organic Rankine Cycle biomass plant, a 5 MWe plant sold in Turkey to AGT. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

EIA: 640,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 640,000 tons during the month. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Walz Scale develops volumetric measurement systems for biomass

BY Walz Scale Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIllinois-based Walz Scale has developed new volumetric measurement systems for the biomass industry. The non-contact laser based measurement systems provide high accuracy volume measurement for trucks and conveyor belts. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 4, a group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: The “S” Word, Points and Counterpoints

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBiomass’ carbon neutrality and forest sustainability have been two topics of heated debate, especially over the past decade, as the global wood pellet industry has flourished. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Mathematics of Demand

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe most obvious challenge the pellet industry will confront as we work to turn demand around is our lack of touchpoints with consumers when they are making home and space heating decisions. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Busy Time for ISO TC 238

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhile the efforts of ISO TC 238 are ongoing, they are greatly accelerated each year during the annual plenary and working group meetings, which are being held in Espoo, Finland, May 28 to June 1. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

House votes down 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 198 to 213 to defeat the 2018 Farm Bill. One day prior to the vote, members of the House defeated a proposed amendment by a vote of 75 to 340 that would have repealed the Farm Bill’s Energy Title. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

US Forest Service awards Wood Innovation Grants

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 16, USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen announced the award of almost $8 million in Wood Innovation Grants to expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

IRENA: Renewable energy industry employs 10.3 million

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has announced the renewables industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally last year, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016. Approximately 10.3 million are now employed by the renewable energy industry. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

California executive order on forest fires recognizes bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 10, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order that aims to protect communities from wildfire and climate impacts. The California Biomass Energy Alliance said it is encouraged that Brown recognizes the importance of biomass energy. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Bioenergy, ag groups urge Congress to oppose House Farm Bill

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council in conjunction with the Agriculture Energy Coalition and the Biomass Power Association is urging Congress to oppose H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

AEC urges House to oppose elimination of Farm Bill’s energy title

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 14, the Agriculture Energy Coalition sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the elimination of a stand-alone energy title and exclusion of mandatory funding for energy programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 11, 2018

EIA: Biomass power capacity to increase in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May 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 last year. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

UK college opens bioenergy training center

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.K. Prime Minister Theresa May recently helped celebrate the opening of a new bioenergy training center at the U.K.-based Berkshire College of Agriculture. The new energy center will provide training in in biofuel engineering and related skills. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

Air Products acquires Shell’s gasification technology

BY Air Products Found In:Power, ThermalAir Products has acquired gasification technology from Shell. The acquisition includes Shell’s associated patent portfolios for solids (coal and biomass) gasification and sharing of patent rights for residue and biomass gasification. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

EIA: 600,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently announced that U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 620,000 tons and selling 600,000 tons of fuel products in January. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Report analyzes biomass supply, demand in Asia to 2030

BY Hawkins Wright Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAsia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly. Wood pellet imports into South Korea and Japan have grown exponentially in the past few years. In 2017 South Korea imported 2.4 million tons (Mt) of wood pellets, 20 times more than was imported in 2012. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

USDA solicits applications for Repowering Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to create heat or power. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

Pingree, Young launch bipartisan food waste caucus

BY Rep. Chellie Pingree's office Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn April 30, Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and David Young, R-Iowa, launched a bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus to explore opportunities to reduce food waste. The American Biogas Council spoke at a recent briefing hosted by Pingree. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Chempolis, Fortum, NRL partner to build biorefinery in India

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis, Fortum and Numaligarh Revinery Ltd. have formed a joint venture to develop a biorefinery in India that will convert 300,000 tons of bamboo annually into ethanol, furfural, acetic acid and biocoal. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

DOE offers bioenergy research funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Wood formation model to fuel progress in bioenergy

BY North Carolina State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIA: Subsidies for renewables down as tax credits diminish

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFederal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 percent decline from FY 2013. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIB launches financing initiative for bioeconomy, agriculture

BY European Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Investment Bank, the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative April 16 that aims to unlock close to EUR 1 billion of investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

California bill on pipeline integration of RNG clears committee

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA proposed bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas that seeks to accelerate the production and integration of green gas into California’s natural gas supply passed out of the State Assembly’s Utilities and Energy Committee April 26. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

In Depth: Building Out Biomass in the Land Down Under

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWill Australia use bioenergy to its full potential, or primarily serve export markets? READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Ameresco: Woodland Meadows landfill gas project now open

BY Ameresco Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAmeresco Inc. announced April 23 that the landfill gas to renewable natural gas facility at Waste Management’s Woodland Meadows Landfill has achieved EPA approval and is now in operation. The RNG facility was commissioned in November. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Benefits of wood heating discussed at Senate hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalWood energy was among the topics discussed during an April 19 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that examined rural energy challenges and opportunities. READ MORE