Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 21, 2016

Walker signs bill to support Alaska timber industry

BY Gov. Walker's office Found In:Power, ThermalAlaska Gov. Bill Walker recently signed into law a bill designed to meet the growing demand for timber in southeast Alaska, after the lack of federal timber threatened the industry’s survival in the state. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

In Depth: The Intricacies of Pyrolyzer Furnace Design

BY Bradley Waites, Pamela Buzzetta and Crystal Bleecher Found In:Power, ThermalDesign considerations can make the difference in bringing a pyrolyzer technology to market versus burying it in the pyrolysis graveyard. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Subsidies, rebates to install wood heat available in Vermont

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalResidents of the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont who switch to modern wood heating systems are currently eligible for subsidies and rebates of up to $10,500, including funding from the state and Northern Forest Center. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

New research finds likely cause, solution for pellet-derived CO

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalClarkson University researchers believe they have figured out the cause of wood pellet-derived carbon monoxide, and a potential solution involving the treatment of wood fiber with ozone. The researchers expect to scale-up the study later this year. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Government to launch app to aid renewable energy exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Energy are inviting suppliers and providers of clean energy, smart grid and energy efficiency solutions to participate in an interactive directory of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

EPA publishes updated standards, guidelines for MSW landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 14, the U.S. EPA issued final new source performance standards for new, modified and reconstructed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The agency has also issued revised guidelines for reducing emissions from existing MSW landfills. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Canadian, Quebec governments invest $76.5M in bio-oil facility

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Cote-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

USDA GAIN report highlights Russian pellet potential

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the Russian federation’s biofuels industry, including data on likely growth with wood pellet production and exports. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

Opinion: On Our Behalf

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAnyone who has worked in the renewable energy sector generally and the wood pellet sector specifically understands how important public policy is to industry growth and stability, a notion underscored multiple times in the July/August issue. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

In Depth: Taming the Power-Hungry Beast

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew federal regulations went into effect June 1 that require motor manufacturers to produce an even broader scope of more efficient designs for the U.S. industrial market. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK government eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNewly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a larger ministerial overhaul. The functions of the DECC will be transferred to other government departments. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Veolia signs contract to operate, maintain AD system in Michigan

BY Veolia Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasVeolia recently signed a five-year contract with Lowell Energy AD, managed by Sustainable Partners of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

(Just a Little On) Ag Pellet Potential

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCofiring is one of the themes for the December issue of Biomass Magazine, along with conversions and integrations. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Opinion: When Good Intentions Become Counterproductive

BY Charlie NieblingFound In:Pellets, ThermalNiebling says sometimes well-intended incentives, such as those associated with Renewable Heat New York, can become de facto regulations. These initiatives and others must better align with marketplace realities to build market penetration. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

UK DECC publishes Q1 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released first quarter 2016 energy statistics in its Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications, reporting 8.3 percent of final energy consumption in 2015 came from renewables. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWithin 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Opinion: Optimizing Efficiency Through Quality Management

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalIf implemented correctly, a well-designed quality management plan should target increased production efficiency to optimize pellet tonnage produced with the least amount of customer complaints or other product performance related issues. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

In Depth: Perennial Battles

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhether on the road toward complying with new regulation or championing for equal consideration in policy, the pellet industry persists in its ongoing conviction. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Researchers investigate impact of biomass harvest on wildlife

BY D'Lyn Ford, North Carolina State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth Carolina State University researchers announce results of four-year study on how biomass harvesting treatments impact wildlife, noting no significant impacts were found. The study addressed six different harvesting treatments. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Gaz Metro converts biomass into renewable natural gas

BY Gaz Metro Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGaz Metro has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second-generation renewable natural gas. The trials were carried out in collaboration with G4 Insights at the Natural Gas Technologies Centre. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for the UK?

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhile it is too early to know the full implications of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union, Ginther provides some insight on what it might mean for export/import industries, like the pellet industry. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

USDA awards REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe USDA has awarded Rural Energy for America Program funding to 821 projects supporting energy efficiency improvements and the installation of renewable energy systems, including $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

In Depth: Sweden’s Strong Suit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForssjö Pellets exemplifies the Swedish pellet industry, at one time the global leader in pellet production and consumption. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

More On Brexit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the United Kingdom’s recent vote to exit the European Union, it has left many in the renewables sector—over here in the U.S., largely global pellet market stakeholders—what might happen to the country’s biomass sector. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

Hadfield Wood Recyclers wins North Wales biomass plant contract

BY Hadfield Wood Recyclers Found In:Power, Thermal Hadfield Wood Recyclers has won a contract to supply 45,000 metric tons of biomass fuel to a new 5.4-MW, wood-fueled plant in Wrexham, North Wales. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

REA: New fossil power fails to deliver as biomass, renewable can

BY Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change data reveals that 5 GW of conventional, fossil fuel-powered generation that were awarded contracts under the Capacity Market scheme have missed their targets for delivering the projects. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

PFI qualifies 2 more NWP facilities into standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturing facilities owned by Northeast Wood Products into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 05, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass-fired boiler to Russian pulp mill

BY VALMET Found In:Power, ThermalValmet will deliver a biomass-fired boiler plant and related automation and environmental systems to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. Valmet’s delivery is scheduled for 2017. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

Ontario awards contracts to 14 small-scale bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOntario’s Independent Electricity System Operator has announced it is offering 396 long-term contracts for 241.43 MW of small-scale renewable generation, including 14 contracts for 3.45 MW of bioenergy. READ MORE