Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

April 16, 2014

IPCC: Bioenergy to play significant role in carbon mitigation

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

EC adopts new guidelines on renewable energy, biofuel support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission recently announced it has adopted new rules on public support for renewable energy projects, including a move to market-based support. A U.K.-based trade association called the guidelines a "huge leap into the unknown." READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Washington DNR to hold mobile pyrolysis demo

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a mobile pyrolysis technology demonstration featuring three vendors on May 8 that will include conversion of wood chips into bio-oil, bio-char and syngas. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

EPA opens public comment period on rule to amend NHSM regulation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has published its proposed rule to amend its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials regulation in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day comment period. The proposal classifies wood fuel from construction and demolition debris. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

New Hampshire PUC publishes proposed RPS amendments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has published a document containing proposed amendments to the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), including those for new Class I thermal requirements. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

UK DECC officially launches domestic RHI

BY U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change Found In:Pellets, ThermalA new and innovative U.K. government scheme launched April 9 will pay people for the green heat they generate for their homes. The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world's first long-term financial support program for renewable heat. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EPA lists efficiencies of qualified outdoor boilers

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn April 8, the EPA posted efficiencies for outdoor wood and pellet boilers, also known as hydronic heaters. Efficiencies ranged from 39 percent to 78 percent as measured using higher heating value. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EIA predicts increased energy generation from renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the April issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes forecasts for bioenergy production and the use of wood in home heating applications. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo hosts biomass boiler bus tour

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northeast Biomass Heating Expo being held in Portland, Maine, April 9-11, kicked off by taking a bus full of tour goers on a biomass boiler bus tour. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

2G Cenergy to provide technology to Ohio waste-to-energy facility

BY Chris HansonFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas2G Cenergy Power Systems Technologies Inc. announced it will supply $8 million worth of its technologies to Team Gemini LLC's Gemini Synergy Center in Grove City, Ohio. The project broke ground last year. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

CRIBE announces investment in Ensyn Technologies' Ontario plant

BY Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is providing an investment of up to $1.5 million to leverage a total project value of up to $4 million to enhance Ensyn Technologies Inc.'s Renfrew, Ontario, facility. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

McCarthy addresses RFS, biogenic emissions during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA's policies with regard to the renewable fuel standard and biogenic carbon emissions were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

Enginuity moves to Mexico, Mo., to scale up eCARB process

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnginuity Worldwide LLC has moved its research and development activities into the Missouri Plant Science Center in Mexico, Mo., in order to produce larger quantities of its biomass-based engineered pellets for large-scale testing. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

NYSERDA funds ESF effort to boost energy value of wood chips

BY State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Power, ThermalA research team at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to study the use of flue gas to dry wood chips to improve their efficiency. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

World Bank funds biomass district heating project in Belarus

BY World Bank Group Found In:ThermalThe World Bank Group's board of executive directors has approved a loan in the amount of $90 million to the Republic of Belarus for a biomass district heating project. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Viaspace advances projects in California and St. Croix

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasViaspace Inc. has recently announced progress with its projects in California and St. Croix. The California project will convert Giant King Grass into advanced biofuels and power, while the St. Croix project will convert the feedstock to biogas. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Opinion: The Biomass Industry’s Beating Heart

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the incredible efforts that members of the biomass industry make to lead the industry to success. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

Iowa bill would extend state renewable energy tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Iowa Senate has passed a bill that aims to extend the deadline for renewable energy projects to qualify for the state's renewable energy tax credits. It also has provisions that apply to cogeneration projects associated with ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

React Energy releases financial results, acquires thermal assets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalU.K.-based React Energy plc has released financial results for the six months ended Dec. 31, reporting progress with development of its Enfield Biomass project. The company also recently announced the acquisition of biomass thermal assets. READ MORE

March 28, 2014

New Harris Poll finds public perception of biomass held steady

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recently released Harris Poll addresses public perception of a variety of energy technologies, including biomass energy. The results show that many U.S. adults are unfamiliar with biomass energy and its benefits. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

EPA proposal classifies wood fuel from construction, demolition

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalOn March 27, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to amend its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials. The proposal would add wood processed from construction and demolition debris to the list of fuels covered by the regulation. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

Forth Energy abandons plans for 3 biomass power plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalU.K.-based Forth Energy, a joint venture between SSE Ltd. and Forth Ports, has announced it will not continue with plans to develop its previously announced Grangemouth and Rosyth biomass power plants in Scotland. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

3-MW on-farm AD facility opens in the UK

BY Tamar Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasA new anaerobic digestion facility that turns organic waste into green energy for thousands of homes was opened March 20 in Retford, Nottinghamshire. The facility is a joint venture between Tamar Energy and Sutton Grange Anaerobic Digestion. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

EurObserv'ER annual report highlights EU bioenergy sector

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEurObserv'ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources, including biofuels and biomass, increased significantly in 2012. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Exhibitors report positive outlook, serious interest at IBCE

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 1,100 attendees at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., March 24-26 came from 41 counties, 48 states and eight Canadian provinces to learn more about the growing biomass-to-energy sector. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Biomass association leaders discuss triumphs, troubles

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaders of seven bioenergy trade associations participated in the International Biomass Conference & Expo's State of the Industry general session on March 25 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Ackerly, Abengoa recognized for contributions to biomass industry

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsJohn Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat, was presented with the Excellence in Bioenergy award at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo, while Abengoa Bioenergy was recognized with the Groundbreaker of the Year award. READ MORE