Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

November 19, 2019

Biomass heating system commissioned in New York

BY New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, and New York State Police on Nov. 14 formally commissioned a renewable biomass heating system at the State Office Campus in Ray Brook, New York. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet Nov. 19-20

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Nov. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

EIA updates 2019, 2020 bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released an updated Short-Term Energy Outlook on Nov. 13 predicting that non-hydro renewables will provide 10 percent of total U.S. utility-scale power generation this year, increasing to 12 percent in 2020. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

Sievers testifies at Senate hearing on Farm Bill implementation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Biogas Council Director Bryan Sievers testified at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Nov. 7 focused on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill’s rural development and energy programs. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

Trump nominates Brouillette to serve as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Trump on Nov. 7 formally nominated current U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to serve as the next secretary of energy. Brouillette will replace current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine has announced the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Report: European pellet consumption, production up in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe 28 European Union member states produced nearly 17 million metric tons of wood pellets last year and consumed nearly 27 million metric tons, according to date recently released by Bioenergy Europe. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

Xebec, Asja announce progress with RNG plant in Italy

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsXebec Adsorption Inc. announced Nov. 6 that renewable energy project developer and operator Asja Ambiente Italia SpA is in the final construction phase of its 11.2 MW landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Genoa, Italy. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Aries reaches financial close on biosolids gasification facility

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, ChemicalsAries Clean Energy has completed the $65 million financial close for the Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility in New Jersey, and construction has commenced. The facility will divert 130,000 tons of biosolids from local landfills annually. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

RNG startup coverts forest residues into pipeline-quality gas

BY Canadian Gas Association Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAn innovative clean energy start-up company, G4 Insights Inc., has successfully demonstrated in a field trial that forestry industry residues can be turned into RNG. The G4 demonstration unit in Edmonton, Alberta, has been operating for six months. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

In Depth: The Complex Web of Dryer Safety

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe responsibility chain for dryer safety is a complex web of disconnected factions. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

Vermont Gas, NG Advantage partner to offer RNG in Northeast

BY Vermont Gas Found In:Thermal, BiogasVermont Gas and NG Advantage announced Oct. 24 a first-of-its-kind initiative to deliver renewable natural gas (RNG) to business and institutional customers—including hospitals—through VGS’ pipeline and NGA’s virtual pipeline infrastructure. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

In Depth: Combatting Combustible Dust Hazards

BY Stacy Cook Found In:Power, ThermalOne of the problematic aspects of handling biomass in a power generating or fuel production process is the amount of combustible dust that is often present in the material. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

In Depth: Dealing with Combustible Dust

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalFlamex and IEP Technologies equip customers with the knowhow and tools they need to protect assets and employees. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

USDA, DOE partner to promote rural energy, technology development

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have announced a memorandum of understanding to promote rural energy and the development of technologies that will support and advance rural and agricultural communities and domestic manufacturing. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Clemson researcher improves turfgrass, switchgrass

BY Clemson University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsClemson University College of Science professor Hong Luo has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop genetically improved and more robust turfgrass and switchgrass. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Forest Service offers $8 million through Wood Innovations Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service announced Oct. 22 that it will invest up to $8 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, particularly in areas of high wildfire risk. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

In Depth: Helping Meet EU Renewable Targets with Wood Chips

BY New England Woodchip Solutions Found In:Power, ThermalThe newly established New England Woodchip Solutions LLC will will house a state-of-the-art phytosanitary system that will meet EU import requirements and include a process to densify wood chips for improved ocean freight stowage. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

USDA seeks nominations for forest restoration advisory panel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Panel, which evaluates and provides recommendations on Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program proposals. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Opinion: Q&A with Brian Rogers, Future Forests + Jobs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe recently launched Future Forests + Jobs is an initiative aimed at pushing back against anti-forestry and anti-biomass activists. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Vanguard selects Kinsley system to power Vermont RNG project

BY Kinsley Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsVanguard Renewables has selected Kinsley Energy Systems to supply high-efficiency CHP for for a groundbreaking renewable energy project. Kinsley will provide an 800 kW TEDOM CHP system to power a new RNG production facility in Salisbury, Vermont. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass sales reach 780,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced 770,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, with sales reaching 780,000 tons. Exports reached more than 648,000 tons for the month. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

EIA: 2 million households to heat with wood this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that nearly 2 million, or approximately 2 percent, U.S. households will use cord wood or wood pellets as a primary residential space heating fuel for the 2019-’20 winter. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Future Forests + Jobs initiative combats biomass misinformation

BY Future Forests + Jobs Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFuture Forests + Jobs launched Oct. 8 to advance a fact-based conversation around renewable wood energy and hold those who spread misinformation about the industry to account. The initiative is supported by the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Midwest Biomass Exchange now online

BY Midwest Biomass Exchange Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIndividuals and companies seeking outlets for selling agricultural residues have a new option at their fingertips. Access is available to a new web-based resource, called the Midwest Biomass Exchange, created and supported by the USDA Forest Service. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

DOE awards $3 million for R&D to wood stove manufacturers

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy selected two companies—MF Fire and ISB Marketing—to receive $3 million for research and development (R&D) on smart, automated wood stoves through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aim to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Senate bill provides tax incentives for biogas investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., introduced the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act on Sept. 24. The bill provides a 30 percent investment tax credit to help offset the upfront costs associated with building a biodigester. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

USDA: Final rule to speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA published a final rule Sept. 23 that allows agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE