Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 25, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 23, 2018

Air Liquide celebrates opening of LFG to RNG plant in Mississippi

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAir Liquide inaugurated a biomethane production plant in Walnut, Mississippi,on July 20. The facility is the first large-scale biomethane production plant designed and built by Air Liquide in the U.S. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Hawaii Gas issues RFP for supply of RNG

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHawaii Gas is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide up to 80,000 therms per day of renewable natural gas (RNG), which can be in the form of raw biogas and/or biomethane. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

In Depth: Dissecting a DHA

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCombustible dust fire and explosion expert Jason Krbec discusses the critical role dust hazard analyses play in incident prevention. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

Report explores future of Vietnam pellet industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPellet exports from Vietnam grew from nearly zero to approximately 2.75 million metric tons per year over the past seven years, according to FutureMetrics. The organization has published a new white paper exploring the country’s pellet export sector. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

DOE launches new lab partnering service

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

AEBIOM rebrands to Bioenergy Europe

BY Bioenergy Europe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasAEBIOM has revealed its new corporate identity, Bioenergy Europe, which aims at giving a clearer, more united voice to Europe’s first source of renewable energy. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

In Depth: Seller Beware

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalCalifornia’s notorious Prop 65 has cost wood product manufacturers around the country millions of dollars, and an upcoming requirement could exacerbate the issue. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

In Depth: Growing and Grilling: The Annual PFI Conference in Review

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalMembers of the Pellet Fuels Institute gathered in Myrtle Beach, SC, to discuss growing the market for residential pellet stoves, policies to help achieve growth, and the mainstream approach of grilling to expose pellets to a wider audience. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

In Depth: Protecting the Process

BY Jeff Nichols Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProper analysis, design, engineering and administrative controls, training, and housekeeping will ensure your plant is safe as possible. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

Spanner RE2 supplies 10 biomass CHP plants to company in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSpanner RE2 has announced it will install 10 biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants, including peripherals, at a major corporation in Nagano, Japan, later this year. The plants will have a combined capacity for 490 kWe and 1.1 MWth. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

California awards $69.9 million for dairy digester projects

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $69.9 million in grant funding to 40 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

ElectraTherm installs waste heat-to-power generator in California

BY ElectraTherm Found In:Power, ThermalElectraTherm commissioned its first Power-plus generator in California to generate fuel-free power from a biomass boiler. The Organic Rankine Cycle generator is part of a California Energy Commission grant for CHP/prime power generation from biomass. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

Opinion: American Wood Stoves: Delay and Deregulate, or Innovate for the Future?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA recently announced that it was going to provide some relief to the wood stove industry by reopening and modifying the Obama-era regulations that would have set stricter emission limits on stoves and boilers in 2020. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

EIA updates short-term bioenergy capacity, generation estimates

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

July 10, 2018

Opinion: Deflagration Prevention and Protection in Biomass Facilities

BY Geffrey Mitchell Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExplosions in the biomass industry are constant threats that have the potential to harm employees, stop production or destroy an entire facility READ MORE

July 09, 2018

ISO committee advances development of standards for solid biofuel

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDevelopment of international standards for solid biofuels advanced at a recent meeting of the ISO committee responsible for that work, according to the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 5, President Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

RNG produced by CR&R flows into SoCalGas pipelines

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company CR&R Environmental announced July 2 they are now injecting renewable natural gas produced at CR&R's anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California, into SoCalGas pipelines. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

Land O'Lakes, CalBio partner to advance ‘barn to biogas’

BY Land O’Lakes Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLand O’Lakes Inc. and California Bioenergy LLC have launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration to support the financing, installation and management of on-farm methane digesters to generate renewable compressed natural gas fuel in California. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

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

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 650,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in March, with sales reaching 600,000 tons during the month. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

Valmet to supply automation systems to biomass heating plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalValmet recently announced it has received an automation order from Lahti Energy for the Kymijärvi III biomass-fueled heating plant currently under construction in Lahti, Finland. The system is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

DOE: 31 projects will advance fundamental science for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. READ MORE

June 14, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Senate ag committee restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate ag committee has approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

Veolia renews contract to operate waste-to-energy plant in France

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalVeolia recently announced that it has been awarded a contract that will allow it to continue to operate a 180-gigawatt-hour-per-year waste-to-energy in France for an additional six and a half years. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

Unilever installs biomass boiler at factory in South Africa

BY Unilever Found In:ThermalUnilever has installed a R50 million ($3.75 million) biomass boiler at its historic Maydon Wharf Factory in Durban, South Africa. The boiler is fueled by wooden pallets, waste wood and off-cuts from local furniture and door manufacturers. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

EU researchers develop biomass torrefaction process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new steam drying technique for wood developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project could significantly reduce transportation costs for biomass, according to the German-based Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology. READ MORE