Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

April 02, 2019

In Depth: The Value of Experience

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalDesign and operation of a successful wood pellet plant boils down to experience and attention to detail, with a heavy focus on fiber. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

In Depth: A New Wave of Drying Techniques

BY Patrick C. MillerFound In:Pellets, ThermalFrom Europe to Latin America, the biomass industry is developing better drying technologies. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

SAB sends letter to EPA regarding review of biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent letter authored by the chair of the U.S. EPA’s SAB and addressed to Administrator Wheeler outlines the SAB’s findings with regard to its review of the EPA’s 2014 Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

In Depth: Biomass Conversion: Moving Advanced Carbon Materials to Market

BY June Breneman Found In:Pellets, ThermalNRRI is experimenting with a variety of pellet shapes and binders to create enhanced BTU output biomass-based fuel products. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

REA: Report shows bioenergy is the leader in UK renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has released new a report that is the first installment in its Bioenergy Strategy, an industry-led review of bioenergy’s potential and the policies needed to maximize its potential through 2030 and beyond. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Report details employment in biofuel, biomass power industries

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative released a report in March that details current employment in a variety of U.S. energy sectors, including ethanol, other biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

ERA funds wheat-ethanol plant, woody biomass project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsERA has announced funding to support several projects through its Partnership Intake Program, including a biorefinery that will produce ethanol and biogas and a technology that will utilize biomass waste materials in the production of wood biomass. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

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 will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 19, 2019

Report: Maine can benefit by encouraging switch to pellet heat

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalFutureMetrics has released a new white paper that states Maine could dramatically improve its economy by enacting a policy that helps reduce dependence on heating oil by supporting the use of locally produced wood pellets as heating fuel. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts, predicts capacity increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 13 percent next year. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EIA: 800,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that 82 operating U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 730,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 800,000 metric tons. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Natural Resource Canada funds study for potential pellet project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalOn March 5, Natural Resources Canada announced plans to invest $220,000 to support a study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

RNG Coalition announces scholarship awards for 2019

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) has notified five applicants that they will receive financial scholarships from the RNG Coalition - Tudor Williams Academic Scholarship Fund. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

In Depth: From the Ground Up

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalNew York pellet producer Curran Renewable Energy and its associated businesses have deep roots in forestry, and long-term plans for further growth. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

BTU Act reintroduced in House, Senate

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalA bipartisan group of lawmakers renewed efforts to establish an investment tax credit for high-efficiency wood heating installations in late February with the reintroduction of the Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

Solvay: Biomass boiler to cut GHG emissions at soda ash plant

BY Solvay Found In:ThermalSolvay is investing in a new biomass boiler at its soda ash plant in Rheinberg, Germany, a decision that will cut the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 percent while at the same time improving its competitiveness. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

In Depth: Mission Zero Waste

BY Keith Loria Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSweden’s recycling practices and waste-to-energy industry are unmatched. READ MORE

March 02, 2019

In Depth: Partnering to Produce a Better Wood Chip

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:ThermalCatamount Forest Products and Vermeer Corp. collaborate to help meet Vermont’s biomass heating fuel demand. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

Valmet, Uni Viridas sign 10-year O&M agreement for biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalValmet and Uni Viridas recently signed a 10-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement for Uni Viridas’s biomass power plant in Greda, Croatia. Valmet has been operating and maintaining the plant since 2015. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 46 along party lines to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

SoCalGas seeks to offer RNG to customers

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced Feb. 28 it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission seeking to offer renewable natural gas (RNG) to its 21 million customers in Central and Southern California. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

Dartmouth opens RFQ for biomass heating project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalOn Feb. 20, Hanover, New Hampshire-based Dartmouth College released a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking credentials from companies interested in bidding on the previously announced biomass heating project. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

Massachusetts awards $2.89 million to support biomass heating

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently awarded nearly $2.89 million in grants to five infrastructure projects that aim to increase the availability of low-carbon, renewable heating fuels, including wood chips and biofuels. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

Calgren Dairy Fuels injects RNG into SoCalGas pipelines

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSouthern California Gas Co. and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels announced Feb. 14 that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren's dairy digester facility in Pixley, California, is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

EIA: 900,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 750,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in October 2018, with sales reaching 900,000 tons. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Canadian government funds new biomass research cluster

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe government of Canada has announced it will invest up to $7 million in a new biomass research cluster. An additional $3.1 million is contributions is expected from industry, bringing the total investment to $10.1 million. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year and 13 percent next year. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

Opinion: The Big Picture

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs our team at Pellet Mill Magazine works to send this issue to print, we’re also in the throes of gathering and organizing data for our annual North American Pellet Producer Map READ MORE

February 09, 2019

Opinion: Our Version of Groundhog Day

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in a piece of federal regulation is misguided. READ MORE