Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

September 05, 2017

Tooke sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTony Tooke was sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Sept. 1. Tooke replaced former Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement in August. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

In Depth: Fire and Ice

BY Tim PortzFound In:Power, ThermalAs temperatures fall and the demand for fuel increases, the challenges for biomass aggregators increase. Two industry veterans talk about what it takes to keep material moving, and fires burning. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Report: Japanese imports of pellets, biomass expected to increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalJapan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the country imported a record 347,000 metric tons of wood pellets last year for thermal power generation. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

In Depth: Fuel Prep Technology: Speed vs Throughput Debate

BY Peter Streinik Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhen procuring recycling and biomass fuel preparation technology for the future, should operators prioritize speed, or throughput? READ MORE

August 29, 2017

Air Liquide enters the Norwegian biogas market

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAir Liquide has announced its acquisition of a majority equity in Norwegian company Skagerak Naturgass AS, a subsidiary of Skagerak Energi that belongs to Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, Statkraft. READ MORE

August 28, 2017

SoCalGas streamlines process to support renewable gas projects

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) recently announced new initiatives that will make it easier for renewable gas production facilities to connect to the company's natural gas pipeline system. READ MORE

August 28, 2017

Turboden to supply 2.3 MW plant to bioenergy project in Turkey

BY Turboden Found In:Power, ThermalTurboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has signed an order with Güres for a new ORC unit to be installed at its main egg production site in Manisa, Turkey. The system will generate electricity and hot water from chicken litter. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

GE’s biogas engine technology to power 3 landfill sites in Turkey

BY GE Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGE’s Distributed Power has announced that it is providing its Jenbacher biogas engine technology and myPlant Asset Performance Management solution for three new landfill power production sites in Turkey. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Arizona studying bioenergy for wildfire management

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered Arizona Public Service to evaluate forest bioenergy as part of its resource portfolio. The Arizona Corporation Commission will host its first workshop on the topic of forest bioenergy on Oct. 19. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

EIA: 500,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 80,000 tons in May, averaging $142.99 per ton, while exports for April reached 350,000 tons, averaging $135.12 per ton. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Glennmont Partners completes refinancing of UK biomass plant

BY Glennmont Partners Found In:Power, ThermalGlennmont Partners has successfully completed the refinancing of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant. Sleaford REP is a 40 MWe straw-fired biomass plant located in Lincolnshire, U.K., that has been in operation since 2014. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Tidwell to retire, Tooke named as new Forest Service chief

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1. He has served at the post since June 2009. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tony Tooke will take over as chief following Tidwell’s retirement. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Macquarie completes acquisition of GIB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA consortium led by Macquarie, an Australian-based bank, has completed the acquisition of the U.K. Green Investment Bank Ltd. from the British government for £2.3 billion ($2.96 billion). GIB will now operate under the name Green Investment Group. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

SynTech Bioenergy announces distributorship in Japan

BY SynTech Bioenergy Found In:Power, ThermalDenver-based SynTech Bioenergy has announced the formation of its Japanese distributorship in Tokyo under the name SynTech Japan Co. LTD. SynTech Japan is now the exclusive distributor of BioMax units in Japan. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Colorado approves waste diversion goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission has approved statewide waste division goals, aiming to achieve a 45 percent diversion rate by 2036. Waste diversion is defined to include recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

RNG Coalition welcomes federal affairs manager

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Sanjay Srikantiah as its new federal affairs manager in Washington, D.C. He will further strengthen the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the North American RNG industry. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

FutureMetrics publishes analysis of Japanese pellet market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics has published a new white paper on the Japanese industrial wood pellet market. The report predicts most of demand growth for industrial wood pellets after 2019 will come from Japan and South Korea. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Project turns state roadways into a renewable energy source

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). READ MORE

August 14, 2017

Report provides updated EU pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network notes wood pellet production in the EU reached approximately 14.8 million metric tons in 2016, accounting for about half of global production. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

DOE, AGH launch fourth wood stove design challenge

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the launch of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge in partnership with the Alliance for Green Heat. Teams from around the world will compete for up to $25,000 in prizes. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

BTEC: Testing of boiler efficiency test method to begin soon

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council recently announced that validation testing of its biomass boiler efficiency protocol will begin in September at ClearStak LLC, a Connecticut-based testing laboratory. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Rentech: Challenges continue in second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Aug. 10, Rentech released second quarter financial results, reporting the quarter continued to be challenging. During an investor call, Keith Forman, president and CEO of Rentech, discussed factors resulting in lower quarterly revenues. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

IWI to build Ontario sawmill paired with pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalInternational Wood Industries is moving forward with a plan to build a sawmill and colocated wood pellet mill in northeastern Ontario. The target construction date is in the spring 2018, with startup in January 2019. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Researchers help Idaho find a use for tainted alfalfa

BY Idaho National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA collaboration between the state of Idaho and Idaho National Laboratory could help turn 6,000 tons of alfalfa containing elevated levels of bromide into biopower used for industrial heat and electricity. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Sierra Institute biomass heating project to break ground

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalA biomass heating project in Plumas County, California, is set to break ground within the next two weeks after a multiyear development process. The system will provide heat to the Plumas County Health and Human Services Building in Quincy. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in August STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting electricity generation from renewable sources will reach 1.857 million MWh per day in 2017, falling to 1.836 MWh per day in 2018. READ MORE