Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

February 04, 2020

Biomass leaders provide state of the industry at int’l event

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 13th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo opened with a roundtable discussion among biomass association leaders that covered topics including the state of the industry, policy, carbon markets, and what is needed to grow public support. READ MORE

February 03, 2020

Report: Waste biomass can help California meet net-zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new report released by LLNL has determined California can achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045 at modest cost using technology that is already demonstrated and mature, including carbon capture from waste biomass utilization. READ MORE

January 31, 2020

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet Feb. 6

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an open meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held on Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

January 31, 2020

US Gain to provide RNG through new M-RETS RTC platform

BY U.S. Gain Found In:Thermal, BiogasU.S. Gain announced it has become the first to provide renewable natural gas (RNG) for use in voluntary markets through the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System Renewable Thermal Certificate platform. READ MORE

January 31, 2020

Stora Enso’s paper mill to provide district heating in Germany

BY Stora Enso Found In:ThermalExcess heat from the industrial processes at Stora Enso’s Maxau paper mill in the south-west of Germany, will be used to provide renewable, biomass-based district heating for the city of Karlsruhe. READ MORE

January 30, 2020

Greenlane to finance biogas upgrading systems in Europe

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Renewables Inc. announced on Jan. 28 it has signed an agreement in principle with SWEN Capital Partners based in Paris, France, to create a joint venture company to accelerate deployment of Greenlane’s biogas upgrading systems in Europe. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

EPA submits final rule to amend 2015 NSPS for wood heaters to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalA final rule under review by the OMB is expected remove certain minimum requirements for pellet fuel contained in current EPA regulations for residential wood heaters and provide retailers with additional time to sell certain wood heating appliances. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Innogy sells German biomass cogeneration plant, pellet facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman energy company Innogy has sold a biomass cogeneration plant and adjacent wood pellet plant to Austria-based Cycleenergy Holding GmbH. The company also recently announced its U.S. pellet plant is operating above nameplate capacity. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Seven companies join American Biogas Council board

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe American Biogas Council announced on Jan. 28 seven companies have joined its board of directors, including U.S. Gain, Air Liquide, Trillium, VGS, Bioenergy DevCo, Mendota Agri-Products, and Baker Tilly. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

Opinion: New Year, New Decade

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIt’s a new year, and the future is bright for the North American wood pellet industry. This is true for both the domestic and export industry segements. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

DOE offers $96 million for bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Jan. 23 announced it will award up to $96 million for bioenergy research and development to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

Eqtec receives approval for RDF testing at French university

BY Eqtec plc Found In:Power, ThermalEqtec plc announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has received approval from the the University of Lorraine's research laboratory on wood material to carry out tests utilizing refuse derived fuel at an R&D plant located at the university. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

Opinion: A Banner Year

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, Thermal If a sector’s health is determined by the opportunities in front of it, it would be hard to argue that the residential wood pellet industry has ever been healthier. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

BLM issues notice on tribal biomass demonstration projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Bureau of Land Management has published a notice focused on eligibility and selection criteria for a program that provides woody biomass from BLM and Forest Service lands to support tribal and Alaskan Native biomass demonstraton projects. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Brightmark Energy announces Florida RNG project

BY Brightmark Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBrightmark Energy has partnered with four dairy farms in central Florida to build and operate three anaerobic digesters that will convert a total of 230,000 tons of dairy manure per year from 9,900 cows into renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Opinion: Spare Part Reflections

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalSpecialized service providers can offer alternatives that save money and outage time while supporting the local economy. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

EIA predicts modest increase for waste biomass power capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to reach 19 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021, up from 17 percent in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

DOE to provide $75 million for bioenergy crops research

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient to changing environmental conditions. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

PCI Gases: DOCS can replace use of liquid oxygen in gasification

BY PCI Gases Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPCI Gases os offering the DOCS (deployable oxygen concentrator system) as an attractive and safe on-site alternative to using liquid oxygen (LOX) or other oxygen technologies in gasification processes. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

Opinion: The Science is Clear on Renewable Wood Energy

BY Brian Rogers Found In:Pellets, ThermalThanks to the hard work of university scientists and the United Nations IPCC, the case for bioenergy has been made even stronger in 2019. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

In Depth: Northern Ambition

BY Matt Merritt Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe steady build-out of Canada’s industrial wood pellet industry continues, driven by multiple motivations. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Opinion: The Wide Umbrella of Bioenergy

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe versatility and wide umbrella of biomass fuel and technologies are some of my favorite things about the industry. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

In Depth: Commercial and Institutional Biomass Projects: Dos and Don’ts

BY Bede W. Wellford Found In:Power, ThermalThere are many important factors to consider and key steps to take when pursuing an on-site biomass heating project. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

In Depth: Biomass Magazine's Sponsor Spotlight

BY Sponsored Content Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThis month's Sponsor Spotlight details Continental Blower's efforts in the biogas and RNG industry, TerraSource Global's Jeffrey Radar TubeFeeder technology for fiber storage and reclaim, and E=MC3's progress toward developing a high-quality, high- READ MORE

January 04, 2020

In Depth: Reduce Conveyor Maintenance Time Through Better Access

BY Jerad Heitzler Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalImproved conveyor access can significantly reduce maintenance time and prevent injuries. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

In Depth: The Growing Importance of PKS in the Japanese Biomass Market

BY Rachael Levinson Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Japanese biomass market—particularly its relative fuel flexibility compared to the wood pellet-dominated European market—will create an interesting trading environment as demand grows in the coming years. READ MORE

January 01, 2020

In Depth: Shouldering Risk For Forest Restoration

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBacked by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, construction of Restoration Fuels, a commercial-scale torrefaction facility in John Day, Oregon, is well underway. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Greenlane wins biogas upgrading contract for California project

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Renewables Inc. announced on Dec. 27 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new $8.3 million (US$6.3 million) biogas upgrading contract with a customer in California. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Co-combustion of wood and oil-shale reduces carbon emissions

BY Estonian Research Council Found In:Power, ThermalUtilization of fossil fuels can be made more environmentally friendly by adding wood—as concluded based on the preliminary results of the year-long study carried out by thermal engineers of Tallinn University of Technology. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

BTEC: Support for woody biomass included in spending, tax deals

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalCongress has passed a $5 million allotment for the new Community Wood Energy and Innovations Program in the $1.4 trillion spending deal, extended the Section 25C Wood and Pellet Stove Credit, and reauthorized the carbon neutrality of biomass policy. READ MORE