Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 01, 2015

USDA announces restart of BCAP

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsOn June 1, the USDA announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 01, 2015

EDF contributes funding to U.K. biomass district heating project

BY EDF Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalEDF Energy has announced that it is contributing GBP 1 million ($1.52 million) to fund energy efficient heating measures in three Manchester tower blocks, which were recently launched collectively as "Tribe." READ MORE

May 29, 2015

Opinion: A People-Powered Industry

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor discusses the impact that dedicated contributors have on the industry's growth and momentum. READ MORE

May 29, 2015

UMF breaks ground on biomass heating plant

BY University of Maine at Farmington Found In:ThermalThe University of Maine at Farmington broke ground on a new 5,885-square-foot biomass central heating plant on May 26. The plant is expected to replace 390,000 gallons of heating oil now used to heat the buildings through individual systems. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

DOE previews 2016 Billion-Ton Update in webinar

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent U.S. Department of Energy webinar included preview of the 2016 U.S. Billion-Ton Study update, which is currently scheduled for release in June 2016. The event was presented by DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Report highlights Mexico’s renewable growth potential

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMexico has the potential to quadruple its use of renewable energy over the next 15 years, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Biomass shows potential for use in the electricity, heat and transportation sectors. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Renewables share of U.S. energy consumption highest since 1930s

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsRenewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of total domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Coalition announces Biomass101 campaign

BY American Forest & Paper Association Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA leading coalition of forest owners, wood suppliers and manufacturers of pulp and paper goods have announced the creation of Biomass101.org, a clearinghouse for scientifically sound information on carbon-neutral bioenergy. READ MORE

May 27, 2015

In Depth: PHOTO REVIEW: International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY Biomass Magazine Staff Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA photo review of the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo in Minneapolis. READ MORE

May 26, 2015

DOE hosts webinar on biofuel affordability

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced it will host a webinar on biofuel affordability on May 27. The event, titled "A Changing Market for Biofuels and Bioproducts," will address research related to biomass supply. READ MORE

May 26, 2015

ACT biomass boilers receive critical certification

BY Advanced Climate Technologies Found In:Pellets, ThermalAdvanced Climate Technologies, a New York-based manufacturer of fully automatic wood chip and wood pellet boilers used for heating commercial buildings, announced it has received the Intertek/ETL listing. READ MORE

May 25, 2015

Opinion: Targets, Policy for State-Level Thermal Energy Markets

BY Adam Sherman Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass Energy Resource Center Manager Adam Sherman discusses how financial, regulatory, and program support policies are needed to move the market. READ MORE

May 23, 2015

In Depth: Setting the Scene

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalIn Europe, the stage for biomass heat is set and industry leaders are engaging crowds, ready for the next act. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Pallmann, Standard Bio develop new biorefinery concept

BY Pallmann Group Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPallmann Group is joining forces with Standard Bio, an expert in novel biomass conversion technologies, to develop a new biorefinery concept that will use low-value organic waste as a resource for clean energy, natural fertilizers and animal protein. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Two Plans, Both Alike In Priority

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasEarlier this week, I put together a round-up of recent legislation that would raise, lower or dismantle state renewable energy standards (RES), or renewable portfolio standards (RPS). READ MORE

May 21, 2015

Senate hearing addresses RES legislation, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 19, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on 26 pieces of legislation related to energy supply, including recently introduced legislation to establish a national renewable energy standard. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

Vermont company plans to pipe digester gas to college

BY Anna SimetFound In:Thermal, BiogasA Vermont company is waiting on permission from the Vermont Public Service Board to construct a project that will transport dairy digester-derived biogas to Middlebury College to displace around 640,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil annually. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

UN SE4ALL announces global bioenergy initiative

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the sustainable bioenergy solutions to meet the global need for sustainable energy. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

In Depth: The West’s Quest

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalType and location define pellet fuel's quality and prospective markets. These realities differ for Western producers compared to their Eastern peers in the quest to run a successful plant. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

In Depth: Words from the Wise

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalFour pellet plant executives sit down for a frank discussion regarding the industry’s biggest challenges, the importance of building a cohesive and effective team, and plans for the next 18 months. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

IRENA publishes renewable energy jobs report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has announced 7.7 million people worldwide were employed by the renewable energy industry in 2014, including, 822,000 jobs in biomass, 381,000 jobs in biogas, and 1.788 million in liquid biofuels. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

Scotland receives first Windhager DuoWIN in the U.K.

BY Windhager Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe first U.K. installation of Windhager's new hybrid technology DuoWIN boiler has been completed in Scotland. The wood pellet and log fired combined boiler has been installed at the headquarters of McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables. READ MORE

May 19, 2015

ASABE announces new ISO standard for solid biofuels

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the international community has approved a new International Organization for Standardization standard for determining the composition of solid biofuels. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Biomass advisory committee to meet in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has published a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Stobart reports continued biomass growth in recent fiscal results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalOn May 14, the Stobart Group released its fiscal results for the 12 months ended Feb. 28, 2015, reporting its biomass division Stobart Energy supplied over 1 million metric tons of biomass, up 29 percent year-on-year. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

German Pellets reports strong 2014, startup of Louisiana plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman Pellets has released 2014 financial results, reporting that despite somewhat difficult market conditions caused by mild weather and falling oil prices, the company ended the business year with an increase in turnover and operating results. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Rural Energy launches biomass space heater

BY Rural Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass heating specialists Rural Energy have launched the AIRMatic biomass space heater, an innovative new compact solution that packs a big punch, ideal for warehouses and large industrial units. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Show Us Your Stuff

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlthough it’s not even June, we’re soon to begin work on the August issue of Biomass Magazine, which is our Equipment Issue. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

Wyden Introduces bill to boost biomass energy

BY Sen. Ron Wyden's office Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced a bill that would spur the use of low-carbon biomass energy to heat and power homes and businesses, while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

SRS celebrates groundbreaking of biomass heating plant

BY Ameresco Found In:Power, ThermalOn May 11, senior officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Ameresco, Inc. gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of a new project for a biomass heating plant. READ MORE