Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 24, 2014

MagneGas unveils new technology at biomass conference

BY Chris HansonFound In:Power, ThermalMagneGas Corp. revealed its mobile liquid biomass technology that processes liquid waste into sterilized water for irrigation and fertilization, in addition to hydrogen-based fuel, at the International Biomass Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

Sundog Energy installs biomass boiler at 17th century farm

BY Chris HansonFound In:ThermalSundog Energy has installed a 24-kW biomass boiler at Glencoyne Farm, a portion of which dates to 1629, in the western U.K. The Palazzetti CT24 biomass boiler, which replaces an aging oil-fired boiler, operates at 90.72 percent efficiency. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

In Depth: Thermal Trailblazers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalCharlie Niebling, Scott Nichols, Norbert Senf and John Ackerly are committed to advancing the biomass thermal industry. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

California funds wood chip-to-boiler, fire reduction efforts

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalThe Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board has approved grant to support a project that will manufacture wood chip fuel for Plumas County public facility boilers. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in June. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

Green Investment Bank funds bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.K. Green Investment Bank has announced its support for several bioenergy projects in recent weeks, including investments in a waste-fueled power plant and a project to install biomass-fired boilers. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

USDA highlights $33 million in rural business investments

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recently released USDA report tells the story of more than $33 million in investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013. A new interactive website map also features funding information. READ MORE

March 20, 2014

EIA: Increase of wood in home heating most notable in Northeast

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Pellets, ThermalWood as a main heating source in homes has gained popularity in many areas of the country in recent years, but the increase is most notable in the Northeast. Nationwide, about 2.5 million households use wood as the main source of heat. READ MORE

March 19, 2014

Duke University report characterizes U.S. biogas potential

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasA new report published by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University seeks to uncover under what conditions a substantial, decentralized domestic biogas market could develop in the United States by 2040. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

USDA program offers loans to farmers for biomass storage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative seeks grant proposals

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

EIA offers new short-term bioenergy predictions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration projects electricity generation will average 11.3 terawatt hours per day in 2014, up 1.3 percent. The use of renewables for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow by 0.9 percent in 2014. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Vega Biofuels enters joint venture to build torrefaction facility

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. recently announced it has entered into a joint venture agreement to build and operate a pilot torrefaction facility in South Carolina that will manufacture the company's bio-coal and biochar products. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Opinion: Celebrating the Groundbreakers

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the challenges of building a biomass energy project, and the dedication and drive required to bring a project to success. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

Opinion: Fanning the Northeastern Biomass Flame

BY Joseph Seymour Found In:Thermal Migrating 1 million homes to biomass heat is optimistic—let alone 6 million—but recent developments in the northeastern U.S. are driving this vision ever closer to reality, says Biomass Thermal Energy Council Executive Director Joseph Seymour. READ MORE

March 10, 2014

FutureMetrics suggests 4.3 million homes ripe for pellet heat

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new white paper from FutureMetrics LLC makes the case for pellet heat, concluding that not only will buying local for pellet heat lower consumer heat and hot water energy bills, but keep the money in the local economy and create jobs. READ MORE

March 07, 2014

ASABE announces international standards project for biomass fuels

BY American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers reported approval of a International Organization for Standardization project to develop a standard for thermally treated and densified biomass. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Pellet producers offer insight on 'shortage'

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPellet retailers and consumers in some Northeast and Midwest locations have learned a lesson this heating season, as many have run out of pellets and are facing difficulties securing additional supplies. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Cool Planet breaks ground on commercial facility

BY Cool Planet Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsCool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company's first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

Manitoba grants support coal-to-biomass conversions

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalIn order to help ease financial burdens of complying with Manitoba's petroleum coke and coal heating ban that went into effect Jan. 1, the province has provided grants to 16 farms working to make the transition. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

New Holland provides tractors to ISU BioCentury Research Farm

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University's BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. A model T8.330 and a T5.115 tractor with a loader were loaned to the facility. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Study unveils vast potential of UK biomass resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new study has found the U.K. could generate up to 44 percent of its energy needs from domestic biomass sources by 2050. The study was completed by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

University to use Heyl & Patterson equipment in biocoal research

BY Heyl & Patterson Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHeyl & Patterson Inc. has announced the sale of an indirect-fired rotary calciner to the University of Minnesota, Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute.It will be used to transform wood biomass into torrefied wood, or "biocoal." READ MORE

February 18, 2014

Renewable Heat NY funds 18 woody biomass projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPromptly implementing New York's recently announced Renewable Heat NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive program funding to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment. READ MORE

February 17, 2014

Proposed bioenergy plant denied certificate of public good in Vt.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Vermont Public Service Board has denied North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project LLC's petition for a certificate of public good (CPG) for its proposed 25-to-35-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Springfield, Vt. READ MORE

February 14, 2014

Fortum releases 2013 financial results, invests in new CHP plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalFinland-based Fortum has released financial results for the fourth quarter of last year and announced a new investment in a multi-fueled combined-heat-and-power plant under development in Naantail, Finland. READ MORE

February 12, 2014

UK extends renewable heating system training program

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has increased funding for its Renewable Heating Incentive training support program, due to high demand and interest. The initiative provides training on the installation of renewable heating systems. READ MORE