Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

May 09, 2016

In Depth: The Cost of Doing Business

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the Sustainable Biomass Partnership gains momentum, the first U.S. pellet producer to achieve accreditation shares its journey to this status. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

USDA: FSFL program now includes microloan option

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has updated its Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, which provides low-interest financing so agricultural producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Renewable biomass is among the eligible commodities. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

QUT research aims to eliminate fossil fuel use in sugar industry

BY Queensland University of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsQueensland University of Technology researchers are leading the way in developing and testing new technologies as part of a $5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

New cogen system triples energy output from biogas at Oregon WWTP

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn May 4, Clean Water Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy formally announced the implementation of a new cogeneration system that converts wastewater and grease into renewable energy. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

ARENA supporting Australia’s largest bioenergy project

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA bioenergy project in Queensland could become a reality thanks to early stage funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project would produce ethanol, lignin for power production and fuel pellets. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

University of California mulls sawmill, CHP facility purchase

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, ChemicalsThe University of California is on the verge of purchasing the Sierra Pacific Industries Loyalton, California, mill and associated property, including a 20-MW, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass unit. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

North American wood pellet exports reached record high in 2015

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth America exports of wood pellets reached record-highs in 2015, with the U.S. Gulf States increasing shipments by 70 percent from 2Q/15 to 4Q/15, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

Poet reports Project Liberty in ‘ramp-up’ phase

BY Poet LLC Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsProject Liberty in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

UK REA responds to consultation on RHI reforms

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change’s consultation on the reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive closed April 27. The U.K. Renewable Energy Association weighed in on how the reforms could impact the biomass and biogas industries. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

Nippon Paper to install torrefied pellet demonstration plant

BY Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. signed a joint research and development agreement with Phoenix Pulp and Paper Public Co. Ltd. to install demonstration facilities in Thailand for the production of torrefied pellets. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

DECC releases first quarter 2016 RHI program deployment data

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. DECC published monthly statistics and summary of quarter one deployment data for RHI program. During the quarter, there was a large number of biogas applications for the nondomestic scheme and fewer biomass applications in the domestic scheme. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Astec points to pellet division as bright spot

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite an off year overall for the global pellet market, Astec Industries reported that its pellet division continues to be a bright spot for the company. In its Q1 2016 financial earnings call, Astec reported net sales for Q1 as $278.7 million. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Pentair Haffmans introduces CO2 recovery system for biogas

BY Pentair Haffmans Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasPentair Haffmans has launched a compact enclosed skid CO2 recovery system that can be connected to any existing biogas upgrading plant. The system helps maximize yield and minimize environmental impact. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Winner announced in Pellet Stove Design Challenge

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA German-designed Wittus pellet stove has been named winner of the third Pellet Stove Design Challenge, an event coordinated by the Alliance for Green Heat and this year hosted by the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Lab. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Eastern Pennsylvania natural gas consumers enrolling in RNG offer

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Energy Co-op, an independently-owned, local, nonprofit energy supplier, launched a renewable natural gas product to residential consumers in the Philadelphia Electric Company natural gas territory to offset their pipeline gas consumption. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

USDA opens Value-Added Production Grant funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses through its Value-Added Producer Grant program. On-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) systems are among the projects eligible for the program. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Vermont funds pellet infrastructure, wood heat projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Vermont Department of Public Service has awarded $913,054 from the Clean Energy Development Fund to support local wood heat, including five grants to support bulk pellet infrastructure and 11 to support advanced wood heating system installation. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

BTEC applauds Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council expressed its support for the recent Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act. Two key BTEC-supported provisions that benefit biomass were included in this legislation. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

In Depth: Export Industry’s Impacts on Southern Forests, Markets

BY Tracy Leslie Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForest2Market data disproves claims regarding the wood pellet export industry and its impacts on forest inventory and fiber prices. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

Valmet to supply a wood pellet heating plant to Finland facility

BY Valmet Found In:Pellets, ThermalValmet will supply a wood pellet heating plant to Helen Oy's Salmisaari power plant. The wood pellet plant will enable Helen to increase the use of biofuels in district heat production in Helsinki, Finland. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

In Depth: Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass heating installations in northern Vermont are far from sparse. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

ZooShare holds groundbreaking ceremony for Toronto biogas plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasZooShare held a formal groundbreaking ceremony this week to celebrate the start of construction on its 500 kW biogas facility, located across from the Toronto Zoo, which will generate renewable power for the Ontario grid from zoo and food waste. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Biogas could replace more than one quarter of UK LNG imports

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasA new report by the U.K. Renewable Enery Association’s biogas sector group outlines the potential for Britain to produce the equivalent of more than 45 LNG tankers’ worth of renewable natural gas (in the form of biomethane) per year by 2035. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

In Depth: Playing by the Nonwaste Fuels Rules

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThree forms of wood waste got the green light under the U.S. EPA’s nonhazardous secondary materials rule, but the amended regulation’s impact appears narrow. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Pellet producer Viridis Energy for sale

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPublically traded Canadian pellet production company Viridis Energy Inc. is up for sale. The company is is working with FutureMetrics LLC to solicit interest for the potential sale of Viridis Energy and all of its assets. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Senate passes Energy Bill with pro-biomass amendment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 20, the U.S. Senate passed new energy legislation by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill, titled the Energy Policy Modernization Act, or S. 2012, contains an amendment that recognizes the carbon neutrality of biomass energy. READ MORE