Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

August 09, 2017

Construction begins on New York pellet heating project

BY New York Department of Environmental Conservation Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York Power Authority, Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, and Adirondack Park Agency recently announced the start of construction on a wood pellet biomass boiler heating loop in Essex County, New York. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Benefits of advanced wood-burning stoves greater than thought

BY North Carolina State University Found In:ThermalA recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

University of Northampton installs biomass heating system

BY University of Northampton Found In:ThermalNorthampton has had a recent addition to its skyline in the shape of a 26-metre flue shaft, complete with LED screen, which is part of the University of Northampton’s new energy center located on its Waterside Campus. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

U.K. releases 2016 energy statistics

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe United Kingdom is currently ahead of its renewable energy targets laid out in the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, according to the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Fiber costs for North American pellet plants trend downward

BY North American Wood Fiber Review Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWith the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Canadian government invests $2.6 million in Sustane Technologies

BY Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanadians will benefit from well-paying jobs and business opportunities created by a Halifax-based company that turns landfill waste into clean-burning fuel, thanks to a $2.6-million investment by the government of Canada. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Changes Coming to PFI Standards Program

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalSome upcoming changes are coming to the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Self-Reflection and Realities

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProducers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

In Depth: Powering Up New Feedstock Demand

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn-site biomass power production is the latest chapter in a decades-long story of the Linkletter family adding value to Maine’s robust wood fiber resource. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

In Depth: Safety in Numbers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA collaborative campaign to overhaul safety protocol at Canadian wood pellet plants is evoking positive ripple effects across the industry. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Russian pellet production, exports expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Russian Federation recently filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting wood pellet production and exports are expected to increase by 10 percent this year. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

UCSC awarded $250,000 grant from U.S. Forest Service

BY Scott Rappaport, University of California, Santa Cruz Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service awarded a $250,000 grant to the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UC Santa Cruz. The center will use the grant to study the economic feasibility of developing an innovative forest industry cluster near Reno, Nevada. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

RNG Coalition adds Kapoor to team

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Nina Kapoor as manager of legislative and regulatory affairs in Sacramento, California. The addition of Kapoor will bolster the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

EIA: 460,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 10, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data on the U.S. densified biomass fuel industry, reporting there was nearly 12.71 million tons of capacity in place in April, with an additional 163,500 tons under development. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Engie inaugurates biomass boiler at French district heating plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalIn France, Engie recently announced the inauguration of a 26.5 MW biomass boiler unit at Plaine Commune Energie, a district heating plant that serves 40,000 housing units located in four municipalities. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Grants help maple syrup makers install pellet, wood chip systems

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn Vermont, The Clean Energy Development Fund at the state’s Public Service Department is offering grant funding of up to $20,000 to help sugar makers install evaporators fueled with wood pellets or wood chips. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: Are We Ready for the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Movement?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalMany in the biomass heating movement bemoan warm winters, low fossil fuel prices and the slow pace of conversions to biomass heat. But systems to adopt renewable heating are being put in place, and though we could be, we aren't a part of them. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

IEA Bioenergy Task 40 updates report on pellet industry, trade

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIEA Bioenergy Task 40, an initiative established by the International Energy Agency in 2003 to focus on international bioenergy technology, recently published a new report on the global wood pellet industry and trade. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Opinion: Farm Bill Energy Programs: All-of-the-Above Value

BY Lloyd Ritter Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe all-of-the-above energy approach of the Farm Bill energy programs enables investment in rural America, supports innovation and new manufacturing industries, and generates economic opportunities and jobs. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMore than 800 attendees and 160-plus producers of biomass power, heat, pellets biogas and advanced biofuels met in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Vermont report on clean energy addresses bioenergy employment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn June, the Vermont Department of Public Service released its 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report, revealing the number of Vermonters engaged in the clean energy industry has grown 29 percent since 2013. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Maine Woods Pellet qualified under PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Maine Woods Pellet Co. of Athens, Maine, to the PFI Standards Program as the 25th pellet manufacturer and 38th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

BTU Act reintroduced, biomass thermal, power could benefit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSeveral legislators have again introduced an act that would level the playing field for biomass heating technologies—and potentially, some biomass power facilities. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

Opinion: Wood Energy Financial App Needs Updated Data

BY David Bancroft Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council has been collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and University of Minnesota to update the Wood Energy Financial Calculator. READ MORE

June 29, 2017

In Depth: Cogeneration as a Universal Power Solution

BY Christian Mueller Found In:Power, ThermalCogeneration technologies are poised to play an increasingly important role in the energy mix of the future. READ MORE