Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

NC funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNorth Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

Minnesota casino contemplates biomass heat

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalThe White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is contemplating installation a biomass power system for its Shooting Star Casino and Event Center in Mahnomen, Minnesota. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

Nondomestic RHI qualifies 800 MW biomass capacity from launch

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate change has released Renewable Heating Incentive and Renewable Heat Premium Payment data for May. The program provides financial incentives to increase the production and use of renewable heat. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

Researchers report heather could be UK energy source

BY Manchester University Found In:Power, ThermalHarvesting energy from heather could cut greenhouse gas emissions and help the UK meet its bioenergy targets, according to new research by experts at Durham and Manchester Universities. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

EPA publishes methane reduction proposal for new landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 30, the EPA published proposed rule to update its air standards for new municipal solid waste landfills. A separate advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks public input on whether to update emissions guidelines for existing landfills. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

In Depth: Vermont’s Wood Heat Renaissance

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Green Mountain State is a national leader in community-scale wood heat, but it didn’t happen overnight. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

React Energy reports progress with bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Thermal, BiogasU.K.-based React Energy plc has issued an operational update and announced the issuance of a GBP 1.5 million ($2.55 million) secured loan note. The company is developing several biomass power projects and recently entered the biomass thermal space. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

Impact Bioenergy announces portable food waste digester

BY Impact Bioenergy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSeattle-based Impact Bioenergy has expanded the unique model AD185 digester design that enables facility operators to generate energy from their own food scraps and paper products. The new AD185-2 unit features five times the processing capacity. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Opinion: Wood Stove Politics: Democrats, Republicans and Unlikely Bedfellows

BY John Ackerly Found In:ThermalWood stoves are finally getting attention in Washington, D.C., and they will get even more next year. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

GIB highlights achievements in annual report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank recently released its 2013-'14 annual report and announced new funding to help small and medium enterprises make investments in energy efficiency, including biomass boilers. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

N.Y. bill would incentivize cellulosic fuels, biomass pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsOn June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state's tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified biofuel and renewable fuel oil. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Cleanergy launches bioenergy system for old, closed landfills

BY Cleanergy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasCleanergy's GasBox has been developed to generate electricity and heat from landfill sites that are more than 10 years old. The system can take in biogas with methane concentrations as low as 18 percent. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Model may help growers mitigate costly droughts

BY University of Florida Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida-created model may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year, according to one of the tool's creators. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

In Depth: Pellets Warm County Seats

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalA century-old courthouse in western Maine's Oxford County transitions away from oil and toward pellet heat. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: The Beauty of Local Wood Heat

BY Maura Adams Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe pace of change is really picking up when it comes to use and acceptance of wood pellets and chips for heat in the Northeast. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: Buy Local, It’s Cheaper

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass was the earliest source of light and heat, warming and illuminating small bands of ancient humans. Today, it continues to excel as an energy source in smaller applications. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania offers funding for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding to support alternative and renewable energy projects in the state, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro projects. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ND inventor reports heightened interest in BIONRG biocoal

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorman Miller, an entrepreneur from Mapleton, N.D., calls himself the father of biocoal. Among his inventions is the Tri-Pack machine that combines coal and biomass with a proprietary additive into a biocoal that can be left as a powder or densified. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

Bluesphere initiates multiple biogas projects in Northeast US

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBluesphere Corp. has expanded to the Northeast U.S. The company recently received one of the most difficult permits to obtain for its waste-to-energy project in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is developing projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. READ MORE

June 16, 2014

USDA announces funding for 2 Farm Bill bioenergy programs

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA also announced the availability of its new Bioeconomy Tool Shed. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cornell University center funds 4 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCornell University's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has awarded $1.4 million from its Academic Venture Fund to 12 new university projects, including several related to biomass and bioenergy production. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cirque Energy to develop biomass gasification project in Texas

BY Cirque Energy Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalCirque Energy Inc. announced the signing of a development agreement for a project to install a 2.5 MW biomass gasification power plant to be known as the Midland Biomass Energy Station in Midland, Texas. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

WBA report illustrates global increase in bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe World Bioenergy Association recently released a report, titled "WBA Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014," that determined renewables contributed 18.3 percent of the global energy mix, with bioenergy alone contributing approximately 14.1 percent. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

Landfill gas power plant inaugurated in France

BY Clarke Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOfficials from French waste management company Veolia Proprete, energy services company Dalkia and distributed power services provider Clarke Energy recently celebrated the inauguration of the new Electr'od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant. READ MORE

June 11, 2014

Minnesota college converting to biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalVia a boiler system upgrade and use of local wood fuel, Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, hopes serve as a case study for other heating districts of its size. The upgrade could be complete by next year. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

USDA to accept applications for BCAP matching payments

BY Anna Simet and Erin Voegele Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has published a notice of funds availability for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the notice, the USDA will provide $12.5 million in BCAP matching payments this year, with $12.5 million spent on technical assistance. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

Agriculture to rely on drones despite regulatory lag

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUAS hold great promise in agriculture, but the FAA is lagging in its understanding of how important drones are becoming to farmers, and in developing regulations, according to panelists at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum. READ MORE