Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

September 22, 2016

Policy Exchange releases report on decarbonizing UK domestic heat

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K.-based Renewable Heat Association announced the renewables industry supports conclusions of the Policy Exchange’s recent report on decarbonizing the U.K. heating sector, particularly the future role of biomethane in this effort. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

Snow Timber Pellets qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Snow Timber Pellets of Hurley, Wisconsin, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection. READ MORE

September 22, 2016

In Depth: Passing the Test

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalAs college and university fossil fuel heating plants age and become inefficient, many are evaluating, building or have already installed biomass systems. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Brown signs bill that encourages renewable gas production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 19, California. Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that establishes the nation’s toughest restrictions of destructive super pollutants, including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

EPA finalizes reconsidered issues in Area Source Boilers Rule

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalEPA finalized its ruling on reconsidered issues that pertained to aspects of the February 2013 final amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

EC approves state aid for bioenergy CHP project in Lithuania

BY European Commission Found In:Power, ThermalThe European Commission has approved support for a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vilnius, Lithuania, under European Union state aid rules. The facility will generate electricity for the power grid and heat for a district heating system. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

KPA Unicon, Renewa join forces in Europe

BY KPA Unicon Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTwo Finnish energy solution suppliers are joining forces through a merger in which KPA Unicon Group Oy is purchasing the entire share capital of Renewa Oy. The parties aim to finalize the acquisition by the end of September. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

PFI changes PFI Standards Program labeling system

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Fuels Institute has announced a change in the labeling system for its PFI Standards Program to accommodate the common practice of private labeling. The change allows the pellet producer to request an additional registration number. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass boiler to project in Sweden

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:ThermalValmet will supply a biofuel-fired power plant and related flue gas cleaning and condensing systems to Boras Energi och Miljo's new energy and environmental center in Sobacken, Boras, Sweden. Heat production is scheduled to start in 2019. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Coproducts and Product Diversification

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasNovember is a unique topic for Biomass Magazine—Coproducts & Product Diversification. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Website now available for wood-to-energy checkoff program

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe wood-to-energy checkoff initiative that’s been in the works for the past few years recently launched a website to provide updated information about the program as well as a way to ask questions about the initiative. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Report details biomass heat, power production in Japan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan’s renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

Clarkson University researcher to study energy from waste

BY Clarkson University Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasStefan J. Grimberg, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, has been selected as a Scholar-in-Residence at McGill University where he will collaborate on a project to divert organic waste from landfills. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Gatwick Airport to heat terminal with waste-derived fuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalU.K.-based Gatwick Airport has announced it is partnering with DNL to dispose of category 1 waste onsite, converting it into renewable energy used to heat the north terminal of the airport. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

NIB provides loan to biomass CHP plant in Stockholm

BY Nordic Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalThe Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 10-year loan of SEK 600 million ($70.31 million) with Fortum Varme Holding to finance the recently inaugurated biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vartan, Stockholm of Sweden. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

UK ECCC releases 2020 heat, transport targets report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Thermal, BiogasThe Energy and Climate Change Select Committee released its 2020 renewable heat and transport targets report, calling for changes to the proposed RHI reforms, as the report concluded tariffs for biomethane and biomass boilers were too low. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

RSB EU RED re-recognized by the European Commission

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for five years. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: The Business End of the Supply Chain

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the stories in this issue tells the story of wood pellet retailer Squier Lumber's history in distributing wood pellets; the journey they took building their business to where it's at today and the foreseen challenges for the future. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: Private Labeling Provisions

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalPFI's Standards Program has recently made private labeling provisions for issuing additional registration numbers to qualified producers who are selling wood pellets to retailers or distributors who require anonymity on behalf of the producer. READ MORE

September 10, 2016

Opinion: Distribution Model Cost Savings

BY Michele RebiereFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRebiere highlights three major distribution models in the pellet industry today and how short-term potential savings can be realized in these costs for pellet producers to build long-term efficiencies. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

In Depth: Riding the Wave

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSquier Lumber & Hardware Inc., a longtime staple in Monson, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, more recently has evolved into one of the premier independent pellet retailers in the U.S. Northeast. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

GE, Hayward Gordon sign distribution agreement for AD equipment

BY GE Found In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGE recently announced that Hayward Gordon will be the exclusive supplier of process support and mixing nozzles for GE’s anaerobic digestion solutions in North America. Hayward Gordon’s HydroMix system is a highly effective hydraulic mixing system. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Brown signs bills extending California GHG reduction targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 8, California Gov. Edmond Brown signed legislation strengthening the state’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by requiring the state to cut emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in Short-Term Energy Outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 9.5 percent this year and 5.8 percent next year. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass boiler, equipment to Denmark plant

BY Valmet Found In:Power, ThermalValmet and HOFOR Energiproduktion A/S have signed a contract regarding delivery of a biomass-fired boiler plant and related biofuel storage and conveyor systems to HOFOR's Amagerværket heat and power plant in Copenhagen. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

In Depth: Doubling Down

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs Drax Power Station’s biomass metamorphosis comes of age and new conversions come online, investment and innovation in Britain’s ports maintain momentum. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

In Depth: Business as Usual

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBig U.K. government alterations ensued the vote to leave the EU, but for some area biomass suppliers and end users little has changed. READ MORE

September 06, 2016

Greenlane supplies biogas upgrading systems for Quebec facility

BY Greenlane Biogas Found In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Biogas has been contracted by Filtrum Construction to supply two Totara biogas upgrading systems and additional equipment to upgrade the biomethanization plant located at the city of St. Hyacinthe’s wastewater treatment plant. READ MORE

September 02, 2016

Weltec announces biogas projects in Colombia, Croatia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWeltec Biopower recently announced an agreement to build an 800-kW biogas plant at an egg production facility in Colombia and noted a 250-kW facility it built at a Croatian pig farm is now operational. READ MORE