Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

November 16, 2017

Researchers reduce CO emissions from stored wood pellets

BY Clarkson University Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently announced that Clarkson University discovered a new process to eliminate the release of dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) gas from wood pellets in storage. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

EIA: 610,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which includes data for August. The report estimates total U.S. production capacity is nearly 12.71 million tons per year. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Rentech releases third quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. released third quarter financial results on Nov. 9. The results were released roughly one month after announcing its shares would be removed listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market and be moved the OTCQB market, effective Oct. 16. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Biofuel tests in Milwaukee Zoo locomotives a success

BY Coalition for Sustainable Rail Found In:Pellets, ThermalTwo steam locomotives at the Milwaukee County Zoo were fueled with a wood-based solid fuel last week, and the test runs were a success, according to the Coalition for Coalition for Sustainable Rail and the Natural Resources Research Institute. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

RNG Coalition adds new members

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) has announced the addition of several new members, including East Coast gas and electricity provider Duke Energy and Western U.S. gas utility Southwest Gas. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for November, providing updated bioenergy forecasts for 2017 and 2018, and updated wood heating forecasts for the 2017-’18 heating season. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Opinion: Utilizing Ag Energy Programs to Address Climate Change

BY Lloyd Ritter Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasMany agricultural producers are leading the charge toward renewables, irrespective of the rewards to the climate. They know that innovation increases efficiency while making them more resilient, especially when faced with economic downturns. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

NRRI helps Lonza turn nuisance dust into biomass fuel source

BY June Breneman, University of Minnesota Duluth Found In:ThermalThe University of Minnesota Duluth's National Resources Research Institute helps Lonza Inc. separate fines from wood chips and use the biomass coproduct to supplement its natural gas fuel source using a 200 HP biomass boiler system. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Doosan to supply turbine to biomass power plant in Denmark

BY Doosan Škoda Power Found In:Power, ThermalIn Kalundborg, Denmark, the construction of a biomass-fired power station has begun. A machine room delivered by Pilsen, Czech Republic-based Doosan Škoda Power will be the heart of DONG Energy's Asnæs Power Station. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Opinion: London Calling—for Cleaner Air

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalGovernments should not incentivize wood stoves in urban and densely populated areas. This is why London is calling in 2017, and it should be a wake-up call everywhere. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

California funds 18 dairy digester projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $35.2 million to 18 dairy digester projects. The projects are part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development program and aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy manure. READ MORE

November 06, 2017

DuPont launches biogas enzyme Optimash AD-300

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced a new enzyme product designed to improve biogas production during anaerobic digestion in the waste water industry. The enzyme, DuPont Optimash AD-300, is immediately available to producers around the world. READ MORE

November 06, 2017

In Depth: A Growing Advantage

BY Tim Portz Found In:ThermalCommercial greenhouses are proving that biomass heating systems can provide an operational boost in an increasingly global, competitive flower and plant marketplace. READ MORE

November 04, 2017

In Depth: Sponsor Spotlight: HURST BOILER

BY Harriet Lublin Found In:Thermal After four years of operating, a New Hampshire county biomass heating project has replaced nearly all of its heating oil consumption. READ MORE

November 03, 2017

Bill aims to extend MLP benefits to renewables, clean energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D.-Calif., have reintroduced legislation that aims to level the playing field for clean energy. READ MORE

November 03, 2017

Bulk pellet delivery capacity expands in Vermont

BY Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Found In:Pellets, ThermalVermont Renewable Fuels is hitting the road with a new delivery truck. The 2017 Kenworth can haul 16-tons of pellets with a fully pneumatic delivery system and was funded in part by a $94,000 grant from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund. READ MORE

November 03, 2017

In Depth: Solving a Heat Load Hardship

BY Anna Simet Found In:Power, ThermalAfter a multiyear development process, Plumas County is replacing its Health and Human Services Center’s inadequate heating system with biomass, which will save upward of $30,000 annually. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Biomass conversion begins at Asnæs Power Station

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalOn Oct. 30, DONG Energy kicked off the biomass conversion of the Asnæs Power Station in Kalundborg, Denmark. Following the two-year conversion process, the facility will take in wood chips and other forms of biomass as fuel. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

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 on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 27, 2017

New biomass plant to cut SFU’s greenhouse gases by two-thirds

BY Simon Fraser University Found In:ThermalSimon Fraser University and SFU Community Trust are collaborating with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. on a $33-million community-based biomass project called the Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Astec bullish on pellet plant market outlook

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough some design flaws at two of the large-scale wood pellet plants Astec delivered required unexpected investments this quarter, CEO Benjamin Brock said the company is still confident in the sector and its place in the company’s future. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

FPInnovations purchases land at Technoparc de Montréal

BY Technoparc Montréal Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFPInnovations recently purchased land from Technoparc Montréal. The purchase is a first step toward building an integrated international biomaterials innovation center under FPInnovations' leadership. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Drax sells Billington Bioenergy

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, ThermalDrax has agreed to sell Billington Bioenergy, a distributor of wood pellets in the U.K. heating market, to Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, an energy company specializing in the sale of wood fuels and the development of distributed energy assets. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

MEP proposal ups renewables targets, phases out crop-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMEPs are calling for the European Union to source 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, set nationally binding targets for renewable energy, phase-out of palm oil and food-based biofuels and set biomass sustainability standards. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Biomass cogeneration facility, pellet plant planned in Ontario

BY Office of Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Northwestern Ontario Indigenous community of Whitesand First Nation will develop an industrial park to support new biomass and wood processing facilities thanks to investments from the governments of Canada and Ontario. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

EIA releases densified biomass fuel data for July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the October edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, noting the 88 facilities that submitted data produced 576,521 tons of pellets in July. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

UH Hilo researchers design sustainable wastewater systems

BY University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Hilo researchers are doing their part to help HawaiʻiIsland industries utilize more renewable and sustainable energy sources. The research includes the development of a lab-scale upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

Forest Service to award $7 million under Wood Innovations program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has opened a funding opportunity for projects that expand wood products and wood energy markets, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. The announcement was made on National Bioenergy Day, Oct. 18. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day attracts record participation

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day, 60 organizations across the United States and Canada are participating in events Oct. 18 to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using organic materials to produce heat, power and fuels. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

ENplus certifies 8.1 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2016

BY European Pellet Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe European Pellet Council has announced a record 8.1 million metric tons of wood pellets were certified under the ENplus quality scheme in 2016. The volume of certified pellets is expected to reach 9.2 million metric tons in 2017. READ MORE