Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 31, 2015

Wisconsin program offers funding for small-scale farm AD systems

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWisconsin-based Focus on Energy, a statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently announced it is soliciting proposals for a program focused on small, farm-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) systems. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Opinion: Well-Equipped

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWhile bioenergy facilities are not built to optimize development of their components, this issue of Biomass Magazine makes clear that they are great incubators of innovation. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Amec Foster Wheeler wins second CFB CHP plant contract in Poland

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Found In:Power, ThermalAmec Foster Wheeler has announced the award of a contract by Fortum Zabrze S.A. for the design, supply, construction and commissioning for a multi-fuel circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generating combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Poland. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Energy bill includes language benefiting bioenergy, algae

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources introduced a bipartisan energy bill, titled the "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015." The committee was scheduled to hold business meetings on the bill on July 28 and July 30. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

BTEC to release draft of thermal efficiency test method

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council has announced plans to release a draft of the first thermal efficiency test method designed specifically for commercial-sized boilers that utilize solid biomass as a fuel stock. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Opinion: Debunking So-Called Wood Pellet Facts

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTwo highly inaccurate statements are often made about using wood pellets as a substitute for coal in power generation: READ MORE

July 28, 2015

WBA releases thermochemical gasification of biomass factsheet

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalIn June, World Bioenergy Association launched a factsheet on thermochemical gasification biomass, the eighth in a series of publications. The factsheet overviews the technology, basics of gasification, feedstock and current global use. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

MassCEC awards $1.1 million to biogas projects

BY Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently announced $1.1 million in funding for three anaerobic digestion projects across Massachusetts that will convert organic materials into energy. The projects are located in Bourne, Freetown and Hadley. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Enel Green Power: Integrated geothermal, biomass plant now online

BY Enel Green Power Found In:Power, ThermalEnel Green Power has brought online the world's first biomass plant used to heat geothermal steam at the Cornia 2 geothermal power plant, which is located in Castelnuovo Val di Cecina in Tuscany, Italy. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Opinion: Wood Waste Recycling Program Benefits

BY Jim Donaldson Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAWWRA, a nonprofit association established in 2012, promotes sustainable, environmentally and economically sound, closed-loop wood waste recycling practices and reuse initiatives through its industry membership and resource tools. READ MORE

July 26, 2015

In Depth: Watching Wood Dry

BY Keith Loria Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAdequately drying wood chip fuel is an important component of maximizing heat and power production, and techniques vary widely. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Industry checkoff program development discussed at PFI conference

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAn update of the proposed wood-to-energy (WTE) checkoff program was provided at the 2015 Pellet Fuels Institute conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The concept is under review by industry, and a draft is expected late this year or early 2016. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

BY New Holland Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Closing in on Closed-Loop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalAs you may already know if you work at a biomass power, pellet or biogas plant, we’ve changed the way we do our plant calls and data maintenance for our print and online maps. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Scotch distillery reduces carbon footprint with biomass boiler

BY John Dewar & Sons Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands installed a biomass boiler in late 2014. According to John Dewar & Sons, the system has cut the carbon footprint of the site by 90 percent. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

2015 PFI conference underway in Williamsburg, Virginia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuel Institute annual conference is being held July 19-21 in Williamsburg, Virginia, hosting 185 attendees, 31 exhibitors and 11 sponsors. This year's conference began with an overview and analysis of the global pellet market. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

U.K. GIB, Equitix to fund construction of bioenergy project

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalU.K. Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix have announced a commitment to fund the construction of a GBP 30 million ($46.68 million) energy facility in Sheffield. It will generate over 6.5 MW of green electricity, along with thermal energy. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DOE seeks nominations for biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due Aug. 14. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

5 Minnesota energy projects selected for NextGen funding

BY Minnesota Department of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has selected five renewable energy projects to receive NextGen Energy grants. The grants were specifically targeted at projects using woody biomass to replace propane as a heat source. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

Opinion: Maximum Uptime

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe July/August issue of Pellet Mill Magazine covers both plant efficiency and policy matters, as inventory is built up in preparation of the 2015-'16 heating season and upcoming policy issues arise with potential to shape the future of pellet fuel. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

Opinion: EPA’s NSPS: Next Steps for Pellet Producers

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalU.S. EPA's New Source Performance Standards for new residential wood heaters is now in effect, although Wiberg says there are ambiguities. He shares what the Pellet Fuels Institute and others know about the NSPS rule. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Opinion: Design Challenge to Promote Top-Performing Pellet Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe third pellet stove design challenge, led by the Alliance for Green Heat, entered phase one this summer to help consumers identify the most efficient stoves and how best to operate them. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Researchers from Israel and Florida awarded funding for biogas

BY American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBen-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and University of Florida researchers have been awarded a United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) grant to improve the production of biogas on farms. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

In Depth: Capital Actions for Pellet Fuel

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSeveral regulatory schemes in the U.S. should perk up pellet producers' ears. Hear from industry leaders why. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

UK DECC releases first quarter energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalAt the end of June, the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change published first quarter energy statistics in its Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications. The report shows the U.K. has made progress in achieving its renewable energy goals. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

In Depth: Down 'n Out in Pelleting Mills

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalPlanned weekly or monthly and annual outages are essential to running a high-performing, efficient pellet mill. READ MORE

July 12, 2015

In Depth: Packaged Efficiency

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalOnce a highly manual process, bagging and stacking finished product has greatly improved with automation. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

England's National Trust invests in biomass, other renewables

BY The National Trust Found In:Power, ThermalThe National Trust, an independent charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, recently announced its largest-ever investment: £30 million ($46.5 million) in renewable energy to provide heat and power to more of its historic places. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Aurora Wood Pellets making headway on proposed plant in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFour years ago, Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. began the development of a 200,000-metric-ton pellet plant in the Northwest Territories of Canada. With two Forestry Management Agreements in hand, CEO Brad Mapes hopes to purchase the site's land this month. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE