Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

December 12, 2017

Dalhousie University biomass heat plant replacement in full swing

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalA $24.2 million project to replace the aging thermal plant at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is well underway, and has potential for an early startup. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

Wood Stove Design Challenge announces initial round of finalists

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalInventors, universities, and manufacturers are competing to design an integrated thermoelectric generator and wood stove that is optimized for both home heat and electrical power output as part of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

Quantum Biopower commissions 1.2 MW CHP unit

BY Quantum Biopower Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasQuantum Biopower recently started its 1.2 MW combined-heat-and-power (CHP) unit, adding a new source of renewable power to Southingto, Connecticut. Officials from the Town of Southington were on hand for the official start of the generating unit. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Researchers produce biochar, hydrochar from poultry litter

BY American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Found In:Power, ThermalBen-Gurion University researchers believe poultry waste holds promise as a renewable fuel for heat and electricity. The scientists compared two processes that turned poultry droppings into fuel to determine which was more effective. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

EnviTec Biogas, Evonik strategic partnership celebrates 5 years

BY EnviTec Biogas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFollowing the commissioning of 20 EnviThan gas upgrading plants in Germany, U.K., France, China and Denmark, EnviTec is looking back on a successful five-year partnership with Evonik, the technology leader for membrane-based gas separation. READ MORE

December 04, 2017

In Depth: Biomass in Japan’s Best Energy Mix

BY Anna Simet & Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDemand for imported biomass is expected to surge in Japan, in the midst of an aggressive energy landscape overhaul. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Dutch firm invests $53 million in Estonia biocoal plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalA subsidiary of Dutch private equity investment firm Momentum Capital has made a conditional investment of EUR 45 million ($53 million) in the development of a biocoal plant to be built in Vägari, Estonia. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

RNG Coalition celebrates new projects, launches video

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas recently recognized six companies for their development roles in seven renewable natural gas (RNG) projects completed in 2017 across the U.S. heartland, and launched a new educational video. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

In Depth: The Asian Biomass Market: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

BY Pedro Campilho Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe bioenergy market in Asia Pacific is still fairly immature compared to the European market. However, recent developments have led to expectations of significant biomass demand. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

New technology converts biomass into 'coal'

BY University of Nottingham Found In:Power, ThermalThe University of Nottingham is partnering with the Energy Research Accelerator and CPL Industries to produce a commercial-scale facility capable of converting biomass into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties. READ MORE

November 21, 2017

19 countries agree to scale up bioenergy targets

BY Biofuture Platform Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCountries representing half of the global population and 37 percent of the global economy agreed to scale up the low-carbon bioeconomy, and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

Research finds wood pellets cut home heating GHGs in half

BY Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station Found In:Pellets, ThermalUsing wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

EBRD supports development of biomass district heating project

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:ThermalIn a significant step forward to boost green energy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is supporting the construction in Banja Luka of a 49 MW district-heating boiler plant fired by wood biomass. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Canadian pellet exports up 46 percent from 2015 to 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanada’s National Energy Board has announced Canadian wood pellet exports increased by 46 percent between 2015 and 2016. The growth is attributed to growing global demand for biomass-fired electricity generation to replace coal-fired generation. READ MORE

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