Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

January 31, 2017

AWC report finds 75 percent of members’ energy met with biomass

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThe American Wood Council recently released its second Industry Progress Report, detailing the wood products manufacturing industry’s performance across a number of environment, energy and safety measures. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

2017 Heating the Midwest Conference to colocate with IBCE

BY Dovetail Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHeating the Midwest has announced it will colocate its 6th annual 2017 conference and expo with the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The HTM event will be held April 10. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Triogen launches heat recovery technology

BY Triogen B.V. Found In:Power, ThermalTriogen B.V. recently launched its latest generation Organic Rankine Cycle technology, the “e-box 170” with a rated electric capacity of 170 kW. The new model can be installed with gas and diesel engines as well as biomass burners. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

Covanta’s waste-to-energy plant in Ireland prepares for startup

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCovanta Energy Inc.’s 58–MW waste-to-energy plant in Dublin, Ireland, is on track for first-fire in March. Staffing of the plant is nearly complete, and the facility is currently undergoing commissioning. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

MIT researchers tap the hidden value of farm waste

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMassachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a reactor that uses torrefaction technology to densify biomass, making it transportable and increasing its shelf life. The technology aims to benefit smallholder farms. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

Ecostrat releases white paper on biomass supply chain analytics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEcostrat Inc. recently released a white paper providing evidence for why industry developers and lenders should stay up to speed with the latest developments in biomass supply chain research and analytics. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

PFI Standards Program qualifies New York, Maine pellet plants

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturers to the PFI Standards Program, including Lignetics’ Strong, Maine, facility and New York-based Instantheat Wood Pellets. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

BTS Biogas secures capital, enters US market

BY BTS Biogas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBTS Biogas has raised a significant round of funding with a new U.S.-based investor group. The funding will fuel the acceleration of BTS Biogas’s strategic entry into the U.S. with several large plant projects and strategic partnerships. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European Biogas Association reports 17,376 biogas plants in EU

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEuropean Biogas Association published the sixth edition of its statistical report, showing the number of biogas plants tripling in only six consecutive years to 17,376 biogas plants and 459 biomethane plants in operation in Europe as of late 2015. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European researcher aims to generate more value from biomass

BY Imperial College London Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRoberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his work on lignin valorization. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

EPA awards small business research grant to cookstove company

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalEPA recently awarded a SBIR grant to Oregon-based ASAT Inc. to develop and market a clean-burning, integrated cookstove. ASAT specializes in heating, cooking and thermoelectric generation technology and has developed biomass cooking stoves. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsObama is out, Trump is in. Today, a new era begins. We live in a great country. As an industry, we’ll keep fighting the good fight. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Opinion: Industry’s Adolescence is Behind Us

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe wood pellet industry has doubled in the past five years, and Pellet Mill Magazine's executive editor, Tim Portz, says the next five years will be defined by the industry's ability to grasp the global opportunity that lies in front of it. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Opinion: European Wood Pellet Market Potential

BY Hannes Lechner & John Dawson-Nowak Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBesides more growth potential in the industrial market to 2025, the likely expansion of the premium sector post-2020 offers an opportunity for North American producers to soften the impact of predicted demand decline for industrial pellets post-2027. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 analyzes environmental effects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1 has been jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

Forest Fuels opens new wood pellet depot in Liverpool

BY Forest Fuels Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe ready availability of wood pellets for biomass boilers in the North West of England has been boosted with the arrival of Forest Fuels to its new facility in Liverpool. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

In Depth: Denmark's Biomass Reboot

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe smallest Nordic country is having a big impact on European pellet demand as DONG Energy, the country’s largest energy company, pivots away from coal and toward woody biomass. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2017 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

In Depth: Q&A: SBP: What’s New & Next

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAppointing its first, full-time CEO, Carsten Huljus, is just one step in the Sustainable Biomass Partnership’s transition to an established certification system. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

In Depth: Eastern Europe Exporters

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAlthough a number of East Central European countries lack domestic demand, exports continue to climb, fueling demand in neighboring heating markets. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

EIA releases 2018 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will fall by 0.3 percent in 2017 and increase by 7.3 percent in 2018. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Appalachian Wood Pellets qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Appalachian Wood Pellets of Kingwood, West Virginia, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

DOE: Technology converts wastewater sludge to RNG

BY U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsArgonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Opinion: Europe’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Proposals

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission released its "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, including one major proposed revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive, Ginther says, with 2030 energy targets set for the whole EU, rather than for each member state. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Graanul seeking SBP certification on all 4 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest AS Estonian plants are applying for SBP certification. The main evaluation audits are completed at the Imavere and Ebavere Graanul OÜ pellet plants and audits for Osula and Helme are scheduled for February. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Certification body NEPCon OÜ SBP status suspended in Russia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Jan. 11, Sustainable Biomass Partnership issued a statement that the approval status of NEPCon OÜ, which became an SBP-approved certification body in September 2015, is suspended as of Jan. 6 in Russia. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

MHG Systems announces e-commerce service

BY MHG Systems Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA novel e-commerce service, Wuudis, was recently announced by developers MHG Systems and Wuudis Ltd. The service forest allows owners to manage their forest information safely in one place. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Opinion: Strong O&M Programs Scale

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOurs is an industry that scales well. Large or small, biomass operations must make a commitment to sound operations and maintenance fundamentals if they are to be successful. READ MORE