Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

February 22, 2018

NASF launches first-of-its kind resource: TimberAssurance.Org

BY National Association of State Foresters Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe NASF has created an open-access clearinghouse for national and state regulations that affect the management of U.S. forests and help to demonstrate the sustainable and legal nature in which U.S. timber is harvested. READ MORE

February 22, 2018

Xebec, SAPIO to develop RNG infrastructure in Italy

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsXebec Adsorption Inc. has entered into a letter of intent to establish a three year partnership with SAPIO to help develop Italy’s renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading infrastructure from biogas facilities. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Process could allow treated wood to be used in pellet production

BY Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – INRS Found In:Pellets, ThermalINRS researchers have developed a process that successfully removed more than 90 percent of the contaminants present in treated wood waste. Once decontaminated, the wood could be used to manufacture particleboard or heating pellets. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

DOE to fund energy infrastructure deployment on tribal lands

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. Bioenergy projects are among those eligible to apply for the funding. READ MORE

February 19, 2018

UK biomass CHP plant begins commissioning

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalA biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) project in southwest England is beginning the final phase of commissioning and is on track to begin commercial operations in August. The facility will generate more than 27 MW of electricity. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Pruitt commits to creating regulatory certainty for biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has provided New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu with a letter announcing EPA’s efforts to work towards a carbon-neutral policy for biomass and clarify federal procurement recommendations for responsibly managed forests. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Paper discusses impact of weather, oil prices on pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalFutureMetrics has published a brief white paper explaining how weather and the price of heating oil influence demand for wood pellets used for heating. The paper, published Jan. 31, was authored by William Strauss, president of FutureMetrics. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

PA Biomass Energy Association expands to Mid-Atlantic

BY Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association has expanded its focus beyond the keystone state to the region and will now be known as the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council. The material focus of the organization remains the same. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Organic Power to install 2 MW AD plant in Puerto Rico

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOrganic Power Ltd. is installing a Global Water Engineering Raptor anaerobic digestion plant at its green energy facility in Bega Baja, Puerto Rico. Once fully operational in mid-2018, the facility is expected to produce 2.055 MW of electricity. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

EPA expands list of non-waste fuels under NHSM rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule adding creosote-borate, copper naphthenate and copper naphthenate-borate treated railroad ties to its list of non-waste fuels under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials regulations. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide approximately 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and 2019. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

Consumers can save a bundle by switching to wood pellets

BY New Hampshire Wood Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New Hampshire Wood Energy Council reveals modern wood heating with locally sourced wood pellet fuel is delivering significant heat cost advantages over conventional fossil heating fuels. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

ElectraTherm supplies generator to Japanese biomass plant

BY ElectraTherm Found In:Power, ThermalElectraTherm shipped a Power-plus Generator to Japan to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity. The Power-plus will utilize the waste heat streams from three reciprocating engines running on biomass. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

CDFA extends application deadline for dairy digester program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Department of Food and Agriculture has extended the grant application deadline for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program through Feb. 23. The application period was original set to conclude Jan. 26. READ MORE

February 01, 2018

Vermont’s state constitution is staying warm with wood heat

BY Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Vermont State Archives, home to the constitution, is heated with wood. Last fall the Department of Buildings and General Services replaced the aging boilers in the State Archives in Middlesex with two new automatic Froling wood pellet boilers. READ MORE

February 01, 2018

Opinion: Fighting Pellet Silo Fires

BY Frank Hedlund and Jeffrey Nichols Found In:Pellets, ThermalSmoldering fires in wood pellets storages can occur for a number of reasons. Oftentimes, smoldering fires in bulk storage silos can’t be fought with water. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Opinion: The Original Major Market Driver

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe past couple of heating seasons have been a rocky for many U.S. manufacturers because of warmer temperatures and cheap oil and natural gas, but the brutal cold this winter has brought so far has finally turned the tide, READ MORE

January 31, 2018

In Depth: Coming out Hot

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAfter several consecutive soft winters, signs point to a rebound for most U.S. pellet manufacturers. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

In Depth: A Shifting Market

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe EU pellet industry may have more growing to do, but just how much, only time and policy will tell. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

UK government issues response to consultation on RHI amendments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalOn Jan. 29, the U.K. government released its response to a consultation on proposed amendments to the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, confirming its intention to restrict certain types of fuel drying that are supported under the RHI. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

EIA: 670,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently announced U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 670,000 tons of product in October, with sales reaching 640,000 tons. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

Opinion: Taking the Wheel

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalPellet manufacturing plays an important role in the broader forest products supply chain, shoring up value for the residual fiber streams that are generated every day by sawmills, cabinet shops and flooring manufacturers. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

Biomethanation plant begins operations in Quebec

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Jan. 26, government officials in Canada inaugurated a biomethanation plant in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The facility processes waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) that is fed into grid of Énergir, a natural gas distributor in Quebec. READ MORE

January 24, 2018

EBRD supports development of biogas CHP projects in Belarus

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is supporting renewable power generation and foreign investment in Belarus by financing the construction of four biogas combined-heat-and-power plants (CHPs) across the country. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Draft solicitation issued for California dairy RNG program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA group of California utilities recently issued a draft solicitation for dairy biomethane pilot projects under California SB 1383. Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce RNG. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Guidebooks provide resources for modern wood heating in Vermont

BY Vermont State Wood Energy Team Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Vermont State Wood Energy Team is has announced the availability of two new resources for modern wood heating. One guide addresses wood heating in Vermont schools, the other focuses on wood heating in affordable housing. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

MHG contributes to big data project benefiting biomaterials

BY MHG Systems Found In:Power, ThermalAn international consortium is working to use big data in raw material production for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials. MHG Systems is contributing to efforts related to forest data. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Lithuanian biomass CHP project earns European Commission support

BY European Commission Found In:Power, ThermalThe European Commission recently adopted two funding decisions to support the construction of a combined-heat-and power-plant in Vilnius, Lithuania, designed to produce electricity and heat out of biomass and municipal waste. READ MORE

January 18, 2018

Canada funds British Columbia pellet, bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNatural Resources Canada has awarded $6.45 million to support six projects in British Columbia that aim to promote innovation and diversification in forestry. Several of the projects focus on bioenergy. READ MORE