Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

August 24, 2017

GE’s biogas engine technology to power 3 landfill sites in Turkey

BY GE Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGE’s Distributed Power has announced that it is providing its Jenbacher biogas engine technology and myPlant Asset Performance Management solution for three new landfill power production sites in Turkey. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

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 announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Arizona studying bioenergy for wildfire management

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered Arizona Public Service to evaluate forest bioenergy as part of its resource portfolio. The Arizona Corporation Commission will host its first workshop on the topic of forest bioenergy on Oct. 19. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

EIA: 500,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 80,000 tons in May, averaging $142.99 per ton, while exports for April reached 350,000 tons, averaging $135.12 per ton. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Glennmont Partners completes refinancing of UK biomass plant

BY Glennmont Partners Found In:Power, ThermalGlennmont Partners has successfully completed the refinancing of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant. Sleaford REP is a 40 MWe straw-fired biomass plant located in Lincolnshire, U.K., that has been in operation since 2014. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Tidwell to retire, Tooke named as new Forest Service chief

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1. He has served at the post since June 2009. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tony Tooke will take over as chief following Tidwell’s retirement. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

Macquarie completes acquisition of GIB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA consortium led by Macquarie, an Australian-based bank, has completed the acquisition of the U.K. Green Investment Bank Ltd. from the British government for £2.3 billion ($2.96 billion). GIB will now operate under the name Green Investment Group. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

SynTech Bioenergy announces distributorship in Japan

BY SynTech Bioenergy Found In:Power, ThermalDenver-based SynTech Bioenergy has announced the formation of its Japanese distributorship in Tokyo under the name SynTech Japan Co. LTD. SynTech Japan is now the exclusive distributor of BioMax units in Japan. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Colorado approves waste diversion goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission has approved statewide waste division goals, aiming to achieve a 45 percent diversion rate by 2036. Waste diversion is defined to include recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

RNG Coalition welcomes federal affairs manager

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Sanjay Srikantiah as its new federal affairs manager in Washington, D.C. He will further strengthen the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the North American RNG industry. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

FutureMetrics publishes analysis of Japanese pellet market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics has published a new white paper on the Japanese industrial wood pellet market. The report predicts most of demand growth for industrial wood pellets after 2019 will come from Japan and South Korea. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Project turns state roadways into a renewable energy source

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). READ MORE

August 14, 2017

Report provides updated EU pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network notes wood pellet production in the EU reached approximately 14.8 million metric tons in 2016, accounting for about half of global production. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

DOE, AGH launch fourth wood stove design challenge

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the launch of the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge in partnership with the Alliance for Green Heat. Teams from around the world will compete for up to $25,000 in prizes. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

BTEC: Testing of boiler efficiency test method to begin soon

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council recently announced that validation testing of its biomass boiler efficiency protocol will begin in September at ClearStak LLC, a Connecticut-based testing laboratory. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Rentech: Challenges continue in second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Aug. 10, Rentech released second quarter financial results, reporting the quarter continued to be challenging. During an investor call, Keith Forman, president and CEO of Rentech, discussed factors resulting in lower quarterly revenues. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

IWI to build Ontario sawmill paired with pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalInternational Wood Industries is moving forward with a plan to build a sawmill and colocated wood pellet mill in northeastern Ontario. The target construction date is in the spring 2018, with startup in January 2019. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Researchers help Idaho find a use for tainted alfalfa

BY Idaho National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA collaboration between the state of Idaho and Idaho National Laboratory could help turn 6,000 tons of alfalfa containing elevated levels of bromide into biopower used for industrial heat and electricity. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Sierra Institute biomass heating project to break ground

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalA biomass heating project in Plumas County, California, is set to break ground within the next two weeks after a multiyear development process. The system will provide heat to the Plumas County Health and Human Services Building in Quincy. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in August STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting electricity generation from renewable sources will reach 1.857 million MWh per day in 2017, falling to 1.836 MWh per day in 2018. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Construction begins on New York pellet heating project

BY New York Department of Environmental Conservation Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York Power Authority, Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, and Adirondack Park Agency recently announced the start of construction on a wood pellet biomass boiler heating loop in Essex County, New York. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

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 Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Benefits of advanced wood-burning stoves greater than thought

BY North Carolina State University Found In:ThermalA recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

University of Northampton installs biomass heating system

BY University of Northampton Found In:ThermalNorthampton has had a recent addition to its skyline in the shape of a 26-metre flue shaft, complete with LED screen, which is part of the University of Northampton’s new energy center located on its Waterside Campus. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

U.K. releases 2016 energy statistics

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe United Kingdom is currently ahead of its renewable energy targets laid out in the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, according to the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Fiber costs for North American pellet plants trend downward

BY North American Wood Fiber Review Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWith the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Canadian government invests $2.6 million in Sustane Technologies

BY Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanadians will benefit from well-paying jobs and business opportunities created by a Halifax-based company that turns landfill waste into clean-burning fuel, thanks to a $2.6-million investment by the government of Canada. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Changes Coming to PFI Standards Program

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalSome upcoming changes are coming to the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Self-Reflection and Realities

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProducers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE