Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 05, 2015

Drax acquires Billington Bioenergy

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax has announced the acquisition of Billington Bioenergy Ltd., the U.K.'s second largest wood pellet distributor. The move signals the power generator's intention to enter the country's growing biomass heat sector. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Emergent Technologies Institute breaks ground

BY Leo A Daly Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFlorida Gulf Cost University officials recently held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Emergent Technologies Institute, a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

UN funds biomass heating projects in Moldova

BY United Nations Development Programme Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe United Nations Development Programme has announced the second stage of a project in Moldova that aims to install dozens of biomass heating plants and hundreds of biomass boilers. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

In Depth: Trial By Fire

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalA year after firing up a Hurst biomass combined-heat-and-power system to service two critical-use properties in Unity, New Hampshire, Sullivan County attests to the robust unit's reliability. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Capstone microturbines to power biogas CHP system

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasCapstone Turbine Corp. recently announced that it has received an order to upgrade the Irvine Ranch Water District's Michelson Water Recycling Plant in Irvine, California, with five C200 microturbines. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

GAIN report highlights status of U.K. pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network focuses on the U.K. wood pellet market. The report estimates the U.K. imported 4.6 million metric oven dried tons of wood pellets last year. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Ontario landfill gas project celebrates milestone

BY Walker Environmental Group Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWalker Environmental Group's landfill gas utilization partnership company in Thorold, Ontario has eliminated the need for more than 200 meters of natural gas since 2002 by providing landfill gas to nearby Resolute Forest Products. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

OkoFEN introduces prototype cogeneration pellet boiler in Europe

BY ÖkoFEN Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA 5 kWe cogen pellet boiler prototype system, designed and manufactured by OkoFEN, with Qnergy's Stirling engine inside, was introduced to the market at the The World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels, Austria. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Opinion: Getting Woodstoves From Here To There—In Utah and US

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe wood heating community recently experienced two upheavals, one in Utah with a proposed ban on wintertime stove use, and the other the release of new national stove regulations. Industry agrees with the goals of each, but not the way to get there. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

USDA publishes final BCAP rule

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

Stobart highlights biomass growth in 2014 annual report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Stobart Group has published its 2014 annual report, announcing that its biomass division supplied 900,000 metric tons of biomass last year, up 42 percent from 650,000 metric tons supplied in 2013. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

U.K. AD industry doubles in three years

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released its third and final annual report on the 2011 anaerobic digestion strategy and action plan, which highlights progress made by the U.K. government and industry. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting

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 will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

EEA: Renewables successfully reducing European GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report recently published by the European Environment Agency stresses that the deployment of renewable technologies in Europe has been an important force driving the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Operation Rescue New Hampshire's RPS

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew Hampshire's Renewable Portfolio Standard has been under attack via numerous proposed bills. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Report provides overview of European biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Lignetics, Bear Mountain Forest Products announce merger

BY Bear Mountain Forest Products Found In:Pellets, ThermalLignetics Inc. and Bear Mountain Forest Products Inc. have merged. The combined company now has five pellet plants located on the east and west coasts, with a combined production capacity of approximately 450,000 tons of wood pellets per year. READ MORE

February 23, 2015

Rentech's New England Wood Pellet acquires Allegheny Pellet

BY Rentech Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has announced that its subsidiary, New England Wood Pellet, has acquired the assets of Allegheny Pellet Corp. The acquisition expands NEWP's market position as the largest producer of wood pellets for the U.S. heating market. READ MORE

February 20, 2015

Sen. Wyden issues letter to GSA in support of biomass energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., recently issued a letter to Dan Tangherlini, administrator of the General Services Administration, and Thomas Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, advocating for the use of biomass energy in federal buildings. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

Albany Green Energy to develop 50 MW biomass plant in Georgia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalProctor & Gamble Co. and Constellation Energy have announced the development of a 50 MW biomass plant that will provide all of the steam needs for P&G's largest U.S. facility in Albany, Georgia. The plant will also sell electricity to Georgia Power. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

NREL 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book includes biopower statistics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, which features statistics on U.S. and global renewable energy generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

Forest Research, E.ON to lead ETI U.K. feedstock project

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Technologies Institute has announced that Forest Research and E.ON will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a study into the characterization of bioenergy feedstocks. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

ANSI to be accreditation body for biomass GHG certification

BY American National Standards Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American National Standards Institute has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass. READ MORE

February 18, 2015

BTEC, PFI thank Sen. King, Rep. Welch for commitment to BTU Act

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Pellet Fuels Institute have thanked Senator Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. for their commitment to renewable biomass energy and plans to ensure biomass thermal is represented in the tax code. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

Report highlights growth of EU pellet consumption

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EurObserv'ER has published a new edition of its Solid Biomass Barometer, reporting consumption of solid biomass in the European Union increased to 91.5 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2013, up 2.9 Mtoe from the previous year. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

Regenis, DVO launch AD facility at California ethanol plant

BY Regenis Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSustainable energy production has entered a new era in California as a consortium of American companies recently joined together with state energy officials to launch the Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which utilizes waste from dairy farms. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

IRENA report highlights bioenergy growth potential in the U.S.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report that highlights the realistic potential for higher renewable uptake in all sectors of the U.S. energy system, including power, industry, building and the transportation sector. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

BNEF publishes Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBloomberg New Energy Finance recently released the 2015 edition of its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The report includes information on biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, and a variety of other renewable energy technologies. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

EIA updates short-term forecasts for bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that total renewables use for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year. READ MORE