Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

September 15, 2016

Report details biomass heat, power production in Japan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan’s renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

Clarkson University researcher to study energy from waste

BY Clarkson University Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasStefan J. Grimberg, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, has been selected as a Scholar-in-Residence at McGill University where he will collaborate on a project to divert organic waste from landfills. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Gatwick Airport to heat terminal with waste-derived fuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalU.K.-based Gatwick Airport has announced it is partnering with DNL to dispose of category 1 waste onsite, converting it into renewable energy used to heat the north terminal of the airport. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

NIB provides loan to biomass CHP plant in Stockholm

BY Nordic Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalThe Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 10-year loan of SEK 600 million ($70.31 million) with Fortum Varme Holding to finance the recently inaugurated biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vartan, Stockholm of Sweden. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

UK ECCC releases 2020 heat, transport targets report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Thermal, BiogasThe Energy and Climate Change Select Committee released its 2020 renewable heat and transport targets report, calling for changes to the proposed RHI reforms, as the report concluded tariffs for biomethane and biomass boilers were too low. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

RSB EU RED re-recognized by the European Commission

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for five years. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: The Business End of the Supply Chain

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the stories in this issue tells the story of wood pellet retailer Squier Lumber's history in distributing wood pellets; the journey they took building their business to where it's at today and the foreseen challenges for the future. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

Opinion: Private Labeling Provisions

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalPFI's Standards Program has recently made private labeling provisions for issuing additional registration numbers to qualified producers who are selling wood pellets to retailers or distributors who require anonymity on behalf of the producer. READ MORE

September 10, 2016

Opinion: Distribution Model Cost Savings

BY Michele RebiereFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRebiere highlights three major distribution models in the pellet industry today and how short-term potential savings can be realized in these costs for pellet producers to build long-term efficiencies. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

In Depth: Riding the Wave

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSquier Lumber & Hardware Inc., a longtime staple in Monson, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, more recently has evolved into one of the premier independent pellet retailers in the U.S. Northeast. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

GE, Hayward Gordon sign distribution agreement for AD equipment

BY GE Found In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGE recently announced that Hayward Gordon will be the exclusive supplier of process support and mixing nozzles for GE’s anaerobic digestion solutions in North America. Hayward Gordon’s HydroMix system is a highly effective hydraulic mixing system. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Brown signs bills extending California GHG reduction targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 8, California Gov. Edmond Brown signed legislation strengthening the state’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by requiring the state to cut emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in Short-Term Energy Outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 9.5 percent this year and 5.8 percent next year. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass boiler, equipment to Denmark plant

BY Valmet Found In:Power, ThermalValmet and HOFOR Energiproduktion A/S have signed a contract regarding delivery of a biomass-fired boiler plant and related biofuel storage and conveyor systems to HOFOR's Amagerværket heat and power plant in Copenhagen. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

In Depth: Doubling Down

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs Drax Power Station’s biomass metamorphosis comes of age and new conversions come online, investment and innovation in Britain’s ports maintain momentum. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

In Depth: Business as Usual

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBig U.K. government alterations ensued the vote to leave the EU, but for some area biomass suppliers and end users little has changed. READ MORE

September 06, 2016

Greenlane supplies biogas upgrading systems for Quebec facility

BY Greenlane Biogas Found In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Biogas has been contracted by Filtrum Construction to supply two Totara biogas upgrading systems and additional equipment to upgrade the biomethanization plant located at the city of St. Hyacinthe’s wastewater treatment plant. READ MORE

September 02, 2016

Weltec announces biogas projects in Colombia, Croatia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWeltec Biopower recently announced an agreement to build an 800-kW biogas plant at an egg production facility in Colombia and noted a 250-kW facility it built at a Croatian pig farm is now operational. READ MORE

September 02, 2016

SuperBIO project to support EU bioeconomy innovation

BY Bio Base Europe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the EU Horizon2020 funding program. The EUR 3.8 million ($4.24 million) project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the bioeconomy. READ MORE

September 01, 2016

Opinion: First Things First

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOur country’s farms and forests, municipal waste and food waste streams are producing vast streams of material, and we simply need to figure out how to effectively gather, prepare and convert it. READ MORE

August 30, 2016

Blue Sphere provides update of North Carolina project

BY Blue Sphere Corp. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBlue Sphere Corp. recently announced that its joint venture waste-to-energy facility under construction in Charlotte, North Carolina, is nearing completion. The facility is currently undergoing testing activities. READ MORE

August 29, 2016

Technip, BTG Bioliquids to build biomass pyrolysis facilities

BY Technip Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTechnip recently announced that it has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with BTG BioLiquids B.V. to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its modular pyrolysis plants. READ MORE

August 29, 2016

In Depth: The Odd Decouple

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNational laboratories are making a strong argument that the industry’s approach to biomass handling and preparation needs a paradigm shift. READ MORE

August 28, 2016

Opinion: Determining Value of Existing Pellet Plants

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, ThermalLow crude oil prices have driven the cost of heating oil in the U.S. below the cost of wood pellets for the equivalent energy in most locations. READ MORE

August 27, 2016

In Depth: A Densified Decarbonization Strategy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA tag-team effort combining biofuels and biomass expertise aims to commercialize a fuel pathway with the potential to benefit all links in the supply chain. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

Scaling Up conference to focus on Canada’s low-carbon future

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow-carbon alternative energy will be the focus of a new Canadian conference in the planning. “Scaling Up: Delivering Canada’s low carbon, biobased economy through sustainable innovation,” is set for Nov. 14-16 in Ottawa. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

In Depth: Chipping Away at a Standard

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA U.S. wood chip standard will provide benefits across the supply chain, enabling the biomass thermal sector to gain more ground in the country’s heating fuel market. READ MORE

August 25, 2016

Poyry awarded contract for Tees Renewable Energy Plant

BY Pöyry Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPX Engineering Consultants Ltd., part of the PX Group, has awarded Pöyry with the technical services assignment for its technical owner's engineering contract with MGT Power Ltd for the 299 MWe Tees Renewable Energy Plant. READ MORE

August 25, 2016

Opinion: Biomass Key Player as Renewable Thermal Gains Steam

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalWith a reinvigorated vision for what we can contribute, BTEC invites our industry partners and allied renewable thermal technologies to make those climate and economic benefits a reality. READ MORE