Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

October 24, 2016

Biomass Heats New Hampshire EPA Office

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe New Hampshire environmental protection and public health agencies just finished installing a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art biomass heating plant at its facility in Concord. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Opinion: Upcoming Biomass Politics

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe outcome of Maine's Biomass Study Commission’s work depends on politics. READ MORE

October 23, 2016

Opinion: CHP from Biomass: The Next Generation

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Aaron Aber Found In:Pellets, ThermalBTEC has taken a lead in promoting biomass CHP. The organization’s CHP Working Group is preparing to release a factsheet and whitepaper on the topic. READ MORE

October 22, 2016

In Depth: Cooking Up Higher Margins

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs another heating season approaches, low heat market margins have pellet producers looking toward other end uses for greater market stability and increased profits. READ MORE

October 21, 2016

USDA to invest in expanding wood energy markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has announced it will invest up to $7 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. READ MORE

October 21, 2016

In Depth: The Ins and Outs of Heat Exchangers

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Power, ThermalCapturing and reusing waste heat in biomass plants is paramount to efficient, effective operations. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

UK government compromises on tariff reductions for biomass CHP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has announced a government official has acknowledged that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will soften changes introduced to tariffs for certain biomass combined-heat-and-power plants. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Report documents economic benefit of New Hampshire wood heating

BY NH Wood Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe NH Wood Energy Council recently released a report documenting the economic and environmental benefits of heating community, commercial and institutional buildings with modern wood chip and pellet technology. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

American Biogas Council announces 2016 biogas industry awardees

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOct. 19, the American Biogas Council announced the winners of its Biogas Industry Awards. The winners included five biogas systems, one innovation and one individual all recognized for their contributions to the growth of the U.S. biogas industry. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Process generates electricity, heat with zero emissions

BY Gas Technology Institute Found In:Power, ThermalHigh-level government officials and special invited guests recently attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the construction and commissioning of an oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion pilot test facility at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

BPA marks fourth Annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day, more than 40 organizations across the United States and Canada opened their doors on Oct. 19 to local residents and stakeholders, inviting them to learn more about biobased power, thermal and fuels. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

American Biomass acquires Okanagan Wood Pellets from Viridis

BY American Biomass Corporation Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalAmerican Biomass Corporation Inc. has completed its purchase of Okanagan Wood Pellets from Viridis Energy, Inc. With this acquisition, Okanagan brand pellets will be available this fall to retailers exclusively from American Biomass. READ MORE

October 18, 2016

VTT develops combustion technologies for biomass

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is seeking a carbon capture technology for Finnish power and heat production plants. The first pilots were implemented, using wood pellets, at VTT's Bioruukki and the results are promising. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

FutureMetrics offers wood pellet demand, spot pricing estimates

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics LLC released a white paper with estimates of industrial wood pellet tonnage demand and spot prices. The tonnage estimates are based on optimistic scenarios for cofiring or full-firing wood pellets in large pulverized coal power. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

Murphy reaches milestone on biomass CHP plant

BY Murphy & Sons Ltd. Found In:Power, ThermalMurphy & Sons Ltd. has successfully completed the first phase of work on the UK’s first large-scale reheat biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant. Work on the facility is scheduled to be complete in mid-2017. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

EIA predicts increase in wood heating this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, along with its Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting household expenditures related to heating will increase this winter. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Vital Energi to install biomass heat at UK campus

BY University of Northampton Found In:ThermalThe University of Northampton has employed Vital Energi to deliver the energy solutions for its new Waterside campus, opening in 2018. Vital Energi will deliver an energy center that uses woodchip biomass and gas. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

University of Maine at Fort Kent contracts with Northeast Pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalLocated in the thinly populated, heavily forested North Maine Woods, Ashland, Maine, is home to Northeast Pellets’ mill, which can now ramp up production for the heating season fortified with a new contract with the University of Maine at Fort Kent. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

BETO establishes Agile BioFoundry to streamline biomanufacturing

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 established the Agile BioFoundry, a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Biogenic CO2 coalition launches grassroots campaign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has launched a grassroots campaign to urge the U.S. EPA to remove its regulatory roadblock to the development of the emerging bioeconomy. The coalition has also sent letters to 2016 presidential candidates. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Studstrup Power Station now fueled by wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOne of the biggest biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) stations in the world is located in Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. The Studstrup Power Station began to use wood pellets instead of coal as fuel on Oct. 10. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Logistec opens warehouses to handle pellets at Brunswick Terminal

BY Logistec Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLogistec Corp. has announced the opening of its newly built bulk warehouses in Brunswick, Georgia. The update included an overhaul of the bulk load-out system, construction of a new ship loader, and significant upgrades to the conveyor system. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Graanul seeks SBP certification for 2 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest’s Imavere and Ebavere Estonia-based pellet plants are moving toward Sustainable Biomass Partnership certification. The first evaluation audits to be carried out by NEPCon Estonia are expected to take place in December. READ MORE

October 07, 2016

Study finds biomass harvesting techniques with minimal impacts

BY USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA set of newly published studies evaluated nearly 40 years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

Everbright International announces biomass projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalIn late September, China Everbright International Ltd. announced it commenced construction of 14 projects during the third quarter of this year, including six biomass projects and five waste-to-energy projects. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

New Biomass Energy obtains majority interest in Mississippi plant

BY New Biomass Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNew Biomass Energy recently announced that it has acquired the majority interest in the Mississippi torrefaction plant and plans to continue the production of torrefied biomass. Initial production will be supplied to Portland General Electric. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

Vermont to publish energy compliance standards

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Vermont Department of Public Service has published its draft recommendations for regional and municipal energy planning and standards for issuing a determination of energy compliance. Final documents are required under Act 174 of 2016 by Nov. 1. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Free NC Swine Waste Biogas Project Webinar

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasRegister for a free webinar on swine waste-based energy production in North Carolina. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Opinion: On Campus

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCollege and university campuses are loaded with physical attributes that make them ripe for biomass deployments. READ MORE