Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

January 12, 2017

Appalachian Wood Pellets qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Appalachian Wood Pellets of Kingwood, West Virginia, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

DOE: Technology converts wastewater sludge to RNG

BY U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsArgonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Opinion: Europe’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Proposals

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission released its "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, including one major proposed revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive, Ginther says, with 2030 energy targets set for the whole EU, rather than for each member state. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Graanul seeking SBP certification on all 4 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGraanul Invest AS Estonian plants are applying for SBP certification. The main evaluation audits are completed at the Imavere and Ebavere Graanul OÜ pellet plants and audits for Osula and Helme are scheduled for February. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Certification body NEPCon OÜ SBP status suspended in Russia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Jan. 11, Sustainable Biomass Partnership issued a statement that the approval status of NEPCon OÜ, which became an SBP-approved certification body in September 2015, is suspended as of Jan. 6 in Russia. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

MHG Systems announces e-commerce service

BY MHG Systems Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA novel e-commerce service, Wuudis, was recently announced by developers MHG Systems and Wuudis Ltd. The service forest allows owners to manage their forest information safely in one place. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Opinion: Strong O&M Programs Scale

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOurs is an industry that scales well. Large or small, biomass operations must make a commitment to sound operations and maintenance fundamentals if they are to be successful. READ MORE

January 01, 2017

Opinion: Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

BY Dave Mance III Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe industry needs to champion wood, lest we lose the culture and the infrastructure that has built up around its use. READ MORE

December 31, 2016

Opinion: Lean Manufacturing, Wood Supply Chain Optimization

BY Stan Parton Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe wood fiber supply chain involves much more than moving raw materials from point A to point B; it is a complex system that is constantly affected by a number of variables between point A and point B. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

Hawaii releases annual energy report

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHawaii has released its annual energy report documenting progress toward its renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, particularly its renewable portfolio standard goal of 100 percent by 2045. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

A Treat for Stats Nuts

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released an online, interactive global energy atlas. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

In Depth: North Country Knowhow

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAcclimated to the brutal winter conditions in its Adirondack Mountain location, a New York boarding school is mastering its heating fuel logistics. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Enviva begins exports at Port of Wilmington

BY North Carolina State Ports Authority, Enviva Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and began loading the first export shipment to Europe last week. The ship is expected to depart before year-end. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Ontario cooperative releases biomass agronomy guides, videos

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently released biomass agronomy guides and videos for switchgrass and miscanthus production. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Michigan beefs up state renewable policy, raises RPS

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasEarly this week, Michigan legislators overhauled state energy policy, approving a 234-page plan that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 21. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

UK RHI reform met with mixed feelings for biomass

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently announced new tariffs for biomass boilers and other renewable heat technologies under the Renewable Heat Incentive in its response to the consultation that closed in April. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

MassCEC releases 2016 report on job growth in clean energy sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThe Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently released its 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing steady growth in the clean energy industry with an additional 6,300 employed during the past year, a growth of 6 percent. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer facility achieves financial close

BY Wheelabrator Found In:Power, ThermalWheelabrator Technologies recently reached financial close on a new 220,000-ton-per-year energy recovery facility, with construction to commence in January 2017 on the Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, North Wales. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

EIA begins monthly reporting of wood pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the initial results of a new survey launched in January 2016 to gather information on wood pellets and other densified biomass production, sales and inventory. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

ETI: Survey reveals public support for bioenergy in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent survey found strong public support for the production of bioenergy in the U.K., from both biomass and waste. Approximately 80 percent of respondents were in favor of bioenergy playing a bigger role in the country’s energy mix. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

Denmark's largest power station replaces coal with wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor the past 18 months, Avedøre Power Station has been converting its coal-fired power station unit, and the entire combined-heat-and-power plant is now able to produce electricity and heat based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EIA updates 2017 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

University of St. Andrews commissions biomass plant

BY University of St. Andrews Found In:ThermalThe University of St. Andrews’ strategic aim to become the U.K.’s first carbon neutral university for energy usage took a major step forward Dec. 6 when the biomass plant at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge was officially commissioned. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts. READ MORE