Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

May 13, 2016

Opinion: More Art Than Science

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe May/June issue of Pellet Mill Magazine covers the industry's relationship with feedstock, the market dynamics impacting feedstock buyers and sellers, as well as industry requirements ensuring sustainability within a feedstock program. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

White paper refutes letter to Congress claims on biomass energy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEarlier this month, FutureMetrics LLC published a white paper that discusses why an editorial the Washington Post published at the end of April, and the letter to U.S. Congress the article was based on, are wrong about biomass for energy. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

In Depth: Feedstock: The Single, Biggest Contributor

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalStockpiled inventory throughout the pellet supply chain is putting downward pressure on raw material prices—a possible advantage for some producers long-term. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

EIA releases 2016 International Energy Outlook

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. Energy Information Administration released its International Energy Outlook 2016, which continues to show rising levels of energy demand over the next three decades. Renewables are the fastest-growing energy source over the projection period. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Rentech Q1 2016: domestic pellet sales down big, rebound expected

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 11, Rentech Inc. reported first quarter results significantly below historic levels, attributing a main reason as being the struggles faced by the domestic wood pellet industry in the face of a warm winter and low oil prices. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

New biomass-fired CHP plant inaugurated in Sweden

BY Fortum Corp. Found In:Power, ThermalFortum Värme, jointly owned by Fortum and the city of Stockholm, has inaugurated its new, biomass-fired-combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Värtan, Stockholm, Sweden. The plant is expected to begin commercial operations this fall. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Opinion: Change the Game

BY Michele Rebiere Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDiversification and sustainability are key to the future of the pellet sector. Rebiere says the industry must band together to invest in the long-term development effort of a domestic industrial market to support pellet producers of all sizes. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

Insolvency administrator sells 3 German Pellets’ plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe law firm of an attorney serving as insolvency administrator to German Pellets GmbH has released a statement noting three of the company’s pellet plants in Germany have been sold, with negotiations ongoing in the sale of a fourth. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

AEBIOM weighs in on post-2020 bioenergy policy

BY European Biomass Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to define a sustainable European Union bioenergy policy for the period post-2020, and to open up the debate through its public consultation. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

Opinion: Coming to Terms With Sustainability

BY Charlie Niebling Found In:Pellets, ThermalHeating with pellet fuel exists by virtue of a social license, and to keep it, Niebling says, industry must come to terms with the concept of sustainability and incorporate its consideration into everything it does, especially sourcing feedstocks. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

In Depth: Feedstock and Supply Chain Sustainability

BY Stan Kinsman Found In:Pellets, ThermalSustainability factors weigh heavily on biomass projects, in development or in operation, and some have led seasoned investors and operators to cease operations. READ MORE

May 09, 2016

Enviva reports production increase, lower fiber costs for Q1

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 5, Enviva Partners LP released its first quarter results, reporting that solid operating and financial performance during a historically high cost quarter lay a strong foundation for the remainder of the year. READ MORE

May 09, 2016

DOE opens funding opportunity for biofuels, bioproducts, biopower

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRecognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. READ MORE

May 09, 2016

In Depth: The Cost of Doing Business

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAs the Sustainable Biomass Partnership gains momentum, the first U.S. pellet producer to achieve accreditation shares its journey to this status. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

USDA: FSFL program now includes microloan option

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has updated its Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, which provides low-interest financing so agricultural producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Renewable biomass is among the eligible commodities. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

QUT research aims to eliminate fossil fuel use in sugar industry

BY Queensland University of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsQueensland University of Technology researchers are leading the way in developing and testing new technologies as part of a $5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

New cogen system triples energy output from biogas at Oregon WWTP

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn May 4, Clean Water Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy formally announced the implementation of a new cogeneration system that converts wastewater and grease into renewable energy. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

ARENA supporting Australia’s largest bioenergy project

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA bioenergy project in Queensland could become a reality thanks to early stage funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project would produce ethanol, lignin for power production and fuel pellets. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

University of California mulls sawmill, CHP facility purchase

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, ChemicalsThe University of California is on the verge of purchasing the Sierra Pacific Industries Loyalton, California, mill and associated property, including a 20-MW, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass unit. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

North American wood pellet exports reached record high in 2015

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth America exports of wood pellets reached record-highs in 2015, with the U.S. Gulf States increasing shipments by 70 percent from 2Q/15 to 4Q/15, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

Poet reports Project Liberty in ‘ramp-up’ phase

BY Poet LLC Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsProject Liberty in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

UK REA responds to consultation on RHI reforms

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change’s consultation on the reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive closed April 27. The U.K. Renewable Energy Association weighed in on how the reforms could impact the biomass and biogas industries. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

Nippon Paper to install torrefied pellet demonstration plant

BY Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. signed a joint research and development agreement with Phoenix Pulp and Paper Public Co. Ltd. to install demonstration facilities in Thailand for the production of torrefied pellets. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

DECC releases first quarter 2016 RHI program deployment data

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. DECC published monthly statistics and summary of quarter one deployment data for RHI program. During the quarter, there was a large number of biogas applications for the nondomestic scheme and fewer biomass applications in the domestic scheme. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Astec points to pellet division as bright spot

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite an off year overall for the global pellet market, Astec Industries reported that its pellet division continues to be a bright spot for the company. In its Q1 2016 financial earnings call, Astec reported net sales for Q1 as $278.7 million. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Pentair Haffmans introduces CO2 recovery system for biogas

BY Pentair Haffmans Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasPentair Haffmans has launched a compact enclosed skid CO2 recovery system that can be connected to any existing biogas upgrading plant. The system helps maximize yield and minimize environmental impact. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Winner announced in Pellet Stove Design Challenge

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA German-designed Wittus pellet stove has been named winner of the third Pellet Stove Design Challenge, an event coordinated by the Alliance for Green Heat and this year hosted by the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Lab. READ MORE