Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 07, 2016

Vermont clean energy jobs report features wood energy data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recent report on Vermont’s clean energy industry has determined the state has the highest number of per capita clean energy jobs in the nation. The wood energy industry is among the clean energy industry segments addressed in the report. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

UK government proposes cuts to feed-in-tariffs for AD

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Energy and Climate Change recently proposed completely cutting the feed-in tariff for larger 500 kWe anaerobic digestion (AD) sites, and severely removing the tariffs for small and medium plants. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year. The report includes data on bioenergy employment. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Crash Course on Contributions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, I have been contacted a lot about how to get articles published in Biomass Magazine, so today I’m going to give a quick crash course on submitting contributions. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Ontario slates $100 million toward renewable natural gas

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOntario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province. The Canadian Gas Association has also outlined new targets for country’s natural gas sector. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

Idaho pellet project works to overcome challenges

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough an Idaho pellet plant project announced last spring hasn’t yet come to fruition, the project is still alive and working to overcome final hurdles. Centennial Renewable Energy plans to build the project on the site of a former timber plant. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

UK GIB invests in 5.4 MW biomass plant

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalConstruction work will soon commence on a new green energy facility in Wrexham Industrial Estate, north Wales, after developers secured a commitment of GBP 25 million ($36.03 million) from U.K. Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June 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 is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

Hekotek announces pellet plant orders in Latvia, Belarus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEstonia-based Hekotek has made two announcements regarding the development of pellet plants in recent months, including the development of a new pellet plant in Latvia and a pellet plant expansion in Belarus. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

INL successfully tests oxidation catalyst in torrefaction system

BY Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAdvanced Torrefaction Systems LLC has collaborated with the Idaho National Laboratory to test a catalytic oxidation technology designed by ATS to address problems that have hampered the development of large-scale torrefaction plants. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Purdue workshop to explore AD for livestock operations

BY Purdue University Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group will offer a workshop at Fair Oaks Farms on management of wastes from large-scale livestock operations, including anaerobic digestion, a mechanism for transforming biological waste into bioenergy. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2016 conservation grants

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia, has announced the recipients of its 2016 grants. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

DVO announces first anaerobic digester installation in China

BY DVO Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasInstallation and commissioning are complete on a DVO Inc. anaerobic digester at Austasia Modern Dairy Farm in Xianhe, Shandong Province, China. This is DVO’s first installation in China, and the country’s first modern, operational anaerobic digester. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Opinion: The Tip of the Industry’s Spear

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHeavy logging equipment is the epitome of the tip of the spear when it comes to biomass harvesting, the area of focus of the June issue of Biomass Magazine. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

USDA announces application periods for BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency has announced incentives will resume this month through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the USDA, $3 million is available for BCAP during fiscal year 2016. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

WesTech, Cleanergy partner to bring GasBox to US

BY WesTech Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWesTech is partnering with Cleanergy to bring the Cleanergy GasBox biogas generator to the U.S. The GasBox generates electricity and heat from biogas using a Stirling engine. It can run on biogas with a methane concentration as low as 18 percent. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Advanced Flow Systems, Greenlane Biogas sign agreement

BY Advanced Flow Systems Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAdvanced Flow Systems Inc., a subsidiary of AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc., recently added Greenlane Biogas Ltd. to its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by signing a two-year contract manufacturing agreement. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

May 22, 2016

Opinion: A Proliferation of Fuel Standards

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhere there are already accepted and useful standards in place, the creation of another standard may cause uncertainty and confusion in the industry, as well as present another hurdle for fuel suppliers. READ MORE

May 21, 2016

In Depth: Foraging for Efficiency

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Holland is plowing the path to commercial use of woody biomass crops for bioenergy. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

KPA Unicon to supply biomass boiler to Stora Enso sawmill

BY KPA Unicon Found In:ThermalStora Enso Wood Products Ltd. and KPA Unicon have signed a contract for a biomass-fired hot water boiler plant delivery to Stora Enso sawmill in Honkalahti, Finland. The output of the new Unicon Biograte boiler plant will be 17.7 MWth. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

In Depth: Workhorses of the Woods

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Big Four equipment manufacturers in the forest harvesting space discuss product offerings and technological advancements to improve emissions, operator comfort and safety, productivity and efficiency. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Mexican tequila distillery installs biomass boiler

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalIn early May, a tequila manufacturer in Mexico announced the installation of a biomass boiler at its distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, has drastically reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) at the facility. The boiler is fueled in part by spent agave fibers. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

ETI seeks partners for biomass pretreatment project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute recently announced it is seeking partners for a new project that aims to develop technology to remove contaminants from certain biomass feedstocks. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

PFI: 2 additional plants qualify for PFI standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two additional pellet plants into the Pellet Fuels Institute standards program, including NWP Jasper LLC and New England Wood Pellet's Allegheny plant. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

SBP approves third certification body

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third SBP-approved certification body. PwC has been approved for certification of biomass producers in Canada and the U.S. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Opinion: What is ‘Green’ Heating?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalIf the country is serious about renewable energy, it means getting a lot more serious about all renewable heating options. READ MORE