Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

April 24, 2017

UK operates coal-free for a day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom went without coal power for 24 hours on April 21, reported National Grid, the system operator for the country’s electric grid. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

Maine wood pellet plant installs ORC system

BY Turboden Found In:Pellets, ThermalTurboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and a leader in Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, successfully delivered an ORC system to Maine Woods Pellet Co. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

Opinion: Our Most Abundant Feedstock

BY Tim PortzFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWaste is this industry’s most available and most widely utilized feedstock. it is also the most broadly defined. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

IRS issues 2017 production tax credits, ups closed-loop biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Internal Revenue Service has published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit for 2017. The PTC provides a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated and sold by qualified energy resources. READ MORE

April 18, 2017

Proposed California biomass CHP plant wins NFF contest

BY National Forest Foundation Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis year's National Forest Foundation Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge combines energy production, sustainable forestry and community development in innovative proposal receives $100,000 in prize money. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

Oregon Senate passes bill adding woody biomass to green tech list

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPassed in a 30-0 vote, Oregon Senate has passed a bill that adds woody biomass to list of types of green energy generating technology that must be included in the construction, reconstruction or renovation of public buildings. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

In Depth: Solid Organic Waste Conversion in Small Communities

BY Babatunde Olateju, Xiaomei Li and Axel Meisen Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA study was conducted to identify the most promising technologies and their providers for converting 10,000 to 100,000 tonnes of SOW per year, generated by or in the vicinity of small and medium communities in Alberta. READ MORE

April 14, 2017

Amec Foster Wheeler wins contract for Finland biomass heat plant

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Found In:Power, ThermalAmec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by Lahti Energia Oy, a municipality-owned energy supplier, for the design, supply and assembly of a circulating fluidized-bed steam generator plant for the new biomass heating plant in Lahti, Finland. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

In Depth: Sponsor Spotlight: Komptech Americas

BY Todd Dunderdale Found In:Pellets, ThermalIn 1992, Komptech developed the TopTurn, one of the industry's original European windrow turners. Today, the company has more than 40 distributors worldwide selling the company’s trademark green waste and biomass processing equipment. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Opinion: BTEC Top Priorities for 2017

BY Aaron Aber Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe first few months of the new presidential administration have left the legislative future for biomass thermal energy uncertain. However, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council sees opportunities to advance biomass thermal adoption. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

Bioenergy leaders gather in Minneapolis for annual discussion

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy industry leaders gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 11, for their annual state-of-the-industry discussion at the 10th International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

Hess, Highland Pellets win biomass industry awards

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBBI International and Biomass Magazine have named their annual industry award winners as J. Richard Hess of Idaho National Laboratory and Highland Pellets of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. READ MORE

April 10, 2017

In Depth: At the Intersection of Biomass & Urban Ecology

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Power, ThermalIn downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, District Energy St. Paul continues to find new ways to innovate through increased efficiency and biomass utilization. READ MORE

April 07, 2017

UK government funds England biomass, waste district heat projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced £24 million in funding for nine heat network projects across 13 local authorities in England, two of which will utilize waste or biomass as fuel. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Born Global makes call for bio-based technologies

BY Born Global Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Challenge establishes Bio-Based conversion platforms to support emerging technologies and complete utilization pathways for the delivery of Bio-Based products. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

KEPCO, Mitsubishi joint venture focused on biomass power in Japan

BY Mitsubishi Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMitsubishi Corp. Power Systems Inc. and Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. (KEPCO) have established a new joint venture that will promote and develop biomass power generation business in Japan. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

IRENA: 2016 record year for renewables, bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency finds that 2016 was a banner year for addition of global renewable energy capacity, and bioenergy specifically. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

Maryland program invests in market's cleanest pellet, wood stoves

BY John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalA Maryland renewable energy rebate program established in 2012 has provided assistance to nearly 3,000 residences to purchase and install cleaner, modern wood and pellet stoves. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

Drax to enter acquisition process for Louisiana Pellets

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax has notified its investors that following the conclusion of a March 30 auction, it has been provisionally successful in its bid to acquire the assets of Louisiana Pellets in Urania, Louisiana. READ MORE

March 31, 2017

ETI project to focus on biomass impurities, bioenergy economics

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Energy Technologies Institute has launched a new biomass feedstock improvement process project that aims to show how the removal of impurities and contaminated material from sustainable biomass could make bioenergy cheaper and more efficient. READ MORE

March 31, 2017

Thunderbolt Biomass to build South Carolina wood pellet plant

BY South Carolina Regional Development Alliance Found In:Pellets, ThermalThunderbolt Biomass Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals, is launching new processing operations in Allendale County, South Carolina. The company is planning to invest $6 million in the project, creating 35 new jobs. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Opinion: What Tangled Webs

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe April issue of Biomass Magazine, the companion issue for the International Biomass Conference & Expo, offers a data-rich and comprehensive assessment of the role that imports and exports play in the broader biomass-to-energy segment. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Second California small-scale bioenergy plant nets $4.9M grant

BY Regine Miller, Camptonville Community Partnership Found In:Power, ThermalA planned community-scale Camptonville, California, forest bioenergy power plant is proposed to receive $4.9MM in funding from the California Energy Commission as part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) grant program, READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Trump Executive Order puts Clean Power Plan on chopping block

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA new Executive Order signed by the president on March 28 requires a review of the Obama-enacted Clean Power Plan, and eliminates numerous other climate and environmental regulations, including rescinding a moratorium on mining coal on federal land. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

Micro biomass CHP plant fired up in Fukushima, more planned

BY ENTRADE Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Nishigo E3 plant uses biomass available in the region—for instance, pellets derived from waste wood and saw dust—to provide a hotel and a spa resort with electricity and heat. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

In Depth: Addressing Biomass Energy 'Alternative Facts'

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, ThermalRecent assertions of a new report on biomass energy are grossly inaccurate. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

Opinion: Expanding Wood Heat in New England

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalLast year’s closure of a number of Maine’s paper mills and biomass electric facilities has given rise to a number of initiatives designed to stem, and then reverse the tide. These initiatives are now being placed on the table. Which will succeed? READ MORE

March 23, 2017

In Depth: Sustaining Maine’s Legacy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEfforts to reinvigorate the state’s biomass industry—including two fiber export projects in development—are focused on saving and generating jobs while boosting Maine’s economy. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

In Depth: US Forest Product Exports to Asia

BY Stan Parton Found In:Pellets, ThermalFrom the April issue of Biomass Magazine, this data-packed report from Forest2Market suggests existing North American infrastructure can light the way for biomass exporters. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

DBC launches North American forest sector study

BY The Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation has launched an extensive research study on the North American forest sector, with specific focus on small forest owners. READ MORE