Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

November 04, 2015

Industry port and pellet tours kick off WPAC 2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA sold out day of tours launched the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference Nov. 3-5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to the Port of Halifax, conference attendees visited Shaw Resources and Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plants. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Paper sizes up Canadian wood pellet heat sector

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new paper by FutureMetrics outlines reasons for the small size of the Canadian wood pellet industry, which include a small domestic heating market, low prices of electricity in some provinces and unfamiliarity with pellet heat technology. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Study of pellet stoves measures emission levels over 30 days

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalAn independent assessment of popular pellet stoves conducted by the Alliance for Green Heat found that pellet stoves, unlike most wood stoves, can achieve low levels of emissions in real world settings that are in line with laboratory results. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Pew report examines changes to evolving US power grid

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThe Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report that shows how an array of technological, competitive and market forces are changing how the U.S. generates power and the impact of national policy on the deployment of clean energy technologies. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Maine Energy Systems introduces wood pellet hot air furnace

BY Maine Energy Systems Found In:Pellets, ThermalMaine Energy Systems (MESys) recently announced the North American release of the MESys AutoPellet Air, a modulating fully-automatic wood pellet hot air furnace. The units are being built in Bethel, Maine, by MESys and designed by OkoFEN. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

FERC releases energy infrastructure update through September

BY SUN DAY Campaign Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRenewable sources accounted for more than 60 percent of the 7,276 MW of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first nine months of 2015, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent report. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

In Depth: Surveying a Changing Landscape

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe fifth annual Exporting Pellets Conference found an industry trying to find certainty and stability as a newly elected conservative government regains power in the United Kingdom. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

European Biomass Association releases annual bioenergy report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) recently released its annual statistical report, providing an outlook on European bioenergy for 2015, with a comprehensive overview of the latest market trends in bioheat, bioelectricty and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Astec provides Q3 2015 results, pellet plant business update

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAstec Industries Inc. has released its Q3 2015 financial results, reporting increases in gross profits, a decrease in net sales and also providing an update on the company’s wood pellet plant business. READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Oil Prices & El Niño

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAlready battling low fossil fuel prices—in some states, fuel oil is now cheaper than wood pellets—the projected El Niño winter is not welcome news. READ MORE

October 22, 2015

In Depth: Operation Biomass Heat

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood heat is keeping the Vermont Army National Guard warm during the winter. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

National Bioenergy Day celebrated in U.S., Canada

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalOct. 21 third marked the third annual National Bioenergy Day, which was celebrated across the U.S. and in Canada with many dozens of events. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

Opinion: Biomass Regains Congressional Ally

BY Joel Stronberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass thermal energy is too often treated by Congress as the underappreciated offspring of alternative energy. This may soon change, as the House Biomass Caucus has recently been rechartered. READ MORE

October 20, 2015

Eon to sell Belgian coal-fired power plant to German Pellets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe sale of German utility Eon’s Belgium 556-MW Langerlo coal-fired power plant to wood pellet producer German Pellets is expected to close this year. Eon has signed a share sale and purchase agreement with German Pellets. READ MORE

October 20, 2015

New report shows UK needs to do more to meet energy targets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLast week, Carbon Connect released the report “Policy for Heat: Transforming the System," which is part two of the Future Heat Series, a series of two independent inquiries considering both the supply and demand of heat in U.K. buildings. READ MORE

October 20, 2015

Opinion: Volkswagen Scandal and Wood Heat Technology

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Volkswagen scandal should be a wake-up call to everyone who makes appliances that have to be tested for emissions and efficiency. READ MORE

October 16, 2015

ETI report provides outlook on meeting UK climate change targets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent report released by the Energy Technologies Institute states that biomass combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) remains the only credible route to deliver negative emissions to help meet the U.K.’s 2050 climate change targets. READ MORE

October 14, 2015

USDA seeks applications for REAP loans, grants

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsUSDA under secretary Lisa Mensah recently encouraged rural small businesses to apply for loans and grants to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. READ MORE

October 14, 2015

GSA, DOE seek technologies to improve building performance

BY U.S. General Services Administration Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Energy jointly issued a request for information this week for innovative, transformational green building technologies in support of their respective GPG and HIT Catalyst programs. READ MORE

October 13, 2015

Waste to Wisdom project shows biomass energy potential

BY Humboldt State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForesters and researchers are innovating unique ways to make use of forest residues—low quality trees, tree tops, limbs, and chunks that formerly would have been left in slash piles and burned, or worse, left to rot. READ MORE

October 13, 2015

Report: renewable heat on the rise in Scotland

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalScotland is making quick progress toward its goal of achieving 11 percent of its nonelectric heat demand to come from renewables by 2020, increasing its renewable heat capacity by 42 percent from 2013 to 2014. READ MORE

October 12, 2015

BWE awarded contract for biomass CHP plant in northern England

BY Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S Found In:Power, ThermalOn Sept. 17, the EPC consortium formed by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S and Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S were awarded the contract for the design, supply and erection of a biomass combined heat-and-power plant in northern England. READ MORE

October 09, 2015

Dedicate a Day to Bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOct. 21 is National Bioenergy Day, an annual event orchestrated by the Biomass Power Association. Now in its third year, NBD is growing. READ MORE

October 08, 2015

Guide details UK pyrolysis progress

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University has released a guide that reports United Kingdom capabilities and progress in fast, intermediate and slow pyrolysis, as well as torrefaction. READ MORE

October 06, 2015

Konza Renewable Fuels commercializing wood torrefaction in Kansas

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA group of companies in Kansas created Konza Renewable Fuels to focus on commercializing wood torrefaction technology five years ago and are now in the process of fabricating the equipment for their first sale. READ MORE

October 06, 2015

UK scientists developing ways to produce green fuel faster

BY Aberystwyth University Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences Found In:Power, ThermalAberystwyth University scientists are playing a pivotal role in a £1.8 million ($2 million) project to develop the technology required to plant the energy crop miscanthus from seed. READ MORE

October 06, 2015

IEA releases mid-term forecast for biofuels, renewable energy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency recently released its annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report at a Group of 20 leaders’ meeting in Turkey. The report forecasts global market trends and developments for renewable energy and biofuels to 2020. READ MORE

October 06, 2015

IRENA report indicates renewable energy potential in Africa

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe African continent could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. READ MORE

October 02, 2015

Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative reports great success

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalParticipants in the Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative gathered Oct. 1 to celebrate the program’s success. So far, the program has helped install state-of-the-art, high efficiency wood pellet boilers in 23 homes and 8 non-residential buildings. READ MORE

October 02, 2015

An Option For Coal Plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA few weeks ago, I wrote a story about the 2,000-MW Eggborough Power Station in North Yorkshire, England, and how it had officially decided that it would close, and not convert to biomass, which was once quite a viable option. READ MORE