Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 02, 2017

Perry confirmed as US energy secretary

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFormer governor of Texas Rick Perry has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as secretary of energy, in a vote of 62 to 37. Perry replaces Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Standards program adds Dry Creek Products, Pacific Coast Pellets

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute announced the qualification of two pellet fuels producers to the PFI Standards Program: Pacific Coast Pellets of Shelton, Washington, and Dry Creek Products of Arcade, New York. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Fiber By-Products qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute announced on Feb. 28 the qualification of Fiber By-Products of White Pigeon, Michigan, to the PFI Standards Program as the 21st pellet manufacturer and 34th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Drax bids to acquire two distressed pellet plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax announced on Feb. 27 that it is participating in separate processes for the acquisition out of bankruptcy for the operating assets of Texas Pellets in Woodville, Texas, and Louisiana Pellets in Urania, Louisiana. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Wood stove competition to focus on automation, electricity

BY The Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Power, ThermalThe Alliance for Green Heat has announced the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge, returning to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in November 2018. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Opinion: A Matter of Scale

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough the completion dates of two projects featured in the March issue of Biomass Magazine were critical for vastly different reasons, despite the massive difference in scale, the construction approaches to hit each deadline had a lot in common. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Airex Energy inaugurates Quebec torrefaction plant

BY Airex Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 24, Airex Energy officially inaugurated its biomass torrefaction plant, located in the La Prade industrial park in Bécancour, Quebec. The industrial-size demonstration plant showcases Airex's trademarked CarbonFX technology. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Alberta Innovates issues EOI for waste-to-energy technologies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAlberta Innovates, a provincial agency focused on advancing energy and environmental technology, has released a call for expression of interest (EOI) for companies to showcase waste conversion technologies fit for small and urban rural communities. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

In Depth: The New Stacks in Town

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalA state-of-the-art, waste-to-energy plant at Dublin’s Poolbeg Peninsula is readying to fire up. Built by Covanta Energy Inc., the facility will generate enough power for 80,000 homes, and eventually, district heat as well. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Opinion: Biomass Thermal Legislative Advances

BY Aaron Aber Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council is beginning the year with a strong focus on developing codes and standards for biomass thermal energy in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Astec weighs in on strong year, future wood pellet projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAstec Inc. reported a solid year in 2016, having grown both revenue and net income quarter-over- quarter and year-over-year, on top of an end-of-year record backlog and a larger-than-anticipated number for pellet plant revenue. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: True Sustainability in Pine Bluff

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalWhile pellets produced at Highland Pellets’ new facility leave for overseas, the benefits remain in the surrounding community of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Opinion: Trump, Obama and Wood Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalEven though President Trump is a climate change skeptic and put the head of Exxon in charge of our state department, could he still do something good for our modest slice of the residential renewable energy movement? READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: North Central Area’s Biomass Reboot

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAfter 30-plus years of operation, a biomass heating system at a school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was replaced by the company that originally built it. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. He has served as attorney general of Oklahoma since November 2010. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Drax reports good operational year, discusses future in biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDrax Group has released its preliminary results for 2016. Via webcast, CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed challenges and successes over the past year, as well as some of the company’s future goals for biomass conversions and wood pellet production. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

PFI qualifies 20th pellet producer to standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalFiber Energy Products and Forest Energy Corp. each had a wood pellet manufacturing plant qualify for the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program, bringing the total number of qualified facilities to 20. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Cascades plans $11 million biomass boiler upgrade at Quebec plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCascades Inc., a global packaging and tissue products company, is revamping existing biomass boilers at its Cascades Containerboard Packaging–Cabano plant in Quebec, Canada. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Alberta awards $60 million to 31 bioenergy companies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThrough its Bioenergy Producer Program, the government of Alberta has awarded $60 million to 31 different companies that have built or are in the process of constructing in-province bioenergy projects READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Sioux City WWTP to upgrade biogas to renewable fuel

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEarlier this year in Iowa, Sioux City Council members unanimously approved a project that will allow the city to capture, clean and compress gas at its wastewater treatment plant, then sell it as renewable natural gas for vehicle fueling. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Veolia boosts renewable generation for Southern Water

BY Veolia Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasVeolia is helping Southern Water derive even more of its power from sewage. The company is installing new biogas combined-heat-and-power (CHP) engines at three of Southern Water’s treatment works. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

EIA updates bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting the non-hydro renewables share of U.S. electricity generation will be 9 percent in 2017 and 10 percent in 2018. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Evolution Markets brokers residential wood pellet futures trade

BY Evolution Markets Found In:Pellets, ThermalEvolution Markets recently announced it has facilitated the first futures trade in residential wood pellets on the Euronext exchange. The trade was between Swedish utility Vattenfall and a European energy company. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

DONG Energy to stop all use of coal by 2023

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDONG Energy has decided that by 2023, coal will no longer be used as fuel at the company's power stations. The power stations will be replacing coal with sustainable biomass. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Biomass boiler nearing completion at University of Illinois, UC

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalThis winter, a biomass boiler arrived at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s energy farm, which upon its estimated completion next month, will combust miscanthus to heat a research greenhouse used to grow a variety of biofuel crops. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Nova Scotia Innovation Hub: Study shows potential for biorefinery

BY Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsA new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable sources of fiber. The liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and power marine vessels. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

AWC report finds 75 percent of members’ energy met with biomass

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThe American Wood Council recently released its second Industry Progress Report, detailing the wood products manufacturing industry’s performance across a number of environment, energy and safety measures. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

2017 Heating the Midwest Conference to colocate with IBCE

BY Dovetail Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHeating the Midwest has announced it will colocate its 6th annual 2017 conference and expo with the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The HTM event will be held April 10. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Triogen launches heat recovery technology

BY Triogen B.V. Found In:Power, ThermalTriogen B.V. recently launched its latest generation Organic Rankine Cycle technology, the “e-box 170” with a rated electric capacity of 170 kW. The new model can be installed with gas and diesel engines as well as biomass burners. READ MORE