Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

January 03, 2014

EPA releases proposed update to residential wood heater standards

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has released its New Source Performance Standards proposal for new woodstoves and heaters, which go into effect in 2015. The proposal will make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner. READ MORE

January 03, 2014

Poll reveals support for Ohio clean energy initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new poll conducted in Ohio has revealed citizens of the state overwhelmingly support the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, which aims to enact a constitutional amendment that would provide $1.3 billion a year for Ohio to invest in clean energy. READ MORE

December 30, 2013

Manitoba bans coal, petroleum coke heating, incentivizes biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalManitoba's petroleum coke and coal heating ban is set to go into effect with the new year, and the province is encouraging substitution with locally available, green sources of heat, including biomass and geothermal. READ MORE

December 29, 2013

Opinion: Troubleshooting From Mt. Chirripo

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the January issue of the magazine, which digs into plant operations and maintenance, and efficient data capture and transmission. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

10-year trials show 10-ton yields for miscanthus in Illinois

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIllinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown in seven Illinois locations over a period of eight to 10 years was 10.5 tons per acre. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

Study provides comparison of biomass crop growth in the Midwest

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDennis Pennington, bioenergy educator at Michigan State University Extension, recently reviewed a study on regional biomass feedstocks conducted by researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois. READ MORE

December 24, 2013

EIA updates state profiles, adds data on renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

In Depth: A Lens on Efficiency

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalAdvancements in thermal imaging technology are providing plant engineers with new insights into combustion conditions. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

Agenda set for 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced this week the agenda for the technical sessions of the 7th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place March 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

December 22, 2013

Opinion: Wood Stoves Compete on National Mall

BY John AckerlyFound In:ThermalAlliance for Green Heat Executive Director John Ackerly discusses outcomes of the Wood Stove Decathalon held in Washington, D.C., in November. READ MORE

December 20, 2013

Biomass-powered mini-grid project wins USAID funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Agency for International Development recently awarded $1 million to Camco Clean Energy plc to support its Biomass Mini-Grids Project in Africa. The company will work with Vermont-based Village Industrial Power to complete the project. READ MORE

December 20, 2013

In Depth: Wireless Revolution

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCutting-edge wireless technologies continue to increase efficiency, simplify maintenance and optimize operations at biomass power plants. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

EIA publishes AEO2014 reference case

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the early release of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), increasing its projections for biomass energy and other renewables. The analysis also predicts increased consumption of biofuels. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

Metso announces future Valmet will sharpen its focus on bioenergy

BY Metso Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMetso announces Valmet's offerings will include boiler islands, small power plants based on bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) and BioGrate combustion technologies, and large heating plants based on BFB and pellet technologies. READ MORE

December 18, 2013

Sen. Baucus releases proposal to overhaul energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSenate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to overhaul U.S. energy tax incentives by creating technology-neutral incentives for clean electricity and clean transportation fuels. READ MORE

December 17, 2013

USDA, DOE give $8 million for energy crop research

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsSeven projects focused on biomass genomics research will receive a total of $8 million from the U.S. DOE and USDA to study energy crops including switchgrass, energy cane, sorghum and pine and populus trees. READ MORE

December 17, 2013

Sen. Cochran hopeful Farm Bill agreement can be reached soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCongress has adjourned for the year, leaving the Farm Bill unfinished. Lawmakers are expected to take up the legislation in January, and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said progress is being made. READ MORE

December 13, 2013

EU project focuses on HTC processing of wet biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, ChemicalsA new European project, named "New technological applications for wet biomass waste stream products," or NEWAPP, focuses on the application of hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) processes to convert wet biomass into coal-like products. READ MORE

December 12, 2013

Cloning technology being utilized in biomass study

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalResearchers at the University of Georgia are using cloning technology to develop faster-growing sweetgum trees that can be used for biomass energy generation or for pulp and paper production. READ MORE

December 11, 2013

GIB-funded project breaks ground in Northern Ireland

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Green Investment Bank announced work began on Dec. 9 to construct a 15.8-megawatt biomass plant in Northern Ireland. The combined-heat-and-power plant is being developed by Evermore Renewable Energy on the Londonderry Port. READ MORE

December 10, 2013

EIA predicts increased use of wood biomass in 2014

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that energy production from wood biomass and waste biomass will increase next year. READ MORE

December 09, 2013

Biogas cogeneration facility opens in Canada

BY Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. recently joined Lethbridge Biogas LP at the opening of the largest anaerobic digester cogeneration facility in Canada. The $30 million facility currently has a generating capacity of 2.8 megawatts. READ MORE

December 09, 2013

IXUS Energy opens biomass training facility

BY IXUS Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalIXUS Energy, a national biomass boiler distribution company, has opened a state-of-the-art training center to help meet demand for quality biomass installers, driven by the introduction of the domestic Renewable Heating Incentive. READ MORE

December 09, 2013

Stakeholders urge Congress to extend biofuel tax policies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsTax provisions critical to the biofuel and biopower industries are set to expire at the end of the month, and industry stakeholders are urging Congress for extensions. READ MORE

December 05, 2013

FutureMetrics: Northeast pellet heat could spur 1.3 million jobs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAccording to a new paper from FutureMetrics Inc., if the 6 million rural Northeast U.S. homes utilizing oil or propane for heating converted to pellet fuel, the economic impact would be significant and include the creation of about 1.3 million jobs. READ MORE

November 29, 2013

Report highlights benefits of a comprehensive Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new government report highlights the economic importance of passing a comprehensive Farm Bill. It discusses many benefits of a strong Farm Bill, including those related to the bioeconomy and clean energy. READ MORE

November 26, 2013

Opinion: Widgets Make Our World Go 'Round

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the significance of the individual components and equipment used all along the biomass supply chain. READ MORE

November 26, 2013

EPA appoints scientific integrity official

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has appointed Francesca Grifo as its new scientific integrity official. In her new role, Grifo will coordinate and carry out the agency's scientific integrity policy. She will also chair a standing EPA scientific integrity committee. READ MORE

November 22, 2013

Genera, University of Tennessee complete supply chain research

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn 2009, The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $5 million to Genera Energy Inc. and the University of Tennessee to research and develop economical systems for bulk-handling and processing of chopped switchgrass. That project is now complete. READ MORE

November 22, 2013

DOE funding supports biomass projects on tribal land

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded funding to support the development of two biomass thermal projects in the Midwest. The awards were made as part of a $7 million round of funding to nine tribal clean energy projects. READ MORE