Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 13, 2016

Opinion: Optimizing Efficiency Through Quality Management

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalIf implemented correctly, a well-designed quality management plan should target increased production efficiency to optimize pellet tonnage produced with the least amount of customer complaints or other product performance related issues. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

In Depth: Perennial Battles

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhether on the road toward complying with new regulation or championing for equal consideration in policy, the pellet industry persists in its ongoing conviction. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Researchers investigate impact of biomass harvest on wildlife

BY D'Lyn Ford, North Carolina State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth Carolina State University researchers announce results of four-year study on how biomass harvesting treatments impact wildlife, noting no significant impacts were found. The study addressed six different harvesting treatments. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Gaz Metro converts biomass into renewable natural gas

BY Gaz Metro Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGaz Metro has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second-generation renewable natural gas. The trials were carried out in collaboration with G4 Insights at the Natural Gas Technologies Centre. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for the UK?

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhile it is too early to know the full implications of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union, Ginther provides some insight on what it might mean for export/import industries, like the pellet industry. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

USDA awards REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe USDA has awarded Rural Energy for America Program funding to 821 projects supporting energy efficiency improvements and the installation of renewable energy systems, including $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

In Depth: Sweden’s Strong Suit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForssjö Pellets exemplifies the Swedish pellet industry, at one time the global leader in pellet production and consumption. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

More On Brexit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the United Kingdom’s recent vote to exit the European Union, it has left many in the renewables sector—over here in the U.S., largely global pellet market stakeholders—what might happen to the country’s biomass sector. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

Hadfield Wood Recyclers wins North Wales biomass plant contract

BY Hadfield Wood Recyclers Found In:Power, Thermal Hadfield Wood Recyclers has won a contract to supply 45,000 metric tons of biomass fuel to a new 5.4-MW, wood-fueled plant in Wrexham, North Wales. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

REA: New fossil power fails to deliver as biomass, renewable can

BY Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change data reveals that 5 GW of conventional, fossil fuel-powered generation that were awarded contracts under the Capacity Market scheme have missed their targets for delivering the projects. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

PFI qualifies 2 more NWP facilities into standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturing facilities owned by Northeast Wood Products into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 05, 2016

Valmet to supply biomass-fired boiler to Russian pulp mill

BY VALMET Found In:Power, ThermalValmet will deliver a biomass-fired boiler plant and related automation and environmental systems to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. Valmet’s delivery is scheduled for 2017. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

Ontario awards contracts to 14 small-scale bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOntario’s Independent Electricity System Operator has announced it is offering 396 long-term contracts for 241.43 MW of small-scale renewable generation, including 14 contracts for 3.45 MW of bioenergy. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

RWE commissions German biogas plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasRWE recently commissioned a state-of-the-art biogas plant in Bergheim-Paffendorf, Germany. The facility has a thermal capacity of 7.4 MW and is designed to feed up to 700 cubic meters into the gas grid per hour. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

UK REA: 5th Carbon Budget crucial first step reassuring investors

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. has confirmed the Committee on Carbon Change’s recommended carbon budget, laying out a 57 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels during 2027-2032 and providing renewables industry and investors more long-term confidence. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

Opinion: Permitting Progress

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe biomass industry is working to deliver air quality and environmental benefits while also complying with existing regulations READ MORE

June 30, 2016

Feasibility guide on biomass cooling released

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Agricultural Utilization Research Institute has announced the availability of a new feasibility study that shows biomass cooling can be a viable option for small-to-medium sized commercial, industrial and residential units. READ MORE

June 30, 2016

ITA seeking nominations for renewable energy committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has published a notice announcing plans to reestablish its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee and solicit membership nominations. READ MORE

June 29, 2016

Andritz to supply biomass boiler island to CHP project in Denmark

BY Andritz Found In:Power, ThermalAndritz has received an order from the regional Danish municipality Helsingor Kraftvarmeaerk A/S to deliver a biomass boiler island for its combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2018. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Georgia Biomass earns qualification, reaches delivery milestone

BY Georgia Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGeorgia Biomass has become the first industrial-scale pellet producer in North America to earn both ENplus A1 and Pellet Fuels Institute quality certifications. The company is also due to complete the loading of its 100th vessel for export to Europe. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

Opinion: Making Marketing Moves

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs pellet producers and heating equipment firms limp into the summer, there are numerous plans underway to improve the marketing of “modern wood heat,” a phrase the industry has found to be more consumer-friendly than “biomass thermal.” READ MORE

June 26, 2016

Opinion: A Unified Renewable Heating and Cooling Front

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Jarrod Petrohovich Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe state policy environment in the Northeast has become the epicenter of support for the idea of a unified coalition to support renewable thermal energy. READ MORE

June 25, 2016

In Depth: A Brilliant Backup Plan

BY Rachel Gibbons Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalHaving the right fire suppression system and a plan B for when fire emergencies happen are a must for biomass energy facilities. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

ElectraTherm generates biomass power in the UK

BY ElectraTherm Found In:Power, ThermalElectraTherm has commissioned two Power+ Generators in the U.K utilizing biomass to generate emission-free electricity. Both sites use a combination of biomass and combined-heat-and-power to generate clean energy and increase onsite efficiency. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

Smith Flooring qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Smith Flooring of Mountain View, Missouri, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

In Depth: The Future of Freight

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe primary mode of biomass transport—diesel power—continues to get cleaner and more efficient. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

Georgia Biomass qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Power, ThermalPellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Georgia Biomass of Waycross, Georgia, into the PFI Standards Program. There are now 14 pellet manufacturing companies with a combined 23 facilities qualified under the program. READ MORE