Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

May 24, 2016

Advanced Flow Systems, Greenlane Biogas sign agreement

BY Advanced Flow Systems Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAdvanced Flow Systems Inc., a subsidiary of AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc., recently added Greenlane Biogas Ltd. to its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by signing a two-year contract manufacturing agreement. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

May 22, 2016

Opinion: A Proliferation of Fuel Standards

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhere there are already accepted and useful standards in place, the creation of another standard may cause uncertainty and confusion in the industry, as well as present another hurdle for fuel suppliers. READ MORE

May 21, 2016

In Depth: Foraging for Efficiency

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Holland is plowing the path to commercial use of woody biomass crops for bioenergy. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

KPA Unicon to supply biomass boiler to Stora Enso sawmill

BY KPA Unicon Found In:ThermalStora Enso Wood Products Ltd. and KPA Unicon have signed a contract for a biomass-fired hot water boiler plant delivery to Stora Enso sawmill in Honkalahti, Finland. The output of the new Unicon Biograte boiler plant will be 17.7 MWth. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

In Depth: Workhorses of the Woods

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Big Four equipment manufacturers in the forest harvesting space discuss product offerings and technological advancements to improve emissions, operator comfort and safety, productivity and efficiency. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Mexican tequila distillery installs biomass boiler

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalIn early May, a tequila manufacturer in Mexico announced the installation of a biomass boiler at its distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, has drastically reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) at the facility. The boiler is fueled in part by spent agave fibers. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

ETI seeks partners for biomass pretreatment project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute recently announced it is seeking partners for a new project that aims to develop technology to remove contaminants from certain biomass feedstocks. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

PFI: 2 additional plants qualify for PFI standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two additional pellet plants into the Pellet Fuels Institute standards program, including NWP Jasper LLC and New England Wood Pellet's Allegheny plant. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

SBP approves third certification body

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third SBP-approved certification body. PwC has been approved for certification of biomass producers in Canada and the U.S. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Opinion: What is ‘Green’ Heating?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalIf the country is serious about renewable energy, it means getting a lot more serious about all renewable heating options. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Northeast Wood Products ready, waiting to ramp up production

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNortheast Wood Products LLC commenced pellet production in December at its retrofitted 120,000-ton-per-year pellet plant located in Jasper, Tennessee, and now is poised for ramp up, but will wait on the sidelines until the market rebounds. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

California RNG bill could open door to pipeline injection

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA proposed bill in California may serve to greatly benefit the state’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry. It would modify current siloxane requirements and essentially break down the barrier for RNG producers to access the natural gas pipeline. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Zero-net-energy farm project receives $1.2 million CEC grant

BY Biodico Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Energy Commission is lending major financial support to Biodico's Zero-Net-Energy Farms concept, which would enable ag operations to generate all of their energy needs from on-site renewables such as solar, wind, and AD-based CHP. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Wood Pellet Association of Canada announces leadership change

BY Wood Pellet Association of Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEffective May 12, Michele Rebiere has resigned as president of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Former vice president Rene Landry will serve as president until the next general meeting of the membership is held in September. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

UM researchers earn $1.4 million grant to study biomass

BY University of Montana Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Montana researchers will use a grant awarded by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

In Depth: Expanding the Bioenergy Workforce

BY Betsy Fradd Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSkilled, professional, and motivated technicians and operators are in demand for first-generation, advanced biofuel and cogeneration plants, and other bioenergy facilities. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

USDA funds 18 projects to increase wood energy markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has announced more than $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies and strategies that promote the use of wood in heat and power generation, commercial construction, and other wood product innovations. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

Metsä's More-Than-Self-Sufficient Mill

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalThe Metsä Wood mill in Lohja, Finland, is a 100-percent energy self-sufficient mill. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

Opinion: More Art Than Science

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe May/June issue of Pellet Mill Magazine covers the industry's relationship with feedstock, the market dynamics impacting feedstock buyers and sellers, as well as industry requirements ensuring sustainability within a feedstock program. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

White paper refutes letter to Congress claims on biomass energy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEarlier this month, FutureMetrics LLC published a white paper that discusses why an editorial the Washington Post published at the end of April, and the letter to U.S. Congress the article was based on, are wrong about biomass for energy. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

In Depth: Feedstock: The Single, Biggest Contributor

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalStockpiled inventory throughout the pellet supply chain is putting downward pressure on raw material prices—a possible advantage for some producers long-term. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

EIA releases 2016 International Energy Outlook

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. Energy Information Administration released its International Energy Outlook 2016, which continues to show rising levels of energy demand over the next three decades. Renewables are the fastest-growing energy source over the projection period. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Rentech Q1 2016: domestic pellet sales down big, rebound expected

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 11, Rentech Inc. reported first quarter results significantly below historic levels, attributing a main reason as being the struggles faced by the domestic wood pellet industry in the face of a warm winter and low oil prices. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

New biomass-fired CHP plant inaugurated in Sweden

BY Fortum Corp. Found In:Power, ThermalFortum Värme, jointly owned by Fortum and the city of Stockholm, has inaugurated its new, biomass-fired-combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Värtan, Stockholm, Sweden. The plant is expected to begin commercial operations this fall. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Opinion: Change the Game

BY Michele Rebiere Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDiversification and sustainability are key to the future of the pellet sector. Rebiere says the industry must band together to invest in the long-term development effort of a domestic industrial market to support pellet producers of all sizes. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

Insolvency administer sells 3 of German Pellets’ Germany plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe law firm of an attorney serving as insolvency administrator to German Pellets GmbH has released a statement noting three of the company’s pellet plants in Germany have been sold, with negotiations ongoing in the sale of a fourth. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

AEBIOM weighs in on post-2020 bioenergy policy

BY European Biomass Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to define a sustainable European Union bioenergy policy for the period post-2020, and to open up the debate through its public consultation. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

Opinion: Coming to Terms With Sustainability

BY Charlie Niebling Found In:Pellets, ThermalHeating with pellet fuel exists by virtue of a social license, and to keep it, Niebling says, industry must come to terms with the concept of sustainability and incorporate its consideration into everything it does, especially sourcing feedstocks. READ MORE