Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

October 04, 2020

In Depth: Taking Another Look at Torrefaction

BY Tom Causer Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAnalysis shows torrefied wood pellets can reduce cost-of-use for power plants, generate more profits for pellet manufacturers and reduce carbon footprints. READ MORE

October 03, 2020

In Depth: Virtually PFI A Review

BY Tim PortzFound In:ThermalWhile the COVID-19 pandemic doomed the Pellet Fuels Institute’s in-person annual conference, its web-based replacement found the sector cautiously optimistic about the year. READ MORE

October 02, 2020

USDA launches OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced on Oct. 1 it is now accepting applications for its four key loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative, which was launched earlier this year to make it easier for lenders to access those four loan programs. READ MORE

September 29, 2020

IRENA: Bioenergy accounted for 3.58M jobs globally in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsJobs in the renewable energy sector reached 11.5 million globally in 2019, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sept. 29. Bioenergy accounted for 3.58 million jobs, up from 3.18 million in 2018. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

DOE solicits applications for Technology Commercialization Fund

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Sept. 23 issued its FY 2021 solicitation for the Technology Commercialization Fund, which aims to advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and deploy lab-developed technologies to the marketplace. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

NREL shares $40M with partners to scale next-gen biotechnologies

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office has awarded nearly $40 million to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that will be used to develop and scale up 11 groundbreaking bioenergy projects. READ MORE

September 23, 2020

UK opens consultation on Green Gas Levy to support biomethane

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. government has opened a public consultation an initiative that aims to scale up the production of renewable natural gas (RNG), also referred to as bioemethane or green gas, for use in heating applications. READ MORE

September 22, 2020

Natural Resource Canada funds 11 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNatural Resource Canada is has announced it will award approximately $21 million to support several clean energy projects in Indigenous communities in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, including 11 biomass projects. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Fortistar, Rumpke begin construction on Ohio RNG project

BY Fortistar Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFortistar and Rumpke Waste & Recycling have announced construction is now underway on a $33 million project in Ohio that will capture methane from the Noble Road landfill and convert it into renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

September 17, 2020

European Commission proposes 55% cut in GHGs by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission on Sept. 17 released a plan that aims to reduce European Union GHG emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 when compared to 1990 levels. The goal would put the EU on a pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Letter urges EU leaders to increase GHG reduction targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaders of Enviva and Drax Group are among the nearly 200 business leaders, investors and organizations that recently sent a letter leaders of the European Union and EU member states urging the EU to increase GHG emission reduction targets. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

Quadpack Wood inaugurates biomass plant

BY Quadpack Wood Found In:Power, ThermalQuadpack Wood's wood components factory in Spain is starting up a new biomass plant. The company will use its own wood scraps to generate energy for its dryers, heating and air conditioning, eliminating the need for fossil fuels. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 670,000 tons in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 750,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching about 670,000 tons. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

DOE opens RFI on bioenergy workforce development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 8 issued a request for information (RFI) regarding bioenergy workforce-development methods and tools available, as well as those needed in the U.S. Responses can be filed through Nov. 2. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Elkem to build biocarbon pilot plant in Canada

BY Elkem Found In:ThermalElkem has decided to invest in a new biocarbon pilot plant in Canada. The project aims to secure industrial verification of Elkem’s technology for renewable biocarbon, with a long-term goal of contributing to climate-neutral metal production. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

EIA updates 2020, 2021 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. electricity generation from renewable energy sources is expected to rise from 17 percent in 2019 to 20 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021, according to data released by the EIA in latest Short-Term Energy Outlook on Sept. 9. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

AFBF: Trump, Biden outline agricultural priorities

BY American Farm Bureau Federation Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDoug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

RNG will help Smithfield meet carbon negative goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSmithfield Foods Inc. on Sept. 3 committed to making all of its company-owned operations in the U.S. carbon negative by 2030. The company’s renewable natural gas (RNG) projects will help meet that goal. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

Wastewater treatment plants can profit by coprocessing food waste

BY California Environmental Protection Agency Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report issued Aug. 24 by the California Environmental Protection Agency shows that at least half of California’s landfill-bound food waste could be processed at the state’s wastewater treatment plants and serve as an innovative power source. READ MORE

September 04, 2020

Report provides insight into Vermont’s wood fuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVermont’s wood fuels sector employed 1,794 workers and contributed more than $64.3 million to the state’s gross regional product last year, according to a clean energy report recently released by the Vermont Public Service Department. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

Grant opportunity could help Tribes develop bioenergy resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Bureau of Indian Affairs on Sept. 3 announced it is providing funding to hire consultants to identify, evaluate or assess the market for energy or mineral resources that a Tribe will process, use or develop, including waste or woody biomass. READ MORE

September 02, 2020

Report quantifies impact of the Minnesota Bioincentive Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota has released the results of a new analysis that shows Minnesota’s Bioincentive Program is working to generate significant economic and job benefits for the state’s biobased industrial product companies. READ MORE

September 02, 2020

Opinion: How Biomass Works, Even During a Pandemic

BY Carrie Annand Found In:Power, ThermalDespite the global coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. biomass power fleet continues to operate. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

CCC urges House to add carbon capture language to upcoming bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Carbon Capture Coalition on Aug. 31 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives asking lawmakers to look for opportunities to include Section 503 of the House Energy and Commerce’s CLEAN Future discussion draft in any upcoming legislation. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

SUNY ESF receives USDA grant to develop biomass systems, products

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has received $630,000 over five years from the USDA to develop biomass systems and products with the potential to put abandoned lands and people back to work. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

Opinion: Three Ways Boilers and Burners Can Affect Bottom Lines

BY Mike Winkelmann Found In:Power, ThermalKeeping boilers and burners tuned should be an integral part of any industrial, institutional and commercial maintenance program. READ MORE

August 31, 2020

USDA implements OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA on Aug. 31 announced the implementation of the agency’s OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative and released new information on rates and terms that will help lenders apply for loan guarantees under the four affected loan guarantee programs. READ MORE