Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

September 23, 2014

ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

BY State College of New York Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRobert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts." READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

USDA announces REAP funding for bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Sept. 18, the USDA announced it is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Bioenergy projects were among those selected to receive funding. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

In Depth: Achieving Sustainability Goals

BY The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFish and Wildlife Agencies can play a role in successful biomass production for bioenergy. READ MORE

September 21, 2014

Opinion: Making the Most of Woody Biomass

BY John Ward Found In:ThermalBiomass brings powerful opportunities for sustainability and efficiency for well-situated businesses and institutions that are willing to make a long-term commitment. READ MORE

September 20, 2014

In Depth: A Body of Work

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExcited by the new market the pellet sector offers for low value fiber, forest landowners work to assure pellet buyers of existing sustainable practices. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

Community aims to develop district heating project in Minnesota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalA proposed biomass-fueled district heating project in Grand Marais, Minnesota, is one step closer to reality with the recent publication of a Step II study. Construction could begin as soon as 2016. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Nebraska Forest Service offering biomass energy system grants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalThe Nebraska Forest Service announced it will offer two cost-share assistance grants for organizations including municipalities, universities, hospitals and greenhouses that wish to install woody biomass-fired energy systems. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Massachusetts adds thermal provision to state APS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalIn August, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation that adds renewable thermal energy as a component of the state's alternative portfolio standard (APS). The measure is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

ElectraTherm technology generates power from wood waste

BY ElectraTherm Found In:Power, ThermalElectraTherm has commissioned its second Green Machine at an integrated wood products mill in Wallowa, Oregon. Together, the two machines operate off the waste heat of a biomass boiler to generate emission-free electricity. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Procter & Gamble biomass CHP project moving forward

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalA $230 million combined-heat-and-power biomass project under construction in Albany, Georgia, is progressing, it's most recent milestone being approval of a deal with the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

MIPS funds 5 poultry manure-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program has approved research projects worth $4.7 million to 18 teams, including five projects worth $1.9 million that aim to convert poultry manure into energy. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

$24.3 million AD project planned for WWTP in Duluth, Minnesota

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Western Lake Superior Sanitary District in Duluth, Minnesota, is planning a $24.3 million upgrade to its existing anaerobic digestion facility. The project will be implemented in three phases over the next 5 years, beginning in 2015. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3-D

BY NASA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth's forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Biogas CHP system powers Yuengling brewery

BY 2G Cenergy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe oldest brewery in the U.S., operated by Yuengling, has installed a biogas-fired 2G Cenergy 400 kW/h combined-heat-and-power (CHP) power plant, which generates about 20 percent of the brewery's total energy needs. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

Bioenergy shines in Thunder Bay

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis week, Thunder Bay celebrates openings of the Ontario Power Generation Bioenergy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College and OPG's converted Atikokan Generating Station, and also welcomes the Canadian Bioenergy Conference. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Wind River Biomass Utility wins $200,000 grant for CHP plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalGov. Jay Inslee recently announced a $200,000 grant to Wind River Biomass Utility LLC to support development of a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Washington. The funding will be used to purchase equipment for the proposed facility. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Vega Biofuels pilot torrefaction plant to use new process

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. has announced that its joint venture partner, Agri-Tech Producers LLC, developed a patent-pending process that dramatically reduces the cost of some feedstock for the company's Allendale, South Carolina, pilot torrefaction plant. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

EIU to reap research opportunities through land use partnership

BY Eastern Illinois University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFor some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses. Local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their property for research. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Bioenergy research continues march toward energy independence

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn September, October and November the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems will take to the road to show off research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Pure Energy Group brings AD to urban settings with new technology

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasPure Energy Group LLC's first waste-to-energy system is permitted and operational at the Devil's Canyon Brewery, located in San Carlos, California. The pilot demonstration system is in its final commissioning phase. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Partnership fuels expansion of UNBC's bioenergy system

BY British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education Found In:Pellets, ThermalStudents, communities and the environment will benefit from the expansion of the University of Northern British Columbia's award-winning bioenergy heating system, thanks to a $1.1-million contribution from the government of British Columbia. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

PFI announces relationship change with HPBA

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute has announced that it is changing its long-standing relationship with the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association in order to better provide the level of services required by its diversifying membership. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBrookhaven National Laboratory has announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Hard to Handle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIf someone were to design an energy input with the sole aim of creating the most difficult material handling challenge imaginable, they would likely end up with something that looks very much like biomass. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Can the EPA Do Its Job?

BY John Ackerly Found In:ThermalAs the wood and pellet stove and boiler industry gets closer to facing new EPA regulations, there is a striking disconnect between industry expectations and the EPA’s mandate. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

In Depth: All the Right Moves

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalThe best fuel-conveying configuration varies by operation, and today’s innovative manufacturers are ready to customize to optimize performance and meet challenges. READ MORE