Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 04, 2019

Solvay: Biomass boiler to cut GHG emissions at soda ash plant

BY Solvay Found In:ThermalSolvay is investing in a new biomass boiler at its soda ash plant in Rheinberg, Germany, a decision that will cut the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 percent while at the same time improving its competitiveness. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

In Depth: Mission Zero Waste

BY Keith Loria Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSweden’s recycling practices and waste-to-energy industry are unmatched. READ MORE

March 02, 2019

In Depth: Partnering to Produce a Better Wood Chip

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:ThermalCatamount Forest Products and Vermeer Corp. collaborate to help meet Vermont’s biomass heating fuel demand. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

Valmet, Uni Viridas sign 10-year O&M agreement for biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalValmet and Uni Viridas recently signed a 10-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement for Uni Viridas’s biomass power plant in Greda, Croatia. Valmet has been operating and maintaining the plant since 2015. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 46 along party lines to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

SoCalGas seeks to offer RNG to customers

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced Feb. 28 it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission seeking to offer renewable natural gas (RNG) to its 21 million customers in Central and Southern California. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

Dartmouth opens RFQ for biomass heating project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalOn Feb. 20, Hanover, New Hampshire-based Dartmouth College released a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking credentials from companies interested in bidding on the previously announced biomass heating project. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

Massachusetts awards $2.89 million to support biomass heating

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently awarded nearly $2.89 million in grants to five infrastructure projects that aim to increase the availability of low-carbon, renewable heating fuels, including wood chips and biofuels. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

Calgren Dairy Fuels injects RNG into SoCalGas pipelines

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSouthern California Gas Co. and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels announced Feb. 14 that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren's dairy digester facility in Pixley, California, is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

EIA: 900,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 750,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in October 2018, with sales reaching 900,000 tons. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Canadian government funds new biomass research cluster

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe government of Canada has announced it will invest up to $7 million in a new biomass research cluster. An additional $3.1 million is contributions is expected from industry, bringing the total investment to $10.1 million. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year and 13 percent next year. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

Opinion: The Big Picture

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs our team at Pellet Mill Magazine works to send this issue to print, we’re also in the throes of gathering and organizing data for our annual North American Pellet Producer Map READ MORE

February 09, 2019

Opinion: Our Version of Groundhog Day

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in a piece of federal regulation is misguided. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

Opinion: Coming Together in the Name of Wood Heat

BY Maura Adams Found In:Pellets, ThermalIn January, nearly 60 wood heat leaders from the Northeast came together at the University of Vermont to reflect on and strategize about their work. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Simmons sworn in as assistant secretary of DOE’s EERE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a new leader. Daniel Simmons was recently sworn in assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

In Depth: Surveying the Global Wood Pellet Landscape

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalIn a Q&A with Pellet Mill Magazine, FutureMetric’s Seth Walker and William Strauss shine light on domestic and worldwide wood pellet markets. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

In Depth: The Cost and Value of Quality

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe ENplus certification program is undergoing a major overhaul—and everything is fair game. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

EPA urged to alter comment periods for rules impacted by shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalDemocratic members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works are urging the U.S. EPA to reopen and extend comment periods for all pending regulatory decisions impacted by the partial government shutdown, including its wood heater rule. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s nomination to head the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 11 to 10 to advance the nomination of Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the post of administrator of the agency. The full Senate will now consider his nomination. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

In Depth: Knowledge Management at Pellet Plants

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalOne challenge the industry faces today is that the knowledge that has been acquired over several decades is about to get lost with the first generation of managers, operators and service engineers. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Orsted highlights bioenergy achievements in new reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasDenmark-based power producer Orsted has released 2018 financial results and published its 2018 sustainability report. Within both documents, the company highlights its bioenergy achievements and goals. READ MORE

January 28, 2019

New water removal technology increases biogas CHP performance

BY HRS Heat Exchangers Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasHRS Heat Exchangers has announced its biogas dehumidification system (BDS) removes water from biogas, protecting combined-heat-and-power (CHP) engines from corrosion and cavitation. It also comes with a heat recovery section as standard. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

UK REA launches bioenergy review with new call for evidence

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has launched a far-reaching review into the future of bioenergy in the U.K. Bioenergy is energy generated from biobased fuels, such as wood pellets and biodiesel. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

Koda Energy urges EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalShakopee, Minnesota-based Koda Energy LLC is urging the U.S. EPA to promptly process applications to allow biomass power facilities to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program by generating e-renewable identification numbers (eRINs). READ MORE

January 21, 2019

Pellet, bioenergy projects in North Carolina receive funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced four projects have been awarded funding under the Bioenergy Research Initiative, including three related to pellets and one focused on swine lagoon sludge. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

New biomass plant will increase Dartmouth’s sustainability

BY Dartmouth University Found In:ThermalDartmouth is seeking proposals to build a biomass energy heating facility and transmission system to replace the existing central heating system, marking a major step in the institution’s sustainability commitment to reduce carbon emissions. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

Nova Scotia amends regulations for waste-to-energy

BY Nova Scotia Found In:Power, ThermalNova Scotia is helping to reduce landfill waste. The province has amended its solid waste regulations to allow thermal treatment facilities to accept banned materials, such as plastic, cardboard and newsprint, and use them to create energy. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

New York sets new goals for 100% clean power, 70% renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that calls for the state to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040. It also aims to set new renewable energy mandates. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts for 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EIA has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that the total share of renewable electricity generation will reach 18 percent in 2019 and 20 percent in 2020, up from 17 percent in 2018. READ MORE