Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

January 11, 2016

UK infrastructure provider announces new biogas service

BY Fulcrum Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasUsing its extensive experience and expertise in the delivery of gas, electricity and water infrastructure across Britain, Fulcrum is entering the renewables sector to provide pipelines which connect biogas plants to the U.K. gas distribution network. READ MORE

January 08, 2016

California’s Biomass Debacle, Part 3

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCalifornia’s biomass industry is experiencing tough times, and we’ve been following it for quite some time. READ MORE

January 07, 2016

Veolia acquires Boomeco assets

BY Veolia ES (UK) Ltd. Found In:Power, ThermalVeolia ES (UK) Ltd. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Boomeco Ltd., a waste wood processor and producer of refuse derived fuel (RDF). Based in Bristol, the Boomeco site produces both wood chips and RDF. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Bill aims for long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit the bioenergy and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Onsite Energy Conference & Expo to be colocated with IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Power, ThermalOnsite Energy Management magazine has announced the Onsite Energy Conference & Expo dates for 2016. The event, colocated with the International Biomass Conference & Expo, will take place April 11-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

University of Northern Iowa releases study of biomass feedstocks

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center recently released a final report for its Prairie Power Project, which studied biomass production of four different native species seed mixes over three different soil types for five years. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

FAO publishes global pellet statistics for 2014

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations recently published updated data on the global wood products industry that shows wood pellet production set a new record in 2014, growing by approximately 17 percent. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

Opinion: Maintaining Profitability

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels Energy markets have always been a low-margin game, but current conditions leave producers little margin for error. Thoughtful, well considered operations and maintenance strategies may well be the surest path to profitability. READ MORE

December 29, 2015

Central Boiler announces new line of outdoor wood furnaces

BY Central Boiler Found In:ThermalCentral Boiler has released the Classic Edge 350, 550 and 750, its newest line of hydronic heaters, also known as outdoor wood furnaces. Each of these models meets the new clean burning emission standards. READ MORE

December 29, 2015

In Depth: A Walk In Our Boots

BY Stacy Cook Found In:Power, ThermalA biomass cogeneration plant manager provides an overview of events that occur during a typical scheduled outage. READ MORE

December 28, 2015

USDA highlights 2015 bioeconomy achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a list of its 2015 top achievements. The list includes several achievements that have benefited the biofuel and bioenergy sectors, including funding for ethanol fuel pumps and progress with the BioPreferred Program. READ MORE

December 28, 2015

Opinion: COP21 and Clean Power Plan Good News for Pellet Industry

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, ThermalCurrent market conditions for pellets may be challenging, but in a world that needs to lower the net CO2 added to the atmosphere, the future for pellets is bright. READ MORE

December 26, 2015

Opinion: Biomass Gets Budget Boost

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, ThermalNow that we know the RHI is being continued, and with a budget that will allow the entry of many thousands of new projects, there is some certainty in the U.K. biomass heat sector for the foreseeable future. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

Marching into Development & Construction

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsI write this blog fresh off of the March Biomass Magazine planning meeting. The theme that month is project development and plant construction, one of my favorite themes, and arguably one of the most important issues of the year. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

Researchers to demonstrate biogas fuel cell system in Italy

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasIn the European DEMOSOFC project, Convion Ltd. and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. will demonstrate fuel cell systems for high-efficiency cogeneration of heat and power from biogas produced in connection with waste water treatment. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

Germany, India biogas associations announce partnership

BY German Biogas Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe German Biogas Association and the Indian Biogas Association have announced a three-year project to foster development of the biogas industry in India. The initial project is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

This Year's Standout Stories (My Picks)

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAs 2015 comes to a close, the Biomass Magazine staff has already been working on 2016 issues for a couple of months. Today, I’m going to share with you my personal favorites from each section. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

Report illustrates growing pellet market in Italy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalA report filed with the USDA's Global Agricultural Information Network addresses the Italian wood pellet market, noting Italy consumed 3.4 million tons of wood pellets last year. Consumption is expected to grow to 5 million metric tons in 2016. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

DOE, USDA, EPA release update of biogas activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. EPA and USDA have released a report providing an update of the federal government’s progress to reduce methane emissions through biogas systems since the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap was completed last year. READ MORE

December 11, 2015

The Silver Lining of Low Oil

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsIn January Biomass Magazine story “The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices,” Senior Editor Ron Kotrba speaks to executives managing different renewable fuel facilities, and finds that it’s not all doom-and-gloom when the cost of crude nosedives READ MORE

December 11, 2015

Food waste legislation includes AD provisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Dec. 7, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, introduced the Food Recovery Act of 2015. The bill, which aims to reduce the amount of food waste in the U.S., also contains provisions related to waste-to-energy development. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Veolia appointed operator of biomass CHP plant in Nottingham

BY Veolia Found In:Power, ThermalVeolia has secured a contract from Equitix ESI CHP, to operate the Sherwood Biomass Plant in Nottingham. The 6.55 MW biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power station is designed to provide sustainable green electricity and process heat. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Enviva launches $5 million forest conservation fund

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Holdings LP recently announced it is establishing the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

New educational opportunity for biomass heating technology

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNext month, a textbook is scheduled for release, written to help designers create heating systems that incorporate renewable energy heat sources. Solid fuel boilers fueled by cordwood, chips and pellets are among the heat sources discussed. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Schmack Biogas builds biomethane plant in France

BY Schmack Biogas Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSchmack Biogas, a Viessmann Group company, has been awarded a contract for the construction of a biomethane plant in Epaux-Bezu (Picardy) in northern France. The project is expected to begin injecting biomethane into the natural gas network in July. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, providing updated predictions regarding the use of biomass in the electric power and home heating sectors. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

FutureMetrics responds to report criticizing wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new white paper published by FutureMetrics offers a critique of Climate Central’s recent story "Pulp Fiction," a three-part special report by John Upton that criticizes the use of wood pellets. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

Biomethane injected into grid at project in Netherlands

BY HoSt Bio-energy Installations Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAt a dairy farm in Den Bommel, Netherlands, the gas meter recently passed the first 10,000 cubic meters of biomethane injected into the grid. The plant, which began operations in October, produces biomethane out of 100 percent cattle manure. READ MORE

December 04, 2015

EPA challenge aims to recycle nutrients from manure

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EPA has opened a competition for technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock manure on Challenge.gov. The competition is being held in partnership with the USDA. The American Biogas Council is among the project’s partners. READ MORE

December 04, 2015

DOE to host bioenergy webinar for educators

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold a live webinar titled "Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th-12th Grade Classroom," on Dec. 10. According to the DOE, the webinar is part of the BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar series. READ MORE