Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 15, 2015

Comment period open on proposed discretionary changes to BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) to assess the potential environmental consequences associated with proposed discretionary changes to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Viridis Merchants announces European supply agreement

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a European supply agreement for up to 20,000 metric tons of ENplus certified premium wood pellets per year. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

Cutting NOx at Covanta Burnaby

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCovanta, which operates 43 waste-to-energy (WTE) and wood-fired biomass power plants worldwide installed an updated emission control system at its Metro Vancouver WTE plant. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Unlocking the biofuel energy stored in plant cell walls

BY Cherie Winner, Penn State Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPenn State plant scientist Daniel Cosgrove has devoted decades to studying the cell walls that make plant matter resistant to chemical conversion. His research aims to overcome that challenge and enable greater energy production. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

E4tech to lead ETI project focused on biomass processing options

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has selected E4tech to lead a consortium that will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a techno-economic assessment of biomass pre-processing. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

EIA to collect, publish data on densified biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to conduct regular surveys of U.S. pellet producers. Data gathered through the surveys will be published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Vermont CEDF releases RFP for wood heat systems

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalVermont's Clean Energy Development Fund has released a request for proposals (RFP) to select recipients of grants that will help cover the cost of installing new advanced wood heating systems in public schools and low-income housing developments. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

REA reports increased bioenergy employment in the U.K.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently announced employment in the country’s renewable energy sector grew by 9 percent in 2013-'14, reaching 112,026 workers. Biomass heating was the highest performing renewable energy sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in short-term outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 2.6 percent this year. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

GE’s AD technology selected for Idaho project

BY GE Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGE recently announced the city of Rexburg, Idaho, has selected the company's Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion and Monsal 70 technologies to treat biosolids (sewage waste) at the city's wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

John Cleveland College gets fired up over wood chips

BY Rural Energy Found In:ThermalA college in Leicestershire is saving money thanks to a new woodchip boiler supplied and installed by biomass heating specialist Rural Energy. The landmark project has been financed through a unique community-funded cooperative investment. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Bill would help New York community convert to biomass

BY New York State Sen. Betty Little’s office Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York state Senate recently approved legislation that would help the town of Chester finance the cost of a new wood pellet heating system by extending the length of time it may bond for the project from 10 to 15 years. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

U.S. wood pellets can help EU meet renewable energy goals

BY Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellets from the southeastern U.S. could assist the EU to meet its 2020 policy goals for increased renewable energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions without decreasing U.S. forest inventories or diminishing their carbon storage capacity. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

Ensyn, Youngstown Thermal sign RFO biofuel supply agreement

BY Ensyn Fuels Inc. Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsEnsyn Fuels Inc. has signed a contract with Youngstown Thermal LLC for the supply of RFO, Ensyn's advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn Fuels is to provide Youngstown Thermal up to 2.5 million gallons of RFO per year. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

USDA publishes final VAPG rule, opens comment period

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn May, USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Value-Added Producer Grant program and opened a 60-day comment period that closes on July 7. The program can support the production of E85 and biogas. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

Maxing Out A Panamax

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis just in: Canada’s Pinnacle Pellet shared that it had successfully fully loaded a Panamax-class vessel with wood pellets. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Enviva releases first quarter results, responds to criticism

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Partners LP has released first quarter financial results, reporting the revenues of $114.3 million on a pro forma basis. The company closed its initial public offering (IPO) on May 4. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Clemson receives grant to research crops for energy use

BY Clemson University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina landowners and support the growing demand for renewable energy. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

N.Y. funds biotech accelerator, along with pellet and AD projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for the Central New York Biotech Accelerator. Separate initiatives recently announced by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will support pellet and biogas projects. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

Kingdom Biofuels unveils new DIY pellet storage bins

BY Kingdom Biofuels Found In:Pellets, ThermalKingdom BioFuel of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has announced the launch of its DIY Pellet Storage Bin, the first in a line of products to be unveiled throughout this year. The company serves pellet fuel customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

Scottish companies cooperate on bioenergy for industrial market

BY Cochran Ltd. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.K.-based Cochran Ltd., a supplier of industrial steam and hot-water boiler plants, and Scotland-based Scot Heat & Power Ltd., s supplier of biomass fuel, have signed an agreement to cooperate in the development of industrial biomass projects. READ MORE

June 01, 2015

EIA publishes updated wood, biomass waste SEDS data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn May 29, the U.S. Energy Information Administration updated the wood and biomass waste data associated with its State Energy Data System, which is the source of the EIA's comprehensive state energy statistics. READ MORE

June 01, 2015

USDA announces restart of BCAP

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsOn June 1, the USDA announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 01, 2015

EDF contributes funding to U.K. biomass district heating project

BY EDF Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalEDF Energy has announced that it is contributing GBP 1 million ($1.52 million) to fund energy efficient heating measures in three Manchester tower blocks, which were recently launched collectively as "Tribe." READ MORE

May 29, 2015

Opinion: A People-Powered Industry

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor discusses the impact that dedicated contributors have on the industry's growth and momentum. READ MORE

May 29, 2015

UMF breaks ground on biomass heating plant

BY University of Maine at Farmington Found In:ThermalThe University of Maine at Farmington broke ground on a new 5,885-square-foot biomass central heating plant on May 26. The plant is expected to replace 390,000 gallons of heating oil now used to heat the buildings through individual systems. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

DOE previews 2016 Billion-Ton Update in webinar

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent U.S. Department of Energy webinar included preview of the 2016 U.S. Billion-Ton Study update, which is currently scheduled for release in June 2016. The event was presented by DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Report highlights Mexico’s renewable growth potential

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMexico has the potential to quadruple its use of renewable energy over the next 15 years, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Biomass shows potential for use in the electricity, heat and transportation sectors. READ MORE